How To Spot Diet And Nutrition Myths For Yourself

These days there are many well-known and often repeated “facts” about weight loss and dieting.

It seems like every week there’s some new diet, exercise trend or rediscovered supplement that promises to peel off the pounds. And since we’re all secretly hoping for the discovery that will magically solve our weight issues, we listen.

The American Dietetic Association’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, held in Chicago last month made a serious attempt to de-bunk some of the popular diet and nutrition myths.

Things you’ve heard about eating at night… gaining weight because of high fructose corn syrup… drinking water to drown your appetite and shed pounds… and more were cast aside by the experts at the annual meeting.

Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS gives some solid, common sense advice for spotting a myth in the making and keeping yourself form jumping on board the bandwagon.

- Look for red flags - if it sounds too good to be true, it surely is. Dramatic statements that fly in the face of what you know to be true, or that aren’t supported by reputable scientific or medical organizations or cited in well known journals are usually sure signs of myth, not fact.

- Think logically - look at the “facts” that appear as part of any new diet myth. Is the research well designed? large enough? too preliminary? Facts need to be backed by multiple studies on large numbers of people that were well run and reviewed by independent scientists. “One study doesn’t make a fact,” Duyff cautions.

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- Do some homework – rather than trusting what you put into your body to the latest “fad”, do some homework on your own to see if it makes sense.

- Don’t expect miracles - good health and weight management come from all the solid sensible things you’ve heard about, eating a well-balanced, healthy diet and being active are the best ways to keep your body healthy and thriving.

By following these suggestions you’ll be better able to tell nutrition fact from fiction and keep yourself on the right track to a healthy, fit body and many active years.

Long Standing Diet And Nutrition Myths Exposed

There are lingering diet myths that seem to defy experts’ attempts at explaining them away.

The American Dietetic Association’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo that took place in Chicago last month made yet another attempt to de-bunk some of these popular myths.

Here are ten of the most enduring and most mistaken diet and nutrition myths out there. The ones that get repeated all the time. Experts at the ADA conference busted these myths wide open giving you the scoop, once and for all, on these often repeated misconceptions.

Myth 1: Eating at night is bad for you.
According to Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD of Georgia State University this is completely false.

This misconception very likely came from an assumption made based on the positive effect on BMI when you eat breakfast. But that doesn’t mean eating later on during the day is bad.

In the end, the number of calories you take in per day, whether first thing in the morning or late at night, is all that counts.

Myth 2: You should avoid foods with a high glycemic index.
Sure being aware of the glycemic index is a good thing, the trouble comes when you use this index as the measure of everything you eat.

It shouldn’t be your sole strategy for controlling blood sugar or trying to lose those extra pounds. At most, it will help you fine-tune your food choices.

Eating a variety of healthy, natural foods is best… looking to one value alone is dangerously short sighted.

Myth 3: High fructose corn syrup causes weight gain.
This diet myth came about in 2003 when experts noticed that obesity was rising along with the increased use of high fructose corn syrup.

Attempts were made to link the two together and it took a while to find the answer. The American Medical Association has just concluded that high fructose corn syrup does not contribute to obesity, beyond the calories in the food itself.

Myth 4: Caffeine is bad for you.
According to Rosenbloom, there is some evidence that caffeine, besides giving you a shot of alertness, might also have a positive effect on conditions like gout and Parkinson’s disease. And contrary to popular belief, caffeine doesn’t dehydrate you.

What you do want to watch for is the hidden caffeine in products, and the number of high caffeine energy drinks your children may be taking in during the day… kids gulp these down without realizing what’s inside.

Myth 5: The less fat you eat, the better.
Counting fat grams isn’t everything and those with heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome might actually benefit from adding a little healthy fat to their diet.

Healthy fat is the monounsaturated kind and should be substituted, whenever possible, for saturated fats. Again casting one component of a diet as the “bad guy” is misleading, moderation in all things is your best bet.

