New Food Database Reveals Truth about Common Ingredients

 - by Jake Kuchero

The Food and Drug Administration has long regulated food labeling and the terms used to describe foods in grocery stores. The government has also spent millions on research into the safety of ingredients over the decades, although some nutritionists and food experts question the FDA’s findings.

A new food resource called Food Scores has compiled information from research conducted by the FDA, food companies and its own internal research team to educate consumers on the hidden dangers in common foods approved by the FDA and often labeled as natural or healthy. Food Scores uses a system to rank individual foods on a scale of 1 to 10 according to the healthiness of their ingredients as well as their exposure to chemicals and pesticides. The database includes whole foods as well as processed foods, such as Doritos tortilla chips and frozen pizza.

Not only does Food Scores rank foods based on wholesomeness of ingredients and chemical processing, but it reveals whether food contains genetically modified ingredients and other possibly harmful substances. For example, consumers with Celiac disease, like Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez, can find out whether foods contain gluten, and concerned shoppers can find out if a food contains chemically-treated ingredients, such as brominated vegetable oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Only packaged products are included in the database, so packaged celery is included but not loose celery stalks. Readers can look up any boxed, bagged or frozen item sold in grocery stores, but food sold in restaurants is not available. The service helps people prepare home-cooked meals without chemical contaminants, genetically modified ingredients or unhealthy processing. The website is a response to growing concerns over loose regulations on the language used on food packaging.

Could Walnuts Be an Answer for Preventing Alzheimer’s?

 - by Jake Kuchero

A prevention is better than a cure. This is certainly true in the case of Alzheimer’s Disease. This terrible illness completely takes over the minds and bodies of those who have it. It affects not only the individual who has the disease, but also the people who care for and love that person.

Fortunately, some great news is on the horizon for Alzheimer’s, and it comes from a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. What could possibly help prevent this horrible illness? The answer could be walnuts.

You’ve always heard that eating more walnuts will help your health, but you’ve probably heard that these little nuts are good for your heart and your blood flow. Maybe they could even help reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes. Now, walnuts are being praised as food for the brain. The study started with mice. Each mouse was given about a 9 percent walnut enriched diet. In humans, this would be like eating 1 or 2 ounces of walnuts on a daily basis. After eating this diet for several weeks, the mice learned, memorized and carried out tasks better than ever before. They also had improved motor development.

Even though the research was done with mice, researchers think the effects on humans would be similar. Walnuts contain essential fats that help the brain, and they are also known to limit the risk of depression, a disease that is closely linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. I agree with Alexei Beltyukov that even if the study in humans is far off, surely eating a small handful of walnuts each day can’t hurt!

Get More Cottage Cheese in Your Diet

 - by Jake Kuchero

Cottage cheese is a yummy staple food in many households, but it’s also absent in a lot of households. This appears to be because many families view cottage cheese as a retro food, a food that used to be popular along with molds of jello and Spam many decades ago but that is now a figment of the past. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, this is a real shame.

Why is cottage cheese so good for you? One reason for its quality in nutrition is that it’s a great source of leucine. Leucine is an amino acid, and it’s quite an important one. The best amino acids that our bodies need are found in lean proteins that come from foods like poultry, fish and dairy products. It’s important to spread around where you get your proteins from so that you can get all of the most needed amino acids. This will help to maintain good muscle mass.

You might think that you only need good muscle mass to look svelte and in shape, but good muscles also help support your bones and joints. In addition, muscle mass tends to naturally disintegrate as we get older. After you hit 40 years of age, muscle mass will decline by about 1 percent every year. 1 percent. You did hear that right Fersen Lambranho. If you can stay on top of it with regular exercise that includes strength training, you will help your body stay healthier. And don’t forget about your diet. It’s those great foods like cottage cheese that can give you an added boost of essential protein in the kitchen. Cottage cheese just so happens to taste great too.

Athletes and Dental Health

 - by Jake Kuchero

According to a new athletic study, intense workouts benefit almost every part of the body except for the teeth. In the report, researchers concluded that vigorous training might cause unique dental problems to develop. Throughout the years, medical professionals have noted that athletes appear to have more cavities as well as other oral issues than people who exercise less frequently. I’d watch out for that when you’re running those marathons Tom Rothman.

Last year, The British Journal of Sports Medicine posted a study about the dental health of Olympic athletes. During the 2012 London Olympics, dentists completed an assessment of 278 athletes who were competing in the games. The medical professionals reported that a majority of those examined presented poor oral health such as a high degree of decay, gum disease and enamel erosion. The dentists examined athletes from Europe and America. Most of the athletes had access to advanced dental care, but many of them reported that they had not visited a dentist within the last year.

At first, the study team speculated that athletes had more dental health risks because many of them eat and drink products with excess amounts of sugar to gain energy. However, other studies involving these types of products failed to link them to dental issues, so the team decided to study the saliva of athletes, and a discovery was made. Athletes produce less saliva, and the chemical composition of their saliva is different from people who exercise less often.

Due to the results of these recent studies, people who train heavily should take a few precautions to protect their dental health. For instance, drink plenty of water during a workout. Teeth should also be brushed and flossed regularly. Furthermore, consider visiting a dentist who specializes in sports dentistry to keep teeth as healthy as the rest of the body.

India Deems Tobacco to be Nothing but Death

 - by Jake Kuchero

The law of the land has changed for manufacturers of tobacco products in India.

