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Put Away That Salt Shaker to Shield Your Heart

Put Away That Salt Shaker to Shield Your HeartWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Toss out your salt shaker if you want to lower your risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.Even if you already follow a low-salt diet, sprinkling salt on your food can raise your risk for heart disease, heart failure and plaque in cardiac arteries, researchers report."Compared with people who always added salt to foods -- usually at the table -- those who sometimes, rarely or never added salt to foods had up to 37% reduction in the risk for cardiovascular disease," said lead researcher Dr. Lu Qi, a professor in the department of epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans."Our findings suggest the potential to prevent cardiovascular disease through behavioral changes -- reduction of...

Most Americans Still Aren't Eating Enough Whole Grains

30 November 2022
Most Americans Still Aren`t Eating Enough Whole GrainsWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are eating more whole grains than ever before -- but it's still not enough.Moreover, not everyone agrees on what whole grains actually are, according to a new study that found competing definitions.The increase in whole grain intake over the past two decades is either 39.5% or 61.5%, according to researchers from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston.But by any definition, Americans are not getting the recommended amount of at least 3 ounces daily.Researchers studied overlapping definitions from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Heart Association, the American Association of Cereal Chemists International and the Whole Grains Council....

Healthy Plant-Based Diets Lower Men's Odds for Colon Cancer

29 November 2022
Healthy Plant-Based Diets Lower Men`s Odds for Colon CancerTUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Are you an older man worried about your risk for colon cancer? Eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes may improve your odds of dodging the disease, new research shows.“Although previous research has suggested that plant-based diets may play a role in preventing colorectal cancer, the impact of plant foods’ nutritional quality on this association has been unclear," said study co-author Jihye Kim, from Kyung Hee University in South Korea, "Our findings suggest that eating a healthy plant-based diet is associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.”Kim noted that colon cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and that a man has a lifetime odds for developing it of one in 23. A woman has a lifetime risk of one in...

Berry Good for You: Some Foods Can Strengthen Your Brain

28 November 2022
Berry Good for You: Some Foods Can Strengthen Your BrainMONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Eating more berries and drinking tea may help slow mental decline as you age, new research suggests.In a study of more than 900 adults, researchers found that foods like these -- containing antioxidant flavonols -- delivered brain benefits to older adults. Flavonols are found in fruits like berries, green leafy vegetables, tea and wine.For example, people who ate a serving of leafy green vegetables a day slowed their rate of cognitive decline by about 32%, compared with people who didn't eat any foods with flavonols, said lead researcher Dr. Thomas Holland, an instructor of internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago."Flavonols are both anti-inflammatories and antioxidants," he said. "These foods that contain flavonols...

Skipping Meals Could Shave Years Off Your Life

28 November 2022
Skipping Meals Could Shave Years Off Your LifeMONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Intermittent fasting -- limiting eating to a small part of the day -- is very popular these days. But that doesn't mean it's healthy.A new study published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that people who skipped meals, fasted or ate their meals too closely together overall had higher risks of premature death."At a time when intermittent fasting is widely touted as a solution for weight loss, metabolic health and disease prevention, our study is important for the large segment of American adults who eat fewer than three meals each day," said lead author Dr. Yangbo Sun. She's an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.“Our research revealed that...

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