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Nutrition: June 2012 Archives



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No-Fat, Low-Fat Dressings Don't Get Most Nutrients out of Salads



ScienceDaily (June 19, 2012) -- The vegetables in salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but you won't get much benefit without the right type and amount of salad dressing, a Purdue University study shows. In a human trial, researchers fed subjects salads topped off with saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat-based dressings and tested their blood for absorption of fat-soluble carotenoids -- compounds such as lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Those carotenoids are...

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Pasta Made from Green Banana Flour



a Tasty Alternative for Gluten-Free Diets ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) -- People with celiac disease struggle with limited food choices, as their condition makes them unable to tolerate gluten, found in wheat and other grains. Researchers from the University of Brazil have developed a gluten-free pasta product from green banana flour, which tasters found more acceptable than regular whole wheat pasta. The product has less fat and is cheaper to produce than standard pastas....

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Western Diet Changes Gut Bacteria and Triggers Colitis in Those at Risk



ScienceDaily (June 13, 2012) -- Certain saturated fats that are common in the modern Western diet can initiate a chain of events leading to complex immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in people with a genetic predisposition, according to a study to be published early online in the journal Nature. The finding helps explain why once-rare immune-mediated diseases have become more common in westernized societies in the last half century. It also...

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Natural Antioxidant Can Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease



ScienceDaily (June 16, 2012) -- University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have collaborated with the School of Public Health and discovered an enzyme that, when found at high levels and alongside low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.The enzyme -- glutathione peroxidase, or GPx3 -- is a natural antioxidant that helps protect organisms from oxidant injury and helps the body naturally repair itself. Researchers have found that...

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Early Gut Bacteria Regulate Happiness



ScienceDaily (June 12, 2012) -- UCC scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the 'happy hormone' are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life. Their research is being published June 12 in the international psychiatry journal, Molecular Psychiatry. This research shows that normal adult brain function depends on the presence of gut microbes during development. Serotonin, the major chemical involved in the regulation of mood and emotion, is...

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Dietary Changes Help Some Children With ADHD



ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2012) -- Together with child and adolescent psychiatrists, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have just completed an extensive report which reviews the studies which have been done so far on the significance of diet for children and young people with ADHD. The report shows that there are potential benefits in changing the diets of children with ADHD, but that key knowledge in the area is still lacking. The comprehensive report...

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Breast Cancer Effectively Treated With Chemical Found in Celery, Parsley



, Mouse Study Suggests ScienceDaily (May 16, 2012) -- Apigenin, a natural substance found in grocery store produce aisles, shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive form of human breast cancer, following a new study at the University of Missouri. MU researchers found apigenin shrank a type of breast cancer tumor that is stimulated by progestin, a synthetic hormone given to women to ease symptoms related to menopause. "This is the first study...

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You Are What You Eat: Why Do Male Consumers Avoid Vegetarian Options?



ScienceDaily (May 16, 2012) -- Why are men generally more reluctant to try vegetarian products? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers are influenced by a strong association of meat with masculinity "We examined whether people in Western cultures have a metaphoric link between meat and men," write authors Paul Rozin (University of Pennsylvania), Julia M. Hormes (Louisiana State University), Myles S. Faith (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill),...

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Like Curry? New Biological Role Identified for Compound Used in Ancient Medicine



ScienceDaily (May 25, 2012) -- Oregon State University scientists just identified a new reason why some curry dishes, made with spices humans have used for thousands of years, might be good for you. New research has discovered that curcumin, a compound found in the cooking spice turmeric, can cause a modest but measurable increase in levels of a protein that's known to be important in the "innate" immune system, helping to prevent infection in...

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Mediterranean Diet Is Definitively Linked to Quality of Life



ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) -- For years the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lesser chance of illness and increased well-being. A new study has now linked it to mental and physical health too. The Mediterranean diet, which is characterised by the consumption of fruit, vegetables, pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils etc.) , fish, olive oil and nuts, has been proven to be beneficial to the health in terms of a lesser...

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Bananas Are as Beneficial as Sports Drinks, Study Suggests



ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) -- Bananas have long been a favorite source of energy for endurance and recreational athletes. Bananas are a rich source of potassium and other nutrients, and are easy for cyclists, runners or hikers to carry.Research conducted at Appalachian State University's Human Performance Lab in the Kannapolis-based North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) has revealed additional benefits. "We wanted to see which was more beneficial when consumed during intense cycling -- bananas...

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