How Much Junk Food Do Teenagers Eat? – The New York Times

An article from the New York Times back in 2015 about how much junk food teenagers eat.

There was found generally to be little difference in the statistic in the gender, wealth or even whether the consumers were overweight or not. But there were some differences by race and ethnicity.

Non-Hispanic white teenagers received 17.8 percent of their calories from hamburgers, French fries and pizza, and non-Hispanic blacks 18.8 percent. But energy intake from junk food was just 14.9 percent among Hispanic teenagers, and 11.9 percent among Asian adolescents.

Most alarmingly children ages 2 to 11 consumed about 9 percent of their calories from junk food.

Full article:

The Power of Simple Life Changes to Prevent Heart Disease – New York Times

Aaron E. Carrol’s article on Heart disease talks about how research has shown that despite heart disease being a very genetically orientated disease there are simple lifestyle switches that can be made to combat the number 1 killer in the US.

The article lists the changes in lifestyle that can dramatically reduce the risk of getting the disease and includes several findings from the studies. One shocking statistic included in the article is that those with an unfavourable lifestyle had a risk that was 71 to 121 percent higher than those with a favourable lifestyle.

Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/upshot/the-power-of-simple-life-changes-to-prevent-heart-disease.html?_r=0

Dr Rhonda Patrick and Dr Valter Longo talk about Intermittent Fasting and the Fasting-Mimicking Diet – FoundMyFitness

In this discussion the two cover a vast array of topics on intermittent fasting, a field in which Dr Valter Longo is a leading expert. The video highlights several potential applications for intermittent fasting and Dr Longo’s fasting mimicking diet in treating several diseases including cancer. The video outlines how fasting mimicking diets cause the replacement of damaged cells and how fasting can reduce inflammation which is the cause of several diseases and is also a reliable biomarker for aging.

As always with Dr Rhonda Patrick’s videos there is a lot of very technical science but that’s partly why the video is so fascinating and worth watching. Her videos make the latest in nutritional research available to the public with explanations on technical jargon. Her  YouTube channel and website FoundMyFitness are well worth a look.

How the world got fat: a visualisation of global obesity over 40 years – The Guardian

A fascinating look into the obesity epidemic growing worldwide. Includes a visual representation of how from country to country the percentage of obesity has risen from at worst 15% in 1975 now up to levels of over 30% in America, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

If you’re looking for diet and lifestyle information this is not the article for you. However it paints a picture of a severe challenge facing current and future generations in tackling a growing obesity epidemic.

Full article:.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/jan/03/using-data-visualisations-to-help-explain-the-global-obesity-explosion

Ketogenic Diet Health Benefits explained w/ Jong Rho, MD – High Intensity Health

From reduced inflammation to improved fat-burning mitochondrial function to a changed microbiome, the evidence is there.
Leading pediatric neurologist in the space, Jong Rho, MD, came by to discuss the details from recent research including: reduced inflammation to improved fat-burning mitochondrial function to a changed microbiome, the evidence is there.

Other key topics:
-The ketogenic diet and epilepsy
-How ketones affect whole-body metabolism and inflammation
-Ketogenic diet applications for autism, brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and brain injury
-Dispelling myths about carbs and brain health

Moderate drinking can lower risk of heart attack, says study – The Guardian

The news we’ve all been waiting to hear!

The study of 1.93 million people in the UK aged over 30 found that drinking in moderation – defined as consuming no more than 14 units of alcohol a week for women and 21 units for men – had a protective effect on the heart compared with not drinking.

Previous studies have suggested that alcohol has a positive effect on the levels of good cholesterol in the blood and proteins associated with blood clotting.

This is interesting news considering the horrendous rap that alcohol gets within the nutritional/scientific community for being bad for you. However it is stressed in the article that using drinking alcohol as a preventative measure may not be the best idea.

Full article below:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/22/moderate-drinking-lower-risk-heart-disease-uk-alcohol-study-claims

I Love Nutritional Science: Dr. Joel Fuhrman – TED Talk

Great video considering the content that is shared consistently on this site about the importance of nutritional cures/therapies.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board-certified family physician, a world class figure skater, placing second in the United States National Pairs Championships in 1973 and third in the 1976 World Professional Pairs Skating Championship in Jaca, Spain. A New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including The Dr. Oz Show, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly. Fuhrman’s own hugely successful PBS television shows, 3 Steps to Incredible Health! and Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution! bring nutritional science to homes all across America.

