Tag: sugars

Inflammatory Diet Linked to Depression in Women

Women who eat a diet high in inflammatory foods—sugars, refined and starchy carbohydrates, processed meats, and trans fats to name the most common offenders—and low in anti-inflammatory foods—non-starchy fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats—are up to 41 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression according to a new study by Harvard researchers published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and…

A Glimpse of How Gut Infections Develop after Antibiotics

Antibiotics work by killing not only the harmful bacteria, but also the beneficial bacteria. It is relatively common for antibiotics to lead to gut infections that arise because potentially pathogenic bacteria are no longer kept in check by the beneficial microbes that inhabit the gut. “Antibiotics open the door for these pathogens to take hold. But how, exactly, that occurs…

Standard American Diet (SAD) Linked to Increased Risk of Colon Cancer Recurrence or Death

The Standard American Diet (SAD)—high in starchy carbohydrates and sugars, unhealthy fats, and meats, and low in nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits—has been linked, yet again, to poor health. This time researchers have found that the SAD diet increases the risk of recurrence or death of stage III colon cancer. In a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer…

Is Your Diet AGE-ing You?

The term advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is a mouthful for a group of compounds that are formed both in the body and in food by the reaction between sugars with proteins and lipids (fats). The sugars literally coat proteins and lipids, which causes them to not function well. In addition, these adulterated, now “new to nature” molecules are not…

Dietary Salt And Heart Health—What To Believe?

People with high blood pressure are generally advised to reduce their intake of dietary salt. The average U.S. salt consumption is about 3,400 mg per day, but the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend keeping sodium intake below 2,300 mg per day for healthy people, and under 1,500 mg for people with high blood pressure and for those at risk…

The Super-Sizing of Our Children

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar.  Join us!  Our children are being super-sized. After all, you are what you eat, right? Childhood obesity…

So SAD

The Standard American Diet (aptly named SAD), also known as the Western diet, is full of processed and fried foods, refined carbohydrates and sugars, and saturated and trans fats. It is low in fiber, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and beneficial fats (like omega-3s). This diet has been blamed (and rightfully so) for so many different health conditions,…

High Fiber Intake and Longevity

A very interesting study was just published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine documenting the association between high dietary fiber intake and lower risk of dying from some of the most common killers—heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. This was a huge study with over 388,000 participants aged 50 to 71. The nine-year study looked at dietary fiber intake and…

Added Sugars and Heart Disease

 It seems that the general public is aware that reducing saturated and trans fats, improving the diet by eating more fruits and vegetables (and thus, fiber!), and exercising regularly can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease later in life. When saturated fats were reduced in foods in response to public awareness of the heart-related dangers of these fats,…