Food and Nutrition

Resveratrol Supplements did not benefit Healthy Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A study on healthy middle-aged women found no benefit gained by taking resveratrol supplements, a compound found in red wine. The study was reported in the October 25 online edition of Cell Metabolism.

Previous research had suggested that resveratrol in red wine could help reduce heart disease risk and increase lifespan. People have been taking resveratrol in hopes of better health. The U.S. resveratrol supplement business has grown into a $30 million a year industry. People take supplements because they would have to drink large amounts of red wine to gain the benefit – at least that was the conventional wisdom. Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis wanted to see if taking resveratrol supplements was beneficial to otherwise healthy women.

Eating Legumes helps reduce heart disease risk and control blood sugar

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(Best Syndication News) - According to a new study, eating one cup of legumes in conjunction with a diet full of low-glycemic foods on a daily basis helped to control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The randomized controlled trial study results were reported in the Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine publication.

The study involved 121 patients who have type-2 diabetes. They were randomly assigned to either a low-glycemic index diet based around legumes, or they were assigned to follow a low-glycemic index diet with the emphasis around eating whole-wheat foods. The legume group was asked to eat a minimum of one cup of legumes daily, such as dried beans, lentils, or chickpeas.

Low Calcium Diet associated with an increased risk for Primary Hyperparathyroidism

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found an increased risk for developing primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) in women who ate a low calcium diet. Primary hyperparathyroidism is a condition where the parathyroid gland is releasing too much of the parathyroid hormone into the body. The condition can cause weak bones, fractures, and kidney stones. Additionally, other studies have associated untreated PHPT with higher rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

PHPT is most often found in post-menopausal women between 50-60 years of age. One in 800 people will be affected by PHPT during their lifetime.

Reduced Risk of Stroke from eating Tomatoes

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that people who had the highest levels of lycopene in their blood had a 55 percent reduced risk for stroke compared to those who had the lowest levels. Tomatoes contain an abundant amount of lycopene, which is an antioxidant. The study results were published in the October 9, 2012 print edition of Neurology.

The research involved 1,031 men from Finland between 46 and 65 years of age. The men were followed for an average of 12 years. At the start of the study, their blood levels of lycopene were measured. Over the duration of the study, 67 men suffered a stroke.

Kraft Jalapeno String Cheese Recall announced for Packaging Concern

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced a voluntary recall by Kraft for their Jalapeno flavored String Cheese products because the plastic film in the packaging could remain stuck to the food. The concern is that the plastic might put a person at risk of choking. Only the Kraft String Cheese with the Jalapeno flavor and the “Best if Used By” date of “23 NOV 2012” are involved in this recall.

The recall was announced after a consumer complained of the problem. Around 2,700 cases are involved in the recall. The recalled cheese was shipped across the United States, but not into Canada.

The Jalapeno string cheese comes packaged in a 12 ounce bag that has 12 individually 1-ounce-sized portions. The UPC code is 2100002977 and only the packages that have the “Best if Used by” date of November 23, 2012 are being recalled. The expiration date is on the back of the main 12-ounce bag in the lower-right corner. All other Kraft String Cheese is safe to eat.

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