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April 23, 2014

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3:53 PM | Vitamin D, Inflammation, Biomarkers and Weight Loss
Inflammation, especially chronic inflammation, has been linked with cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome-associated disorders (obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and hepatic steatosis). Maternal inflammation during pregnancy can even affect the health of a child. Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations are a marker of inflammation. CRP concentrations increase in response to infections, inflammation, and oxidative stress.  Eating a diet lacking adequate amounts […]
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5:00 AM | Ginseng Prevents Flu & Respiratory Virus
New findings on ginseng suggest that it may be a powerful tool in the fight against the flu and respiratory syncytial virus.

April 22, 2014

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4:11 PM | B Vitamins, Child Health and the Nutrition Problem
Metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. It is characterized by elevated blood pressure, large waist circumference, and low HDL-cholesterol levels. As societies transform and develop, the incidence of metabolic syndrome increases. For example, 40% of women and 29% of men living in Nairobi have metabolic syndrome. People can still be malnourished, missing essential vitamins and minerals, even when they are overweight. Because metabolic syndrome […]
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5:00 AM | Higher Fiber Intake May Lead to Lower Healthcare Costs
If U.S. adults increase dietary fiber to about 25 grams daily, there is a potential of $12.7 billion in healthcare savings annually.

April 21, 2014

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3:30 PM | Rubber’s Busting Bubble
Although not as common as it once was, one tropical tree crop seems to have found itself a new habitat in office foyers and sitting rooms across the land. However, the pot-plant with the large glossy dark green leaves that is widely known as the rubber plant is a fraud, a charlatan, it is not […]
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2:47 PM | Vitamin D Sufficiency for Child Development and Nutrition for All
Vitamin D and calcium are required to build strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D is essential for normal absorption of calcium. Rickets, a failure in bone mineralization, was identified in the early 17th century and became endemic in the 20th century with industrialization. People were spending more time indoors and air pollution was reducing sun exposure. With vitamin D fortification and supplementation, rickets almost completely disappeared in the 21st century. However, rickets is re-emerging as […]
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5:00 AM | Hillshire Brands to Buy Van’s Natural Foods for $165 Million
Transaction strengthens Hillshire Brands’ presence in frozen category; facilitates extension into additional segments.

April 18, 2014

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1:27 PM | Serum Carotenoids and Perspective on the Alpha-Tocopherol Beta-Carotene (ATBC) Study
Carotenoids are yellow, orange, and red pigments found in plants. Out of over 600 carotenoids found in nature, only six, i.e. β-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, α-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, are absorbed in quantity into the body. Only three (β-carotene, α-carotene and β-cryptoxanthin) can be converted to vitamin A in the body. Lutein and zeaxanthin are highly concentrated in the macular pigment of the retina, playing an important role in vision. Lutein […]

April 17, 2014

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7:15 PM | Immigration, Unhealthy Dietary Habits, and Nutritional Status
Moving from one place to another takes effort and is fraught with unknowns. Different cultures, languages, laws, and more. People do this because they are seeking opportunity, to improve their circumstances. Contrary to this notion, Eldeirawi and colleagues report a negative effect of immigration/acculturation on nutritional status using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988-1994). The data is not recent but the results are insightful, based on 1,559 Mexican […]
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5:00 AM | Post Holdings to Acquire Michael Foods
The Michael Foods acquisition will be Post's largest transaction to date.
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5:00 AM | High Fat Diet Associated with Increased Breast Cancer Risk
High total and saturated fat intake were associated with greater risk of estrogen receptor- and progesterone receptor-positive breast cancer, and human epidermal growth factor 2 receptor-negative disease.
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5:00 AM | NCHS Reviews Regional Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S.
17.9% of U.S. adults used non-vitamin, non-mineral dietary supplements, surpassing the use of any other approach to complementary health.

April 16, 2014

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6:17 PM | Headlines can Drive you Crazy! Today’s Rant is Vitamin E
Headlines. They are seductive. They are memorable. Unfortunately, the details beneath the headline may be different.  In an insightful article (The media wails about money wasted on Tamiflu – but we were the ones who demanded it), Oliver Wright tracks headlines last week in Great Britain condemning their government for wasting taxes to stockpile the anti-flu drug Tamiflu. Then he cites 2005 headlines when the media criticized government for failing to protect its citizens, leaving […]
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12:59 PM | Iron Supplements and VO2max
Boosting iron levels boosts performance, but not for everyone.
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12:34 PM | Driving policy by headlines introduces c
Driving policy by headlines introduces controversy without direction or momentum. http://ow.ly/vQBTi #LostOpportunitiesFiled under: Uncategorized
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12:34 PM | Driving policy by headlines introduces c
Driving policy by headlines introduces controversy without direction or momentum. http://ow.ly/vQBTi #LostOpportunitiesFiled under: Uncategorized
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5:00 AM | Front of Package Labeling Leads to Better Consumer Understanding & Choices
Those with lower education levels showed proportionately higher gains in identification of nutrients and percent daily values when information was present on the front of food packages.

