Friday, November 30, 2012

diet sweetners are associated with higher weight gain

A new study in rats found that non nutritive sweeteners, aspartame (used in diet coke and pepsi) and saccharin (sweet and low,) are associated with a her body weight.

rats that consumed these non nutritive sweeteners, even though both groups consumed same amount of calories per day, had higher levels of weight gain than the rats who were fed sucrose, standard table sugar.

29 rats were involved in the study, and half the rats were fed yogurt sweetned with sucrose and half with the aspratame and saccharin. Both groups consumed the same amount of calories per day, the rats that ate the yogurt with sugar ate less of the other foods during the day and the rats who ate the yogurt with the sugar substitute compensated for the calories saved  by eating more food that day.

The study concluded that the addition of the sugar substitute resulted in higher weight gain compared to the regular sugar yogurt, despite the fact that total calorie intake for the day were similar in all groups. 

This suggests that non nutritive sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame induce weight gain in other mechanisms such as reducing calorie expenditure or promoting fluid retention.

More studies need to follow in humans to confirm this, but my belief has always been that regular sugar, sucrose, in small amounts is better than sugar substitutes.
Read my previous post here that associates diet soda with higher fat storage.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

10 superfoods for your health

 A superfood is a food that has benefits to our health beyond just the nutrient it provides.
Here is 10 super foods for you to enjoy!

  1. Blueberries
    1. Fights Cancer
    2. High in antioxidants 
    3. Low in calories 
    4. Lowers cholesterol

  1. Salmon 
    1. High in omega 3 fatty acids 
    2. lowers risk of heart disease and inflammation in the body 
    3. good source of lean protein
  2. Eggs 
    1. limit to one whole egg per day 
    2. high in choline which blocks fat from being absorbed by the liver
  3. Almonds
    1. high in the good fat
    2. enjoy a handful of almonds twice a week 
    3. good source of fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids 

  1. Green Tea  
    1. increases metabolism 
    2. high in antioxidants that fight cancer

  1. Broccoli 
    1. only 30 calories per cup 
    2. high in fiber and vitamins 
    3. helps fight cancer
  2. Quiona 
    1. a great source of protein and whole grains
    2. filling and delicious 
  3. Yogurt
    1.  always choose low-fat or fat free
    2. good source of calcium 
    3. helps slow production of cortisol which slows your metabolism
  4. Beans 
    1. all beans are a super food! 
    2. Low in calories, high in fiber and protein 
    3. Super filling 
  5. Dark Chocolate 
    1. enjoy small servings as your desserts 
    2. Lowers risk of heart disease

Danielle, RD LD/N


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Losing weight, on any diet, lowers inflammation in the body

I have written numerous articles on why anti-inflammatory foods and diet is the key to long-term health.

Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury, however, fat molecules secrete material that increase the body's inflammation without any injury or need for the inflammation. this kind of Inflammation is the root of all evil, it increases your risk for all chronic diseases, heart attack, stroke, and cancer.

Read my previous post here on why Systemic Inflammation is so detrimental to our health.

A new study from the researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine showed that when study participants lost weight on a 6 month weight loss plan, no matter if they followed a low-carb or a low-fat diet, markers of inflammation were greatly reduced. This is great news, because as long as you are losing weight you are reducing your risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease.

The study did find that participants on the low-carb diet lost more weight then participants on the low-fat diet (28 pounds versus 18 pounds.) Also, participants on the low-carb diet dropped thier BMI by more points (4.7 vs. 2.9)

Both groups did lower their inflammation markers by the same amount.

Danielle Hamo RD, LD/N

tips from a woman who lost 185 pounds

Check out the link below to read about a weight loss journey and tips from a woman who lost 185 pounds!

the key thing i read was changing her mind set. She says " The biggest and most important change though, was mental - I went from thinking my size was beyond my control, to refusing to let it be beyond my control."

Danielle RD LD/N

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Green tea reduces rate of digestive system cancer

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who drink green tea can lower their risk of getting some gi cancers, especially stomach, esophagus, and colon.

The study found that consuming tea regularly, at least three times a week for at least 6 months reduced risk of digestive cancer by 17 percent based on a survey of 75,000 woman enrolled in the Women's Health Study. People who drink 2-3 cups per day had a further amount of reduced risk of digestive cancer, 21%.  Colorectal cancer specifically, was associated with a 29% reduced risk of cancer.

The association was greater for women who drank tea for a longer amount of time, so long-term tea drinking is important.

So get your tea drinking on!

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