Dietary Fats: Distinctions in Molecular, Physical, and Nutritional Properties

  Here, we review the different classifications of dietary fat, their chemical structures and physical properties, and their nutritional profiles (according to the latest research). As part of this discussion, we will explore trans fat and what makes it so different from other fats, including an explanation of the hydrogenation process by which trans fat […]

High insulin levels directly linked to pancreatic cancer

According to recent research, excessive levels of insulin directly contribute to the development of pancreatic cancer via overstimulation of pancreatic acinar cells. Digestive enzymes are then overproduced, and pancreatic inflammation occurs, which allows for the development of precancerous cells. This process might explain heightened risk of pancreatic cancer in individuals with obesity and/or Type 2 […]

Heart-healthy Nutrition for the Holidays

Enjoying a good meal with friends and family is an important part of many holiday celebrations. However, it can be a challenge to maintain a heart-healthy diet during this time. Here’s some tips to help keep your heart healthy during the holiday season. Fill your plate with vegetables Vegetables are full of important vitamins, minerals, […]

Superfood Spotlight: Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is similar to that used in baking or brewing (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), except that it has been deactivated. It is popular in vegan cooking due to its Parmesan cheese-like flavor. But its overall savory taste, which many have described as umami (the “fifth taste”), goes beyond cheesy, making it a versatile culinary seasoning for […]

Women with a Heart-healthy Diet in Midlife Are Less Likely to Report Cognitive Decline Later

Adhering to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet starting in middle-age could potentially reduce the risk of cognitive decline in women, according to a recent study. After about 30-years of follow-up, women who closely followed the DASH diet experienced 17-percent lower odds of reporting more than one cognitive complaint, compared to women who […]

Study Suggests Even More Reasons to Eat Your Fiber

Researchers have found that plant foods with insoluble fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains, contain unique bioactives, including beta-carotene, lycopene, quercetin, and lutein. Bioactives have been associated with health benefits, such as lower incidence of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, researchers noted that plant byproducts of food productions (e.g., pells, […]

Know Your Nutrients: Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

Vitamin B12 has several critical roles in human nutrition. On its own, vitamin B12 is required for the creation of cellular energy from dietary fats and proteins. It is also associated with the production of hemoglobin; as such, vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to hemoglobin-deficient anemia. The other functions of vitamin B12 are mostly performed […]

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: An Overview

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) are two types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Neither of these conditions can be cured, but proper disease management can help reduce symptom burden and increase quality of life.  Crohn’s Disease Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract, which extends from […]

Workplace Flexibility May Support Cardiovascular Health 

November 15, 2023: Researchers found that introducing flexibility into the workplace supported the cardiovascular health of adults aged 45 years or older and those who had increased cardiovascular disease risks. Through a 12-month program, hundreds of adults from two industries—IT and long-term care—participated in workplace wellness training. Before and after the intervention, employees participated in […]

Cut Salt, Cut blood pressure

A recent study demonstrated that 72 percent of adults aged 50 to 80 years who reduced sodium intake by about one teaspoon per day for one week experienced a decrease in systolic blood pressure. There was a 1- to 2-point greater reduction in blood pressure when switching from a high-sodium diet (2,200mg/day in addition to […]

A Brief Overview of the Nervous System and Its Functions

The nervous system is a complex network that controls and coordinates the various functions of the human body. It can be divided into two main parts: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.1,2 Central Nervous System (CNS) The CNS comprises the brain and the spinal cord. The brain is the command center of […]

An Introduction to Resistance Band Training

Resistance band training is a form of strength training that utilizes large rubber bands, which can be used to strengthen muscles anywhere on the body. Resistance band training provides an effective, portable, and versatile alternative to traditional gym equipment.1,2 Research has shown that resistance band training might help improve hand grip and leg strength and […]