Myth 6: To eat less sodium, avoid salty foods and use sea salt instead.
Gourmet salts like sea salt aren’t any healthier than regular, unglamorous table salt. You use less sea salt only because this type of salt is coarser, so fewer grains fit into a standard teaspoon.

If you really want to impact your sodium intake, check the labels of processed foods you choose as these tend to have high sodium contents that are a good idea to avoid.

Myth 7: Drinking more water each day will help you lose weight.
There is no evidence that water helps you shed pounds, though foods with lots of water, like soup, do fill you up.

Carrying around a huge water bottle and sipping regularly may quench your thirst, but it won’t affect your appetite or have you burning any more calories. According to Rosenbloom, “Our thirst mechanism and our hunger mechanism are two different things.”

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There’s an overwhelming body of research that shows most diets aren’t effective in the long term because they work AGAINST the body…

In fact most people who diet sadly end up putting ON more weight than when they started.

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Myth 8: Whole grains are always better than refined grains.
While whole grains are a great tasting, healthy option, you don’t have to ditch refined grains altogether.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “My Pyramid” guidelines suggest getting just half your grains from whole grain sources.

Rather than putting a ban on breads, look for enriched grains – refined grains with some nutrients (like folic acid and others) can have health benefits too. A well balanced diet includes both sources of grains.

Myth 9: Sugar causes behavior problems in kids.
This is one myth where you need to look hard at your own expectations.

Surprisingly, studies show that when parents think kids have been given sugar, they rate the child’s behavior as more hyper, though in fact no sugar had been eaten.

Rather than blaming sugar, think about expectation and the excitement of the event at hand as a source for your child’s excitable behavior.

Myth 10: Protein is the key nutrient for athletes.
Of course athletes do need more protein than the rest of us, but they don’t need nearly as much as they’ve been led to believe.

Supplements probably aren’t necessary as athletes, body and health conscious, as they tend to be, are usually getting plenty of protein from their food.

If you’re weight training, eating protein after a workout, about 8 grams (what you’ll find in a small carton of low fat chocolate milk), will help your muscle tissue rebuild. Multiple scoops of whey powder as part of a special drink is probably going overboard.

New Research Finds That Being Active In Short Spurts Really Works

Tired of grown up workouts? Want to rediscover your inner child?

New research from the University of Glamorgan shows that short bursts of activity… as children do when they play, may be more beneficial than long grueling workouts every day.

The Welsh study focuses on exercise patterns over several years, comparing short high-intensity sprints of 30-100m (lasting about 30 seconds) to longer sessions of endurance training, such as cycling and jogging.

As of 2006, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that a mere 31% of U.S. adults get some leisure time activity on a regular basis.

The number of grown ups who do no leisure time activity is much higher at 39.5% of American adults.

And with the popularity of video games and computers, it’s not surprising that roughly 37 percent of children 4 to 11 years old engage in active play fewer than 7 times a week; though 65% logged more than 2 hours a day of screen time.

This trend is found in other countries of the world, including Wales, where the research took place. Fewer than one in three adults in that nation follow exercise guidelines.

No matter where you live, lack of physical activity doesn’t do you any favors, and can carry some pretty serious risks to your body.

Getting up, and getting active can have amazing benefits including a lowered risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, non-insulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer.

Regular, moderately intense exercise on most days of the week can also help you manage your weight.

The Welsh research suggests that short bursts of activity may work just as well as those endless sessions at the gym.

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How you can eat more and lose more.

It’s been shown that most of the weight lost on “burst” diets is water weight.

Water is easily removed and easily added back into the body…and you can fluctuate 10lbs in a couple of weeks just by losing some water weight!

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Removing REAL fat is for the long term and it’s sustainable.

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Professor Julien Baker, who conducted the research with colleague Professor Bruce Davies, said: “Six 30-second sprints three times a week can have the same health and weight-loss benefits as jogging or cycling for up to 45 minutes several times a week.”

