Sunday Night Reading #2

by Paleo Rob on 29/08/2010

Some more links for your reading pleasure!

This Week in Conventional Wisdom

Fixing a World That Fosters Fat

“If we cut the subsidy on whole milk and made it cheaper only to drink low-fat milk,” he says, “people would switch to it and it would save a lot of calories.”

Life Coach 2: Type 2 Diabetes

The dietary advice for people with diabetes is essentially the same as general healthy eating advice – a balanced diet that is low in saturated fat, added sugar and salt and high in fibre, vegetables and fruit. Eating regular meals is important as it will help to control your appetite and your blood glucose levels. Include starchy carbohydrates, such as bread, potatoes, rice or cereals, in each meal.

Told you so!

Sleep deprivation and chronic disease

People who sleep for six hours or less a night are more likely to be overweight compared to those who sleep for seven or more. Sleep deprivation also causes imbalances in hormones that control appetite, raising the levels of ghrelin, thehormone that raises appetite and reduce levels of leptin, the hormone of satiety.

Worried about bad eggs? How to buy the healthiest ones

Penn State’s study, published recently in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems found that pastured hens—ones kept outside on different pastures where they can exhibit natural behavior and forage for bugs and grasses—boasted higher vitamin and omega-3 fatty acid levels when compared to their commercially fed, battery-cage-kept counterparts. Eggs from pastured hens contained twice as much vitamin E and 2.5 times more total omega-3 fatty acids as the eggs from caged birds contained.

Work it baby!

Plasticity of brain networks in a randomized intervention trial of exercise training in older adults

Therefore the study provides the first evidence for exercise-induced functional plasticity in large-scale brain systems in the aging brain, using functional connectivity techniques, and offers new insight into the role of aerobic fitness in attenuating age-related brain dysfunction.

That’s just ridiculous!

Ten-fold rise in gastric bands and other weight-loss ops

The number of people in England undergoing surgery on the NHS to help them lose weight has increased tenfold in less than a decade.

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