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Obesity could be attributed to extra Salt Consumption

Obesity could be attributed to extra Salt Consumption

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Salt is being attributed as being a culprit in causing obesity, increasing diseases and shortening lifespan according to a new study recently published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases."

Professors, Dr. Heikki Karppanen of the University of Helsinki and Dr. Eero Mervaala of the University of Kuopio from Finland, report health improvements with the reduction of salt intake. They report an average reduction of 30 – 35% salt intake for 30 years for people living in Finland. This reduction of salt showed a large 75 % to 80 % decrease in people under the age of 65 years old, of suffering from a stroke and coronary heart disease mortality. In addition to the decrease of coronary related deaths, there was an increase in life expectancy for males and females by 6 – 7 years.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Will Remove Trans Fat Oils – KFC Joins Wendys Burger King and McDonalds In Announcing or Making Switch

Kentucky Fried Chicken Will Remove Trans Fat Oils – KFC Joins Wendys Burger King and McDonalds In Announcing or Making Switch

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Kentucky Fried Chicken announced on Monday that they will be replacing their partially hydrogenated soybean oil with trans-fat-free oil in all of their 5,500 restaurants. The new oil, a low linolenic soybean oil, was chosen after two years of research. The goal was to keep the same taste, but eliminate the transfats.

The company has already switched to the new oils in some restaurants to see if anyone would notice the difference. No one did. KFC President Gregg Dedrick said at a Manhattan news conference that “There is no compromise. Nothing is more important to us than the quality of our food and preserving the terrific taste of our product.”

Age Related Macular Degeneration Risk Reduced With Exercise – The Wet Form of the Eye Disease Cut By 70 Percent With Activity

Age Related Macular Degeneration Risk Reduced With Exercise – The Wet Form of the Eye Disease Cut By 70 Percent With Activity

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New research has shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). The study, published online ahead of print in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, says the risk can be cut by 70 percent in a specific type of the disease called “wet” or exudative AMRD.

The researchers based their findings on the number of AMRD cases arising over a 15 year period among 4,000 US men and women in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The participants were between the ages of 43 and 86 at the start of the study (1988-1990).

The participants were assessed at five year intervals. They were given detailed eye examinations and were asked questions about their lifestyle including the amounts of physical activity. These activities included climbing flights of stairs, daily walks and sessions of formal exercise.

Do You Have an Acid Reflux Symptom?

Do You Have an Acid Reflux Symptom?

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Acid reflux and heartburn are words used to express the same symptom - a burning sensation in your chest by your heart or right up the chest middle. This acid reflux symptom can also be experience much higher along the esophagus or throat. Over time, stomach acid can continue to dissolve esophagus tissue and this can lead to a bleeding ulcer with severe pain.

Another acid reflux symptom can be bad breath or consistent dry coughing.

Still, when esophageal tissue is eaten away, scar tissue can form which can narrow the esophagus making it difficult to swallow.

Obesity – Binge Eating at Restaurants can make you Fat

Obesity – Binge Eating at Restaurants can make you Fat

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Binge eating is one of the contributing factors for becoming obese and overweight. It is commonly believed that most of the binge eating happens in private. A new study funded by a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institute of Health found that another common place for binge eating is found at restaurants.

Binge eating is defined as the uncontrolled consumption of large amount of food without purging. This study focused of understanding how the restaurant environment affects our eating habits with extra large portion sizes along with the increased frequency of dining out. This along with a lack of physical activity may be clues to how obesity is becoming an epidemic in the US.

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