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Nutrition: March 2012 Archives



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Red Meat Consumption Linked to Increased Risk of Total, Cardiovascular, and Cancer Mortality



  ScienceDaily (Mar. 12, 2012) -- A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers has found that red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of total, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality. The results also showed that substituting other healthy protein sources, such as fish, poultry, nuts, and legumes, was associated with a lower risk of mortality. The study will be published online in Archives of Internal Medicine on March 12,...

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Bisphenol A (BPA) Could Affect Reproductive Capabilities



  ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2012) -- Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found evidence that, in addition to affecting the heart, brain and nervous system, bisphenol A (BPA), could affect a mammal's ability to reproduce by altering the structure of the uterus in ways that can progress to a potentially fatal infection. These findings are published in March 9, 2012, advance online edition of the Journal of Reproductive Toxicology. Infection and inflammation of...

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Popcorn: The Snack With Even Higher Antioxidants Levels Than Fruits and Vegetables



  ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2012) -- Popcorn's reputation as a snack food that's actually good for health popped up a few notches as scientists recently reported that it contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called "polyphenols" than fruits and vegetables. They spoke at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), in San Diego on March 25. Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a pioneer in analyzing healthful components in chocolate, nuts...

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Compound in Soy Products May Help Lower Blood Pressure



  ScienceDaily (Mar. 26, 2012) -- Soy-based food products have taken grocery store shelves by storm, and the benefits of soy are steadily beginning to emerge. Eating foods that contain isoflavones -- a key compound in soy milk, tofu, green tea and even peanuts -- every day may help young adults lower their blood pressure. Moreover, and for the first time, there appears to be a particular benefit for African Americans, who have hypertension...

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Regular Chocolate Eaters Are Thinner



  ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2012) -- Katherine Hepburn famously said of her slim physique: "What you see before you is the result of a lifetime of chocolate." New evidence suggests she may have been right. Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues present new findings that may overturn the major objection to regular chocolate consumption: that it makes people fat. The...

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Cocoa May Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function



  ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2012) -- A small clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa. Epicatechin is a flavonoid found in dark chocolate.   The results of this initial study has led to the implementation of larger, placebo-controlled clinical...

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Can Consuming Caffeine While Breastfeeding Harm Your Baby?



ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2012) -- Babies are not able to metabolize or excrete caffeine very well, so a breastfeeding mother's consumption of caffeine may lead to caffeine accumulation and symptoms such as wakefulness and irritability, according to an interview with expert Ruth Lawrence, MD, published in Journal of Caffeine Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Caffeine is found in a wide range of products in addition to coffee, tea, and chocolate,...

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Low Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Cause Memory Problems



ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2012) -- A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a study published in the February 28, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Omega-3 fatty acids include the nutrients called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). "People with lower blood...

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Eat Your Broccoli: Another Mechanism Discovered by Which Sulforaphane Prevents Cancer



ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2012) -- Researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University have discovered yet another reason why the "sulforaphane"compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables is so good for you -- it provides not just one, but two ways to prevent cancer through the complex mechanism of epigenetics. Epigenetics, an increasing focus of research around the world, refers not just to our genetic code, but also to the way that...

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Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet May Help Some Children With Autism, Research Suggests



ScienceDaily (Feb. 29, 2012) -- A gluten-free, casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behavior and physiological symptoms in some children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to researchers at Penn State. The research is the first to use survey data from parents to document the effectiveness of a gluten-free, casein-free diet on children with ASD. "Research has shown that children with ASD commonly have GI [gastrointestinal] symptoms," said Christine Pennesi, medical...

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New Infant Formula Ingredients Boost Babies' Immunity by Feeding Their Gut Bacteria



ScienceDaily (Feb. 29, 2012) -- Adding prebiotic ingredients to infant formula helps colonize the newborn's gut with a stable population of beneficial bacteria, and probiotics enhance immunity in formula-fed infants, two University of Illinois studies report. "The beneficial bacteria that live in a baby's intestine are all-important to an infant's health, growth, and ability to fight off infections," said Kelly Tappenden, a U of I professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology. "Breast-fed babies acquire...

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