From the December 2013 Issue
People who eat a plant-based diet live longer, have less cancer and heart disease, weigh less, and have healthier diets. They even have a lower carbon footprint. These were the impressive findings from the landmark study Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2), which were announced at the International Congress of Vegetarian Nutrition at Loma Linda University, California, on February 24 26, 2013.
Rice is the most popular grain worldwide, feeding over half of the globe, according to the USA Rice Federation. In the U.S., consumption of this gluten-free grain has doubled over the last three decades, to more than 25 pounds per person per year. This is good news, as scientists report rice is tied to many health benefits.
A new study challenges the current Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein, suggesting it may be too low to support optimal muscle mass for adults during weight loss.
Increasingly, studies show that you can help prevent chronic diseases and increase your lifespan through diet.
A study released in the July 2013 issue of Obesity may convince the most ardent non-breakfast eaters to think twice about their eating habits. The study, conducted in Tel Aviv, found that timing of caloric intake may greatly impact weight loss and other health promoting factors.
GRAS is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe, used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to distinguish between food additives and other substances added to foods that are deemed safe, such as vinegar, vegetable oil, baking powder, salts, spices, flavors, and preservatives.
Whether its the smooth mouth-feel and deep richness of dark chocolate, or the nuances of berry fruits and earthiness in red wine (or the combination of the two!), succumbing to cravings for our favorite decadent treats is often met with guilt. No more! These once-called occasional treats (see chart) are now considered healthy indulgences. It turns out many of the most delicious foods are as nourishing for the body as they are for the soul.
Theres no doubt about it; research supports humans need for an adequate amount of the nutrient folic acid to achieve optimal health. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that supports cell productionincluding hair, skin and nail growthand may protect against anemia, as well as cancer and neurological and cardiovascular diseases.
Potato dishes are a traditional winter comfort food. They have enough flavor to be eaten just as they arebaked or boiledand theyre neutral enough to be seasoned and prepared in countless other ways. But what if you just dont have the time or desire to peel, chop, boil, bake, or roast potatoes? Can you still enjoy their velvety goodness? Yup! Grocery stores are chock full of a variety of potato side dishes on shelves, and in refrigerators and freezers.
The folklore. Raisins have been revered since ancient times. Grapes were dried into tiny wrinkled gems as early as 2,000 BC, when they were eaten and used as decorations during feasts and religious ceremonies, as well as utilized for barter currency and prizes during sporting events by the Romans. Produced worldwide today, California is the largest producer, tracing back to 1873 when a determined grape grower took his crop, which had been destroyed by a heat wave, to market and met instant success. The rest is, indeed, history.
Eating more produce lowers bladder cancer risk in women. Women who ate the most yellow-orange fruits and vegetables were 52 percent less likely to have bladder cancer than women who consumed the least, according to research at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center.
Edited by Jason Theodosakis, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., and Sheila Buff. Jason Theodosakis is an assistant clinical professor and the director of the Preventative Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. This revised edition of his 1997 book, The Arthritis Cure, has been updated to include new research, and still promises to provide relief for people who suffer chronic arthritis pain. Outlining a nine-point program that includes a new supplement, ASU, this book describes a program that is said to halt, reverse, and possibly even cure degenerative osteoarthritis. Dr. Theodosakis's program includes ratings of the current supplements on the market, a new exercise program, and dietary changes that may help treat arthritis.
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