Nutrition in the News: March 2014

High Animal Protein Intake Associated with Increased Cancer Risk and Overall Mortality

Researchers from the University of Southern California published this article which showed that diets high in animal protein (> 19% of calories) in those younger than 65 substantially increased the risk of cancer, diabetes and overall mortality compared to those eating a low animal protein diet (<10% of calories). Vegetable sources of protein did not cause an increased risk. Even consuming moderate amounts of protein (10-19% of calories) increased the risk of cancer and dying an early death. The USC press release can be found here. An MSN UK news report can be found here. And the Science Daily report here.

If you want an easy way to calculate what percentage of your food intake for the day is protein, use the Cronometer. It’s free, easy to use and provides you with lots of information on what your diet contains.

Eating Fruits and Vegetables Associated with Healthier Arteries 

Women who ate 8-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day in their 20s had healthier arteries in their 40s. The press release can be found here and the Science Daily write up here.

Food Allergies May be Outgrown Only to Become More Severe

Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology showed that some children who had outgrown their IgE mediated food allergy went on to develop eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) to the same food. Food Navigator’s write up can be found here. The abstract can be found here.

Frequency of Alcohol Intake Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke Mortality in Men

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland found that men who consumed alcohol more than twice weekly have more than a three fold increase in stroke mortality compared to non-drinkers. The press release can be found here. Science Daily’s write up can be found here.

A Whole Foods, Plant Based Diet is Best

Researchers at Yale University of Public Health determined that “a diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention…..” Their report can be found here. The Atlantic writes about it here.

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