Food and Nutrition

Increased risk for Colorectal Cancer in Low Folate Diets

Increased risk for Colorectal Cancer in Low Folate Diets

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A diet that is low in folate may increase the chances for developing colorectal cancer. The study conducted at MUHC was first reported in today’s scientific journal, Cancer Research. Another benefit that the same research team found with a high folate diet was the prevention of heart disease.

Foods that are fortified with folic acid which is a synthetic form of folate are breads, cereals, flours, corn meals, pastas and rice. Foods that contain naturally high levels of folate include soy beans, spinach, lettuce, and asparagus to name a few.

Health Commissioner of New York City wants Calorie Counting on Restaurant Menus

Health Commissioner of New York City wants Calorie Counting on Restaurant Menus

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Not only is New York City wanting to have restaurants remove the use of Trans fat in their food preparation, but now the city’s health department wants certain restaurants to disclose the calorie count of food on their menus too.

McDonald’s for example may in the near future have to show the price and the calorie count on the menu board hanging on the wall. This would only include restaurants that have standardized portion sizes. Many of these are national fast-food chains, which are already disclosing calorie and nutrition information in a more discreet manor.

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.”

Alcohol Can Reduce Heart Attack Risk – Even Men With Healthy Lifestyles Can Benefit From Moderate Drinking

Alcohol Can Reduce Heart Attack Risk – Even Men With Healthy Lifestyles Can Benefit From Moderate Drinking

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Scientists say that even men who already have a healthy lifestyle can reduce their risk of heart attack by consuming alcohol in moderation. Previous research has already found that men in-general could reduce their chances of having one by drinking alcohol moderately. This research narrowed in on the healthy men.

The study was conducted by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). They found that even men with four healthy lifestyles including good eating habits, men who didn’t smoke, and men who exercised and watched their weight could benefit from some alcohol.

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