The idea isn’t new, and is similar to exercise routines — called interval training — used by the military.

This technique is popular because you don’t need an hour to an hour and half workout to see results.

This makes these programs easier to stick with over the long haul. In fact, most of us do some form of this already — running for the phone or to catch a bus.

Moving forward, the University of Glamorgan team is planning to work with McMaster University in Canada to look at the possible benefits of high intensity exercise when it comes to the management of cardiovascular disease.

As for the rest of us now might be the perfect time to get up and get moving even if it’s only to run up the stairs!

Rates Of Type 2 Diabetes Up 90% According To CDC Figures

Did you know that November is American Diabetes Month?

Now that we’ve gorged on Halloween candy and are getting ready for some calorie laden holiday meals, the CDC has chosen this month to share some sobering news.

The rates of Type 2 Diabetes (by far the most common kind) have increased from 4.8 per 1,000 in 1995-1997 to 9.1 per 1,000 in 2005-2007.

That’s a 90% increase.

What’s more, about one third of us don’t even know we have diabetes.

If you haven’t had a checkup in a while, and are having any of the symptoms listed here you might want to make an appointment.

Undiagnosed diabetes causes…

- Slow-healing sores or cuts
- Itching of the skin (usually around the groin area)
- Frequent yeast infections
- Recent weight gain
- Velvety dark skin changes of the neck, armpit, and groin
- Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
- Vision deterioration
- Impotence

Obesity was cited as a major predictor of developing diabetes according to the CDC survey data, the first to give a state-by-state analysis of diabetes rates.

According to the CDC numbers, West Virginia has the distinction of being the diabetes capital of the USA.

The other nine states where diabetes is on the rise are Alabama, Arizona (the only non southern state), Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Even in the state with the lowest rate, Minnesota, diabetes is up a whopping 67% over 1997 levels, with 5 new cases per every 1000 residents. California has the biggest number of new cases.

“The growth in diabetes prevalence has been concomitant with growth in obesity prevalence,” says CDC data analyst Karen Kirtland PhD who issued the report with colleagues in the Oct. 31 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The good news is that you can cut your risk of developing diabetes, by as much as 58% by doing two very simple things.

1) Lose 5 to 10% of your current body weight.
2) Get 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days a week.

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In case you’re wondering how your state did, here’s the list, in order of annual, age-adjusted new cases per year of diabetes per 1,000 residents. Percentage increases shown are from the rates of 1995-1997.

West Virginia: 12.7 new cases, up 119%
So. Carolina: 11.5 new cases, up 113%
Alabama: 11.3 new cases, up 109%
Georgia: 11.2 new cases, up 81%
Texas: 11.1 new cases, up 156%
Tennessee: 11.0 new cases, up 112%
Kentucky: 10.5 new cases, up 163%
Arizona: 10.4 new cases, up 100%
Florida: 10.3 new cases, up 203%
Indiana: 10.2 new cases, up 76%
Arkansas: 10.2 new cases, up 122%
North Carolina: 10.1 new cases, up 77%
Idaho: 9.8 new cases, up 216%
California: 9 new cases, up 36%
Missouri: 8.8 new cases, up 69%
New Mexico: 8.7 new cases, up 64%
Pennsylvania: 8.6 new cases, up 83%
Maine: 8.3 new cases, up 102%
New Hampshire: 8 new cases, up 135%
Iowa: 8 new cases, up 63%
Utah: 7.8 new cases, up 73%
New Jersey: 7.7 new cases, up 64%
Virginia: 7.6 new cases, up 38%
South Dakota: 7.3 new cases, up 181%
Montana: 7.1 new cases, up 97%
North Dakota: 7.0 new cases, up 35%
Oregon: 6.7 new cases, up 43%
Vermont: 6.6 new cases, up 43%
Ohio: 6.3 new cases, up 91%
Colorado: 6.2 new cases, up 72%
Wyoming: 6.1 new cases, up 15%
Hawaii: 5.9 new cases, up 40%
Minnesota: 5.0 new cases, up 67%

Analysis Reveals Heavy Metals In Your Glass Of Wine

If you’re a lifelong wine drinker, the results of an analysis of British researchers might have you changing the beverage you enjoy each day. Potential harmful levels of metal ions have been found in many wines being sold on the market even as you read this.

