in this week's issue:
|-Carbs Trump Fats.
-New Test for Cravings.
-Magnesium, Inflammation, Obesity.
|Public health policy towards carbohydrates has
finally come full circle.
In the late 70's, nutrition experts
waged war on fat because of the heart
disease epidemic. This gave rise to a
fat-free culture that opened the
floodgates for carbohydrates. Thirty
years later, we are burdened by the
highest obesity numbers in human
existence. Finally, nutrition experts
have altered their position on this
misguided policy and admit that when
it comes identifying a food-related
enemy, refined carbohydrates trump
The following American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition
editorial eloquently and succinctly
explains the issue so that you may
share the information with friends,
family, and coworkers.
|Now that the public health campaign to curtail
carbohydrate consumption has begun,
the difficulty will be to break the
habit. In our opinion, sugar and
refined carbohydrate cravings are one
of the toughest habits to overcome.
If you have uncontrollable cravings
that impede weight loss and your
overall health in general, there is a
new screening tool that may assist.
In the past, we have written about the
balance between the hormones leptin
and ghrelin in controlling hunger.
Leptin levels can now be screened
through a test from Quest
Labs. If your Leptin level is
high, you are most likely Leptin
resistant, which explains the
inability to overcome cravings. You
must be Leptin sensitive to control
If you decide that testing for Leptin
is worthwhile, you can make an
appointment with Bonnie to discuss
your results. She will make individual
recommendations to bring your leptin
level back within range.
Tip: Grow Your Own Stevia Plants.
Nothing can dent a craving more then
pulling a leaf off of your own stevia
plant and chewing it to enjoy the
sweet taste it offers. The leaves also
taste great in tea with lemon. Try it!
|Magnesium, Inflammation, Obesity.
|According to a study performed by the US Department
of Agriculture Research Service and
published in the June issue of Nutrition
Reviews, about 60% of adults in
the United States do not consume the
estimated average requirement for
magnesium, but widespread pathological
conditions attributed to magnesium
deficiency have not been reported.
Nevertheless, low magnesium status has
been associated with numerous
pathological conditions characterized
as having a chronic inflammatory
stress component. In humans, deficient
magnesium intakes are mostly marginal
to moderate. Animal experiments
indicate that signs of
deficiency can be compensated or
exacerbated by other factors
influencing inflammatory and oxidative
stress; recent studies suggest a
similar happening in humans. This
suggestion may have significance in
obesity, which is characterized as
having a chronic low-grade
inflammation component and an
increased incidence of a low magnesium
deficiency through exacerbating
chronic inflammatory stress may be
contributing significantly to the
occurrence of chronic diseases such as
osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, and
a happy, healthy day.
Steve, and the staff at Nutritional