Archive for the ‘News of the Day’ Category

Black Rice, Omega 3 Margarine, and The Mediterranean Diet

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Healthy Couple

Today I would like to show you some current news articles about healthy topics like Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, the high antioxidant concentration of Black Rice, and a fun little slideshow about the Mediterranean Diet.

We just can’t take old news for granted, because studies are confirming and rejecting some of what we think we know. Myths are created and dispelled on a daily basis. Check it out.

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A Coffee a Day Keeps Head Cancer Away

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Healthy Coffee
Healthy Coffee

OK, I might be stretching it a little bit with that post title, but the facts are the facts: coffee does have positive health benefits, the most recent being that coffee may cut down the risk of developing head and neck cancer.

The results were pooled from 9 other studies done throughout the years, and scientists feel confident in saying that the risk of developing head and neck cancer was 12 percent lower in people who drank coffee compared with those who didn’t.

In this case more is better, as people who drank more than 4 cups of coffee a day had a 33% less chance of developing the cancer. Now, I’m not trying to drink 5 cups of coffee a day, but I won’t feel too bad if I have 2 or even 3 cups.

Decaffeinated coffee and tea had no measure effect on decreasing the risk of head and neck cancer.

Read the research article here: Coffee and Tea Intake and Risk of Head and Neck Cancer

5 Foods That Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

As you know, eating a ton of high GI carbs may make you develop type 2 adult-onset diabetes, and trust me: you don’t want that.

Brown rice: switching from white rice to brown rice is one step you can take to help manage those kinds of foods, but what else can you do?

Here are 4 more foods you can eat to help prevent type 2 diabetes:

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Some Protein Drinks Can Kill You

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

So I read a study in Consumer Reports today about the content of heavy metals in protein drinks. The metals of concern are deadly when humans are exposed to them, even is small concentrations, over many years: arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium.

I wouldn’t exactly call the results of the study tragic, but I definitely think Project Swole readers should be aware and should avoid certain products.

Read the report here: What’s in YOUR protein drink?

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How to Avoid Being Bullied

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Bullies
Avoid Being Bullied

In today’s “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” category, I would like you to read about how bullies target obese kids. Um… no kidding, Sherlock.

I was bullied as a kid.

From 6th to 9th grade I really didn’t fit in anywhere. I was chubby, had acne, wore glasses, and I wasn’t any good in gym class. They called me names, drew nasty pictures of me, popular girls prank called me, and jocks punched me.

Looking back, I was probably one of the top 10 least popular kids in my class of 120 or so. It wasn’t any fun.

Bullying causes pain, anger, and resentment. So often in today’s society, we see so many acts of bullying the end in violence. Granted, I didn’t knife anyone, shoot anyone, or beat anyone up over it… but some kids do.

We need to educate our children and teach them how to avoid bullies, as well as how to avoid becoming a bully.

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Recent Health and Sporting News

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I’m having a bad day. I missed my Crossfit workout this morning for an emergency meeting with the dentist, now I have dental surgery coming up on Wednesday, and I barely have enough money to cover my bills and expenses this month. Since I really have to work right now, I don’t have time to write a good post today, so I’m going to leave you with some health and sports news.

Why a high fat breakfast is better than a high carb breakfast. Here’s more on that subject: Eating fat for breakfast instead of carbs. You can program your body for the day, depending on what you choose to eat for breakfast.

But then in related news we are also faced with this:

Fatty foods cause a cocaine-like addiction. This one is about mice displaying the same addiction tenancies to fatty food, as they do to exposure to cocaine.

Apparently we should become addicted to eating high-fat meals for breakfast. I don’t know. I just don’t see it. I would choose a bowl of Total Raisin Bran with skim milk or a bowl of oatmeal, over bacon or sausage any day of the week.

In sporting news, the Red Sox barely beat the Yankees last night, but that’s good enough for me.

That snake Tiger Woods will make his comeback today, for whatever that’s worth. Do you really care?

And finally, McNabb goes to the Redskins. I don’t much care about that either, but it will be interesting to see if McNabb improves the Skins, or if playing for the Skins forces McNabb into retirement. I suppose the latter is more likely.

Drinking Soda Increases Risk of Pancreatic Cancer by 87 Percent

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Don't Drink SodaHere’s another reason never to drink soda or anything else containing high-fructose corn syrup ever again.

A recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, links sugary soft drink consumption to an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Noel T. Mueller, MPH, the author of the study and a research associate at the Cancer Control Program at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. notes:

“People who drank two or more soft drinks a week had an 87% increased risk — or nearly twice the risk — of pancreatic cancer compared to individuals consuming no soft drinks.”

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Fish Oil and Hash Help Prevent Psychotic Episodes

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Fish Oil Helps Prevent Psychosis

Crazy Fish
Crazy Fish

A study of potential schizophrenics has determined that supplementing with fish oil, primarily long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, can reduce the risk of ever developing full-blown schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder. In fact, supplementing with fish oil was found to be equally effective at preventing psychotic episodes as anti-psychotic medications.

The study was conducted with 81 patients at ultra-high risk of developing a psychotic disorder. At the end of the study, less than 5% of patients supplementing with fish oil developed full-blown psychosis, while nearly 28% of patients in the placebo group transitioned to a psychotic state.

This is great news for adolescents, since that age group is highly affected by the weight gain side effects of anti-psychotic medication. Supplementing daily with fish oil sounds like a great idea to me.

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Fat Folk Encouraged to Get Fatter to Qualify for Bariatric Surgery

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Yes you read that right. In certain postal codes in England, severely overweight people are being denied life-saving surgery because it is not cost effective.

Obesity
Severe clinical obesity can be life threatening.

The National Health Service (NHS), the name commonly used to refer to the three publicly funded health care systems in England, is telling people that they don’t qualify for surgery even though they are clinically obese.

Some people in more affluent postal codes with lower BMIs qualify for surgery right away, while the lower and middle class are being told to get fatter so that they will develop life-threatening complications, which will then qualify them for surgery. This policy allows some people with BMI of 40 to get the surgery, while others with BMI of 60 are labeled as “too skinny”, simply because of where they live.

Yikes.

Read more: Obese patients ‘encouraged to put on weight to qualify for surgery’

California Bans Trans-Fats in Restaurants

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Happy New Year!

Trans-fats
Trans-fats

Project Swole readers already know that trans-fats are bad for us. We also know partially hydrogenated oils are bad for us. These fats are not essential and should comprise about 0.0% of our dietary intake of fats. Now those who have homes or apartments in California can rest easy because trans-fats are on their way out!

Several states have already banned partially hydrogenated oil in restaurants, but California is the first one to outlaw trans-fats with fines of up to $1000 for an infraction. You can thank our hero Arnold Schwarzenegger for this latest step to improving the American diet.

Trans-fats are arguably the worst fats you can eat, but should the government have the right to make laws against selling those foods in restaurants?

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