Researchers analyzed levels of metals in wines from 16 different countries in Europe, South America, and the Middle East and found that only those of Argentina, Brazil and Italy were free of the dangerous metals.

Professor Declan Naughton along with Doctor Andrea Petróczi, both of London’s Kingston University, conducted the analysis using a formula from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to estimate the health risks associated with long term exposure to pollutants.

While not testing the wines themselves, the team instead calculated the target hazard quotients (THQ) based on data published in scientific journals.

Data on the heavy metal content of U.S. produced wine isn’t gathered, so these wines were left out of the analysis. The Target Hazard Quotient (THQ) is an indication or risk based on the upper range of known safe limits of exposure to various chemicals. Any reading below 1.0 is considered safe.

What was startling to the team conducting the analysis was that THQ values of most wines were way over 1.0.

Typical wines were found to have a THQ that ranged from a low of 50 to a high of 200, with the values for both red and white being equally high.

By comparison, THQs that have sounded alarms when it comes to heavy metals in seafood are usually between 1 and 5.

Professor Naughton said, “These values are concerning, in that they are mainly above the THQ value of 1.0. Excess intake of metal ions is credited with pathological events such as Parkinson’s disease. In addition to neurological problems, these ions are also believed to enhance oxidative damage, a key component of chronic inflammatory disease which is a suggested initiator of cancer.”

So if you drink a glass or two of wine a day, over the course of a lifetime you’ve been unknowingly taking in chemicals like vanadium, copper and manganese; as well as zinc, nickel, chromium and lead.

What’s more, some 30 other metal ions were found in the wines, but THQ’s couldn’t be calculated because the safe level of exposure to these substances remains unknown.

Frustrating since beyond simple enjoyment… many of us were choosing red wine for all those protective antioxidants.

Now we’re left to wonder – are the antioxidants stripped of their powers by pro-oxidant heavy metals?

Of special concern to behavioral neurotoxicologist Bernard Weiss, PhD, a professor of environmental medicine at the University of Rochester in New York, is the inclusion of manganese on the list of heavy metals in wines.

Not any part of the Naughton/Petróczi work, he notes that this substance in the brain has been linked to Parkinson’s disease.

Weiss is quick to point out, “Any time you see numbers like they have in this study, you begin to scratch your head and wonder about the effects over a long period of ingestion: Not one glass of wine last Tuesday, but a glass a day over a lifetime.”

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At least 25% of adults suffer from insomnia -

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for sleeping pills…

It’s thought that one very important thing is most likely missing in your brain if you suffer from troubled sleep…

I’m not talking about some form of disability or physical deficiency.

I’m talking about a form of brain activity that is in sorely low supply in people who sleep badly (and, incidentally, in people who suffer from ADHD).

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Your best bet is to be an informed consumer.

While wine from Argentina, Brazil and Italy was found to be heavy metal free, there are twelve other wine producing countries who offer some serious contenders for most metal laden drink.

Wines from Hungary and Slovakia had potential THQ values in excess of 350.

Close on the heels of these, wine from France, Austria, Spain, Germany and Portugal — some of the largest importers of wine to the U.S. market — had potential THQ values up over 100.

Values for North American wines remain unknown.

Professor Naughton suggests labeling wines with the amount of heavy metals inside, just as the alcohol content is listed on the label, so buyers are able to make an informed choice.

