Eating Processed Food May Make the Flu Worse

In a laboratory experiment, researchers observed that mice fed a diet consisting of high amounts of processed food had higher risk of death from influenza infection and a more difficult time recovering if they survived than mice on a standard diet. The findings suggest that a diet high in processed food can compromise immune function.…

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Almonds May Help You Eat Fewer Calories

Almond consumption is linked to a decreased C-peptide response, as well as increased levels of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, glucagon, and pancreatic polypeptides—which are associated with improved insulin sensitivity and improved satiety. European Journal of Nutrition, October 2022

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Polyphenol Intake Linked to Lower ADHD Risk.

Polyphenols are micro nutrients with antioxidant properties found abundantly in many fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. In a recent study that included 400 children under the age of twelve, researchers observed an association between a higher dietary polyphenol intake and a reduced risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). BMC Pediatrics, December 2022

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Kids Snack More When Sleep-Deprived

Following an analysis of data from the Daily Rest, Eating and Activity Monitoring (DREAM) study, researchers report that sleep-deprived children are more likely to consume sugary-rich snacks than their peers who get adequate sleep. The findings offer one explanation as to why insufficient sleep is linked to childhood obesity. International Congress on Obesity, October 2022

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Gardening May Be Healthier for Seniors Than Exercise

According to an analysis of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, older adults who maintain a garden eat a healthier diet and have a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and early death than their peers who regularly exercise. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, October 2022

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Coffee Preparation for Longevity

While the current research suggests that moderate coffee intake may offer health benefits, it’s unclear if coffee preparation plays a role. In a study that looked that the coffee habits of over 450,000 adults, researchers found the best outcomes came from coffee prepared from ground beans, while decaf and instant coffee products only conferred about…

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The Benefits of One Serving of Fermented Vegetables a Day

In a recent study that included 31 women, researchers found that consuming one serving of fermented vegetables a day for six weeks can lead to positive improvements in gut biodiversity, as well as an increase in immune-boosting Faecalibacterium prausnitzii bacteria and a reduction Ruminococcus torques bacteria, which can negatively affect the gut barrier. PLOS ONE,…

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Healthy Food Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes that salmon can’t be labeled as a “healthy” food under current federal regulations due to it high levels of fat, but that may soon change. A proposed FDA rule will allow foods that are part of a healthy diet pattern (fruit, vegetables, dairy, grains, and lean proteins) to…

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