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ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says

ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says | Longevity science | Scoop.it
It has been almost a year since United States Department of Agriculture took down its ORAC database.  Now that this official reference point is gone, does this measure of antioxidant potential still have relevance in the marketplace?
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Using the ORAC scale to understand antioxidant content in relative terms can still be useful. Comparing foods on this scale provides information that you can use to rank foods and evaluate the health benefits of a particular fruit or benefit in relation to others.

 

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Vegetable fats tied to less prostate cancer spread

Vegetable fats tied to less prostate cancer spread | Longevity science | Scoop.it

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, men who eat a diet high in vegetable fats, such as those in nuts and olive oil, may be less likely to have their disease spread, a new study suggests.

 

 

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Replacing food: An engineer's approach to body fuel

Replacing food: An engineer's approach to body fuel | Longevity science | Scoop.it

 

The engineer's approach to food... The body doesn't need fruits and veggies and meat, they're just the way we usually ingest vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates and fats. 

 

Soylent is a food engineered to efficiently deliver 100 percent of the healthy body's needs...

 

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WHFoods: Black beans

WHFoods: Black beans | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Lowered colon cancer risk that is associated with black bean intake in some research studies may be related to the outstanding IF content of this legume.

 

 

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Black beans have a higher polyphenol content than other beans. Colors in foods often indicate nutrient levels in this way.

 

Soaking beans helps reduce the tannin levels, as well as the compounds that make digestion difficult or gassy in many individuals.

 

World's Healthiest Foods can help you make well-informed decisions about nutrition. The site is an excellent source of food data and recipes.

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A high-fiber diet may make a stroke less likely, study says

A high-fiber diet may make a stroke less likely, study says | Longevity science | Scoop.it

THE QUESTION Fiber, best-known for aiding digestion, can also help keep weight, cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check. Might this mean lower risk for stroke?

THIS STUDY analyzed data from eight studies, involving 327,537 adults who were generally healthy at the start of their study. During the study periods, which ranged from eight to 19 years, 11,236 participants had a stroke for the first time. People whose diets included the most fiber were less likely to have had a stroke than those who consumed the least. Stroke risk fell by 7 percent for every seven-gram increase in fiber intake daily. (Seven grams is equal to the amount of fiber in a serving of whole-grain pasta and two servings of fruit and vegetables.)

 

 

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HEALTHbeat: 5 tips for decoding food labels

HEALTHbeat: 5 tips for decoding food labels | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Food labels, healthy snacks and more on eating from Harvard Med.

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Sarah Westaway's curator insight, July 17, 2013 9:58 AM

5 great tips for reading food labels while grocery shopping! Be sure to know what you are purchasing and putting into your body!

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‘Feel-good’ food may be addictive, though direct evidence has not been found

‘Feel-good’ food may be addictive, though direct evidence has not been found | Longevity science | Scoop.it

High levels of sugar, fat and salt, and various flavors and food additives might actually hijack the pathways of the brain in ways that are similar to opiates and other drugs.

The evidence suggests that sugar in particular stimulates a greater release of chemicals in the brain — including dopamine, the “pleasure molecule” — than releases triggered by, say, fruit and vegetables. Over time, the brain’s circuitry might become rewired to produce less dopamine in response to high-calorie, flavor-enhanced foods.

 

 

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Cheesecake Factory pasta on list of caloric food porn

A Cheesecake Factory pasta dish with more than 3,000 calories - or more than a day and a half of the recommended caloric intake for an average adult - is among the headliners on this year's Xtreme Eating list of the most unhealthy dishes at U.S. chain restaurants.

 

 

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Too much food can kill you? Overeating and obesity now a bigger global problem than lack of food

Too much food can kill you? Overeating and obesity now a bigger global problem than lack of food | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Chronic diseases linked to obesity and overconsumption of food are now a bigger global healthcare burden than illness and disease caused by malnutrition, according to the most comprehensive disease report ever produced on global health issues.
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Moderate caloric restriction (reduce your daily caloric intake by 10-20%) can have numerous health benefits. Start by finding your target calorie intake to maintain an optimal weight. If you can stick to that daily level, reduce it by 10%.

