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Cutting Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead to Greater Weight Loss

In a recent 12-month study, adults eating a low-carb diet, which reduced their carbohydrate consumption to about 28% of their daily calories, lost almost 3 times as much weight (12 pounds vs. 3 pounds) as low-fat dieters who received about 40% to 45% of their calories from carbohydrates. Participants on the low-carb diet also had greater decreases in fat mass, ratio of total HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels along with greater increases in HDL cholesterol level than those on the low-fat diet. All participants of the Annals of Internal Medicine study were eating approximately the same amount of calories.

The Summer Blog Edition

Go to www.SilaFood.com to see the latest video (yes, I am in it sharing some sectrets you do not want to miss), summer recipes and more. Below is our Summer Newsletter with more helpful tips of how to enjoy the summer produce.

Fiber, Health and Weight Control

Fiber has many health benefits, yet the American diet is defficient of this important nutrient. It is the the main ingredieint in Sila Weight Control. I just came across a very informative article in EveryDayHealth.com. Read on and you will learn about the health benefits of fiber and its weight control properties.

Lose Weight With Avocado

 The aouthors of a new study conclude: "The addition of approximately one half of a Hass avocado at a lunch meal can influence post-ingestive satiety over a subsequent 3 and 5 hour period in overweight adults" Try it with Sila Antioxidant..

Vitamin Supplements May Cause Cancer

Many people take vitamins such as A, E, and C thinking that their antioxidant properties will ward off cancer. But some clinical trials have suggested that such antioxidants, which sop up DNA-damaging molecules called free radicals, have the opposite effect and raise cancer risk in certain people. Now, in a provocative study that raises unsettling questions about the widespread use of vitamin supplements, Swedish researchers have showed that moderate doses of two widely used antioxidants spur the growth of early lung tumors in mice.

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/01/antioxidants-could-increase-cancer-rates

Saturated Fat and Your Heart

In an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a meta-analysis of data from 72 unique studies with over 600,000 participants from 18 nations found that total saturated fatty acid, whether measured in the diet or in the bloodstream as a biomarker, was not associated with coronary disease risk in the observational studies. So, if you only get your science and health news from mainstream newspapers or television, you may be surprized -  the evidence to support restricting the consumption of saturated fats in order to prevent heart disease isn't there. This, of course, does not give you a green light to have hamburgers for lunch and  steak for dinner every day because saturated fat does contribute to weight gain (see below). However, moderate consumption of natural, not fat reduced milk, butter, cheese and humanely raised animal meat without added hormones and antibiotics is not a threat to your cardiovascular health and may add some pleasure to your lifestyle.

Multivitamins and Science

I have written about multivitamins' in the past. Now we have more convincing scientific evidence that multivitamins are not only useless in protecting you from diseases but are actually harmful in some cases.

Three studies  add to multivitamins' bad rap. One review found no benefit in preventing early death, heart disease or cancer. Another found that taking multivitamins did nothing to stave off cognitive decline with aging. A third found that high-dose multivitamins didn't help people who had had one heart attack avoid another.

"Enough is enough," declares an editorial accompanying the studies in Annals of Internal Medicine. "Stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements."

Stick to real food. "Food is medicine". People have known that citrus fruits prevent scurvy. It took 3 centuries to find out that Vitamin C in citrus was responsible for the citrus miracle. We are still discovering the biochemistry of foods and we have not even scratched the surface. So, eat real food and we will use scientific evidence to improve our food choices, rather than replacing real food with pills.

Watermelon and Exercise

l-Citrulline, an amino acid shown in previous studies to reduce muscle soreness, is found abundantly in watermelons, as well as certain squashes, cucumbers, and other melons.  Martha P. Tarazona-Díaz, from the  Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena  (Spain), and colleagues found thatthat: “watermelon juices helped to reduce the recovery heart rate and muscle soreness in athletes after 24 h.”

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Inflammation Linked to Risk of Heart Disease

In a recent article researchers from Ireland demonstrated that signs of inflammation are associated with high incidence heart and other medical problems in both obese and nonobese patients.

"Favorable inflammatory status is positively associated with metabolic health in obese and nonobese individuals. These findings are of public health and clinical significance in terms of screening and stratification based on metabolic health phenotype to identify those at greatest cardiometabolic risk for whom appropriate therapeutic or intervention strategies should be developed" concluded the authors.

