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A column by Mike Furci that brings you research, trends and other info to help you with your fitness, health and nutritional needs.
... cereals marketed toward children are the least healthy? Dr. Marlene Schwartz and colleagues of Yale University compared the nutritional quality of cereals targeted to children and those marketed to adults. They looked at 161 cereals, 46 percent of which were marketed to children. Children’s cereal had more sugar, carbohydrates, sodium and calories per gram than non-children’s cereal. Sugar accounted for more than 1/3 of the weight of children’s cereal on average. Sugar in adult cereals averaged less than 1/4 of the weight. Of the children’s cereals, 34 percent met nutrition standards for foods sold in schools. This shows just how unhealthy these cereals are, because school nutritional standards are outrageously low. (Reuters)
My advice to parents: keep this garbage out of your homes along with other highly processed foods. Type II diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes but children are now being diagnosed with this lifestyle disease. Childhood obesity is skyrocketing, along with its associated ailments, which are directly tied to the foods parents are allowing children to consume. Wake up!
... more and more research is confirming the dangers of trans fats? A seven-year European study found that increased blood levels of trans fatty acids were associated with a 75 percent increase in breast cancer risk. The study included almost 20,000 women and documented 363 cases of breast cancer. These cases were matched with cancer-free controls.
Researchers from Harvard University have reported the increased consumption of trans fatty acids may increase the risk of non-aggressive forms of prostate cancer by about 100 percent. (Wise Traditions, 2008;9(2):14)
... diet plays a role in testosterone levels in men? A recent study performed in Finland included men ages 49 to 73 who underwent 21 weeks of supervised training and dieting. Half the subjects ate a high-fiber, low-fat diet including grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, fish and dairy. This diet led to a decline in men’s testosterone. The study also found that subjects who ate more protein and had a fat intake of at least 30 percent had higher levels of testosterone and improved muscular gains. Eating less than 30 percent fat seemed to adversely affect hormone levels. The amount of fiber did not have an adverse effect on building muscle or hormone levels. (Intl J Sports Med. 28(12):1070-1076)
... omega-3 fatty acids are considered nature's panacea? And with good reason. Omega-3 fatty acids have been investigated in numerous studies showing the benefits of improving heart health, inflammation, diabetes and a whole host of other ailments. Six of seven clinical trials indicate that EPA significantly improves depressive symptoms. A small study examined the effect of EPA/DHA supplementation in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The results showed significant improvement in behaviors including inattention, hyperactivity, oppositional/defiant behavior, and conduct disorder. Neurodegenerative disorders have been associated with low omega-3 intake and low DHA levels. Research has demonstrated that DHA levels are significantly lower in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and serum DHA levels progressively decreased relative to the severity of dementia. Additionally, the Framingham Heart Study showed that individuals with the highest plasma phosphatidylcholine DHA had a 47 percent lower risk of developing dementia than did those with the lowest DHA levels. (VRP Newsletter, July 2008)
... you could be thrown in jail for up to two years and fined up to $5 million for taking vitamin C? That scenario could very well soon become a reality in Canada. The Canadian government is trying to pass a bill, known as Bill C51. According to some interpretations of the bill, it would remove all supplements from over-the-counter availability, by only allowing MDs to prescribe them as they see fit.
Consequences of the bill could include:
- No more supplement stores.
- Supplements would be illegal unless obtained through a prescription; 70 percent of all current supplements on the market could be removed.
- Fines of up to $5 million and/or two years in jail per incident of being caught breaking this law (Mercola.com Newsletter issue 1122)
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