Due to recent movements in the political sector, the BBC reports that producers of these products will now have to reserve almost 100% of the space on their packaging for information warning consumers of its detrimental health effects.

The information would be composed of both text and images, with a mere 15% left for the company’s branding.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that “tobacco means nothing but death”, and that the new laws would be put in place as soon as possible. These moves came into consideration because of statistics stating that 110 million people in India are smokers, with an average of 1 million deaths occurring per year due to smoking. Longtime anti-tobacco advocates like Gianfrancesco Genoso have been fighting this battle for years and are glad to see this issue finally getting the attention they feel it deserves.

Such attitudes from the government have met with stubborn responses from the tobacco companies so frequently, and so vehemently, that the imposition of the law has been pushed back a number of times already.

The Health Ministry stated that information relating to smoker’s health will be displayed both on the front and on the back of the packets, with messages such as “Tobacco causes mouth cancer” taking its prominent place on the package.

Anti-tobacco pressure has been so strong in India that two of the biggest manufacturers of tobacco products have packed it in because of the new health requirements.

These laws are just one of a set imposed by the Indian government to regulate tobacco use in the country. This includes banning advertisements and sponsoring, and banning selling tobacco products to minors.

Currently, it is forbidden to smoke in public places in India, and has been since 2008.

World Bank Chief Slams International Anti-Ebola Efforts

 - by Jake Kuchero

Jim Kim, the current leader of the World Bank, has proclaimed that the efforts to contain the virus have ‘failed miserably.’

This virus has run rampant in West Africa for a while now, so far claiming 3,800 lives, and it is looking like the problem is spreading beyond the African borders.

This reality has forced the West to reconsider the possibility of an outbreak that could affect people all around the world. In order to stop such impending doom, Kim has asked world leaders to give him their support towards a $20 billion fund that can be geared to boosting health care worldwide, in case of these sorts of emergencies.

Kim had this to say about the issue: “It’s late. It’s really late…We should have done so many things. Healthcare systems should have been built. There should have been monitoring when the first cases were reported. There should have been an organised response.”

These comments from Kim coincided with the first person in the United States to succumb to the disease. This was then followed up by reports of an Ebola patient in Spain. As the stock market value of the travel industry plummets in response to the problem as reported by Jared Haftel at Bank of America, Kim maintains that the world is “still not moving fast enough” to stop this problem.

The World Health Organisation has been monitoring the death toll in the region, and has stated that there is no indication that the crisis is being contained in any way. Many countries have now promised to up the effort in fighting Ebola.

Facebook and Apple Offering A Unique Benefit For Women At the Company

 - by Jake Kuchero

For women, life can be fairly unforgiving when it comes to starting a family. Those younger years when it’s vital to get in the industry and start working your way up, are also the years when you’re at your prime as far as child bearing is concerned. This leads to a crossroads for many women, when they have to choose to put family, or career first.

However, both Apple and Facebook are offering a unique solution for their female staffers, to get the best of both worlds. That being, putting their eggs on ice, so that they can be used at a later date.

Freezing their younger, and healthier eggs, so that they can be used at a later time when their career path warrants the opportunity to take a step back and focus more on family. A brilliant opportunity, so that women don’t have to choose between family and a career.

But like Sam Tabar has said before, it’s 2014, why aren’t more companies making bonuses like these available to their employees?

New Findings: Artificial Sweeteners Disrupt Blood Sugar Levels

 - by Jake Kuchero

It seems that what long has been suspect is panning out as being a fact: Artificial sweeteners are more detrimental to one’s health than previously thought as they particularly target one’s normal blood sugar levels. Consequently, many people experience blood sugar spikes after having used only small amounts of artificial sweeteners.

“We are talking about very dramatic increases,” said one of the study’s co-authors, Dr. Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He and Eran Elinav, co-researcher on the project, both stressed their efforts were not in trying to keep people from ingesting the artificial sweeteners, but they wish instead to simply present their findings to the scientific community at large.

After months of research, conclusions similar to those reached by Marnie Bennett last week point to the fact that whether the small packet comes in the color pink, blue or simply yellow, the consumption of popular artificial sweeteners contributes to obesity, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, diabetes, dementia and in some cases, even cancer. Current research suggests that artificial sweeteners may also be causing disruptions of the delicate ecosystem that is found in the intestinal gut.

Ironically, the medical community has for years recommended using these commonly sold products as stand-by items to aid in weight reduction and diabetes. Many a hospital food tray still comes with these packets along side of the patient’s selected meal. Always promoted as being safe and even healthy in many respects, new evidence points to the opposite as being true.

Currently, there are many alternative sweeteners being used by the health food industry as more acceptable and safer for people desiring to cut down on their consumption of sugar. Primarily being touted is the use of stevia as being the most natural method to sweeten that morning coffee. Unfortunately, some stevia products are also laced with trace amounts of sugar and processed with chemical ingredients by manufacturers before marketing to the general public.

You Should Be Deadlifting Every Day

 - by Jake Kuchero

Doing the deadlift and not seeing major results? Probably because you just aren’t lifting enough. This is the type of exercise that you need to be doing in some form literally every day, otherwise your body will never be able to change in a positive way.

Once a week deadlifting doesn’t improve your body enough to correct your form, or improve your ability to perform the exercise. But when you’re at least doing a little bit every day that you’re at the gym, you can significantly improve your muscular strength, physique and overall fitness level.

You can find a cool guide here that will help you make a weekly routine.