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Food and Health
Foodborne illness is a very serious problem which is responsible for a great deal of morbidity and mortality. An awareness of this problem generally prompts people to be a great deal more careful about handling food and where they choose to eat out. Recent research has shown cinnamon may be a natural key to helping to prevent foodborne illness.
Contamination of food can cause very serious illnesses. Food poisoning can hit the very young and the very old particularly hard but has the capacity to cause a great deal of disability or to even be life threatening for anyone. Yogurt has surfaced as being a risk factor for fungal infection which represents a serious risk to the consumer.
There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of dark chocolate to help nurture good heart and brain health. This along with the high feeling you get from eating delicious dark chocolate makes it a really great snack. New research shows that dark chocolate is also helpful for patients suffering from peripheral artery disease.
A diagnosis of cancer is feared by people worldwide. Although treatment has been successful for a widening number of cases there are still many deaths from cancer daily. Some cancers such as pancreatic cancer are even more lethal than other types of cancer. Recent research has shown that many cancers including deadly pancreatic cancer can be prevented by lifestyle changes.
In addition to gastrointestinal issues, another trigger for my getting tested for gluten intolerance was my difficulty in staying focused. I had started to correlate eating wheat with a very significant drop in productivity during the day. Many said it was probably in my head (no pun intended), but research is finding otherwise. For someone with celiac disease, eating gluten may actually cause a drop in brain function similar to being drunk.
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating disease in which we witness a deterioration in cognitive functioning. Attempts to deal with this disorder often appear like a waste of time due to the tragic progressive nature of the illness. It therefore appears almost magical that something as tasty as cocoa extract may help with Alzheimer's. Recent research shows this may be true.
As the obesity epidemic becomes more apparent the problem of food addiction has surfaced as a serious problem. The problem is so serious some interests have suggested that one of the most addicting high calorie foods, sugar, is actually a drug and should be regulated as if it is a drug. New research indicates nature and nurture play a role in food addiction.
In the May 2014 issue of Experience Life magazine, public health lawyer Michele Simon, JD, MPH, warns readers that reading should not equate with believing when it comes to food claims made by both the food industry and government scientists that could be nothing more than a lie to get you to buy.