Dietary cocoa improves health of obese mice; likely has implications for humans — ScienceDaily

Supplementation of cocoa powder in the diet of high-fat-fed mice with liver disease markedly reduced the severity of their condition, according to a new study by Penn State researchers, who suggest the results have implications for people. Cocoa powder, a popular food ingredient most commonly used in the production of chocolate, is rich in fiber, iron and phytochemicals reported to have positive health benefits, including antioxidant polyphenols and methylxanthines, noted study leader Joshua Lambert, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences. “While it is typically considered an…

Why some of us are hungry all the time — ScienceDaily

New research shows that people who experience big dips in blood sugar levels, several hours after eating, end up feeling hungrier and consuming hundreds more calories during the day than others. A study published today in Nature Metabolism, from PREDICT, the largest ongoing nutritional research program in the world that looks at responses to food in real life settings, the research team from King’s College London and health science company ZOE (including scientists from Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of…

A new take on skincare

Last night, I was reviewing one of the new formulas that will see the light this year and it suddenly hit me how much I love pushing natural skincare to create unique products for your skin to revel in. I always like to talk about niche beauty, in fact I formulate for people who take skincare seriously and understand the rationale behind each ingredient I choose. No chemistry knowledge is needed to be a user, but I see something that we all have in common: An inner scientist curious to…

Late Easter Confetti Egg Hunt

Hello!! My family celebrated Easter late this year so I have a quick recap of the festivities and this weekend’s RUN, EAT and RRR-LISTEN (did you think I was going to say repeat?). Thanks to all the time I spend running and walking Diego (and maybe because I only have 1 friend)… I spend TONS of time listening to audiobooks and podcasts. And I love sharing my recommendations so you don’t waste your time with shows or books I’d say skip. So I’m going to start recapping that in my…

Vascular smooth muscle-derived Trpv1+ progenitors have found to be a source of cold-induced — ScienceDaily

A new source of energy expending brown fat cells has been uncovered by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center, which they say points towards potential new therapeutic options for obesity. According to the new report, published in Nature Metabolism on 12 March 2021, the key lies in the expression of a receptor called Trpv1 (temperature-sensitive ion channel transient receptor potential cation subfamily V member 1) — a protein known to sense noxious stimuli, including pain and temperature. Specifically, the authors point to smooth muscle cells expressing the Trpv1 receptor and…

Study in mice shows lasting effects of early-life habits — ScienceDaily

Exercise and a healthy diet in childhood leads to adults with bigger brains and lower levels of anxiety, according to new UC Riverside research in mice. Though diet and exercise are consistently recommended as ways to promote health, this study is the first to examine the long-lasting, combined effects of both factors when they are experienced early in life. “Any time you go to the doctor with concerns about your weight, almost without fail, they recommend you exercise and eat less,” said study lead and UCR physiology doctoral student Marcell…

Organ Meats: Healthy to Eat or Just Disgusting?

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] When it comes to discussing nutrition and food, organ meat certainly isn’t the most glamorous subject. For some, the very topic evokes a sense of panic and horror! Perhaps it brings to mind a memory of being served dense, glossy liver and onions. Maybe it reminds you of walking past a city butcher shop with obscure animal parts displayed behind the windows. Of course, it probably doesn’t help that the culinary term for organ meats—offal—is literally pronounced “awful!” But hang on… don’t give up on organ meats…

A sulfosugar from green vegetables promotes the growth of important gut bacteria — ScienceDaily

A team of scientists has analyzed how microbes in the gut process the plant-based, sulfur-containing sugar sulfoquinovose. Their study discovered that specialized bacteria cooperate in the utilization of the sulfosugar, producing hydrogen sulfide. This gas has disparate effects on human health: at low concentrations, it has an anti-inflammatory effect, while increased amounts of hydrogen sulfide in the intestine, in turn, are associated with diseases such as cancer. Diet and the gut microbiome With the consumption of a single type of vegetable such as spinach, hundreds of chemical components enter our…

Metabolic changes in fat tissue in obesity associated with adverse health effects — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the Obesity Research Unit of the University of Helsinki have found that obesity clearly reduces mitochondrial gene expression in fat tissue, or adipose tissue. Mitochondria are important cellular powerplants which process all of our energy intake. If the pathways associated with breaking down nutrients are lazy, the changes can often have health-related consequences. A total of 49 pairs of identical twins discordant for body weight participated in the study conducted at the University of Helsinki: their body composition and metabolism were studied in detail, and biopsies from adipose…

Losing weight through exercise: Why physical activity entices you to eat more – and how to fight it –

Worldwide 39 percent of the adults were overweight in 2016, according to statistics of the World Health Organization. In the US the prevalence of obesity was 42.4 percent in 2017/2018, according to a survey of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Concurrently millions of people want to lose weight. Physical exercise is an important option to achieve this. After all, more calories are consumed through sport than when sitting, standing or lying down. But what influence does sport have on (direct) eating habits? Scientists at the Technical University of…