Diet Choices May Help Prevent Kidney Stones

Questionnaires completed by 411 kidney stone patients and 384 individuals without a history of kidney stones revealed that a low intake of fluids and a diet low in calcium and potassium are linked to a greater risk of experiencing a first-time symptomatic kidney stone. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, July 2022

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit the Heart

Using data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, researchers estimate that a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease by nearly 20% during a 15-year time frame. Atherosclerosis, July 2022

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Eat More Fruit, Vegetables, and Beans!

Assessments of over 1,800 middle-aged and older adults revealed that a low intake of fruit, vegetables, and legumes is associated with a nearly two-times increased risk for being overweight or obese. Medicine, July 2022

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Eat the Rainbow

The carotenoids, flavonoids, betalains, and chlorophylls that give color to various fruit and vegetables are known to confer health benefits when part of one’s diet. An analysis of data from 86 studies with more than 37 million participants found the 42% of the health benefits associated with consuming fruit andvegetables are derived from these bioactive…

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Use Salt Less?

Using data from the UK Biobank study, researchers report that individuals who nearly always add salt to their food may live two fewer years than those who rarely/never add salt to their meals. The findings suggest that using herbs or spicy to flavor food, in lieu of salt, may increase one’s longevity. European Heart Journal,…

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Fruit, Vegetables, and Kidney Health

Following a review of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers have observed an association between chronic kidney disease and a low intake of fruit and vegetables. Journal of Renal Nutrition, July 2022

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Omega-3s Help Keep Arteries Flexible

According to a study that included 6,124 older adults, a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with increased arterial elasticity, a sign of good cardiovascular health. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2022

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Maternal Diet Can Affect Child’s Birth Weight

An analysis of data collected from 260 new mothers revealed that a diet pattern characterized by a high intake of cereals and breads, coffee and tea, and processed fats is associated with an increased risk for both low and excessive birth weight for the baby. Maternal Child and Health Journal, July 2022

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Omega-3s and Post-Surgical Recovery.

A systematic review that included ten studies found that for gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients undergoing surgery, a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with less inflammation following surgery and a shorter hospital stay. Food Chemistry, Molecular Sciences, March 2022

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Negative Effects of a High-Fat Diet

A recent animal study found that within 16 weeks, rats on a highfat diet developed hypertension, insulin resistance, and a decreased sensitivity of the tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) mechanism, which is important for kidney function. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, May 2022

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