Monthly Archives: December 2014

Olive Best Oil for Frying, According to Study

With so many choices of oils that can be used for cooking, it’s hard to know which one is best. A number of factors need to be taken into account, including cooking temperature, nutrient content, and taste. In a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers tested four different refined oils: olive, corn, soybean, and…

Cash Register Receipts Major Source of BPA Exposure

If you are like most people, you receive cash register receipts on a regular basis. You may or may not know that those receipts are made of a special type of thermal paper that contains high amounts of the hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA). In a study recently published in the Public Library of Sciences ONE journal, researchers discovered…

U.S. Sugar Consumption on the Rise

Although it might not surprise you, results of a new study show that added sugar consumption has risen over 30 percent (228 to 300 calories per day) in the last 30 years. In children, added sugar consumption has increased about 20 percent (from 277 to 329 calories per day). These increases are despite the recent declines in sugar consumption that…

Fiber Supplement Shifts Gut Bacteria Toward Favorable Balance

Fiber supplements are known for a range of benefits, including the improvement of bowel regularity, regulation of healthy blood sugar levels, and reduction of appetite. Another amazing benefit of some fibers is the ability to favorably alter the balance of gut bacteria. A recent study published in the journal Microbiome analyzed the ability of two types of fiber—polydextrose and soluble…

Give a Poop this Holiday Season with OpenBiome

“Give a sh!t. Save a life.” Literally. If you have yet to make end of the year charitable contributions, I have just the organization for you. OpenBiome’s slogan, although crude, couldn’t be more true. In an effort to raise funds the nonprofit organization is educating the public about the use of fecal transplants for treatment of refractory (resistant to treatment)…

2 Reasons to Love Your Omega-3s this Holiday Season

The holidays can take a toll on your body—both physically and mentally. Whether you’re entertaining at home or traveling to see friends and family, remember that your health is the most precious gift of all. Here are two good reasons to take your Omega-3s this season! Seasonal Depression? Omega-3s to the Rescue Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects…

Prenatal BPA Exposure Linked to Poor Lung Function in Children

Asthma rates in children have been climbing over the last thirty years, and experts have identified a number of environmental pollutants, such as tobacco smoke and airborne pollutants, as risk factors for the disease. Some researchers have added the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) to the list of potential risk factors for the development of asthma. In a recent study…

Broccoli Sprout Compound Shows Promise for Autism

An interesting study in children with autism was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal. Researchers tested the effects of a daily dose of sulforaphane, a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts, on children with autism. They found that many of the children receiving sulforaphane experienced significant improvements in social interaction and verbal communication, as…

Why Eating Breakfast Every Day is a Must

Do you ever found yourself rushing around in the morning to the extent that you don’t have time to eat breakfast? Does this sound like a typical morning for you? Or maybe you skip breakfast in an attempt to lower your total calorie intake for the day. You might want to reconsider when you hear about the findings from a…

Gut Bacteria and Leaky Brain Syndrome

You may have already heard about leaky gut syndrome (increased intestinal permeability)—damage to the intestinal lining that creates holes through which travel toxins, bacteria, and large food particles from the digestive tract—all of which are not meant to cross the intestinal lining and can trigger an inflammatory immune response that enters systemic circulation and can manifest disease processes in virtually…