For many people, soup brings an image of a cozy comfort food that just has to be good for you. Here, an update on what studies say about soup and some tips on how it can be both quick and healthy.
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Scientists have discovered something about mice that may help people trying to avoid weight gain over the holiday season. Turns out that you can’t make a normal mouse overweight on regular lab chow – they automatically eat only the amount needed to maintain a healthy weight. So how do researchers studying obesity get usually normal-weight mice to become overweight? The Cafeteria Diet. When mice get access to many different high-calorie foods, they can’t seem to help but overeat.
This behavior is similar to what happens to many people faced with buffets. Fortunately, humans don’t need to resort to lab chow – we can realize the problem and learn to deal with it.
I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve told me healthy eating doesn’t work to lower their blood cholesterol. Indeed, some people’s cholesterol is resistant to diet. Yet more often than not, when I ask what they’ve tried, it’s “A low-fat diet”. The good news: if that sounds like you, you haven’t begun to see the impact of a broad-based strategy of healthy choices on your blood cholesterol and overall heart disease risk.
Relying on a “low-fat diet” to reduce your blood cholesterol and heart disease risk is like leaving for vacation with just one thing in your suitcase.
Broader strategies have proven potential to drop LDL cholesterol as effectively as the starting dose of the powerful statin medications, and can address other heart health risks to boot. Don’t worry – a broader strategy doesn’t have to be harder, and it can pay off with broader health benefits.
Put aside thoughts of whether or not you meet recommendations for walking or other moderate activity, and answer two questions of newly recognized importance: How many minutes a day do you spend butt-in-chair or-car? And of that time, how much is extended sitting versus up-and-down?
The potential relevance of these two questions to your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases was one of the major topics emerging from last week’s research conference held by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
Since I’ve been back from the conference, I’ve been plowing through the latest findings. There’s enough here that I will be making some simple changes in my life, and will be more intentional about encouraging them in my work with clients and in speaking.
Can fiber reduce breast cancer risk? The latest major research report on diet’s link to breast cancer risk concluded that data is too limited to allow any conclusions about dietary fiber. However, the report’s analysis of observational cohort studies shows that women who consumed more dietary fiber were less likely to develop breast cancer than those who consumed less. Is this enough to justify any change in steps we already take to reduce breast cancer risk?
*Note: Originally published in 2011, this post has been updated in 2019 based on results of new studies.