A team of scientists from the UK developed a new urine test that is able to reveal how healthy the food you eat is. This test is described in details in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. It can detect chemicals that made in the body when the food processed. The scientists believe that this test could be available on the market already in two years.
The test analyses the urine samples to determine the structure of chemicals in it with the help of a technique called a proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Dr Isabel Garcia-Perez, one of the researchers, says: “This will eventually provide a tool for personalised dietary monitoring to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. We’re not at the stage yet where the test can tell us a person ate 15 chips yesterday and two sausages, but it’s on the way.”
More information about the test you can find here.
Eating habits of children depend on the diet and behavior of their parents, according to scientists from the University of Michigan in the United States.
The experiment involved 400 women with children aged 1 to 3 years.
It turned out that picky kids who do not want to try unfamiliar foods, consume less fruits and vegetables than they should.
Conservatism in food habits of children threatened by the emergence of an increased risk of chronic diseases in later life, scientists warn.
The results of a study published in Public Health Nursing, also demonstrate that if mothers do not eat fruits and vegetables four times a week or more, their children will also be deprived of fiber.
“The diet of mothers has a strong influence on what children agree to eat – says Mildred Gorodinski, a professor at the University of Michigan. – Health experts should considere this when developing strategies to increase consumption of healthy food by children. “
Earlier studies have shown that vegetables are not only useful to the kids, but also teach them a proper nutrition. In order to teach the child trying new vegetables without problems you can use books or cartoons.
Moderation is the first rule when it comes to losing or keeping healthy weight. This is probably the favourite word of many health and nutrition experts.
Eating healthy foods in moderation is important because eating too much of one product may mean sacrificing other healthy foods. And the wider variety of foods you eat, the more vitamins and minerals you receive. Also, some of the healthy foods are packed with calories and this can lead to the weight gain, not loss.
These eight foods are worth measuring out, if you want to avoid undesirable weight gain:
- Almonds. Reasonable portion: 23 almonds per snack or 2 tablespoons as a topper for your salad.
- Salad dressing. Reasonable portion: 2 tablespoons.
- Avocado. Reasonable portion: ¼ avocado.
- Peanut butter. Reasonable portion: 2 tablespoons for a meal and 1 tablespoon for a snack.
- Granola. Reasonable portion: 2-4 tablespoons.
- Oil. Reasonable portion: 2 tablespoons for vegetables, 1-2 tablespoons for family-sized portion of meat.
- Cooked pasta. Reasonable portion: 1-2 cooked cups.
- Juice. Reasonable portion: ¾ cup.
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A recent study showed that natural vegetable fats, such as fats present in olive oil, fish, and nuts, may have a healthy effect on the human body. Mediterranean diet includes all these foods. Moreover, olive oil, fish, and nuts have many other beneficial effects.
The study, taking place in Spain, collected data over a five-year period. The study included 7,400 men and women aged from 55 to 80. The participants had either type 2 diabetes or high heart risk. 90% of them were obese at the moment of the survey beginning.
After the five-year period of the study, the researchers received the following result: Mediterranean diet and low-fat diets have similar end-result values in regards to body weight and waist circumference. Though the Mediterranean diet is abundant in vegetable fats and have several increased health benefits.
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