Nuts!

Nuts in 2003 received the FDA’s first qualified health claim for a food: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” The FDA announcement was in response to a petition from the International Tree Nut Council’s (INC) Nutrition Research & Education Foundation.

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Another Diet Directive

I love the people at Organic Authority. But I am getting tired of the diet experts out there. Just a tad frustrated.

A new post states ” Eating breakfast—especially one that includes whole grains—reduces your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart failure, according to the May 2008 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.” and goes on to say that a prominent physician, Matthew Edlund, MD, “suggests that if you’re watching your weight, there’s an optimal time to eat your first organic meal of the day: within 15 to 30 minutes of waking up, and no later than 8 a.m.” and told Redbook magazine: “If you don’t eat breakfast, your body thinks it’s in starvation mode, and you’ll eat more food later on.”

I don’t disagree with the original hypothesis of Covert Bailey in “Fit or Fat”. I have struggled with changing my set point off and on for years.

However, I believe strongly that we cannot be standardized in the way that Matthew Edlund, MD suggests. He is just one among many in the science community guilty of this, so I don’t really mean to pick on him. My point is, the fact that he is a prominent physician and has written a book does not give him an authority on every body type and metabolism type out there. The studies that exist, if you look closely, are often trying to extrapolate data from 35 to 50 people at a time to a U.S. population of over 304 million people. This is getting to be ludicrous.

People need to listen to their own bodies and develop their own approach. There are too many factors, work schedules, life styles, etc. for a one-size fits all approach to scheduling one’s diet. I agree with the healthy and organic meals advocated, just not the broad generalization.

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Contradictions to some current propaganda against soy products

Direct quote:
After two years, those taking the soy product had better bone mineral density than those taking placebo. “[Even] after one year, there was a clear difference in the women who got the genistein,” said Steven Wilson, a biostatistician at National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, and a co-author of the study, published June 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The research was funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and the University of Messina, Italy.

Genistein, an isoflavone phytoestrogen, is found abundantly in soybean products. Experts who study it hope it can build bone without the adverse side effects — such as increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers — associated with hormone replacement therapy.

Published ahead of printed in the journal Fertility and Sterility, researchers reviewed the findings of 15 studies and found despite the claims that soy lowers testosterone levels. Soy consumption had no significant effect on testosterone
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