Latest Research : People with high cholesterol condition should eliminate carbs, not saturated fats.

burger with fries

For decades, people diagnosed with inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia) have been told avoid saturated fats to lower their blood level cholesterol and reduce their risks of heart disease.

“Eating less saturated fat made no difference for patients with inherited high cholesterol condition.”

“For the past 80 years, people with familial hypercholesterolemia (inherited high cholesterol) have been told to lower their blood level cholesterol with a diet low in saturated fats” said lead author David Diamond, professor and heart disease researcher at the University of South Florida.

Saturated fat has been given a bad name.

It might be the bun and the fries raising your cholesterol, not the burger and cheese!

Doctors have consistently advised patients with inherited high cholesterol to try to lower their cholesterol blood levels, by avoiding foods which contain cholesterol, such as eggs, cheese, meat and coconut oil.

But there is no evidence that avoiding these high cholesterol foods makes any difference to patients with inherited high cholesterol condition.

The eggs, cheese and meat won’t raise your cholesterol levels, but the pizza base might!


“Our study showed that a more ‘heart healthy’ diet is one low in sugar, not saturated fat.”

David Diamond, professor and heart disease researcher at the University of South Florida

Professor Diamond and his co-authors say following a low-carb diet is most effective for people at increased risk of heart disease, such as those who are overweight, hypertensive and diabetic.

Bread, potatoes and sweets are the real dangers, for people with inherited high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Their findings are consistent with another paper recently published in the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology,” which provided strong evidence that food that raises blood sugar, such as bread, potatoes and sweets, should be minimized, rather than tropical oils and animal-based food.


Source: University of South Florida https://www.usf.edu/news/2020/people-with-high-cholesterol-should-eliminate-carbs-not-saturated-fat.aspx

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Traditional vegetable diet reduces risk of premature babies

Eating vegetables before getting pregnant reduces risks of premature birth

It turns out we should follow our parent’s advice when we’re thinking about becoming parents ourselves, with a study finding eating the traditional ‘three-veggies’ before pregnancy lowers the risk of a premature birth.

University of Queensland PhD candidate Dereje Gete analysed the diets of nearly 3500 women and found high consumption of carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, cabbage, green beans and potatoes before conception helped women reach full term pregnancy.

Eating vegetables before conception can reduce the risk of premature birth.

It’s important to start eating vegetables long before conception, for it to have any benefit on the pregnancy.

“Starting a healthier diet after the baby has been conceived may be too late, because babies are fully formed by the end of the first trimester,” he said.


Source: https://medicine.uq.edu.au/article/2020/04/traditional-vegetable-diet-lowers-risk-premature-babies

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Japanese doctors found seeds from a Southeast Asian tree may improve obesity and diabetes

melinjo tree seeds on tree

Medical researchers have known for a long time that the hormone adiponectin improves obesity and diabetes and that the compound resveratrol increases the production of this beneficial hormone.

Researchers from Kumamoto University, Japan who study plants from around the world for useful medicinal properties have found that Melinjo seed extract (MSE) stimulates the production of adiponectin, a beneficial hormone that improves obesity and diabetes. They also discovered that individual genetic differences were responsible for variations in its efficacy.

In Southeast Asia, the fruit, flowers, and leaves of Indonesia’s “Melinjo” tree are traditional foods.

Melinjo tree seeds

The resveratrol compounds in the seeds of Melinjo tree may help with obesity and diabetes.


Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-61148-2


Dutch scientists find that kids are twice as likely to eat healthier after watching cooking shows with healthy food and healthy portion sizes

Healthy TV cookery shows leads to healthy food choices by younger viewers

This lockdown might be benefiting children’s eating habits if they watch healthy cooking on TV.

Just as Joe Wick’s virtual PE lessons have got the nations kids jumping around their living rooms, and improving their health, healthy cooking TV shows can be a key ingredient in nudging children towards healthier food choices now and into adulthood.

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Researchers asked children to watch 10 minutes of a television cooking program designed for children, and then offered them a snack as a reward for participating. Children who watched the healthy program were far more likely to choose one of the healthy snack options — an apple or a few pieces of cucumber — than one of the unhealthy options — a handful of chips or a handful of salted mini-pretzels.

“The findings from this study indicate cooking programs can be a promising tool for promoting positive changes in children’s food-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviors.”

Frans Folkvord, PhD, of Tilburg University,Tilburg, Netherlands.
Watching healthy TV cookery shows leads to healthy food choices by younger viewers

Watching healthy TV cookery shows leads to healthy food choices by younger viewers

Visual prominence of healthier options in both food choice and portion size on TV cooking programs leads young viewers to want healthier options.

It also makes them freely choose those healthier options too.

So watching TV can be good for you!


Source: https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/kids-twice-as-likely-to-eat-healthy-after-watching-cooking-shows-with-healthy-food

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