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Roughing It: Getting the Fiber You Need

By Christine Haran

September 5, 2003 

You might think that older people are the only ones who need to worry about dietary fiber, but it turns out that most of us could use more roughage. Dietary fiber not only keeps the gastrointestinal system functioning smoothly, it may also reduce risk of heart disease, colon cancer and other chronic conditions.

But that doesn't mean that everyone has to eat dozens of bran muffins every week.


High-Profile Diets Still a Mystery, Experts Warn

Tue Aug 12, 2003

LONDON (Reuters) - The long-term health consequences of high-profile diets like the Atkins diet are still unknown and most diets don't work, experts warned Tuesday.

"The idea that everyone (who suffers from weight problems) should be doing high protein, low carbohydrate diets would be negative," Dr. Susan Jebb, head of the Human Nutrition Research told a news conference.

"We simply don't know the long term impact on health."


Eating Patterns Linked to Obesity

Thu Jul 24, 2003

There may be more to weight control than just eating right and exercising, a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 158, No. 1: 85-92) suggests. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School have found that eating patterns -- frequency of meals, skipping meals, eating out -- also may play a role in obesity, a risk factor for some cancers.


Diet as effective as drug in lowering bad cholesterol, U of T study finds

TORONTO (CP) - A vegetarian diet high in soluble fibre and low in

saturated fats can lower bad cholesterol levels as effectively as some commonly prescribed drugs, a new study has shown, suggesting medication-free cholesterol control may be a viable option for some people.

Researchers from the University of Toronto showed that a diet heavy in foods such as okra, eggplant, soy proteins, oatmeal and almonds resulted in a 28.6 per cent reduction in LDL cholesterol levels after just one month.

Study participants who followed a low fat diet and


Lowering Blood Sugar Raises Glutathione and Vitamin E Levels

In this study of patients with type 2 diabetes,

blood levels of two vital nutrients - glutathione and vitamin E - were found to increase when glucose levels dropped and blood sugar became better controlled.

In addition, levels of both of these nutrients increased even further in patients who received four weeks of vitamin E supplementation.

Although most people know about vitamin E, glutathione is not quite so well-known. It is a peptide consisting of glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine. It serves as a critical co-enzyme for many reactions in the body.


Some Female Vegetarians at Risk of Eating Disorder

Thu Jun 19, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - College-aged women who describe themselves as vegetarians are more likely to be concerned with their weight and be at risk of developing an eating disorder, a small study suggests.

Vegetarians in the study were more likely to say they feel very guilty after eating, report that food controls their life, take laxatives, and turn to intense exercise to burn calories.

These findings suggest that being a vegetarian, in some cases, may se


Agency Sees Big Health Gain from Vitamins for Poor

By Jeremy Lovell

LONDON (Reuters) June 10, 2003 - An agency dedicated to better nutrition said on Tuesday it would start adding vitamins and minerals to the food of some of the world's poorest people, in a bid to improve their health and thus help them escape poverty.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) said it would shortly launch projects in China, Morocco, Vietnam and South Africa to fortify staple foods with iron, iodine, vitamin A, folic acid and other vitamins and minerals.