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  1. When it comes to cholesterol levels, white meat may be no better than red meat — and plant-based protein beats both A study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition sparked interest when it reported that red and white meat have a similar effect on low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol, which is associated with increased heart disease risk. You may conclude, “Well, if chicken is just as bad for my cholesterol as red meat, I may as well order that hamburger.” But let’s examine the study more closely before drawing any conclusions. Re
  2. KFC Beyond Chicken Sells Out In 5 Hours: Described As 'Kentucky Fried Miracle' The chain trialed the animal-free option - created by plant-based company Beyond Meat - on August 27 in a US outlet KFC sold out of vegan chicken in just five hours on Tuesday, with the company describing it as a 'Kentucky Fried Miracle'. The fast-food giant trialed vegan nuggets and boneless wings made by plant-based company Beyond Meat at its Cobb Parkway outlet in Smyrna, Atlanta, (USA) on August 27. KFC said that customer feedback from the Atlanta test 'will be considered as KFC evaluates a broader tes
  3. Why red wine could be good for your gut - in moderation Red wine could be good for the gut, increasing the number of different types of helpful bacteria that can live there, according to researchers. The benefits are likely to come from polyphenols - compounds that white wine, beer and cider have far less of, the King's College London team says. A glass a fortnight was enough to make a difference, but researchers say the findings are not an excuse to binge. Polyphenols are also found in many fruits and vegetables. Why does it matter? Polyphenols, such as resveratrol in the s
  4. The Best and Worst High-Carb Foods The carbohydrates your body uses for energy fall roughly into two categories: sugars and starches. Once they hit your bloodstream, both sugar and starch get broken down into simple sugars. While fibre is also a carbohydrate, it’s not broken-down during digestion (one reason why it keeps you feeling fuller longer and is beneficial to gut health).1 If you’re following a low-carb eating plan, you may want to cut back on your intake of sugary and starchy foods. Here’s a list of high-carb foods to consider limiting if you’re on a low-carb diet, as wel
  5. Vaping Raises Heart and Lung Concerns Add another health risk to the use of e-cigarettes: New research shows that vaping instantly stiffens and tightens your blood vessels. The small study of healthy young adults discovered that even e-cigarettes without nicotine caused a short-lived drop in blood vessel function. The long-term consequences of that are unclear. But researchers said the findings add to evidence that e-cigarettes are not benign -- and not only because they contain nicotine. The liquids used in the devices appear to be harmful, too. "We know from research conducted to
  6. Older adults can boost longevity 'with just a little exercise' Norwegian review of 36,000 cases links more activity overall, light or intensive, with lower risk of death Even a small increase in light activity, such as washing dishes, a little gentle gardening, or shuffling around the house, might help stave off an early death among older adults, researchers say. Being sedentary, for instance, by sitting for long periods of time, has been linked to an increased risk of developing many conditions, including heart disease, as well as an early death. The latest study backs up
  7. Four-in-one pill could slash the risk of heart attacks, strokes and low blood pressure by a THIRD and save thousands of lives for just 2p a day The British-led research believes a polypill could reduce heart and stroke risks The pill would contain aspirin, a statin and two blood pressure medications Experts believe the four-in-one pill could save the NHS money and save lives It would also be convenient for patients by reducing the number of pills they take Thousands of lives could be saved by a cheap, four-in-one pill cutting the risk of heart attacks and strokes. A major British-led stud
  8. Quit Smoking for Your Heart’s Sake You probably already know that smoking is bad for your lungs. Did you know it also makes you more likely to get pressure and heart disease? The nicotine in cigarette smoke is a big part of the problem. It raises your blood pressure and heart rate, narrows your arteries and hardens their walls, and makes your blood more likely to clot. It stresses your heart and sets you up for a heart attack or stroke. If you smoke, make quitting your No. 1 health priority. It could save your life. Not a smoker? Remember that second-hand smoke still puts you at risk
  9. Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis is a potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged with fatty substances called plaques, or atheroma. These plaques cause the arteries to harden and narrow, restricting the blood flow and oxygen supply to vital organs, and increasing the risk of blood clots that could potentially block the flow of blood to the heart or brain. Atherosclerosis does not tend to have any symptoms at first and many people may be unaware they have it, but it can eventually cause life-threatening problems, such as heart attacks and strokes, if it gets worse.
