Donna Feldman – National Nutrition Examiner – Nutrition

Gift idea: the 12 foods of Christmas December 19, 2012 If you’re hard up for gift ideas, here’s an idea, based on the traditional Christmas song The 12 Days of Christmas. We’ll skip right to the last verse:On the 12th day of…

ENVIRONMENTAL NUTRITION: Eat well, live long

Foods that inhibit longevity While a plant-based diet has been shown to be protective, following a Western style diet can up your chances of chronic disease and premature death. The American Journal of Medicine revealed such findings in May, demonstrating that a steady intake of fried foods, sweets, processed and red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy does not bode well for longevity and quality of life in advanced age. With this in mind, EN takes a closer look at two aspects of the Western diet that have grabbed headlines recently due to their link to increased mortality. –Red and processed meat. Both are linked to total cause mortality, but processed meats, such as salami, sausages, bacon, packaged lunch meats, and hotdogs — even in small amounts — carry a higher risk. Research published in the journal BMC Medicine in March 2013 found the risk started to be significantly increased among those who consumed more than 40 grams (about an ounce-and-a-half) a day, according to study author Sabine Rohrmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., head of the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich.

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