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Karen Collins, R.D.
Low-carb options cause confusion. Many dieters forget about portion size, balance.
Hundreds of newly available low-carb foods are actually making weight loss more difficult. Dieters are falling into the trap of thinking that low-carb foods automatically cause pounds to drop off. In grocery stores, they try to make sense of the variety of low-carb claims on packages. Many consumers have lost track of the basics of healthy eating, like portion control and balanced food choices. What’s more: Sometimes people even gain weight eating low-carb foods.
Research news about insulin may be part of the problem. Insulin is a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter cells to be used for fuel, but it can also promote energy storage, according to a widely accepted theory. Changes in insulin levels may make it easier for the body to store more fat or to lose it. Low-carb foods appear to affect insulin levels less.
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Ever wonder why you're hungry for more after you eat a high-carb snack or meal?
New research from Monash University has identified appetite control cells in the human brain. The cells are attacked by free radicals after you eat, but the attack is bigger and stronger following a meal rich in sugar and carbohydrates.
"The more carbs and sugars you eat, the more your appetite-control cells are damaged," said Zane Andrews, MD, the lead researcher on the study. The result? You eat more.
According to Andrews, people aged 25 to 50 are most at risk. "The neurons that tell people in that crucial age range not to over-eat are being killed off."
Yet another reason to limit your sugar and processed carbs if you don't want to be the victim of constant cravings.
(Source: Mehry Safaeian, RD)
Some people have inherited tendencies toward headaches. Certain foods have been implicated as causal factors in the development of headaches, however, the literature has not proven this fact. Scientists suspect that certain individuals who suffer from headaches may be sensitive to one or more of the following food items. (Headaches can also be caused by perfumes and/or colognes with alcohol content.)
(Source: Diet and Cancer Research)
Cancer Risk from Dioxin in Meat, Fish, and Dairy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that the highly toxic chemical compound dioxin causes cancer in humans. Dioxin comes from both natural and industrial sources, such as medical and municipal waste incinerators and paper plants.
Dioxin enters the food chain when animals eat contaminated plants. When humans consume meat, dairy products, or fish, they ingest a highly concentrated load of dioxin, which has been linked to several cancers including lymphomas and lung cancer. The EPA report estimates associated cancer rates for those who eat large amounts of animal products to be as high as 1 in 100.
Children's dioxin intake is proportionally much higher than an adult's if they consume dairy products or are breast fed by mothers who do.
Report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, June 2000.
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