Eleven Unexpected Allergy Triggers

Typical allergy triggers like pollen from trees and grasses aren’t the only items that might have you reaching for the tissues… some unexpected things you probably have in your home right now might also cause your allergy symptoms to flare up. There are eleven lesser known triggers to watch for…

1. Candles - the odors from scented candles can inflame your nasal cavities, according to James Wedner, M.D., chief of allergy and immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Those with allergies are likely to have a runny nose or watery eyes when near a burning candle. Candles with scents like pumpkin are usually best tolerated.

If you’re having trouble with a candle, try to move away, extinguish it outside or get some fresh air yourself.

2. Perfume - has hundreds of chemicals, mostly untested on people, and when mixed with the essential oils in the perfume and sprayed into the air they can cause a person to sneeze, feel congestion or get a headache.

It’s hard, but ask people around you to go easy on the spray scents and suggest body creams and lotions as their scents aren’t quite as strong.

You might also keep a small fan in your office or car to keep the air moving.

3. Soaps and detergents - you might be surprised to learn that most of the itching you think is caused by a cleaning agent, is actually the fault of a perfume additive.

Look for “no additives”, “unscented” or “phthalate-free” on the label.

When drying clothes, use a sheet of aluminum foil in the dryer (instead of smelly static cling sheets) to get rid of static without the strong odor. You can also try a scent-free, no-additive dryer sheet.

4. Stuffed animals - can get chock full of dust mites, a problem for an estimated 15% of people.

You can try washing (in water 140 degrees or hotter), drying and then repeating (usually monthly) for favorite toys.

Toys that can’t be washed can be put in a plastic bag in the freezer for a few hours; this will also kill the mites. Store toys on a shelf, rather than on the bed.

5. Carpeting - it’s warm on your feet and feels wonderful, but even if you vacuum all the time, you still have dust mites.

Your best bet if you have a persistent allergy is to take out the carpeting and replace it with wood or tile and use area rugs instead.

Wash the rugs monthly, and keep the humidity of the space below 50%. Dust mites thrive in humid environments.

6. Spices - add zing to your food but as they come from pungent plants they also can bring on everything from sniffling to swelling of the nasal passages, itching and burning in the lips.

Avoid the troublesome ones including coriander, poppy seeds, pepper, dill, paprika, cumin and saffron — often found in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes.

If you’re not sure which spices are the trouble, try writing down what you eat each time you have an allergy attack and see if you can find a common theme.

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7. Christmas Trees - the staple of the holidays is a place where mold grows very fast especially if the tree is put into a bucket of water or damp soil… a moist, dark place mold just loves.

Many people are either allergic to or irritated by the mold spores. A fake tree is the answer for many.

If you must have a real tree, avoid one that’s been cut weeks in advance, as its probably already ripe with mold. Be stingy with water once the tree is at home and keep it up for as short a time as possible.

8. Wall paint - the solvents and synthetic resins often lead to itchy eyes and headaches, with oil based paints being particularly troublesome as they continue to release chemicals even after they dry.

Keep the windows open as you work, and try to have fresh air circulating in the space for up to four weeks after finishing the work. Paints with low levels of VOCs send fewer chemicals in the air, but this isn’t a guarantee you won’t still have trouble with them.

9. Alcohol - it’s not an allergy to alcohol (which is rare) but the grains and additives used to make the liquor. Wheat or sulfur dioxide preservative can also cause stuffy noses or rash.

New York allergist Wellington Tichenor, MD also mentions grains like corn, barley and rye as well as fruit flavorings that can be troublesome too.

You might try grain free liquors like potato vodka, rum or tequila and skip flavored liqueurs. Look for wine labeled “sulfite-free”.

10. Buttons on Blue Jeans - are often made from nickel which can be a trigger for rashes in up to 20% of women. These can be itchy, red and sometimes causes blisters and are often treated with topical creams.

To avoid these symptoms replace the buttons with plastic ones or coat the button with clear nail polish, a remedy found to work by a recent St. Louis University study.

