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General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

[News article] Amount, types of fat we eat affect health, risk of disease with an AND Opinion Piece

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Amount, types of fat we eat affect health, risk of disease.

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 5.40.26 AMHealthy adults should consume between 20 percent and 35 percent of their calories from dietary fat, increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, and limit their intake of saturated and trans fats, according to an updated position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics**.

Read the entire article here

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**An aside about corporate sponsorship at the academy. The Current corporate sponsors include companies which make “junk” food in addition to healthier products.
A recent non mainstream article questions how the academy can not be influenced  by these corporations, including their advice to the public.
The academy does publish Guidelines for Corporate Relations Sponsors  which include

  • Fit with Academy strategic goals
  • Scientific accuracy
  • Conformance with Academy positions, policies and philosophies
  • Academy editorial control of all content in materials bearing the Academy name
  • Clear separation of Academy messages and content from brand information or promotion
  • No endorsement of any particular brand or company product
  • The inclusion of relevant facts and important information where their omission would present an unbalanced view of a controversial issue in which the sponsor has a stake
  • Full funding by the sponsor of all direct and indirect costs associated with the project

Ultimately, it is up to the individual to accept or not accept findings with the academy.
I’ve gathered some great online sites on how to evaluate health information. 

Have to say that I have found some of the information at the academy very useful.
For example, their peer reviewed Consumer and Lifestyle App Reviews in the areas of weight management, diabetes, and gluten free products. But even with the apps, it is good to check on who created them and is sponsoring them.

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January 22, 2014 Posted by | Nutrition | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Natural Marijuana-Like Chemicals In Our Bodies Make Fatty Foods Hard To Resist

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From the 5 July 2011 Medical News Today item

 

Recent studies have revealed potato chips and french fries to be the worst contributors to weight gain – and with good reason. Have you ever wondered why you can’t eat just one chip or a single fry? It’s not just the carbohydratesat fault.

UC Irvine researchers Daniele Piomelli, Nicholas DiPatrizio and colleagues found that fats in these foods make them nearly irresistible and trigger a surprising biological mechanism that likely drives our gluttonous behavior. The apparent culprit? Natural marijuana-like chemicals in the body called endocannabinoids.

In their study, the Piomelli team discovered that when rats tasted something fatty, cells in their upper gut started producing endocannabinoids. Sugars and proteins, the researchers noted, did not have this effect. ….

…Study results appear this week in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A link to the abstract of the research article may be found here.
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July 6, 2011 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meet the Fats: Some Are Bad, Some Are Better

Meet the Fats is a colorful fact filled two page handout.
It outlines sources of “good” and “bad” fats as well their characteristics and daily limits. Food label reading and tips on eating out and in are also provided. Printouts of this American Heart Association could be easily displayed on a refrigerator, bulletin board, or other public venue as a quick reliable resource.

A few related resources
**Face the Facts Quiz
**Fats 101
**Restaurant Resources

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | | Leave a comment