nutrition

Adequate iron during infancy critical

American researchers report that children with low levels of iron as infants may grow up with brain deficiencies, even if they get early treatment. Their study of 185 teens from Costa Rica indicates that babies with severe iron deficiency never fully recovered on tests of learning, memory and thinking. The report highlights the importance of [...]

Adequate iron during infancy critical 2018-02-15T15:52:59+00:00

The Food Connection: Diet plays major role in breast cancer, says researcher

The increase in our knowledge of breast cancer risk factors and the continuing increase in incidence of breast cancer means that it is time to move from knowledge to action, says Dr Franco Berrino, head of preventive and predictive medicine at the Instituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy. He says that high levels of sex hormones [...]

The Food Connection: Diet plays major role in breast cancer, says researcher 2018-02-15T15:53:09+00:00

Nutrition Notes: The price of junk food

A new report on our eating habits reveals that almost a quarter of the calories we consume comes from nutrient-poor selections — better known as “junk food.” According to survey responses, soft drinks are the number one source of calories. They accounted for 7.1% of the calories consumed in 1999–2000. Altogether, the categories of soft [...]

Nutrition Notes: The price of junk food 2018-02-15T15:53:12+00:00

Nutrition Notes: Low vitamin D costly

A lack of vitamin D — thought to be a problem of a bygone era — is showing up in growing numbers of women, children and the elderly, increasing the risk of bone disease and possibly other health problems. Exposing only the face, hands and forearms to sunlight for 10 to 30 minutes, just two [...]

Nutrition Notes: Low vitamin D costly 2015-09-09T13:50:31+00:00

Birth defect risk: beyond folic acid

Women are frequently reminded that folic acid helps decrease the risk of birth defects. While this is proven true in many studies, researchers at the University Medical Center in the Netherlands did two studies that showed other nutrients may also play a role in prevention. In the first study, researchers investigated the nutritional intakes of [...]

Birth defect risk: beyond folic acid 2015-09-09T13:50:31+00:00

Food Nutrients in Decline: Modern farming practices blamed for nutritional changes

A recent study of 43 garden crops suggests that their nutrient value has declined in recent decades while farmers have been planting crops designed to improve other traits. The study was designed to investigate the effects of modern agricultural methods on the nutrient content of foods. The researchers chose garden crops, mostly vegetables, but also [...]

Food Nutrients in Decline: Modern farming practices blamed for nutritional changes 2018-02-15T15:53:22+00:00

Curb Cancer Risk: Nine guidelines to help older women avoid disease

Post-menopausal women who follow recommended dietary and lifestyle guidelines may reduce their risk of developing and dying from cancer, say researchers. Conversely, those women who followed one or none of nine recommended guidelines for diet and lifestyle had a 35% higher risk of developing cancer and a 42% greater risk of dying from cancer than [...]

Curb Cancer Risk: Nine guidelines to help older women avoid disease 2018-02-15T15:53:23+00:00

Eat Away Cholesterol: Diet as effective as drugs, say researchers

Researchers at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital have shown that a vegetarian diet composed of specific plant foods can lower cholesterol as effectively as a drug treatment. The study compared a diet of known cholesterol-lowering, vegetarian foods to a standard cholesterol-reducing drug called lovastatin. The special diet lowered levels of LDL (“bad”) [...]

Eat Away Cholesterol: Diet as effective as drugs, say researchers 2015-09-09T13:51:14+00:00

Prostate Protection: Good diet, exercise can kill cancer cells

UCLA scientists report that 11 days of daily exercise and a low-fat, high-fibre diet cause prostate cancer cells to die. The research is the first to show that diet and exercise can kill prostate cancer cells. "You can make changes in a short period of time that have a dramatic impact on your health - [...]

Prostate Protection: Good diet, exercise can kill cancer cells 2015-09-09T13:51:17+00:00

Vegetarian Nutrition Notes

Recent statistics reveal that about 4% of all Canadians eat a vegetarian diet. According to Dietitians of Canada, a well-planned vegetarian diet can be a healthy alternative to standard meat-based eating styles for all age groups. While the traditional “food pyramid” guide may not give vegetarians enough information on how to assure adequate levels of [...]

Vegetarian Nutrition Notes 2018-02-15T15:53:37+00:00

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