The field of nutrition offers an overwhelming amount of information to sort. It is difficult enough for students and professionals alike to navigate its waters, let alone the general population. I’d like to offer you some of the up-and-coming research coming out from a wide variety of sources–reputable and not. It is important to be a wise consumer, and I’ll show you how to separate hard science from fad fiction.
Maybe you are familiar with the recent article relating a glass of red wine to an hour at the gym? This CNN article explores the history of wine as a medicine–for more than just a rough work week. Here’s a breakdown of the some of the main points:
- Recent research surrounding red wine has been primarily concerned with resveratrol, an antioxidant present in red wine. Can it extend life? Cure cancer? Prevent Alzheimer’s? Some research actually shows drinking wine could increase these risks, so no solid answer yet.
- There’s a pretty solid consensus that wine does aid in preventing circulatory diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, but other alcohols have shown similar effects.
- Flavonoids, which are found in plants and have antioxidant effects, could help in soothing migraine pain. How can you find them? By drinking a glass of wine, of course.
- Red wine might help prevent cavities. It was once used to purify contaminated water, and it could kill some bacteria in your mouth.
This Fox News health report shows that people who consume more canned fruits and vegetables could have a healthier diet than those who don’t. However, they do consume more sugar, calories and fat. Points to consider:
- Weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure were similar whether or not consumers ate canned fruits or vegetables
- The study was funded by the Canned Food Alliance, which includes food processors and can manufacturers. Best to take these findings with a grain of salt.
- Honestly, any fruits and vegetables are better than no fruits and vegetables
This study, shared by Science Daily, explored the health impact that vitamin D, calcium, and fiber could have when combined in a whey drink. The results showed a significant decrease in LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and triglycerides (another type of blood fat), both linked to an increase in heart disease.
So, what does that mean for you? Calcium and vitamin D together can help maintain a healthy blood pressure, which lowers the risk for heart disease. Fiber can also help cut down cholesterol levels. Here’s my recipe for a smoothie that offers all these nutrients and health benefits:
- Almond milk or dairy milk (fortified)
- Berries or dates
- Whey protein powder
I hope you enjoyed a good slice of information. Feel free to let me know what areas you are most interested in!