 

Fasting is also beneficial. The easiest way? Stop eating at 6-7pm and don't eat again until 6-7am. With minimal effort, you have a 12 hour fast. Plus, you will sleep easier if your digestive system is at rest.

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tiana cherie burne's curator insight, November 3, 2014 11:30 PM

 

For the first time ever, diseases associated with obesity are now more of a global health burden the lack of nutrition. This investigation has been going for 5 years with over 50 scientists exploring the deep issues of obesity. I believe it's a personal decision too eat badly, don't do enough physical activity, drink to much, smoke to many cigars and just don't look after your body the way were meant to. Rising numbers of obesity has been increased with young adults over the years. The biggest global risks effecting people is high blood rate, which is also the biggest neglected global health in most countries.

These scientists thankfully have put out antidotes that have helped save many millions of kids and adults from obesity. We really need more help like this in society, we need to team up and help out each other, were all human no one is special so don't be afraid to ask for help.

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Healthier holiday sweets

Healthier holiday sweets | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Instead of solid fats such as butter and shortening, go for vegetable oils such as canola oil for less saturated and trans fat. Even better, unsweetened applesauce can replace half the oil in your recipe to help cut down on overall fat. The applesauce also adds natural sweetness and fiber. Canned pumpkin or sweet potato puree can also be used as a substitute for these solid fats while also offering health benefits from vitamins A and C.
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If you have time to bake this season, here are some tips to make it more forgiving to eat the results.

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Top six alkaline foods to eat every day for vibrant health

Top six alkaline foods to eat every day for vibrant health | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Too many acid-forming foods can have dire consequences for our health, with "acidosis" being a common diagnosis in diabetics, for example. This is because when the nutrients required to maintain this slightly alkalinestate cannot be obtained from food, the body will instead draw from its own stores, like the bones or other vital tissues - damaging its ability to repair itself and detoxify heavy metals, thereby making a person more vulnerable to fatigue and illness.

 

These foods (mostly vegetables) can help rebalance your diet.

 

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Probiotics may help cut body fat levels: RCT data

Probiotics may help cut body fat levels: RCT data | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Daily probiotic yogurt consumption may improve energy metabolism and reduce body fat levels by up to 4%, say results of a placebo-controlled, double-blind cross-over clinical trial in Canada.

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Cauliflower is full of nutrients, just like its green cousins

Cauliflower is full of nutrients, just like its green cousins | Longevity science | Scoop.it

They tell you white foods aren’t as good for you, but that does not include healthful cauliflower.

 

It contains antioxidants, fiber, anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, and flavor. This cruciferous vegetable belongs in everyone's healthy diet.

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National parks to offer healthier food under new standards

National parks to offer healthier food under new standards | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The National Park Service last week introduced new food standards that will eventually require concessionaires at all national parks, from the Statue of Liberty to Denali, to offer healthy food options, including fruits and vegetables, low-sodium and low-fat meals, reduced portion sizes, and non-sugary drinks.

 

 

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Who will decide what's in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

Who will decide what's in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? | Longevity science | Scoop.it
The identity of the 15 experts who will frame the 2015 dietary guidelines for Americans has been announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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Eat healthy and stay on a budget

Eat healthy and stay on a budget | Longevity science | Scoop.it

 

But processed has its upside (easy and cheap), while produce and grains have their downside (prep-heavy and expensive).

Right?

Not so, says Allison Sosna, a local chef and founder of MicroGreens, a group dedicated to teaching families — in particular children — how to prepare healthful meals on a teeny budget (as little as $3.50 per meal for a family of four).

 

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Tea’s health benefits boost its popularity

Tea’s health benefits boost its popularity | Longevity science | Scoop.it

 

The most striking studies find a connection to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

In the latte-obsessed United States, tea is gaining ground as scientists and the public learn more about its benefits.

