Nutrition in the News – April 2014

Diet Soda Consumption Associated with Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Problems in Older Women

Research presented at the 63rd Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology showed an association between two or more diet soda drinks per day and an increase in heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problem in healthy postmenopausal women. The press release can be found here. The Science Daily write up can be found here.

Celiac Disease Associated with Increased Risk of Coronary Artery Disease

Research presented at the 63rd Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology showed that patients with Celiac disease have nearly a two fold increased risk of CAD compared to the general population.  The press release can be found here. The Science Daily write up can be found here.

High Vegetable and Fruit Consumption Linked to Lower Mortality

The University College London found that those who ate the most fresh vegetables and fruits in a day (7+ servings) had a reduced incident of death from cancer or cardiovascular disease. Consumption of vegetables seemed more protective than fruit and consumption of canned or frozen fruit was associated with increased mortality.  Fruit juice showed no benefit. The abstract in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health can be found here. The UCL news release can be found here. The Science Daily write up can be found here. CNN’s Health minute video can be found here.

Saturated Fats Still a Concern

Walter Willet, chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, has  concerns about the recent publication stating that saturated fats do not need to be restricted in the diet. His thoughts can be found here.

Eating Beans Reduces LDL Cholesterol

A study done at St. Michael’s Hospital found that eating just one serving of beans a day can lower your LDL cholesterol and thus your risk of cardiovascular disease. The press release can be found here. The Science Daily article is found here.

Spring Allergies can be Linked to Food Allergies

Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist, states that those with allergies to certain spring allergens (grasses, birch, oak and ragweed) may also have trouble with certain foods. The press release is here, the Science Daily article is here.

High Fat Diet Associated with a Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

Data analyzed from over 10,000 women showed that those who had a high total fat and saturated fat consumption had a higher risk of ER+PR+ breast cancer. A high saturated fat intake also increased the risk of HER2- disease. The press release can be found here and the Science Daily article is here.

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