11. Lemons and limes - limonene, the zesty compound in lime and other citrus fruits, leaves many with watery eyes and a burning feeling in the nose. You might even have irritation on your skin if you touch, eat or drink products with limonene.

Treat any rash with topical hydrocortisone creams and skip the garnish with your drink or salad. Watch for lime in salad dressings, marinades and desserts as well.

Many allergens can be avoided but you’ll need to keep your eyes open for ‘hidden’ triggers like the ones mentioned above.

Ten Things You Can Do That May Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer

The latest information we have on cancer deaths in the U.S. shows the rate going down an average 2.1% a year between 2002 and 2004. Important drops were seen in the three leading causes of cancer deaths for men: lung, prostate and colorectal.

In women, death rates from colorectal and breast cancer was down, while the increase in lung cancer deaths slowed quite noticeably.

Good news to be sure, and a sign that new therapies, early diagnosis and continued research are making a mark against this terrible disease.

Cancer prevention also makes a marked impact on cancer diagnosis, and is the motivation behind ten recommendations made last year by the American Institute of Cancer Research and presented at 2008’s annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association.

Written by an international team of scientists, including Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, an epidemiology professor who heads the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, the ten lifestyle tips were reviewed by Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, the nutritional advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Both Collins and Willett discussed the suggestions with attendees at the American Dietetic Association’s annual meeting that’s just wrapped in Chicago.

Take a look at the recommendations for yourself… common sense really, but absolutely worth including in your life, especially if you have high risk factors for cancer.

1) Be as lean as possible, but not underweight. Collins suggests not just checking the number on the scales, but also measuring your waist to get a feel for your abdominal fat. Men should have a waist measurement no larger than 37 inches; women’s waists should be 31.5 inches or less.

2) Be active for at least 30 minutes every day on most days of the week. If you’re out of shape or very sedentary, talk with your doctor first. Then start slow and build gradually over time. And contrary to popular belief, you can break up your workout — 10 to 15 minute sessions, twice a day are just fine according to Collins.

3) Avoid sugary drinks and consumption of energy-dense foods. No one is saying these foods (or their additives) cause cancer, but they do add extra calories to your diet, and can sabotage your healthy weight over time. A treat now and then is fine, all the time can really blow your calorie budget.

4) Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. You’ll want to try to add a lot of different colors (deep green leafy veggies, blueberries, etc.) to your meals. Most Americans, says Collins, are stuck in a rut of eating the same three vegetables over and over. Try something new, you just might like it and be helping your body at the same time!

5) If you drink at all, limit alcoholic drinks to two a day for men and one for women. To do this, you’ll need to keep an eye on the bartender as according to Collins, drinks can have a higher alcohol content than expected. Willett was quick to caution that the pros and cons of moderate drinking is something that women should consider carefully, weighing the heart benefits against the increased breast cancer risk from drinking.

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Certified Nutritionist and Personal Trainer breaks rank…

We all know sessions with a Personal Trainer and visits to a Health Advisor costs an ‘arm and a leg’…

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  Ten Things You Can Do That May Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer

6) Limit red meats (beef, pork, lamb) and avoid processed meats. Good as they may taste, you’ll want to keep your red meat intake to 18 ounces a week, says Collins. She suggests choosing chicken, seafood, or legumes in place of red meat, and encourages moderation rather than eliminating these meats entirely from the diet.

7) Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with sodium. You’ll want to try and keep your sodium intake under 2,400 milligrams a day. To add flavor to food, use herbs and spices instead, says Collins. She points out that processed foods account for a large part of sodium intake today — so don’t worry so much about the salt you add when cooking or eating, rather read the labels of the foods you buy.

8 ) Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer. This is a recommendation that is likely to be reviewed, but for now the experts are cautioning against taking a supplement purely for cancer protection benefits. It’s not that supplements are bad, but the science doesn’t support (except in the case of vitamin D) the idea that these substances can protect against cancer.

