Diet & Health Nutrition
Whole Grains help
protect from Diabetes
Adults need to eat
more whole grains and grain products, according to researchers at Brigham
and Women’s hospital and Harvard School of Medicine. In a study
published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, they presented
data showing that whole grains are associated with lower risk of diabetes
and coronary heart disease. It seems prudent ,therefore, to distinguish
whole- grain rather than refined- grain cereal products for the prevention
of chronic diseases,” they concluded.
Miso helps offset colon cancer
Miso- fermented soybean paste commonly used in soup- can help
prevent colon cancer. In animal tests, researchers at Hiroshima University
reported that a diet high in long- term fermented miso decreased induced
colon tumors in contrast to the control diet, a diet high in short- term
miso, or a diet high in salt..
The study indicate that “ miso supplemented into the diet, could
act as a chemo preventive agent for colon carcinogenesis,” the scientists
concluded in the journal Oncology Reports.
Cancer Epidemic Forecast
Up to 20 million cancer cases a year could develop worldwide in two decades,
the first World Summit Against Cancer has warned.
Most new cases will be in the developing world. The spread of the modern
diet, high in saturated fat and cholesterol, was cited as a main cause,
along with tobacco and exposure to carcinogens. Scientists at the conference
in Paris predicted that by 2020 cancer will surpass heart disease as the
leading cause of death, claiming 10 million a year.
Beans Benefits the Kidneys
The consumption of beans and legumes may help protect the kidneys and
heart, according to researchers at the university of Kentucky and VA Medical
Center in Lexington, Ky. Dried beans can decrease serum cholesterol, improve
many aspects of the diabetic state, provide metabolic benefits that aid
in weight control, preserve bone mineral density, reduce menopausal symptoms
and have salutary effects on renal function.
“ With the shift toward a more plant-based diet, dry beans and soy
will be potent tools in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease”,
the scientists concluded.
Onions and other vegetables can significantly alter bone metabolism and
protect against osteoporosis.
Researchers at the University of Berne in Switzerland reported that in
laboratory studies, onions and other garden vegetables reduce calcium
loss by 20 to 32 %.
Reduces Risk of Leukemia
Babies breast-fed for six months or more developed one- third less childhood
leukaemia than infants fed on bottled milk, according to a recent study
in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Earlier studies have found that nursing can reduce the risk of a number
of childhood infections and diseases by stimulating the infant’s
immune functions by substances in mother’s milk.
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