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Food and Nutrition

'Critical' steps to protect U.S. food - CNN (video)

Josh Levs interviews food safety expert Caroline Smith DeWaal about how to protect the nation's food supply.

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Greens reduced brain age 1-2 years, Alzheimer's risk reduced with nuts high in vitamin E 67%, DHA Omega-3 40%, curcumin shown to clear away proteins - Today (video)

Prevention magazine's Courtenay Smith has tips on how to feed your brain the right foods to help avoid age-related memory loss.
- Greens, cruciferous vegetables powerful brain protectors reduced bran age of women 1-2 years.
- Whole grains oats and brown rice keeps your blood sugar steady, brain relies on blood glucose.
- Dark chocolate 70% coco linked to better brain health.
- Nuts, foods high in vitamin E like nuts reduced Alzheimer's risk by 67%.
- Fish, Omega-3, people with higher levels of DHA in their blood reduced risk of Alzheimer's by 40%.
- Curcumin, turmeric curcuma and curry, is anti-inflammatory and has been shown to clear away Alzheimer's disease causing proteins.

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Obesity and an interesting look at contrasting school lunches served around the world - CNN (video)

Connect The World looks at food served at schools around the world as part of its focus on childhood obesity.

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Dietary vitamin E, in particular, might be related to a lower risk of dementia including Alzheimer's - Reuters (article link)

- The 1/3 who reported the highest vitamin E intake from food were 25% less likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, over the next decade.
- Food sources of vitamin E include wheat germ, nuts such as almonds and hazelnuts, vegetable oils such as sunflower and safflower oils, and some green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli.

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Millions may be living with celiac disease an illness linked to gluten - NBC News (video)

Doctors believe nearly 3 million Americans could be living with celiac disease without knowing it.
- Vast majority of Americans may not know
- Gluten wheat barley and rye are off the menu
- Symptoms diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal pain, and infertility

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Conflicting reports on oil clean-up: Benzene in the Food Chain - NBC NightlyNews (video)

More than half of the oil 2.9-3.2 million barrels, 70-79%, is still in the gulf as microscopic droplets underneath the surface and sea floor according to the Georgia group.

- Benzene a x1000 times higher than allowed in the mud of Louisiana marshes. 
- The small Plankton, bacteria , that are taken up by the oysters, that are taken up by the shrimp, and eventually work their way up the food chain.

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Study links organophosphate pesticide exposure to ADHD - MSNBC (video)

A new report suggests that relatively low-level exposure to common pesticides, probably from reidues on foods, doubles children's risk of developing ADHD.
- Study links Ognanophosphate Pesticides in common foods to ADHD, may affect functioning of nervous system.
- 28% of frozen blue berries, 25% of straberries there was residue of oganophosphate.

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Diabetes drug linked to B12 deficiency; B12 is essential to maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells; Mental changes and neuropathy - Reuters (article link)

- symptoms of B12 deficiency include fatigue, mental changes, anemia and nerve damage known as neuropathy.
- all these symptoms can easily be misdiagnosed as being due to diabetes.
- an estimated 246 million people have diabetes -- rates are expected to rise -- type 2 diabetes linked to poor diet, lack of exercise.

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Nuts are good for the heart; improve cholesterol and triglycerides levels - CNN (video)

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a new report that finds nuts are good for the heart in many ways.

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Children attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD linked to pesticide exposure - CNN (article link)

Children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with less exposure, a nationwide study suggests.

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Oats lower bad cholesterol but also diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, and cancer - CNN (video)

- Oatmeal from scratch increases the nutrition and reduces or removes additives such as sodium and sugar.
- Note: Large Flake are best and oatmeal also reduces inflammation (see Dr Gupta video on food and inflammation)

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Sugar-heart diseas link revealed - NightlyNews (video)

- Access sugar in processed foods decrease good cholesterol HDL and increase triglycerides which can be a lethal combination

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The lower the amount of added sugar people ate, the better their good cholesterol and their blood triglyceride levels - CNN (article link)

- The less sugar added to foods for typical people, the better are their blood-fat profiles and the lower are their cardiovascular risks.
- Lower added-sugar consumption linked to better levels of good cholesterol.

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Coffee drinkers may be at lower risk of liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease - CNN (article link)

- A 2005 study found that Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than anywhere else
- "Polyphenols or flavonoids, the type of antioxidants found in coffee, are also found in other foods and drinks, like tea, red wine, and chocolate. All three have been proven to moderately help brain function"

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Gut Bacteria can help you lose weight and decrease the amount of fat absorbed by the gut – NewScientist (mag article)

Researchers found that replacing the bacteria in mouse intestines with human gut flora decreased the amount of fat absorbed by the gut.
- After 12 weeks, volunteers had lost an average of 1kg and scans revealed that they had lost 4.6% of their “bad”, visceral fat, which surrounds internal organs and is implicated in metabolic syndrome, and 3.3% of their subcutaneous fat.
- The milk drunk by half of the group was enriched with lactobacillus gasseri.

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A new study claims some people are addicted to food "addiction driving obesity" - MSNBC (video)

- There's no doubt that sugar clearly affects the brain like cocaine, morphine, and nicotine.
- 4 criteria for addiction; Binging, withdrawal, cravings, cross sensitization with other drugs of abuse.
- Addiction is driving obesity.

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Pepsi to cut salt, sugar and saturated fats - Reuters (article link)

"We believe that a healthier future for all people and our planet means a more successful future for PepsiCo," said Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo CEO.
- Pepsi said it plans a reduction of 25% the average sodium per serving in major global food brands in key markets by 2015.
- reduce the average saturated fat per serving by 15% by 2020.
- reduce the average sugar per serving in key global beverage brands by 25% by 2020.

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Shaking the salt habit with Dr Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic - NBC (video)

The surprisingly high sodium levels in common foods underscore the importance of reading nutrition labels.

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Kraft to cut salt in products - NBC (video)

Kraft Foods announced it is cutting the level of salt in its products by 10 percent, eliminating 750 million teaspoons of salt in everything from cookies to mac-n-cheese.

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Choosing the best milk for your family - NBC (video)

With all the different options on grocery store shelves, it can be hard to know which milk is the best for you and your family. TODAY nutritionist joy Bauer has helpful tips for sorting out the differences between skim, soy and other choices facing moms.
- with the exception for kids, people should stick to skim or 1% milk.

Read more: Choosing the best milk for your family - NBC (video)