  10. How Tired Is Too Tired? Do you feel like you're always tired? Are you having trouble staying awake during prime-time sitcoms? Most of us know what it's like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, flu, or some other viral infection. But when you suffer from a constant lack of energy and ongoing fatigue, it may be time to check with your doctor. What Is Fatigue? Fatigue is a lingering tiredness that is constant and limiting. With fatigue, you have unexplained, persistent, and relapsing exhaustion. It's similar to how you feel when you have the flu or have missed a lot of sle
  11. Statins: Are these cholesterol-lowering drugs right for you? Find out whether your risk factors for heart disease make you a good candidate for statin therapy. Statins are drugs that can lower your cholesterol. They work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol. Statins may also help your body reabsorb cholesterol that has built up in plaques on your artery walls, preventing further blockage in your blood vessels and heart attacks. Several statins are available for use in the United States. They include: atorvastatin (Lipitor) lovastatin (Altoprev) pitavastat
  12. Humans must adopt vegetarian or vegan diets to stop climate change, UN report warns Current food system accounts for between 25 and 30% of greenhouse gases To feed 9.8bn people on Earth in 2050, world needs 56% more food than 2010 Experts have warned this would involve converting 6 million sq km to agriculture The world must turn towards healthy plant-based diets stop climate change, a UN-backed report has warned. Our food system accounts for between 25 and 30 per cent of greenhouse gases, and is choking the life from fresh and coastal waterways with excess nitrogen. In order to
  13. Flourless Peanut Butter Oat Bites Recipe Ingredients • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats • 1 tablespoon chia seeds • 1 teaspoon matcha powder • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 cup natural, creamy peanut butter • 1/4 cup maple syrup • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 teaspoons coconut creamer (or coconut milk) Preparation 1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients: rolled oats, chia seeds, matcha powder, and cinnamon. Stir the mixture to combine well. 2. Add in the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir again
  14. New Cholesterol Drugs' Cost Put Patients at Risk Heart attacks, strokes and other heart problems are more likely in high-risk patients denied access to cutting-edge cholesterol-busting rugs called PCSK9 inhibitors, a new study reports. Patients are 16% more likely to have a heart-related health crisis if their PCSK9 prescription is rejected than if it is covered and filled for a year, according to researchers. Patients who have a prescription but don't fill it -- probably because they can't afford the copay -- have a 21% greater risk of a heart-related emergency, the researche
  15. Vegan Frittata with Kale, Mushroom, and Peppers Ingredients 2 cup chickpea flour ¼ cup nutritional yeast optional, if not using add another ¼ cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 cups water 1 Tbsp good quality tomato sauce ½ cup chopped kale ½ cup roughly chopped mushrooms ½ cup red capsicum, diced ½ cup sliced black olives (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Begin by chopping the kale, mushrooms, and capsicums and set them aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, nutritional yeast, baking powder, and water and whisk to combine until the mixture is smooth with no lumps. Add the c
  16. Americans Are Spending Even More Time Sitting, Study Shows The United States has grown a bumper crop of couch potatoes in recent years, a new study reports. The amount of time people spends sitting around actually increased after the initial release of the federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008, researchers have found. "Over the past 10 years, there was no significant change in physical activity levels, but there was a significant increase in the time we sit around," said senior researcher Dr. Wei Bao. He's an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Un
  17. 7 Ways to Reboot Your Brain Throughout your life, your brain is being shaped by experience. This process is called neuroplasticity and every repetition of a thought or emotion can reinforce a neural pathway that hardwires the way you form your beliefs, shape your likes and dislikes, create limits that you place on yourself, and reinforce the conscious and unconscious biases you have. For example, don’t like cilantro? Many who don’t believe it has to do with their taste buds and outside their realm of control. Have an addictive personality? Many believe this is predeterm