The best way to keep inflammation down is by eating plenty of foods known to reduce inflammation and to include mogerate physical activities in your daily routine. (See VIDEO on INFLAMMATION) SILA Foods provide plenty of anti-inflammatory nutrients when you do not have time to shop and prepare your own meals. Check out our latest Newsletter.

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The Mediterranean Diet and Your Genes

A new study further strengthens the notion that what you eat can have an impact on your genetic risk for disease.The research, published in the journal Diabetes Care, shows that for people who carry two copies of a specific gene variant known to raise disease risk, eating a Mediterranean diet seems to lower their risk of developing stroke -- to the level of someone who possesses just one copy, or no copies, of the gene variant. A Mediterranean diet is one that is high in olive oil, fish and produce.On the other hand, for people who carry two copies of this gene variant and eat a low-fat diet, their risk of stroke is nearly three times higher than people with one or no copies of the gene variant.

Introducing SILA Foods


I am proud to introduce SILA Foods. These products are delicious and also good for you. They are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. SILA Foods are made in California with all natural ingredients and no preservatives. My son, Dobri Kiprov Jr is in charge of SILA Foods. You can cotact him at Dobri@SilaFood.com. Watch my introductory VIDEO or better yet, go directly to www.SilaFood.com to get the details and try SILA Foods.

Salads

Summer offers an abundance of fresh vegetables allowing for great variety of salads. And you can make these salads more nutricious and delicious by choosing the right dressing.

Food, Dirt and the Immune Sustem

In an op-ed in the New York Times (6/21, Subscription Publication), Jeff D. Leach, founder of the Human Food Project, writes, "The greatest social contribution of the farmers' market may be its role as a delivery vehicle for putting dirt back into the American diet." Leach cites "increasing evidence...that the alarming rise in allergic and autoimmune disorders during the past few decades is at least partly attributable to our lack of exposure to microorganisms that once covered our food and us" and "kept our bodies from overreacting to foreign bodies." He calls for "reintroducing some of the organisms from the mud and water of our natural world" to prevent "an overreaction of an otherwise healthy immune response that results in such chronic diseases as type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and a host of allergic disorders."

Black Pepper and Fat Cells

A number of previous studies have suggested that black pepper may help to fight fat. Korean researchers have elucidated the biological mechanism by which piperine — the pungent-tasting compound that gives black pepper its characteristic taste – blocks the formation of new fat cells.

Increased Fruit, Vegetable Consumption Associated With Decreased Type 2 Diabetes Risk

According to a study published online April 3 in the journal Diabetes Care, people who consume the most servings of a wide variety of vegetables and fruit as part of their regular diet may have less risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after studying 3,704 middle-aged and senior adults in the UK for a period of about 11 years.

Purple Potato Secrets

Potatoes usualy are considered to have too many carbs and calories.However, there are many different kinds of potatoes. From a health point of view, the purple potatoes are the best. Here is a recent study confirmin this notion. "When overweight people included two servings of purple potatoes a day in their diet for a month, they not only reduced their blood pressure, they also didn't gain weight in the process," according to a study published online in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The study of 18 middle-aged overweight adults revealed that "compared to those who went spud-free, purple potato eaters had on average drop of slightly more than 4% in diastolic pressure (the bottom number in a reading) and a drop of more than 3% in systolic pressure (the top number)." What's more, even though "potato eaters took in more calories compared to adults given no potatoes, their weight didn't change."

Fitness Levels, Healthy Weight May Be Independently Linked To Reduced Heart Risks

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, maintaining fitness levels, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, may both be independently linked to a reduced risk of developing certain heart risk factors. Investigators followed more than 3,100 individuals. The researchers found that "individuals who maintained or improved their fitness levels had a 26% and 28% lower risk of developing hypertension, a 42% and 52% lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, and a 26% and 30% lower risk of developing elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, respectively." The investigators also found that, "for those subjects who got fatter in follow-up, as measured by percentage of body fat, they had a 26%, 71%, and 48% higher risk of developing hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and hypercholesterolemia, respectively, when compared with individuals who lost weight." 

