Eggs don’t increase risk of cardiovascular disease

August 14, 2018

“University of Sydney researchers aim to help clear up conflicting dietary advice around egg consumption, as a new study finds eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year did not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.”

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Calorie counting vs caloric availability

August 14, 2018

This short video makes a good case for thinking about caloric availability rather than just counting calories….

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Top flavor trends in the food service industry

May 1, 2018

“Mintel announced the major flavor trends that are just emerging, are already hitting the mainstream and those that are set to shape the future of foodservice in 2018 and beyond.

Among the flavors already creating buzz in the US, Middle Eastern cuisine has become an inspiration for fusion flavors, ‘less sweet’ desserts featuring ingredients such as olive oil and vinegar are gaining popularity, and functional ingredients are adding color and flavor to food and drinks.

Meanwhile, Mintel predicts spice blends, sauces and condiments will introduce diners to emerging international cuisines, while new spins on seasonings and preparation methods will bring meaty flavors to both meat and vegetables alike.

Looking ahead, expect to see chefs and scientists push the limits of creativity to provide a sense of balance and harmony in foods through ‘kokumi,’ which adds complexity and depth to dishes.”

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Monounsaturated fatty acids are good, those from plant sources are better

April 16, 2018

To assess the impact of mono-unsaturated fatty acids consumption on death from cardiovascular disease and other causes, researchers from the used data from 63,412 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and 29,966 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Both studies used detailed food-frequency questionnaires administered every four years to evaluate the composition of the participants’ diets.

During an average 22 years of follow-up, there were 20,672 deaths among participants, 4588 of which were from heart disease. The researchers found that participants with a higher intake of mono-unsaturated fatty acids from plants had a 16% lower risk of death from any cause compared to those with lower intakes. Those with a higher intake of mono-unsaturated fatty acids from animals had a 21% higher risk of death from any cause.

The researchers concluded that replacing saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, or trans fats with an equal number of calories (2–5% of the total) from mono-unsaturated fatty acids from plants might lower the risk of heart disease deaths and death from any cause between 10 and 15%.”

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More reasons the Mediterranean diet is good

April 16, 2018

A diet that is Mediterranean style, and rich in vegetables and fermented milk products such as yogurt, along with coffee, tea and chocolate, is associated with greater gut microbial diversity and a lower risk of hospitalization in patients with liver cirrhosis.  The study, which enrolled almost 300 individuals in the USA and Turkey, showed that the entire Turkish cohort, including healthy individuals as well as those with compensated and decompensated cirrhosis, had a significantly higher microbial diversity than their counterparts in the USA.”

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It’s not just us, mice binge on chocolate as well

April 11, 2018

Mice fed on a high fat or chocolate-based diet show abnormal feeding behaviours such as snacking, bingeing and disrupted eating patterns, according to new research from scientists at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona, Spain. The findings of two studies published back-to-back in the journal Addiction Biology help to explain the behavioural triggers leading to obesity and point towards new ideas for preventing weight gain.”

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Does coffee really cause cancer? Or only in California?

April 11, 2018

Fortuitously, or ironically, depending on the native relationship between your cheek and tongue, a review of the health effects of coffee was published in the widely circulated Today’s Dietitian almost exactly concurrent with the California verdict. This summary, citing the most significant of recent research publications, concludes that but for select populations such as pregnant women, there is a strong suggestion of net health benefit from routine coffee consumption. That benefit even extends to an apparent reduction in overall risk of cancer, potentially related to a synergistic effect between caffeine and antioxidant compounds, although the mechanisms are still speculative.

Here’s why the California judge’s ruling was a bad idea

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