From the May 2018 Issue

The Power of Protein at Breakfast

Toast, bagels, oatmeal, and cold cereal. That’s the high-carb stuff of the typical American breakfast. Yet the latest research shows that including more protein at the morning meal might provide many health benefits, including weight loss and preserving muscle tissue.


Current Issue

PCOS: Diet’s Role in this Women’s Health Threat

About one in 10 women have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a health condition that affects women and girls from adolescence to the post-menopausal years. PCOS receives significant attention because it’s a top cause of infertility. A research review in the October 2015 issue of Endocrine Reviews found that PCOS is associated with increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, endometrial cancer, and other health problems, making it an important health issue for women of all ages.

Undoing the Unhealthful Western Diet

The term “Western diet” might conjure images of cowboys eating beans by a campfire, but it actually refers to a pattern of unhealthful dietary choices common in the U.S. Most Americans eat lots of refined grains (like white bread, pasta, cakes, and cookies), red and processed meats, fried foods, sweets, and high-fat dairy products (like ice cream and cheese).

Spice is Nice

Without spice, some would say a bowl of chili is just beans with squashed tomatoes, and soup is little more than watered-down vegetables. Just a few dashes of hot sauce can transform scrambled eggs from meh to oh yeah. While spices range from earthy cumin to warming cinnamon, it’s often said that foods are “spicy” when they bring some heat.

Deciphering Food Sensitivities

Food intolerances are on the rise. Today more than nine million adults suffer from food allergies. The Internet is rife with ads for “food sensitivity” testing kits, and some health care providers offer quick testing to find the foods that ail you. However, many tests can give false results, which may do more harm than good.

Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome and Diet

Adrenal fatigue is the idea that the adrenal glands, which are located on top of each kidney and produce the hormones cortisol and adrenaline, among others, “exhaust,” thus impacting hormone production and causing fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a popular concept in naturopathy and alternative medicine, which often associate the condition with excessive caffeine consumption.

The Healthiest Whole Food Nutrition Bars

In a perfect world, we would enjoy a well-balanced, home-cooked meal every time we eat. In the real world, mealtime sometimes occurs while driving from one appointment to the next, during a 15-minute break between classes, or in a rush before a last-minute work meeting. For occasions when it’s a challenge to enjoy a nutritious, satisfying meal, nutrition bars might be your best option.

Inflammatory Diet Linked to Colorectal Cancer

Proinflammatory diets—those high in processed meat, red meat, refined grains, and sugar-sweetened beverages—may increase risk of colorectal cancer for both men and women, research shows.

Dive Into Endive

Endive is a relative newcomer to the leafy greens family, though it’s grown from the root of chicory, one of the oldest known plants. A happy accident in 1830, a farmer in Belgium stored chicory roots in his cellar and left them several months while he was away.

Comparing Ghee to Butter, New Ruby Chocolate

Ghee, a type of clarified butter, which originated in India, has been used in Indian cooking and ayurvedic medicine for centuries. And now it is growing in popularity in the U.S. as a “health tonic.” After the launch of white chocolate, a Swiss chocolate company introduced a new type of chocolate made from the ruby cocoa bean. Sourced from various regions of the world, including Ecuador, Brazil, and the Ivory Coast, ruby cocoa beans are varietals that provide a natural ruby color when processed.

Excess Weight and Diabetes Cause Cancer

Nearly six percent of cancers worldwide are caused by overweight, obesity, and diabetes, according to research.

Research Roundup: May 2018

Gardening Benefits Cancer Survivors. Home gardening may increase physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and feelings of self-worth in cancer survivors. In a study of 42 cancer survivors age 60 or older, half participated in a year-long gardening program, where master gardeners helped them create home gardens, and half were placed on a waiting list for the program.

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Toast, bagels, oatmeal, and cold cereal. That’s the high-carb stuff of the typical American breakfast. Yet the latest research shows that including more protein at the morning meal might provide many health benefits, including weight loss and preserving muscle tissue.

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