9) Mothers should try to breastfeed babies exclusively for up to six months and then add other foods and liquids. If this is an option for you, it’s a good idea and provides the baby with many healthy benefits.

10) After treatment, cancer survivors should follow recommendations for cancer prevention. This includes patients who are currently undergoing treatment, as well as those who have finished their therapy and are being monitored. Once you’ve beaten your cancer back, you need to do all you can to keep your body in top form – healthy and strong enough to resist anything that comes your way.

You need to keep in mind that while these tips are sensible suggestions they are only intended to reduce (not eliminate) your risk of cancer. There are many other things (genetics and environmental factors to name a few) that contribute to cancer risk, but these lifestyle choices give you some control over the aspects you can change.

Research Confirms That Wearing Red Makes You More Attractive

When you want to really catch a man’s eye… nothing beats a little red according to researchers at the University of Rochester in New York. Long associated with love and romance, the color red had yet to prove it had a real impact… until now.

There were several different psychological experiments that were part of the research.

Photos of women were shown to 100 male subjects under a variety of color presentations — framed by different borders of white, gray, green or blue in addition to the red.

Consistently the women framed in red were rated more attractive.

The final experiment in the series involved the male subjects being told they had $100, shown a picture of their “date” wearing a red shirt, and then asked to estimate how much money they planned to spend on the evening.

As lipstick makers, fashion designers and Valentines Day card companies have been trying to tell us, wearing red meant the male subjects were prepared to spend more on the evening, and encouraged a higher rating of attractiveness.

To check this finding, the same photos were shown to female subjects and there were no color-dependent differences in attractiveness ratings.

What’s more, the color red seems only to affect the perception of attractiveness, and didn’t change how men rated the women in terms of likeability, kindness or intelligence.

The male subjects were unaware of the influence of the color red on their choices.

The study appears in the October 28th issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and is the first research of its kind to lend hard and fast evidence to the effect red has on romantic relationships.

Lead researcher, psychology professor Andrew Elliot said, “It’s fascinating to find that something as ubiquitous as color can be having an effect on our behavior without our awareness.”

Anthropologists aren’t surprised by the idea and point out that many other species use the color red to signal fertility and sometimes ovulation and it could be this same reaction that’s being triggered here.

After all biologically speaking, men are looking for the most suitable mate, as are women. Perhaps we aren’t (or more precisely men aren’t) driven by the civilized instincts we’ve adopted over the millennia.

It might be buried deep in the subconscious, but the study shows there is a reaction to the vibrant color, long associated with love.

Wearing red doesn’t always pay off.

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 Research Confirms It: Wearing Red Makes You More Attractive continuesAlthough the color brings out positive feelings in romantic situations, earlier work suggests that brash bold red isn’t always the best choice. During a written exam for example.Professor Elliot (and others) has found that wearing red in competitive situations leads to worse performance. I guess Tiger Woods, who routinely wears a red shirt on the last day of a tournament, hasn’t heard about this yet!

Boost Your Health With New Purple Tomatoes

Is the world really ready for purple tomatoes?

A team out of the John Innes Centre, Norwich is asking us to face just this question as they’ve developed a new breed of tomato, rich in an antioxidant pigment known as anthocyanin that is believed to offer protection from cancer.

The British researchers took two genes known to induce production of anthocyanin from the snapdragon and put them into the tomato.

As not one of the human researchers had the nerve to eat the surprisingly purple fruit, the tomatoes were fed to cancer prone mice.

Amazingly the animals lived an average of 182 days, compared to 142 days for mice fed a standard diet and 146 days for mice fed red tomatoes.

Seems like those purple tomatoes did something.

“I think it is one of the first genetically modified foods that’s seen to have a consumer advantage,” explains plant biologist Cathie Martin who helped to create the tomato and has been fielding media calls since the publication of the study in Nature Biotechnology.

Anthocyanin is the substance in grapes, blackberries, blueberries and even cranberries that’s been shown to slow the growth of colon cancer cells.

