From the August 2017 Issue

Reduce AGEs in Your Diet to Live Better

What do wrinkles and increased risk of chronic disease have in common? They’re both things that many people assume are an inevitable part of aging, and they are both caused—in part—by advanced glycation end products (AGEs). In the book “Dr. Vlassara’s AGE-Less Diet,” co-author Helen Vlassara, MD, one of the scientists who originally identified AGEs, says that AGEs are “intertwined with virtually every aspect of chronic disease and aging.”

Current Issue

Get to Know Tofu Today

While a relatively new food on this side of the Pacific, tofu has been a dietary staple in Asia for centuries. Made from boiled, curdled, and pressed soybean milk, “the cheese of Asia” first originated in China and then spread to places like Korea and Japan courtesy of Buddhist monks. While the wobbly blocks were once loathed by most Americans as health food gone wrong, the dislike for tofu has generally eroded as people warm up to the fact that it’s an inexpensive and versatile source of plant protein with other nutritional virtues.

Omega-3 Power

Are you stumped about getting enough omega-3 fatty acids? You’ve probably heard that they’re good for your heart and brain. Research suggests that they are! But just how much should you eat, and where do you find these important fats?

Bottled Iced Tea Drinks

A glass of iced tea is so simple, yet so refreshing on a hot afternoon. Enjoying the cool beverage can be as easy as twisting open a bottle or flipping a pop-top on a can. Iced tea quenches your thirst, but also offers a number of health benefits. While the kind of tea you brew yourself from loose or bagged tea is generally better for you than the premade stuff, these bottled drinks can fit into a balanced diet if you choose wisely.

Anti-Inflammatory Eating for Arthritis

More than 50 million adults in the U.S. have arthritis, which is a general term describing joint pain or disease. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type, affecting 31 million Americans, while another 1.5 million suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet can help in the pain management of OA and RA, as inflammation plays a role in both forms.

Vitamin K Update

What It Is. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that comes in two forms. Phylloquinone (K1), found in plants, provides most of the vitamin K in our diets. Menaquinones (K2) is a group of compounds found mostly in fish, oils, and meats, and is also made by gut bacteria.

Most of Salt Comes from Prepared Foods

Though nutrition experts advise people to limit their sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day to reduce the risks of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, eight out of ten Americans exceed this level, according to new research published in Circulation. The average intake was about 3,500 mg per day among the 450 participants studied.

Broccoli Brings It!

The story of broccoli begins with wild cabbage, native to the Mediterranean and domesticated thousands of years ago. From domesticated cabbage came broccoli and many other cultivars in the Brassica family, including cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Pliny the Elder, Italian naturalist, wrote how Romans enjoyed broccoli in the first century CE. The word broccoli comes from the Italian “cabbage sprout.”

Vegetarian vs. Vegan Diets

Plant-based diets are growing in popularity, as people look to gain health and environmental benefits. According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, 3.3 percent of the population is vegetarian, and about half of those are vegan. Younger adults (18-34 years) have the highest rate of vegetarianism (5.3 percent), suggesting continued growth on the horizon. So, what is the difference between these two eating styles? Though many people have their own personal interpretation and adherence, here are the basics.

Carageenan Safety and Paleo Food Certification

Carageenan, derived from edible seaweed, is used extensively as a food additive because of its properties as a thickener and emulsifier. It is used to add creaminess to products, like ice cream, yogurt, and soymilk. The trendy Paleolithic “paleo” diet is based on the concept of eating like our caveman ancestors by consuming foods similar to those available in pre-agricultural days.

Salt Intake Up Among the Hypertensive

Daily sodium intake increased significantly in Americans with high blood pressure from 1999-2012, research shows. Despite recommendations in government guidelines to limit daily sodium to a maximum of 1,500 milligrams (mg) for people with high blood pressure, they consumed an average of 3,100 mg, an increase of more than 14 percent over the 14-year study period.

Research Roundup: August 2017

Eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day reduces risk of disease, but English researchers say eating ten servings provides the greatest results. The meta-analysis that assessed cases of heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and cancer in two million people estimated that 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could potentially be prevented each year if people ate 10 servings (800 grams) of fruits and vegetables each day.

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