  18. Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease Ready to start your heart-healthy diet? Here are eight tips to get you started. Although you might know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it's often tough to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are eight heart-healthy diet tips. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you'll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet. 1. Control your portion size How much you eat is just as
  19. WHAT WOULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN IF EVERYONE STOPPED EATING MEAT? If the planet's population stopped eating meat or went vegan, would we have a better chance of tackling the climate crisis and global warming? There’s no denying that veganism is becoming more popular. As the number of people ditching animal products grows around the world, the once-niche lifestyle is working itself into the mainstream market. Young people are driving the movement, suggesting these figures will only climb higher as those people have children, passing their plant-based lifestyle onto future generations. One res
  20. Alzheimer's risk 'different in women and men' More women than men are living with Alzheimer's disease Scientists say they may have discovered why more women than men have Alzheimer's disease and dementia. It has always been thought that women living longer than men was the reason. But new research presented at an international conference suggests this may not be the whole story. Differences in brain connectivity and @@@-specific genes linked to risk could explain the numbers, the researchers say. Most people living with Alzheimer's - the most common cause of dementia - are women.
  21. VEGAN MEAT IS ABOUT TO BE WAY CHEAPER THAN ANIMAL MEAT The vegan meat market is booming. As consumer attitudes change, supermarkets, fast-food chains, pubs, restaurants, and even fish and chip shops are jumping on the vegan wagon. But there seems to be a catch that comes with eating vegan meat products — especially if you buy them straight from the store — in many instances, they’re more expensive. It’s a fact that cannot (and should not) be ignored, but is it one that is going to change anytime soon? Many think it is. According to Liz Specht Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Good Foo
  22. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with A Plant-Based Diet A plant-based diet is the only diet proven to prevent and reverse heart disease; no other diet can make that claim. In fact, research presented during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 showed that plant-based diets decreased the risk of heart failure by 42 percent among people with no history of heart disease. Researchers have been studying the benefits of plant-based diets since the 1980s. They have found that plant-based diets improve cardiovascular conditions such as angina (chest pain) and athe
  23. More Evidence Fried Food Ups Heart Disease, Stroke Risk Check out the menus at any county fair -- corn dogs, fried Oreos, even fried butter -- and you'll quickly see that Americans love fried foods. But yet another study suggests that it's time to put that corn dog down. The study found that eating fried foods increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. And the more fried foods you eat, the greater your risk. People who ate fried foods one to three times a week had a 7% higher risk of heart attack and stroke compared to those who ate fried foods less than once a week. For those who ate
  24. Give children 'less sugar and more veg in baby food' The amount of sugar in baby food should be restricted and parents should give their young children more vegetables to stop them developing a sweet tooth, a report from child health experts says. It warns that even baby food marked "no added sugar" often contains sugars from honey or fruit juice. Parents should offer bitter flavours too; the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recommends. This will guard against tooth decay, poor diet and obesity. The recommendation is one of many included in a report on how to impro
  25. How to Make Dairy-Free Chocolate-Blackberry Ice Cream Sandwiches Ingredients BASE: 1 cup almond meal ½ cup cacao powder ½ cup maple syrup FILLING: 1½ cups cashews (soaked for 3-4 hours or overnight) ½ can coconut cream 2 TBSP cup maple syrup 1 TBSP coconut oil juice ½ lemon ¼ cup fresh blackberries 1 drop vanilla extract CHOCOLATE TOPPING: 1 cup dark chocolate ¼ cup almond milk or any plant milk Instructions For the base: in a bowl, mix together base ingredients with a fork until they become slightly wet and sticky. don't worry if the mixture is too dry, keep mixing and it will co
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