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Who Really Needs to Go Gluten-Free

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – It seems like "gluten-free" labels are popping up everywhere, including on foods that never had any gluten to begin with. Is this a health bandwagon you should jump on … or shy away from? Gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, barley and rye. A gluten-free diet is a must for the 2 percent of the population diagnosed with celiac disease, to avoid serious intestinal i ...

Could Fish Oil, Vitamin D Help Ease Lupus?

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – People with lupus may fare better if they have enough vitamin D and omega-3 fats in their diet, preliminary research suggests. In separate studies, researchers linked the two nutrients – or lack thereof – to higher risks of certain lupus symptoms and complications. In one, lupus patients with low blood levels of vitamin D faced a higher risk of kidney damage than those ...

Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – A low-fat diet may lower older women's risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. The study included more than 46,000 overweight and obese women between the ages of 50 and 79 who ate high-fat diets when they joined a clinical trial between 1993 and 1998. Some were assigned to eat less fat and more vegetables, fruits and grains (the intervention group). Others ...

Switching to Whole Grain Foods Could Trim Your Waistline

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Put down that forkful of perfectly twirled white spaghetti, and grab a plate of whole grain pasta instead. You'll feel fuller after switching out highly processed white grains for whole-grain alternatives, a new study from Denmark contends. Plus, you'll likely lose a little bit of weight and have reduced inflammation. Those changes could be helpful in preventing or ...

What Exercise Regimen Is Best for Healthy Weight Loss in Seniors?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Seniors who want to lose weight should hit the weight room while they cut calories, a new study suggests. Older folks who performed resistance training while dieting were able to lose fat but still preserve most of their lean muscle mass, compared with those who walked for exercise, researchers report. "The thought is if you lose too much lean mass, that this will ...

Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Think you know what's in your favorite supplement? Think again. More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels. Some had hidden ingredients that might actually harm health, researchers said. Bodybuilding and weight-loss supplements, in particular, tended to contain ingredients ...

Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What ...

Trouble With Number Twos? One Simple Step May Help

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – If you're constipated, try grabbing a small footstool before you plunk yourself down on the potty, a new study suggests. Most Westerners sit down on the proverbial throne the way they would sit on a chair, but a novel leg-lifting device offers an option that seems to encourage good bowel movements, researchers report. The footstool helps sitters assume a squat-like ...

Tasty Ways to Get More Fiber

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – You probably know that it's a good idea to eat more fiber. But do you know why? Fiber is found in plant-based foods. It adds volume to your diet, but passes through the intestines quickly because the body can't digest it. That's why fiber can make you feel full faster and prevent constipation. It may also help lower your cholesterol level and reduce your risk for heart ...

Health Tip: Avoid Juice Before Age 1

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that fruit juice be avoided by all children under the age of 1. It represented the first change to the academy's recommendations on fruit juice since 2001. The group said fresh fruit typically includes more dietary fiber and less sugar than juice. "Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be ...

Human Gut Germs Dictated by Diet

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – What you eat, or don't eat, affects the mix of germs in your digestive tract, new research indicates. Thousands of microbial species thrive in the human intestine, helping people digest fiber and make vitamins and other molecules. They also help strengthen the immune system and protect against potentially harmful bacteria, Stanford University School of Medicine ...

Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Mom was right – eating breakfast really is important. Without it, kids may not get recommended amounts of nutrients, British researchers suggest. "This study provides evidence that breakfast is key for parents to ensure that their children are getting the nutrition they need," said senior study author Gerda Pot, a lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College ...

Not All Plant Foods Are Equal

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – For years, the mantra has been that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains will ward off heart disease, but a new study suggests that choosing the wrong ones may backfire. The study, of over 200,000 U.S. health professionals, found those who ate plenty of healthy plant foods – such as vegetables, beans and whole grains – did have a lower risk of heart disease. ...

The Facts on Flax

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – Though tiny in size, flax packs a big nutritional punch. These sesame-seed lookalikes are considered a functional food – a food that goes beyond basic nutrients to provide health benefits and/or reduce the risk of chronic diseases, according to a report in the Journal of Food Science and Technology. Flaxseed gets the nod because it's high in the omega-3 fatty acid A.L.A. ...

Add Fiber Without Extra Calories

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? According to the National Fiber Council, if you're like most Americans, the answer is no. Women need about 28 grams of fiber a day and men need 35 grams, but most of us clock in at 15 grams or less. Why all the fuss about fiber? It helps keep blood sugar and hunger in check and your digestive system moving in the right direction. ...

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