Sunday, May 16, 2010

Healthy Choices Facts Tested by Science – Weekly Bites

Bladder Cancer Risk Increased by Eating Meat
The longitudinal study of 878 people found out that, those who indulged into frequent consumption of well done or cooked at high temperatures meats, may have a higher chance of developing bladder cancer.
• Meats consumed were beef steaks, bacon, pork chops.
• Risk of cancer increased by 1.5 times for those who ate such meats frequently
• Beware: Even chicken and fish when fried or cooked at high temperatures do contribute to higher odds of bladder cancer as well

Reference
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Too Much Weight May Delay Infants' Ability to Crawl and Walk
This longitudinal study of  217 infants found the following consequences of overweight babies.
• Overweight babies were 1.8 times more prone to have a low score on the Psychomotor Development Index test, i.e. delayed motor skills
• Babies with high subcutaneous fat were 2.32 times more likely to perform low on the above test
• Babies with excess weight tend to not explore the world around them beyond their arms reach, which leads to less physical activity in their daily lives

Reference
University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill (study was published in the online edition of Journal of Pediatrics)


High-Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Considerably More Weight Gain
Would love to quote from the study directly to show how "effective" high-fructose corn syrup is in making all of us overweight, obese, fat. And eventually, chronic-disease stricken.
"When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese – every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight."

Plus this conclusive quote:
"Compared to animals eating only rat chow, rats on a diet rich in high-fructose corn syrup showed characteristic signs of a dangerous condition known in humans as the metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, significant increases in circulating triglycerides and augmented fat deposition, especially visceral fat around the belly. Male rats in particular ballooned in size: Animals with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained 48 percent more weight than those eating a normal diet. In humans, this would be equivalent to a 200-pound man gaining 96 pounds. "

This is not a joke. This is a serious condition called obesity with risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, type 2 diabetes.

References
Princeton University 2010 (The research was supported by the U.S. Public Health Service)

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