Other evidence suggests that the pigments in these berries help boost eyesight, act as an anti-inflammatory and may even hold off diabetes and obesity.

Experts also suspect the substance is able to offer protection against cardiovascular disease and many age related degenerative diseases.

Those who are uncomfortable with genetically altered foods (sometimes called functional food) point to the obvious…

To get the health benefits of anthocyanin, eat the natural sources of the substance – grapes, berries and the like.

Healthy, varied sources of nutrients are always best. Looking for one “superfood” plays into the idea that there are “miracle cures” for weight issues.

What’s more, tomatoes are already nutrient rich – chock full of antioxidant compounds like lycopene and flavonoids.

Do we really need to put time and effort into making them better?

Besides the striking purple color, researchers insist what makes this new breed of purple tomatoes so incredible is that the healthful anthocyanins are in both the skin and the flesh of the fruit.

This makes it more likely that sauces using it would keep healthful benefits.

Although it’s hard to imagine purple pizza…

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As to taste… well Martin says she’s tasted it and you can’t tell it from a regular tomato, there is no berry taste at all.

The British researchers hope they’ve made a start toward producing a new generation of “functional foods” to combat lots of serious diseases, cancer included.

The purple tomato (still a long way from any produce department) would join omega-3 fatty acid added to eggs (to help heart disease) and probiotics in yogurt (to help digestive function) already available on store shelves.

Just A Little Activity Helps Severely Obese

You’ve heard time and time again how good exercise is for you… but if you’re carrying a few extra pounds working out like a maniac isn’t something you’re probably comfortable doing.

Thankfully new research says that you don’t have to work up a sweat to get the benefits of exercise.

You see, the study presented at the Obesity Society annual scientific meeting in early October found that even a little bit of exercise – 1 hour a week – delivers an improvement in quality of life and makes everyday tasks easier for severely obese people.

Even those who think they’re past caring (or helping) should be encouraged to get active according to the results of this study.

“This study speaks to the importance of people who are overweight, even severely overweight, paying attention to the fact that increasing their activity even a little bit can make their day to day life better,” says Dr. Martin Binks, research director of the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, a residential weight loss program at Duke University Medical Center.

Founded in 1969, the Duke Diet and Fitness Center is one of America’s longest running treatment centers for people who deal with excess weight, a sedentary lifestyle and associated health problems.

Dr. Binks and his team looked at the relationship between current activity and quality of life in about 1,200 severely obese men and women who entered the Duke weight loss program.

These subjects were 100 pounds overweight and in their pre-program assessment reported that they were active for just about one hour a week. Quality of life and ease of daily living were also noted.

Even this minor level of activity brought benefits. The subjects felt better.

The study participants didn’t think “workout” but rather just being more active as part of their everyday routine.

Left untreated, obesity can, and often does, lead to poor health. But beyond the burden to your body, being so heavy opens you up to self-esteem challenges like feeling unattractive, as well as the thinly veiled social stigma of being so overweight.

And if, like so many people, you’re trying to lose the weight and failing, you’re likely blaming yourself – another thing certain to sabotage your confidence.

What you need to understand is that the trouble with obesity is in the odds – 95% of those who manage to lose the extra weight regain all they lost within 5 years.

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Imagine all that effort and being right back where you started in just a few years?

Instead, many in healthcare are pointing out (and rightly so considering soaring obesity rates) that treatment focused on diet and achieving an ideal weight… instead of living an all around healthy lifestyle, clearly isn’t working for the long term.

Obesity is the type of condition, similar to diabetes and high blood pressure that may need constant treatment and monitoring. Perhaps by treating obesity just as we do other chronic diseases, we can find effective, lasting ways to help patients manage weight.

Even a modest weight loss of 5-10% of your current body weight, maintained long term, can have tremendous benefits not only to overall health, but your everyday life as well.

Getting active, even just a little bit every day, can be that all important first step.