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Scientists see risks and benefits in foods with nanotechnology - Reuters (article link)

(Reuters) - In a taste of things to come, food scientists say they have cooked up a way of using nanotechnology to make low-fat or fat-free foods just as appetizing and satisfying as their full-fat fellows.

- Nanotechnology -- which, among other things, may be used to alter when, how and where in our bodies food is digested.
- "We are unpicking the mechanisms of digestion used to break them down so we can design fats in a rational way that are digested more slowly."
- The European Commission has set up a research project called NanoLyse aimed at devising ways of detecting and measuring nano technology in foods.

"These particles could be hazardous and we need to know more about their effects both in the body and in the environment," -- "Since these particles are very small, they can...enter cells or even the nucleus of a cell if they have the right characteristics."

Read more ...Scientists see risks and benefits in foods with nanotechnology - Reuters (article link)

Downside of meat-based diets, low-carbohydrate diet resulted in higher mortality rates - CNN (video)

CNN's Monita Rajpal reports on a study that examines the effects of eating or denying certain food groups.

- People talking their experience with the Atkin's diet.
- A high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet resulted in higher mortality rates.
- Low-carbohydrate diet that were high in protein, tofu, and legumes showed lower rates of mortality and cardiovascular diseases.
- If your protein is coming from just meat then you are not getting all the nutrients you need including things like fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Read more ...Downside of meat-based diets, low-carbohydrate diet resulted in higher mortality rates - CNN (video)

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.

Read more ...Greens reduced brain age 1-2 years, Alzheimer's risk reduced with nuts high in vitamin E 67%, DHA...

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.

Read more ...Dietary vitamin E, in particular, might be related to a lower risk of dementia including...

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Read more ...Diabetes drug linked to B12 deficiency; B12 is essential to maintain healthy nerve cells and red...

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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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.

Read more ...The lower the amount of added sugar people ate, the better their good cholesterol and their blood...

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"

Read more ...Coffee drinkers may be at lower risk of liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's...

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.

Read more ...Gut Bacteria can help you lose weight and decrease the amount of fat absorbed by the gut –...

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.

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