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Nutrition and Health Research News

September 10, 2010
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Eat More Fish! (image: malloreigh)

  • Why Dieters Should Can Soft Drinks – I’ve seen this before but another study shows that about 15% of women’s bodies cannot detect liquid calories which increases subsequent food consumption. Men’s bodies apparently compensate by reducing appetite.
  • Golden Delicious DNA Decoded – the first apple to have it’s complete genetic code mapped.
  • Correlation Between Lack of Sleep and Obesity in Teens – Research has tied increased snacking and the weight increase that follows to sleeping fewer than 8 hours per night. The relationship was particularly significant for girls.
  • The DASH Diet Reduces Heart Attack Risks – The Dash (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) dieting plan is, as the name suggests, promoted for patients with hypertension. A new study found an 18% reduction in heart attacks over 10 years. Simply increasing fruit and vegetables resulted in an 11% decrease.
  • Daily Fish Oil Could Prevent Heart Failure – British researchers found that 7k patients with chronic heart failure were 9% less likely to die when given a course of 1g of fish oil per day.
  • More on Fish Oil – Two other studies this week bolstered the evidence of anti-inflammatory and heart protective properties of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil.
  • Junk Food as Addictive as Cocaine? – Scientists this week suggested that junk causes the same cravings as heroin or cocaine might in addicted patients.
  • Food Responsible for Baby Gender? – Dutch scientists found that a combination of food and timing determines the sex of children at conception. “Mothers who want a baby girl should refrain from eating sodium and potassium-rich foods, such as anchovies, olives, bacon, salami, smoked salmon, prawns, savoury rice, blue cheese, potatoes, processed meats, bread and pastries. Instead they should concentrate on foods rich in calcium and magnesium. Foods containing high amounts of calcium include yogurt, hard cheese, canned salmon, rhubarb, spinach, tofu, almonds, oatmeal, broccoli and oranges.”

As always, these are just some study results that should be taken as evidence, not as proof.

Additionally, I recently worked on a literature review of fish oil effects on cognition and found that most research shows that fish oil supplements are not as effective as O-3 consumed from fatty fish. I didn’t extrapolate this to all health benefits, but as in almost all cases of micronutrient properties, you are better off getting it from food than pills.

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  1. September 11, 2010 11:14 pm

    Hi! My name is Lauren from I found you through Healthy Living Blogs. I’m trying to put together a group of DCers to meet-up for a happy hour meet and greet. Are you on twitter? You can follow me at LaurBiochemista and search #dchealthblogger for updates. I’ll also be posting on my blog about events. Hope to meet you!


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