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Good Egg

Want your salad to pack a powerful punch? Top a mix of vegetables with whole eggs. A colorful salad gives you a good mix of carotenoids, nutrients that lower inflammation and help the body detoxify. And cooked whole eggs may help the body absorb those nutrients.

Researchers measured the carotenoids in the blood of a group of healthy young men after they ate a raw mixed-vegetable salad. The men whose salad included three scrambled eggs had up to eight times more carotenoids in their bloodstream than the men who didn't have eggs. Researchers say the fat in yolks brings the added benefit.

Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Active Duty

Did you know that getting up and moving could be just as good for you as ditching cigarettes?

In a study that followed 6,000 older men for 12 years, those who got 30 minutes of physical activity -- light or vigorous -- 6 days a week were 40% less likely to die for any reason during the study period than participants who were inactive. That's the same reduction in death risk you get when you quit smoking.

Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine

75%: The amount of calories Americans eat from processed -- rather than
fresh -- foods. 

Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Sugar Shock

Fructose-sweetened drinks like soda are high in calories and low in nutrition. They could make you choose unhealthy foods, too.

In an experiment, people drank either a fructose- or a glucose-sweetened drink. Then they had a brain scan while they looked at pictures of high-calorie foods. The photos stimulated the brains of the fructose drinkers more than the brains of the glucose drinkers.

Also, when researchers asked if they would choose a high-calorie treat now or a cash reward later, the fructose group was more likely to go for the food.

Most sugar-sweetened drinks contain fructose.

Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Go Vegan?

A vegan diet -- a vegetarian diet that excludes all animal products -- may sound extreme, but it could bring several benefits for people with diabetes. In a recent study, people with diabetic neuropathy -- painful nerve damage usually in the legs and feet -- went vegan for 5 months. Those who stuck to the diet lost an average of 14 pounds and said they had much less pain from the neuropathy. The researchers say the improvements in weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood-sugar control that come from a vegan diet may also lead to less pain.

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Source: Nutrition & Diabetes

1 in 3: Number of U.S. adults who have metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors -- belly fat, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol, and high blood pressure -- that can lead to heart disease.

Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association

Test Case

Ever wonder if all that finger pricking and blood testing to control your blood sugar is worth it?

A recent study says yes. Among almost 1,800 veterans with type 2 diabetes, those who kept their A1c levels at 7% or 8% throughout the decade-long study lowered their risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and amputation by about 17%.

Source: New England Journal of Medicine

270: Number of calories a 50-year-old, 150-pound woman burns raking leaves for an hour.
Source: Health Status

Weight and See

If you want to drop extra pounds, does it matter whether you cut calories, increase exercise, or do both?

Researchers divided a group of inactive, overweight men and women into three weight-loss programs. One group would lose 7% of their body weight with calorie-cutting alone. Another would use exercise only. The third would use both.

Each group achieved its goal. But the diet-plus-exercise group got more than that. Their body's ability to control blood sugar improved twice as much, compared with members of the other groups.

Source: Diabetes Care

WebMD Magazine - Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 22, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nutrition & Diabetes.

The Journal of the American Medical Association.

New England Journal of Medicine.

Health Status.

Diabetes Care.

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