New Data Suggests Link Between Childhood Obesity and Allergies

  A study published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology indicated that there may be a link between obesity and increased incidence of allergies. The study analysed data from 4,111 children and young adults aged 2-19 years of age. It looked at antibody       levels to a … [Read more...]

Could FOS Help With Weight Loss?

 FOS, otherwise known as fructo-oligosaccharide is a type of prebiotic fibre found in chicory and is used primarly as a supplement to help feed friendly bacteria in       the gut. In a recent study, researchers at the University of Mastricht suggested that it might have a role to play in weight loss.  31 … [Read more...]

Omega 3 Levels in Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Obesity Risk

 A low intake of omega 3 fatty acids coupled with high levels of omega 6 fats has been suggested as one of the risk factors for obesity. Now, a new study published in the     American Journal of Clinical Nutrition hypothesizes that a mother's intake of omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy might affect her child's … [Read more...]

Berries Lower Type 2 Diabetes and Cariovascular Disease Risk

Berries are rich in a compound called polyphenols which in recent research were shown to decrease pot meal glucose response. Blood glucose levels may be associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Nutraingredients commented " reduced rate of sucrose digestion, and / or absorption from the … [Read more...]

Teenage Obesity Link to MS

New research has uncovered a link between obesity in teenage years and future risk of developing MS. A study tracked more than 238,000 over 40 years and found that women who were obese at 18 were twice as likely to get MS. This may be due to the fact that obese women tend to have lower levels of vitamin D (a nutrient that has been linked to … [Read more...]

It’s Official – Eating Too Fast Affects Your Waistline!

New research reveals that eating a lot of food quickly curbs the release of certain gut hormones that make us feel full. As a result the message doesn't get through and we are likely to carry on eating leading to weight gain. Earlier studies have revealed that it takes 12 minutes for satiety signals to reach the brain in lean individuals and as … [Read more...]

High Sugar Diet Causes Changes in Gut Bacteria Increasing Risk Of Obesity

A growing body of evidence is showing that bacteria in the gut play a big role in weight management. Recent research has now shown that the consumption of large amounts of sugar in the diet can alter the composition of the bacteria making weight gain more likely. 90% of bacteria in the gut fall into two main categories - bateroidetes and … [Read more...]

Green Tea Shown To Help Psychological Stress

In a recent study involving 42000 individuals, green tea was shown to improve the symptoms of psychological stress. Green tea has also shown benefits in other studies for weight loss, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers and oral health … [Read more...]

Omega 3 Fats May Be Helpful for Weight Loss

A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition revealed that those individuals with the highest levels of omega 3 in their blood had the lowest BMIs, the smallest waists and the smallest hip circumferances. Omega 3 therefore may be an important nutrient in the battle against obesity. Omega 3 is found predominantly in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, … [Read more...]

Are Stressed Animals Making Us Fat?

It has long been known that there is a strong link between chronic stress and obesity, but recent research has indicated that in addition to the stresses and strains of our own lives, the stress of the animals, fish and possibly the plants that we eat may also be contributing to our excess weigh - a concept called xenohormesis. Increasing pressures … [Read more...]

15 minute walk can help chocolate cravings

Finding it hard to give up chocolate? Try walking. Research has shown that walking just fifteen minutes at a time can reduce chocolate cravings. Following three days without chocolate, 25 regular chocolate eaters were asked to either complete a 15-minute brisk walk or rest. They then engaged in tasks that would normally induce chocolate … [Read more...]

Is Weight really a reliable indicator of health?

Some recent medical research is showing that weight may not be such an important indicator of health as has been previously thought. Last week a report in The Archives of Internal Medicine compared weight and cardiovascular risk factors among a representative sample of more than 5,400 adults. Half of the overweight people and one-third of obese … [Read more...]

An hour of exercise 5 times a week needed for weight loss

A new study has found that Women who want to lose weight and keep it off need to exercise for almost an hour, five days a week. Researchers found that a 55-minute regime was the minimum needed to keep up a 10percent drop in weight. Only a quarter of the 200 women involved in the study managed to lose this amount. Research suggests a … [Read more...]

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