We are increasingly understanding the importance of a good diet for better overall heath. Indeed a recent study published in The Lancet, found poor diet is to blame for some 90,000 deaths in the UK each year, and might be responsible for more deaths globally than smoking. In order to up our nutrient intake, many of us regularly take vitamin and mineral supplements, which let's face it, can be far more convenient than say cooking a nutritious meal from scratch when you're on the go or short of time. But a recent US study casts doubt on whether taking dietary supplements for nutritional benefit actually works. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Tufts University and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine scientific journal analysed data from over 30,000 American adults over more than a decade. The new research It found that adequate intake of vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, zinc, and copper was linked to a lower risk of death, but only when the nutrient … [Read more...] about Are dietary supplements a waste of money?
In the ongoing low-fat versus low-carb diet debate, the low-fat side scored some points this week with the publication of two new studies. One study, published in the journal Circulation, reported that replacing red meat with plant-based sources of protein decreased some of the risk factors associated with heart disease. The second study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that a diet high in red meat was associated with a higher risk of early death among men. Both studies come with important caveats, so they aren’t going to end the often-heated dispute over whether red meat has a role to play in a healthy diet. But their findings are interesting, nevertheless. Effects on risk factors For the Circulation study, researchers at Harvard University and Purdue University analyzed data collected from 36 previously published studies that had compared diets with red meat with diets that replaced the meat with a variety of other foods. Those other foods … [Read more...] about Diets high in red meat linked with greater health risks in two new studies
Lifestyle / Health by John von Radowitz April 4, 2019, 12:01 am Sign up to our Weekly newsletter Poor diet is the world’s deadliest health risk, accounting for a fifth of all deaths, a study has shown. Eating unhealthily claims more lives than smoking because of its links to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, say researchers. More than 130 scientists compared dietary habits to rates of death and disease in 195 countries. They found that in 2017 poor diet was responsible for 11 million deaths, or 22% of the total recorded. A breakdown of the analysis showed that low intake of whole grains and fruits, and high consumption of sodium – found in salt – accounted for more than half of diet-related deaths. The rest were attributed to high consumption of red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened drinks, and other unhealthy foods including those containing trans-fatty acids. The vast majority of diet-related deaths were due to heart disease, followed by … [Read more...] about Poor diet kills more people around the world than smoking, research shows
The food offered at popular fast-food restaurants in the United States has changed dramatically over the past three decades — and not for the better, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Although some fast-food venues have added salads and other more healthful items to their menus, their overall offerings tend to be much higher in calories and sodium (salt) than they were 30 years ago, the study found. They are also being served in much larger portions, a particularly troubling trend given that fast food has become such an integral part of the average American diet. “Our study offers some insights on how fast food may be helping to fuel the continuing problem of obesity and related chronic conditions in the United States,” says lead author Megan McCrory, an associate professor of health sciences at Boston University, in a released statement. “Despite the vast number of choices offered at fast-food restaurants, … [Read more...] about More calories, more salt, bigger portions: how fast food has changed
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 01/25/2019 09:00 am ET By Latoya Shauntay Snell, Guest Writer Last year, I completed two 50Ks and four marathons ― three of which were done within a two-month span. And just a week before I participated in the New York City Marathon, I also completed my first 100K ― the Javelina Jundred event in the Arizona desert, which involves running roughly 62 miles. This year I signed up for 10 marathons and a 50-miler, and I intend on running in my first 100-miler. Still, despite earning over 100 finisher medals and completing close to 200 running, cycling and obstacle course racing events over a span of five years, the internet police continue to remind me to lose some weight. I’m an unapologetic 5’3, 242-pound road and trail ultra runner from Brooklyn sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE running shoe company, and I am continuously fat-shamed. On Jan. 3, I posted a video on my Instagram account of my fitness regimen. … [Read more...] about I’m Running 10 Marathons This Year And I Still Get Fat-Shamed. Here’s My Response.