- While risk is higher, obesity does not lead to chronic conditions in ALL obese people. What do some have that’s protective? A low level of inflammation and a greater number of diverse intestinal bacteria may explain why some obese people never develop cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes or other pro-inflammatory conditions.
Takeaway message: increase your fibre intake; eat more brightly coloured veggies and fruit; and choose healthy fats like nuts, seeds and fish.
- Registered Dietitian Monica Reinagel tackles some health claims associated with garcinia, red wine, and chlorophyll PLUS insects – as a protein source?.
- Prenatal diet and child mental health? There has been significant research on thedeleterious effects of the maternal diet on the risk of obesity and chronic diseases.
However, now research is suggesting that expecting mothers that consume refined sugary cereals, sweet drinks, and salty snacks throughout their pregnancy increase the risk that their children will have behavioural problems. Furthermore, if children consume an unhealthy diet in their early years they may experience increased depression and anxiety.
- University classes are starting up and that’s bad new for healthy food. GrubHub looked at the food choices of 350 US college campuses and found that college students are more likely to consume energy drinks and less likely to make healthy substitutions. The most popular food order? Cheese Pizza!
- On a brighter note the results from the School Health Policies and Practices Study 2012 are out and found a decrease of 20% in soft drinks and 13% in junk food sold in vending machines since 2006.
- Whole fruits and NOT fruit juices may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Blueberries – buy them now while they are in season – grapes and apples seemed to have the greatest preventative effects.
- Revisiting protein intakes. A recent report found that doubling the minimum recommendation for protein while trying to lose weight through diet and exercise helped prevent muscle loss and promoted fat loss. Careful though, most people overestimate the amount of protein they need to eat and already exceed the recommended amount.
For example, if you weigh 150 lbs (68 kg), double your daily recommended minimum intake is about 110 g of protein – roughly the equivalent of two 6 oz grilled chicken breasts – so no need to fill the plate with steak!