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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
August 13, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Did you know that vitamin D deficiency raises the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease in those over 65 years of age?

A study published in Neurology found those who were moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 per cent increased risk of developing dementia of any kind, and the risk increased to 125 per cent in those who were severely deficient.

Similar results were recorded for Alzheimer's disease, with the moderately deficient group 69 per cent more likely to develop this type of dementia, jumping to a 122 per cent increased risk for those severely deficient.

The most important takeaway? The findings confirm that vitamin D levels above 50 nmol/L are most strongly associated with good brain health. 


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

High Levels of Phthalates Found in Wine and Spirits.

Phthalate compounds are widespread in our environment and are present in many plastics. Because some of these compounds are known as hormone disruptors, phthalates are regulated on an international level and includes those likely to come into contact with food and drink packaging.


A study from Food Additives and Contaminants: Part A analyzed phthalate concentrations in a variety of French wines and spirits.


The research revealed that 59% of the wines contained significant quantities of one particular form of phthalate, and only 17% did not contain any detectable quantity of at least one of the reprotoxic phthalate.


Perhaps a more worrying statistic is that 11% of the wines did not comply with European Union limits for materials in contact with food.


Containers coated in epoxy resin proved to be a major source of contamination. Used for pumping, storing, and handling wines and spirits (vats, pumps, hoses, gaskets, tanks, recipients, epoxy-resin-based coatings, etc.), these containers can remain in direct contact with the liquids for variable periods of time.


One phthalate, DMP, which is not permitted to be in contact with food, was identified in the wall of a polyester-resin and glass-fiber vat. The presence of the phthalate DiBP was found in certain synthetic corks, whereas it should not be present at all in a material intended for contact with beverages.


The scientists recommend...the rest of this article is available to NCI Well Connect subscribers.


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Are Your Kids Eating Produce? 

Bonnie and Steve: We hope so, because as a nation, we are failing.


The August 5th issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes trends in the contributions of fruits and vegetables to the diets of children aged 2-18 years from 2003 to 2010.


Total fruit intake among children increased from seven percent because of significant increases in whole fruit intake. Over this period, fruit juice intake decreased by nine percent. That's the good news.


The bad news is that total vegetable intake did not change. No socio-demographic group met the Healthy People 2020 target for vegetables, and only children aged 2-5 years met the target for fruits.


Most campaigns to improve produce consumption are set up to fail. Until fruit and veggie carbs can compete on a level playing field for subsidies with grain carbs, we're likely to continue seeing these paltry statistics.