April 15, 2014

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6:03 PM | Nutrient Status is More Important than Nutrient Intake
For the most part, our bodies can interconvert macronutrients but vitamins and minerals must be consumed. Our bodies use carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and alcohol as energy sources. While some amino acids and fatty acids are essential (must be ingested), excess protein, carbohydrates, and fats are metabolized and stored in adipose tissue (as fat). Because of inadequate intakes of vitamins and minerals, people (and animals) can be overweight, even obese, and still malnourished. While low […]
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5:00 AM | Meta-Analysis: Whey Protein Improves Body Composition
Whey protein consumption may lead to significant decreases in body weight and body fat and significant increases in lean body mass, according to research published in Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

April 14, 2014

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10:19 PM | Multivitamin-Mineral Supplements: Safe Insurance for Micronutrient Gaps
The most commonly used dietary supplement is a multivitamin-mineral (MVMM) supplement. In 2011 survey,  the Council of Responsible Nutrition (CRN) reports the most commonly used dietary supplement is a multivitamin-mineral supplement (Dickinson et al, 2014). Consumers use MVMM supplements primarily:  1) for overall health and wellness and 2) to fill nutrient gaps. Multivitamin-mineral supplements are an important source of nutrients for many. While we may dream of eating garden-fresh […]
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8:57 PM | Another dangerous "supplement" discovered
The New England Journal of Medicine recently ran an article (1) about the safety of nutritional supplements, in response to the discovery that an over-the-counter 'supplement' called OxyElite Pro had caused severe liver damage; one person died and three others required liver transplants. It wasn't made clear in the article what exactly caused the problems. This is obviously a serious matter, yet the whole article smacks of supplement bashing.First, it is preposterous to call a product like […]
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1:08 PM | Beyond Standing Desks
To reduce sitting time, workplace culture needs to change.
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5:00 AM | Supplement Use More Prevalent Than NHANES Suggests
Users take supplements to improve overall health, fill nutrient gaps, according to published review based on CRN data.
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5:00 AM | Chinese Herbal Medicine May Offer Potential in Treating Hepatitis C
In vitro study suggests compound extracted from herb found in certain regions of Taiwan and Southern China blocks inhibit hepatitis C virus activity.
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5:00 AM | Severe Obesity on the Rise Among U.S. Children
Analysis finds that all classes of obesity in children have increased over the last 14 years.

April 13, 2014

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2:17 PM | Confessions of a lapsed diet tracker
“I stuck with diet tracking for a while, but it got to be too much. When I’m stressed, and admittedly, when my eating is out of control, I stop. I don’t want to see the damage. I know I’m putting ...

April 12, 2014

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10:03 AM | How eating several smaller sized chocolates makes you look greedy and impulsive: the unit size effect of indulgent food
Imagine you are offered a package full of delicious chocolates. Would the size of the pieces of chocolate influences how much you eat? Yes, the size of your piece of chocolate matters. This so-called unit size of food refers to the number of units in which a portion of food is divided. Earlier studies have shown that smaller units typically lead people to eat less. For example, Wansink and colleagues found that people being given four 100-calorie packs of crackers ate about 25% […]

van Kleef E., Kavvouris C. & van Trijp H.C.M. (2014). The unit size effect of indulgent food: How eating smaller-sized items signals impulsivity and makes consumers eat less, Psychology & Health, 1-41. DOI:

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April 11, 2014

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11:03 AM | Why Runners Sweat More
(And why that's a good thing.)
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8:25 AM | Iron Supplementation is Beneficial for Female Athletes
Iron is an essential nutrient, especially for athletes. Iron’s most important role is to transport oxygen through the body via the blood protein hemoglobin. When iron intakes and absorption are inadequate to meet needs, the hemoglobin molecule that contains iron at its core cannot be produced. Symptoms such as fatigue, weakness and dizziness relate to the reduced ability of the body to transport oxygen. Iron deficiency in athletes reduces oxygen uptake and the output of muscles, impairing […]
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5:00 AM | Bill Introduced to Stop State Laws Requiring GMO Labeling
Reps. Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield have introduced The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act— a bill specifically aimed at halting individual state laws requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.
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