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BulletPointNews_logo* Global Dietary Patterns Worsening—In a first-of-its-kind analysis of worldwide dietary patterns, a team including researchers from Tufts University and University of Cambridge found overall dietary quality worsened around the world even as consumption of healthier foods increased in many countries.

Overall, increases in unhealthy foods outpaced beneficial dietary changes, especially in middle-income nations (Too much Standard American Diet!) Internationally, older adults tended to have better quality diets than younger adults and children, and women tended to eat healthier than men.

* Coconut Oil, Exercise Battle Hypertension—Researchers working at the Biotechnology Center at the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil set out to test the hypothesis that a combination of daily coconut oil intake and exercise training would restore baroreflex sensitivity and reduce oxidative stress, resulting in reduction in blood pressure.

Both coconut oil supplementation alone and exercise alone were shown to reduce blood pressure. However, only combination of the two was able to bring blood pressure back to normal values. The study was published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

* Hops Compound Protects Brain Cells from Damage—Scientists reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a compound from hops could potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

A compound found in hops, xanthohumol, has captured the attention of researchers for its potential benefits, including protection of neuronal cells to slow brain disorders. Other potential health benefits of the hops compound is antioxidation, cardiovascular protection and its anti-cancer properties.

* Fasting to Halt Inflammatory Disorders—Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, autoimmune disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

In their study published in the online issue of Nature Medicine, researchers described how the compound B-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) directly inhibits NLRP3, which is part of a complex system of proteins called the inflammasone. The inflammasone drives the inflammatory response to several diseases.

* Consumers Unsure about ‘Good’ versus ‘Bad’ Fats—A survey by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) reveals that most Americans are still unclear about the definition and role of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats. In the HAB survey of more than 1,000 adults, 42 percent of people incorrectly thought that all fats increase cholesterol levels, and including the ‘don’t know’ and ‘unsure’ responses, the number increased to 51 percent.

One-third of people responded inaccurately that monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are bad and should be reduced or eliminated from the diet. Said Penny Kris-Etherton of Penn State University: “It’s clear that more consumer education is needed on the difference between ‘good’ fat and ‘bad’ fat….all fats are not created equal and the impact on one’s health can be significant.”

Source: AcresUSA

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