J Am Coll Cardiol, 2012; 59:665-672

Kiwifruit for the Common Cold

You know how miserable you feel when you have a cold. A remedy may be looking at you in your local supermarket. Denise C. Hunter, from The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research (New Zealand), and colleagues enrolled 37 men and women, ages 65 years and older, who ate four gold kiwifruit each day for four weeks, then switched over to consume two bananas daily (or vice versa), with a four week intervening washout period. During the kiwifruit phase, self-reported cold symptoms were less (as compared to the banana phase), with sore throat symptoms reducing from 5.4 to 2 days and head congestion decreasing from 4.7 to 0.9 days. The severity of head congestion during the kiwifruit phase was also reduced.

More Light on the Mediterranean Diet

We have discussed the Mediterranean Diet befor but this new study is very copmelling. The LA Times articlebellow is very well written and informative. If you missed my video on the Mediterranean Diet (where I question the notion that it is a diet), here is the link: VIDEO One of the Mediterranean diet's "champions, Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos of Harvard University, calls the Mediterranean way of eating 'possibly the best ever.'" One "analysis, published in 2011 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, pooled the results of 50 studies (including 35 clinical trials) with more than a half-million total participants. It found that consumers of the Mediterranean diet were less likely than others to develop high blood pressure, high insulin levels, too much fat around the waist and unhealthful cholesterol levels, or all of these clustered together (a condition known as metabolic syndrome)." A separate Los Angeles Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/22, Ravn) article also discusses the health benefits of Mediterranean-style diets.

Get Off Your Butt!

Research published in the American Journal Of Physiology-Cell Physiology found that the pressure put on areas of the body used for sitting or lying down produces up to 50 per cent more fat in those parts. And "even those with healthy diet and exercise habits will be affected if they spend long periods sitting behind a desk."  Dr. Jim Levine of the Mayo Clinic found obese people sit an average two and a half hours more each day than thinner people." The story concludes: "Take some pressure off your own bottom line and stand up

Cranberry Juice Fights Bacterial Infections

Cranberriy juice has been known to fight E. Coli infection which causes urinary tract infection. Previous studies have suggested that a particular flavonoid antioxidant (proanthocyanidins or PACs) were responsible for this antibacterial function. A new study demonstrates not only that PACs alone are much less efficient than whole cranberry juice, but also that raedily available commercial cranberry juice is just as protective. This brings me back to the point that whole foods are always better than individual components or extracts.

Dietary Supplements Increase Mortality Rate in Older Women

A study just published in Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(18):1625-1633. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.445 assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in relation to total mortality in 38 772 older women in the Iowa Women's Health Study; mean age was 61.6 years at baseline in 1986. The study revealed that  in older women, several commonly used dietary vitamin and mineral supplements may be associated with increased total mortality risk; this association is strongest with supplemental iron. In contrast to the findings of many studies, calcium is associated with decreased risk.

A 2007 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked vitamin E, vitamin A and beta- carotene to higher death rates. Another, published in the same year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, linked multivitamins to an increase in prostate cancer.

Here is my take.

Can Pistachios Help You Loose Weight

The health benefits of pistachios are well documented but who knew that pistachio shells can help you loose weight! When considering your options for a snack, reach for a handful of in-shell pistachios.

Living Long - It is All in the Genes... almost

In a recently published study, the authors interviewed people living independently at ages 95 to 109, and asked them to recall things such as their weight, height, alcohol consumption, smoking and their physical activity at age 70; they were also asked whether they ate a low-calorie, low-fat or low-salt diet at that age. What they found may surprise you.

Healthily Prepared Fish May Help to Lower Heart Failure Risk

 Previous research has found that fatty acids (omega-3) in fish may lower risk of cardiovascular disease by decreasing inflammation, resisting oxidative stress and improving blood pressure, cardiac and blood vessel function. A large-scale analysis of data collected on 84,493 postmenopausal women enrolled in the US Women's Health Initiative Observational Study shows that the type of fish and the cooking method may affect heart failure risk.

Good Fats, Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet

Olive oil is the key component of the Mediterranean Diet which has been shown to have beneficial effects on many diseases. It can be included in a healthy eating plan as one of the oils that contains the least amount of saturated or bad fat, no cholesterol and is rich on antiinflammtory substaces and antioxidants. Watch video about the Mediterranean Diet (by the way, it is not a diet)

Olive oil may protect against strokes

A diet high in olive oil may help protect older people against strokes, which are the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. The findings are in a study published in the journal Neurology.

