Food and Nutrition

Calorie Counting and Activity Tracking Mobile App helped with Weight Loss

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(Best Syndication News) - People lost an average of 15 pounds when they used a mobile phone app to track calories and physical activity during a study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University. The study results were published in the online first edition of the December 10, 2012 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The researchers point out that the mobile app was only partly responsible for the weight loss; the participants also attended regular classes that educated them about proper nutrition and exercise. The study also found that the people participating in the study were able to keep the weight off for more than one year.

Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Coffee Flavors are back

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(Best Syndication News) - Dunkin’ Donuts is reminding consumers that they have brought back their holiday flavored coffees. New this year is Gingerbread Cookie flavor. Other seasonal blends are Pumpkin Spice and Mocha Mint. The coffee comes in festive packaging, which is meant to be an easy-to-give stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or holiday treat to brew at home. Dunkin' Donuts also has special limited-time holiday flavors that are ready-to-drink at their store locations.

Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) will offer these holiday flavored coffees for a limited time. In Spring/Summer, the company will have different seasonal flavored coffees available for consumers to enjoy.

A Low Fat Diet can aid Weight Loss without Trying

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the University of East Anglia found that reducing the amount of fat in a person’s diet could help them lose around three-and-one-half pounds without reducing their food intake. In addition to slimming down, the participants had shown reductions in their “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. The study trial results were published in the British Medical Journal.

The weight loss occurred when the person was picking low-fat foods. The report was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Diet and Health to determine if their recommendations for total fat intake were up-to-date.

Fish Oil Supplements helped Heal Bedsores

(Best Syndication News) - Taking fish oil supplements may help bedsores heal in critically ill patients, according to a study from the Tel Aviv University. The researchers noticed a 20-25 percent reduction in pressure ulcers when eight grams of fish oil were taken daily for three weeks. The results were published in the British Journal of Nutrition and the American Journal of Critical Care.

Prof. Pierre Singer of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine explained that bedsores are a common problem for critically ill patients because of constant pressure on the skin and tissue. Bedsores form from a lack oxygen because the blood flow is reduced and there is skin wetness. Other studies have found fish oil supplements were helpful for lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation of the skin and in joints.

Healthy Diet reduced risk for having second Heart Attack or Stroke

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(Best Syndication News) - Eating a heart-healthy diet after having a heart attack or stroke can help prevent future events, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Study author, Mahshid Dehghan, Ph.D, a nutritionist at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, said that if patients rely on medicine to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, they may not think eating a heart-healthy diet is very important. The study found that dietary changes offer additional benefits to patients taking aspirin, angiotensin modulators, cholesterol lower medications, and beta-blockers.

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