Begin Early: Researchers Say Water with Meals May Encourage Wiser Choices

Soda and vegetables don’t mix well for young adults; water boosts preschoolers’ appetite for veggies

Water could change the way we eat.

That’s the conclusion of new research by T. Bettina Cornwell of the University of Oregon and Anna R. McAlister of Michigan State University. Their findings appear online this week ahead of regular publication by the journal Appetite. Continue reading

Does Grapefruit Really Help Reduce Body Weight?

Have you ever wondered whether there’s any real benefit to following a grapefruit diet? Does it really work? According to researchers at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, grapefruit does help when it comes to shedding pounds — but only modestly.

The researchers based this health advice on a recent clinical trial they conducted. They noted at the outset of the study that reducing dietary energy density has proven to be an effective strategy to promote weight control. This effect appears most strong when a low-energy dense “preload” is eaten before meals. In other words, eating foods low in energy output before a meal, should, in theory, help to control weight. What is up for debate, according to the research team, is what the best food would be for the preload. So they set out to investigate the effects of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and water preloads consumed before meals.

Eighty-five obese adults participated in the study. Continue reading

Seaweed Shown To Promote Cardiovascular Health

Americans don’t typically consider seaweed to be a part of everyday meals, but research suggests that it may be a good idea for them to change their mind-set.

A team of scientists at Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority and Memorial University, Newfoundland, reports that seaweed is commonly used in cosmetics and other skin treatments, but that the marine plant is in rich healthy compounds, so people should consider eating more of it.

“Seaweeds are a known source of essential fatty acids, which are thought to reduce thrombosis and atherosclerosis — factors important in the reduction of the risk of heart disease,” said researcher Maria Hayes, Ph.D. Continue reading

Self Discipline is Vital for Weight Loss and Wellness

If you truly want to lose weight or, in fact, make any real improvement in your health, you have to start by adopting better health habits and behavior. The best program in the world can’t make a difference if you don’t embrace and practice well-defined ways to drop pounds and achieve wellness.

Game Changers

Game-changing health information and wellness programs come and go like passengers on a busy train. Very few possess staying power. Even some that are viable and do stick around  Continue reading

Add These Herbs to Meals to Prevent Hip Pain

A sore hip makes everything more difficult — from sleeping to walking up stairs. But you could keep those hips of yours feeling fine if you’re a lover of garlic and onions.

About 15 percent of older adults regularly deal with hip pain. But in a recent study of women, those who tended to eat lots of produce — particularly herbs from the allium family, such as onions and garlic — showed fewer signs of hip osteoarthritis in x-ray tests.

Arthritis-Fighting Allium
The study analyzed the diets of a large group of middle-aged adult twins, most of whom did not have symptoms of arthritis when the study started. Eating lots of allium herbs correlated with less arthritis in the hip. And in a separate lab analysis, researchers also found that diallyl  Continue reading

To Lose Weight Drink Water Before Meals

Drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals helps those losing weight to lose even more, U.S. researchers say.

 Brenda Davy of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., says it has long been suggested that water can help promote weight loss, but there has been little scientific information confirming the notion.

 The study involved 48 adults ages 55-75 years, divided into one group that drank two glasses of water prior to meals and one that did not. All of the subjects ate a low-calorie diet during the study.

 After the 12-week study, water drinkers lost about 15.5 pounds, while the non-water drinkers lost about 11 pounds.

 “We are presenting results of the first randomized-controlled intervention trial demonstrating that increased water consumption is an effective weight loss strategy,” Davy says in a statement. “In this study, we found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.”