Monthly Archives: October 2012

Quality Nutrition and Balance

It is clear from the nutritional literature that there is no magic bullet to reverse the epidemic of diet-related diseases that have started to affect so many. Lifestyle conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity have multi-factorial aetiologies, … Continue reading

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Beta Glucans for Weight Loss?

Eating a high fibre diet has been shown in numerous studies to benefit the health, particularly with regard blood sugar control and normal weight maintenance. Soluble dietary fibre has specific gel-forming properties that can slow nutrient absorption and delay gastric … Continue reading

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Is Magnesium Protective Against Type 2 Diabetes?

An inverse association between magnesium and type 2 diabetes has been reported from some studies. For example, researchers1 have used a cohort study of 17,592 Japanese subjects aged 40 to 65 years to investigate the association between magnesium intake and … Continue reading

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Some More on Tocotrienols

Vitamin E is a group of 4 saturated (α-, β-, γ- and δ-tocopherol) and 4 unsaturated (α-, β-, γ- and δ-tocotrienol) vitamers which share the biological activity of α-tocopherol. Of the vitamin E vitamers, α-tocopherol has been extensively studies with … Continue reading

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Predicting Resting Energy Expenditure

Resting energy expenditure is an important physiological parameter that is useful in research involving weight loss because it is a measure of the energy required by the body at rest in a fasted state. Importantly resting energy expenditure can be … Continue reading

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Pistachio Nuts Aid Weight Loss

The evidence that tree nut consumption is associated with weight loss runs counter to the theory that increased consumption of fatty foods is associated with weight gain. However, it is difficult to ignore the accumulating research that shows that tree … Continue reading

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More on the Benefits of Almonds

Dietary modification has been shown to benefit individuals with metabolic syndrome, a known risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. High quality diets are protective of metabolic syndrome because they provide nutrients required by the body for the maintenance of … Continue reading

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Adiponectin and Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is characterised by insulin resistance and is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. The exact cause of metabolic syndrome is unknown, but research suggests that a low quality diet high in refined carbohydrates and added sugars is … Continue reading

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More on Breakfast

Much research has been conducted on the benefits of eating breakfast, with generally positive health effects being shown for breakfast consumers. The most likely age group to skip breakfast are young adults, due to a combination of newly acquired independence … Continue reading

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Uric Acid as an Antioxidant

Epidemiology suggests that diets high in fruit are beneficial to the health because they decrease the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Interestingly, it is not understood why fruit is protective, although many theories have been put forward. Currently, it … Continue reading

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