Protein-Rich Breakfast Prompts Healthy Brain Signals

A University of Missouri researcher has found that eating a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day. In addition, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) the researchers found that eating a protein-rich breakfast reduces the brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior. Incorporating a healthy breakfast containing protein-rich foods can be a simple strategy for people to stay satisfied longer, and therefore, be less prone to snacking. Watch the video  and read on.

Blueberries Keep the Fat Off Your Body!

Blueberries are on top of the list of antioxidants rich foods. This makes them heros in fighting heart disease, cancer and many other maladies. And now to top it all off, new research shows that blueberries can help you keep the weight off!

Strawberries Fight Cancer

We already knew that srawberries are full of vitamins and antioxidants. Here is a new study, convincingly demonstrating that strawberries fight esophageal cancer cells in humans. Strawberries are in season now, so go buy some, wash them very well and enjoy them. Who knows, this may save you a lot of trouble.

Tangerines Prevent Obesity, Diabetes

You can still find tangerines at the market. We know that they are an excellent source of vitamin C. A new study has found that a substance in tangerines can help you loose weight.

Exercise May Diminish Negative Impact Of High-Salt Diet On Blood Pressure

High salt diet is known as the "silent killer". This is because it leads to hypertension (high blood pressure), a condition which may go undetected until it presents itself as a heart attack or a stroke. And it is not the salt you use to season your meals at home; rather, it is the enormous amounts of salt present in every day foods you buy - bread, butter, anything in a jar or can, The salt in fast foods is truly dangerous to your health. Even reputable chefs use too much salt to satisfy your palete. Lifestyle plays a major role in offsetting the danger of hypertension including the consumption of too much salt. A new study presented at the American Heart Association serves as a further confirmation.

Mediterranean Diet and Metabolic Syndrome

A meta-analysis "reviewing the impact of a Mediterranean style diet on the progression of metabolic syndrome [and] published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology," indicated that "adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern was associated with lower metabolic syndrome prevalence and progression."

Fiber and Your Heart

 "A high-fiber diet appears to reduce your lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, especially if you are consuming lots of fiber when you are young and middle-aged," according to a study presented this week at the American Heart Association conference.

Dietary Supplements - CAUTION!

There are many reasons I promote healthy food and physical activities in Lifestyle in Motion rather than dietary supplements and other pills. Here is a strong statement by the FDA regarding the (un)safety of these products.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a consumer information update to be on the lookout for tainted or fake dietary supplements.

The Health Hazards of Soda

Soda, sugared or diet, may raise a person’s risks of an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke.  Hannah Gardener, from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Florida, USA), and colleagues studied data collected on 2,564 participants enrolled in the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS), launched in 1993 to examine stroke incidence and risk factors in a multi-ethnic urban population. A total of 3,298 participants over 40 years old (average age 69) were enrolled through 2001 and continue to be followed. Researchers asked subjects at the outset to report how much and what kind of soda they drank.  During an average follow-up of 9.3 years, 559 vascular events occurred (including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by rupture of a weakened blood vessel).  After adjusting for a number of confounding variables, the team found that the subjects who drank diet soda every day had a 61% higher risk of ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, as compared to those who reported no soda drinking.

New Obesity drug raises Safety Questions

The AP (12/4) reported, "Scientists for the Food and Drug Administration said Friday a pill to treat obesity from Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. helped patients lose weight, though it didn't meet all the criteria set forth by the agency."

Multivitamins

The September 2010 issue of Consumer Reports magazine has a lot to say about multivitamins and I happen to agree with their statements. Here is a synopsis.

Spring Food: Miner's Lettuce

Miner’s lettuce is a beautiful spring green vegetable.  Miner’s lettuce owes its name to the Gold Rush miners who ate it to prevent scurvy.

Seasonal Allergies and Food

Question (via e-mail): How can I strengthen my immune system against allergies?  Specifically what foods should I eat and avoid?

Dr. Kiprov answers: A current review of the literature published in the Journal of Allergy and Asthma Proceedings in March of 2010 indicates that despite some promising hypothesis and findings, there has been no conclusive evidence about the role of specific nutrients, food types, or dietary patterns such as the Mediterranean Diet in the development of allergies and asthma.

 


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