Whole Grains May Reduce Hypertension in Men ~ Nutrition & Health Tip

May 29, 2011 by  
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Visit savantmd.com formore health tips and videos or follow us on http Here’s another good reason to eat breakfast and to include a whole grain cereal. A preliminary report of a study presented at an American Heart Association’s meeting suggested that eating a whole grain cereal at least twice a week resulted in an 11% reduction in risk for hypertension in men. Eating cereal everyday had a 19% reduction. These results came from a review of the data from the long-running Physicians Health study that had over 13000 participants. As you know, having hypertension increases a person’s risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. The researchers could only give the results for men since there was not enough data for women, although previous studies have shown that whole grains also benefit a woman’s heart health. A key point to remember is that the cereals were whole grains and not refined grains. Make sure you keep that in mind when choosing your next breakfast cereal. Dr. Mark Savant is a General Internist. He has been in practice for over 12 years. received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin www.savantmd.com www.savantmd.com This video was produced by SavantMD Inc. © Copyright 2009 -2013 SavantMD Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Nutrition & Diets : How Can a Skinny Woman Gain Weight?

May 8, 2011 by  
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If a woman is skinny and wants to gain weight, she should first see a doctor to see if she has a poor appetite that is deficient in different vitamins or minerals. Concentrate on high calorie foods to gain weight withadvice from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on nutrition and diets. Expert: Christine Marquette Bio: Christine E. Marquette is a registered and licensed dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic in Austin, Texas. Filmmaker: Todd Green

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Trick or Treat?

October 7, 2008 by  
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The only trick to Halloween is how you are going to decipher manufacturer labels on candy products to make smart diabetes lifestyle choices.

When it comes to nutrition I’m constantly learning, just like you. Reading labels really is an important part of that education process.

Do you read labels? Here’s a few label reading pointers:

There are several important things I try to remember when I look at labels.

The first is that I better check out how many servings are in that candy bar my child brought home in his treat bag and I am about to consume in the closet with the light out. Sure it says 120 calories per serving, but if I look in the teeny tiny print, it also says two servings per bar. Two servings? Who eats half a candy bar?

Most labels are based on the daily nutritional value of a person who is on a 2000 or 2,500 calorie diet. Again my incredulity radar goes off. Who eats a 2,000 calorie diet? The Weight Loss Center says a 2000 calorie diet is appropriate for a large man. Terrific. So when I read that I am consuming 31 grams of carbohydrates and it is only 10% of my recommended daily nutritional intake of carbohydrates…I need to remember that they are talking to a large man on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sound complex and confusing. It can be.

Here are a few sites to help unscramble the American food labeling system.

Reading Food Labels is available for purchase from the American Diabetes Online Store.

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Sodium and Your Health

February 21, 2008 by  
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Get To Know Sodium

Sodium is a mineral that is needed for proper functioning of the human body. This mineral is a part of salt, and if not present in the body can cause health problems. Sodium helps balance the fluids present in the body.

Sodium occurs naturally in foods, so when you add extra salt to a meal you are increasing your sodium intake. An excess of sodium can contribute to health problems such as kidney disease, heart attack, and stroke. Blood pressure is sensitive to sodium intake which is why people with high blood pressure should carefully monitor their sodium intake.

How Much Do I Need?

The minimum required dose of sodium is 400 milligrams. This is based on natural conditions and intake, not extra salting of food. 400 milligrams is equal to less than ¼ teaspoon of salt, basically a pinch! Not very much, hm?

So many people have become accustomed to buying pre-packaged convenience foods without realizing most of these foods are packed with sodium. Our taste buds have become accustomed to the flavors associated with extra salt, so foods may taste bland if salt is eliminated. Processed foods have spoiled us, leading to the avoidance of natural tastes in a well cooked meal. We are consuming more salt today than ever, even with all of the so-called healthy choices available in the grocery stores.

Spice It Up!

Instead of adding salt to the foods you cook, try tossing in other herbs and spices. Fresh herbs and spice mills give a punch without the extra sodium. Instead of buying commercially blended spices for your food, try mixing your own. Montreal Steak Seasoning is delicious, but has a large amount of salt. Mix your own with half as much or maybe with none at all!

Low-Salt Montreal Steak Seasoning (great for chicken, too)

*2 tablespoons paprika
*2 tablespoons fresh ground black pepper
*½ tablespoon coarse sea salt
*1 tablespoon garlic powder
*1 tablespoon onion powder
*1 tablespoon coriander, ground/crushed (coarse)
*1 tablespoon dill
*1 tablespoon red pepper flakes ,crush well

Mix all ingredients and keep in a sealed container away from heat or light.

Items To Watch

Everyday foods have sodium, some might surprise you. Many vegetables and fruit have between 1 and 2 milligrams of sodium. Good examples are: apples-2mg, corn(1 ear)-1 mg, lemon-1 mg. I bet you never thought these fresh foods would contain sodium!

Processed foods have far more sodium, though. Those tasty apple pies from a fast food restaurant? 400 mg of sodium compared to a large slice of homemade apple pie which only has half the sodium! Your breakfast cereal? 1 cup of plain corn flakes contains 256 mg of sodium. Yikes.

When shopping, choose carefully among the pre-packaged foods. Check the nutrition labels for sodium per serving size, then adjust your eating plan to use only the serving suggested. If you are eating a food high in sodium, balance that the rest of the day with low or no salt foods.

Be careful with your sodium intake, it can change your health!

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