Archive for December, 2010

Glutens Could Be Contributing to Celiac Disease Rise

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A new study that involved 141 adult subjects is contributing to the ongoing debate on whether a diet filled with glutens can lead to symptoms of Celiac Disease.

Published in the ACS Journal of Proteome Research, the study revealed that many of the people in the study did not in fact have Celiac Disease, but instead were showing the same distinctive metabolic makeup that people who suffer from Celiac Disease.

People who suffer from Celiac Disease are characterized as being unable to properly digesr a protein named gliadin, a part of gluten that can be found in wheat, rye, and barley. This autoimmune digestive condition can cause, diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pain. Oftentimes, Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed and steps to curtail its effects are never instituted.

A definitive diagnosis consists of a biopsy taken from the small intestine. There are currently over 3 million diagnosed cases in the Unites States. There is such a thing as a pisitive blood test, but a negative biopsy, meaning they are “potential” Celiac Disease patients, and are typically instructed to adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Treatment usually begins with a total abstinence from foods containing glutens. The debate here is whether a gluten filled diet could accelerate the effects of Celiac Disease, all the way on up to full blown diagnosis.

It seems to be a novel idea to curtail gluten intake if the symptoms seem to be persistent. One take away from this study is that the sample size was relatively small at 141 subjects. Yes, it’s small, but contact your doctor if you think you are at risk for Celiac Disease, are experiencing symptoms, and if a gluten free diet might be right for you.

Happy Holidays and be in good health Brooklyn!

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Top 10 Fiber Filled Breakfast Cereals

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

We all know we should eat more fiber. We all know the childhood song about beans (“beans, beans, they’re good for your heart..etc”). So why do we so often neglect to include fiber in our diets? One of the best ways, and most advertised ways, to include fiber in your diet is through the regular consumption of breakfast cereals. Though not all cereals were born equals – at least in terms of fiber. We won’t be listing cereals like All Bran Bran Bus, which contains a mammoth 36 grams of fiber per serving, – rather, we’ll be telling you about the standards, the mainstays, and the also-rans. Aka, stuff you already know about, but maybe didn’t know the fiber content.

1 - Fiber One- 14 grams of fiber – This one is a no brainer, but it should be noted that it is the best in class mainstream cereal, available in almost every major supermarket.

2 – Kellogg’s All Bran (not the Bran Buds) – 10 grams of fiber – This Bran heavy Kellogg’s product may be light on sugar and extras such as out clusters, marshmellows, chocolate, etc…but it is good for you and the perfect complement to some fresh fruit in the morning.

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Aspirin Can Significantly Aid in Colorectal Cancer Discovery

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

It’s been all over the news in recent days. For years aspirin has been a tried and true way to help prevent heart attacks and heart disease, but new data is coming to light that could increase the intake of aspirin further. It’s being discovered that a low daily dose of aspirin, in addition to its heart healthy benefits, can significantly reduce the chance of many types of cancer from developing, most notably colorectal cancer.

According to a wide variety of sources, prolonged, low-dose daily use can actually enhance detection of early warning signs of colorectal cancer. The detection of blood in the stool (fecal occult blood) is vital in detecting colorectal cancers early. Up until very recently it was believed that aspirin could in fact skew the results, leaving physicians with an uncertain assessment of an individual’s cancer development.

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