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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
July 23, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Did you know that the prevalence of type 1 diabetes rose by 21 percent from 2001 to 2009, and type 2 diabetes increased by 30 percent during that time, as reported in a recent issue of JAMA? Wow, there needs to be a nationwide campaign educating the public about low glycemic eating!

RECALL ANNOUNCEMENT: Wawona Packing has issued a nationwide recall for peaches, nectarine, plums, and pluots for potential listeria risk. Please go to this link at to see if your fruit is part of the recall.

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Clarity for Red Meat's Link to Mortality?

Bonnie: We have said many times that there must be clarity when linking red meat to increased mortality risk. It appears that the research finally supports our opinion.


According to a 15 year study of 6948 women and 9735 men that will appear in the September issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, high total red meat consumption was associated with progressively shorter survival only because of the consumption of processed red meat (i.e. deli meat, hot dogs, hamburgers). Consumption of nonprocessed red meat alone was not associated with shorter survival.


Going further, a recent study in Journal of Human Hypertension stated that eating lean beef can actually reduce blood pressure. Lean beef along with fruits and vegetables can be a predominant protein source of a DASH-like diet, or in this case, the BOLD+ diet -- Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet plus additional protein.


Researchers tested four diets, the Healthy American Diet -- which served as the control -- the BOLD+ diet, the BOLD diet and the DASH diet. The BOLD+ diet, which included 5.4 ounces of lean protein per day (the most of any of the diets), was the most effective at reducing blood pressure compared to the other diets.


Our ideal red meat option will always be grass-fed beef or bison because of its high omega-3 fatty acid content. However, if this is not an option, avoiding processed and choosing the leanest conventional red meat is highly recommended. 


What is the ideal way to prepare red meat and how much should we consume? The answers are available to NCI Well Connect subscribers today.


Start Prepping Now for Back to School.

backtoschoolGetting your kids ready for school is not just about physicals, clothes, and books anymore. Getting their sleep, and especially dietary habits, in order has crucial value for optimal school performance.


If your kids are already clients, they may need a dietary tuneup. If your kids have not been here, make an appointment quickly as they will need some time to implement the dietary and lifestyle changes.  


One simple tip you can start immediately, whether they are going to kindergarten or college, is to emphasize a balanced breakfast. You are setting your kids up for failure if you do not fuel them properly in the morning. Research has shown that a balanced breakfast improves attention, focus, and behavior. Balanced does not mean a bowl of cereal. It means accompanying lean protein and/or healthy fat with carbohydrates.


While a visit is always best to individualize things for your kids, we have several self-help Action Plans that can assist you with the do's and dont's. The New American Breakfast and Back to School Optimized Action Plans can be purchased separately or are free to subscribers of NCI Well Connect, which is 40% OFF until the end of July.