Archives for June 2011

Aspartame to blame?

At annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association research presented that dieters who drank 2 or more diet sodas containing aspartame were 6 times more likely to have abdominal adiposity (belly fat) known to be associated with both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Is this a chicken or egg situation? Do dieters select diet sodas before or after they get fat? Some suggestion that blood sugar levels are affected by aspartame provided by study using diabetes prone mice. Ironically, on the American Diabetes website they recommend diet sodas!

Food to share

Great idea to share your healthy food with others. Lauren Walters is co-founder and CEO of Two Degrees Food, a company with a smart idea of sharing healthy food bars. She will speak at the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival this year.

All things berries

Looking forward to attending the berry meeting on Monday in Westlake Village. Berries are full of health benefits especially black raspberries and blueberries.

Why would you see a nutritionist?

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Your Plate

What size plate? What about combined foods like spaghetti with meat and tomato sauce? These are my first thoughts as I look at the new simple graphic for “My Plate” display for our food guidance unveiled this week by USDA. I think it is an improvement on the pyramid and perhaps the personalized and interactive nature of the approach will be helpful.

Apple a Day

Ursolic acid is a natural compound found in apple peel may be one reason why an apple a day is said to keep the doctor away. Ursolic acid is found in apples, pears and prunes and may be important in programmed cell death or apoptosis and cancer prevention. New research also suggests that it may help maintain muscle mass.

Cell Metab. 2011 Jun 8;13(6):627-38
Biochem Pharmacol. 2006 May 14;71(10):1397-421. Epub 2006 Feb 23.

Why Your Health Matters

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23andMe as genomic social network research tool

Good article on how lower pricing has increased accessibility to 23andMe. Let’s see how long direct-to-consumer testing is available. You own your own results and that alone may be very valuable in the future. Without personal health history genetic data alone isn’t really meaningful. That’s where The DNA Diet comes in.