His dedication specifically lies in sports medicine, foot and body alignment, injury prevention, and human performance and longevity. Along with his nutritional expertise, Fuhrman has been involved professionally with sports medical committees, advised professional and Olympic athletes, and has lectured to athletic trainers and world-class athletes for maximizing performance and preventing injury.

Highly informative video from such as impressive individual, well worth the watch.

Full video linked below:

Sulforaphane and Its Effects on Cancer, Mortality, Aging, Brain and Behavior, Heart Disease & More

Dr Rhonda Patrick on the effects of Sulforaphane a compound commonly found in broccoli. This is an incredibly in depth video but if you ever needed motivation to eat your greens this is the video to do it. The video explores the science behind the benefits of sulforaphane including: cancer, mortality, aging, brain and behavior, heart disease.

If you follow the link to the YouTube video she has helpfully included a timeline of what she discusses in what section of the video so if you only want to find a little piece of information it is easy to do so.

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss w/ Jason Fung, MD – High Intensity Health

Dr Jason Fung talks extensively to High Intensity Health about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting. As always with High Intensity Health they provide a breakdown of the contents of the video and where they talk about each section which is featured below. High Intensity Health do promote the ketogenic diet as part of the video. However this is understandable as both the ketogenic diet and fasting involve metabolizing fat for energy. Fasting is applicable to all diets and can be used and a useful tool to enhance bodily function in several ways, including of course fat burning.

02:17 History of Fasting: Fasting has been done since the dawn of humanity. Religions prescribe periods of fasting. Ancient Greeks did it for mental clarity. In the last 50 years there has been a strong move against fasting.

03:06 Nothing Wrong with Fasting: Dr. Fung investigated fasting and found that fasting had a great many benefits. Periodic fasting allows your body to burn off fat. Dr. Fung uses it with all of his overweight patients. Blood sugar medications need to be monitored closely once implementing fasting, or blood sugar could go too low.05:25 Hypoglycemia: If you are taking blood sugar meds, you may become hypoglycemic.

09:42 Muscle Loss and Fasting: Starvation mode and muscle loss are two of the many myths. Hypoglycemia is not a big concern unless you are taking blood sugar meds. As you fast, you will consume glycogen.

16:53 Hormones of Fasting: Fasting increases growth hormone. It increases noradrenaline. These are counter regulatory hormones, which counter the effect of insulin. Insulin lowers blood glucose.

22:04 Three Day a Week Fast: Dr. Fung does 24 hour fasts. He skips breakfast and lunch, going from dinner to dinner. This allows him to have dinner with his family.

26:32 Anti-Aging Benefits: Skin is protein, so skin may alter with intermittent fasting. During the process of fasting, you get rid of old cells as part of renovation.

28:44 Autophagy: mTOR is a major regulator of autophagy. Protein turns off autophagy. mTOR is a nutrient sensor, sensing protein.

33:37 Salt and Fasting: One reason why Dr. Fung’s patients use bone broth during a fast is for salt intake.

35:49 Kidney Function:

37:07 Hormone Impacts: The main hormone affected by fasting is insulin.

42:17 Cortisol and Fasting: Cortisol does rise with fasting. It is part of the counter regulatory hormones.

43:14 Noradrenaline: As this hormone rises, you get more energy and you don’t get the basal metabolic rate decrease that you get with caloric restriction. This is the key to weight loss.

48:09 Calories: Calories have nothing to do with weight loss. Fasting is about the time spent not eating. Fasting is about changing your hormones.

49:50 Nutrient Changes in the 1950s: There was little obesity. People ate cookies, white bread and ice cream. You ate within a 10 hour window.

54:51 Bullet Proof Coffee/Fat Fasting: Many of the benefits of fasting come from reducing insulin. Pure fat has almost no insulin effect.

56:26 Ketogenic Diet: Intermittent fasting and ketogenic diet are along the same spectrum, close cousins. The ultra-low carb ketogenic diet lowers insulin. Low carb diet delivers 71% of the insulin lowering of fasting. Many diseases of hyperinsulinemia, obesity and type 2 diabetes, can be treated effectively with a ketogenic diet. Fasting is easy for those of us on a ketogenic or low carb diet because our bodies become well adapted to fat metabolism after the first 2 weeks. Ketones may suppress the appetite.

01:00:39 Dr. Fung’s Morning Routine:

01:03:45 Dr. Fung’s Favorite Nutrient:

01:07:54 Dr. Fung’s Elevator Pitch: We need to teach people about the therapeutic value of fasting. It has the potential to change the entire health system of the world. Most of what we do is treat diabetes, high blood pressure and all of the downstream issues. All of this can be taken care of for free. We need to spread the knowledge of how to do it.

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