A growing body of research suggests that the world’s second-most-consumed beverage — only water is more popular — helps prevent cardiovascular disease, burn calories and ward off some types of cancer.

 

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Mediterranean diet may be best for diabetes

Diets lean on meat and rich in healthy fats like olive oil were most effective at promoting weight loss and lowering blood sugar among people with diabetes in a review of evidence from the last 10 years.

Benefits were also seen with diets low in carbohydrates, high in protein or low in simple sugars.

 

 

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, June 2, 2013 1:32 PM

It certainly is the healthiest!

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, June 2, 2013 1:33 PM

It certainly is the healthiest!

Vincent D'Antonio's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:09 AM

Diet based on a healthy region of the world.

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Could going veg lower your risk of heart disease?

Could going veg lower your risk of heart disease? | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Vegetarians are one-third less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than meat and fish eaters, according to a new UK study.

 

Earlier research has also suggested that non-meat eaters have fewer heart problems, researchers said, but it wasn't clear if other lifestyle differences, including exercise and smoking habits, might also play into that.

 

 

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Jamie callihan's comment, February 25, 2013 12:02 PM
This articles shows a study of vegetarians verse meat eaters. Vegetarians were less likely to get heart disease due to the fact they had lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. They said this was probably due to the lack of red meat (especially the meat high in saturated fat) and the fruits and vegetables high in fiber in a vegetarian diet. To reduce the risk of heart disease, ypi do not need to cut out meat all together, but instead just cut back.
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Avoiding Common Vegetarian and Vegan Dietary Deficiencies

Avoiding Common Vegetarian and Vegan Dietary Deficiencies | Longevity science | Scoop.it
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There are many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to the nutritional health of those consuming a vegetarian or vegan diet. In essence, all vitamins and minerals necessary for the human body to be healthy and vibrant can be found from natural, non-animal sources; however certain nutrients are more difficult to source due to the production methods of modern food.

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12 months to healthier eating

12 months to healthier eating | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Break your better-eating resolution into 12 manageable parts and implement one each month.
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Also in this article, 25 recipes under 500 calories.

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Inherited colon cancer risk tied to certain foods

Inherited colon cancer risk tied to certain foods | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Among people who have a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer, those whose diets are heavy in junk food have an even higher risk, according to a new study.

"These patients have this very high risk because of this (genetic) mutation they have, but it might be that they could reduce the number of (tumors) by having a more healthy lifestyle," said Akke Botma, the lead author of the study.
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Christmas parties for the calorie counter

Christmas parties for the calorie counter | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Just walk away from the buffet table before they start telling you that you’d be perfect as Santa Claus.
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How can you survive the holiday eating season without packing on pounds? Be prepared and consider the choices you make carefully. In the long run, you won't have to fight to take off the extra weight and that just might make it worth skipping a cookie and a glass of eggnog.

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WHFoods: Green beans help preserve bone health

WHFoods: Green beans help preserve bone health | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Did you know that the wealth of vitamin K1 (122% daily value) found in a serving of green beans plays an important role in bone health? Although calcium and vitamin D are often the nutrients highlighted in discussions on bone and prevention of bone-related disease, current research is increasingly revealing the importance of vitamin K.

 

Although much of the bone-related research has focused on the K2 form of the vitamin, the K1 form found in greens beans has also been associated with better bone mineral density and decreased risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Vitamin K1 protects our bones by lessening oxidative stress and inflammation, which if chronically elevated, activates osteoclasts, the specialized cells that break down bone.

 

 

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How Fiber Works | Infographic

How Fiber Works |  Infographic | Longevity science | Scoop.it
According to research, more dietary fiber, but not necessarily less saturated fat or cholesterol, is tied to a lower risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes in teenagers.

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Amy Abrams's curator insight, October 16, 2015 11:23 PM

Over 18,500 people died of heart attack last year and many people are diabetic at even younger ages. This shows how adding fiber can help.  Fiber bars are another convenient way to increase fiber.