BULLET POINTS – tips and trends

BulletPointNews_logo* Put an Egg on it

Adding eggs to a salad with a variety of raw vegetables is an effective method to improve the absorption of carotenoids, which are fat-soluble nutrients that help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, according to research from Purdue University published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“The lipid contained in whole eggs enhances the absorption of several unique types of carotenoids,” said Wayne Campbell, a professor of nutrition science.

* Corporate Lobbyists

Corporations now spend at least $2.6 billion annually lobbying Congress—more than the $2 billion taxpayers shell out funding the U.S. House and Senate. Much of that is spent on healthcare and food industry lobbying.

* Chipotle Chain Under Fire

The Chipotle fast-food chain has earned the ire of corporations and the business press for stating that all ingredients served henceforth in its chain will be GMO-free.

A spokesman for Chipotle said: “”For the past 21 years we have been striving to make our ingredients better. Given that we don’t think genetically modified organisms are better, we have replaced them with non-GMO ingredients.”

As Dr. Vandana Shiva says, “The rhetoric for taking over food systems is always based on improved seeds.’ But what is not mentioned is that industrial seeds are only ‘improved’ in the context of higher dependence on chemicals, and more control by corporations.”

* Coffee Fights Breast Cancer

Several health benefits of coffee have been discovered recently. Now a new study from Lund University follows several other studies confirming that coffee inhibits the growth of tumors and reduces the risk of recurrence in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with the drug tamoxifen.

The study showed that among 500 women treated with tamoxifen, those who had at least 2 cups of coffee a day had only half the risk of recurrence as those who drank less, or none. The study also showed that coffee drinkers had smaller tumors and a much lower proportion of hormone-dependent tumors.

* Eat Out and Soak up Calories

People who eat out end up consuming an average of 200 more calories than if they eat at home. Also worth noting: Diners who go for a full sit-down meal actually ingest more than 5 times the amount of cholesterol than those who eat at a fast food restaurant.

* U.S. Women Fare Badly in Breast Milk Quality

A Purdue University-led analysis of breast milk concluded that levels of health-promoting compounds known as carotenoids in U.S. women’s breast milk lagged far behind the carotenoids in the breast milk of women in such countries as Mexico and China.

The study found that the amount of carotenoids in American women’s breast milk two weeks after giving birth was 40 percent lower than levels in Chinese women’s milk and 25 percent lower than in Mexican women’s milk.

Carotenoids are plant pigments that play functional roles in human development, and are key sources of vitamin A, an essential component of eye health and the immune system. The carotenoid content of a woman’s breast milk is determined by her consumption of fruits and vegetables such as squash, carrots, citrus, sweet potatoes and dark, leafy greens.

* Smartphone Daze

Americans spend an average of three hours a day looking at their smartphones, according to The New York Times. Only time will tell as far as the health implications of this new trend.

Sources: AcresUSA, The Week magazine

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