A fermented-food diet increases microbiome diversity and lowers inflammation, Stanford study finds | News Center

Microbe diversity stable in fiber-rich diet

By contrast, none of these 19 inflammatory proteins decreased in participants assigned to a high-fiber diet rich in legumes, seeds, whole grains, nuts, vegetables and fruits. On average, the diversity of their gut microbes also remained stable. “We expected high fiber to have a more universally beneficial effect and increase microbiota diversity,” said Erica Sonnenburg, PhD, a senior research scientist in basic life sciences, microbiology and immunology. “The data suggest that increased fiber intake alone over a short time period is insufficient to increase microbiota diversity.”

The study published online July 12 in

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Sugary Drinks Spike Early Colorectal Cancer Risk, Study Finds

  • Having too many sugary drinks each day can significantly increase your chances of early-onset colorectal cancer, a recent study suggests.
  • To reduce your risk, swap sugary drinks with water, milk, or unsweetened coffee or tea—and pay close attention to other parts of your diet, too.
  • Colorectal cancer have been steadily rising in people under age 50.

    You already know sipping on sugary drinks can up your risk of various chronic diseases, but a new study highlights another one to put on your radar: Your soda habit could increase your chances of early-onset colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer

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    Shoppers spent less money on unhealthy foods when online grocery shopping, a study finds

    Participants who ordered their groceries online spent less money on junk food compared to when they shopped in person, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

    Researchers tracked the spending patterns of 137 shoppers over the course of 44 weeks either from 2015 to 2016 or from 2016 to 2017. People who shopped online spent on average about $2.50 less on unhealthy food purchases like candy and frozen desserts compared to when they did their shopping inside stores, said lead study author Laura Zatz, a senior adviser at The Behavioural Insights Team.

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    New Study Reveals Why Your Brain Chooses Junk Food Over More Nutritious Options

    This study suggests that it is the speed of our cognitive processing, rather than mere willpower, that influences our food choices (via LSE). People are more likely to choose something delicious, even if it is unhealthy, because they can determine very quickly that the food item will taste good. It simply takes longer for our brains to process the fact that a food is healthy. Very often, we might start to snack on an unhealthy treat, before information about its healthfulness even has time to enter our minds.

    “Our findings suggest that it is often not our fault that

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    Nine out of 10 people getting SNAP benefits struggle to access a healthy diet, new study shows

    Almost 90 percent of people receiving SNAP — the federal food assistance program formerly known as food stamps — are struggling to access healthy food, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released Wednesday.

    The nearly 42 million Americans receiving SNAP benefits are one of the most food insecure populations in the country, and more than half responding to a survey said they simply can’t afford the kind of nutritious food that makes up a healthy diet, the study revealed. For others surveyed, the top barriers to access included a lack of transportation to a grocery store

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    USDA releases study on hurdles to healthy eating for SNAP recipients | Complimentary

    The following information was submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service program in a news release on June 23.

    WASHINGTON — Nearly nine out of 10 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants face barriers in providing their household with a healthy diet throughout the month, based on a U.S. Department of Agriculture study released on June 23.

    The study, Barriers that Constrain the Adequacy of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Allotments, conducted in 2018, finds that 88% of participants report encountering some type of hurdle to a healthy diet. The most common, reported by 61% of SNAP participants,

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    Personalised nutrition reduces junk food intake, says study

    The research team suggests future personalised nutrition approaches could target intake of these discretionary foods via food-based messaging that considers the eating context of the foods consumed.

    “For example, if salt intake was identified as a top nutrient to change and meat-based dishes were the main contributing food sources, then a message may include, “Reduce your intake of processed meats and pies; swap salami, ham and bacon for turkey or beef,”” ​suggests the team led by Katherine Livingstone, NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at Deakin University.

    The team, which included colleagues from Newcastle University and the University of Navarra, began enrolling

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    Junk Food, Skipping Breakfast And Caffeine May Cause Mental Distress In Women – Study

    A recently published study revealed that the mental health of women is more likely to have a higher association with dietary factors than men. The research paper, ‘Customization of Diet May Promote Exercise and Improve Mental Wellbeing in Mature Adults: The Role of Exercise as a Mediator,’ was published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine and emphasised on Mental distress and exercise frequency being associated with different dietary and lifestyle patterns. This supports the concept of customising your diet and lifestyle in order to improve your mental wellbeing.

    Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University,

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    Study shows junk food harms children’s bone quality | Health

    Parents may want to consider limiting their children’s consumption of ultra-processed packaged foods not only because these foods can lead to obesity and diabetes. They may also stunt bone growth.

    A definitive link between ultra-processed foods and reduced bone quality in the development stage was revealed by a team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    Parents may want to consider limiting their children’s consumption of ultra-processed packaged foods not only because these foods can lead to obesity and diabetes. They may also stunt bone growth.

    A definitive link between ultra-processed foods and reduced bone quality in the development

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    Junk food may harm skeletal development in the young, study finds

    Eating junk food may harm young children’s skeletal development, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered, based on a study of rodents.

    A new study led by Efrat Monsonego-Ornan and Janna Zaretsky, both from the Department of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at the university’s Faculty of Agriculture, showed that ultra-processed foods can cause reduced bone quality, which is especially harmful for young children in their developing years.

    Published in the journal Bone Research, the study is the first to analyze the link between junk food and skeletal development.

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