• High Intake of This Essential Nutrient Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Obese Adolescents with NAFLD

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr April 25, 2022

    A high omega-3 and low omega-6 essential fatty acid diet improves insulin sensitivity in obese children and adolescents with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), recent studies report.  Remarkably, the high omega-3, low omega-6 fat diet reduced liver fat by 25.8% and improved insulin sensitivity without causing weight loss. Insulin sensitivity was increased due to the increased removal of excess insulin.  These studies suggest that dietary changes may be more effective…

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  • Ultra-processed Foods: Do They Belong in Your Diet?

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr November 28, 2021

    “Ultra-processed foods are formulations of food substances often modified by chemical processes and then assembled into ready-to-consume hyper-palatable food and drink products using flavours, colours, emulsifiers and a myriad of other cosmetic additives. Most are made and promoted by transnational and other giant corporations. Their ultra-processing makes them highly profitable, intensely appealing and intrinsically unhealthy” – Monteiro et al., 2019 Some health professionals, notably registered nutritionists and dietitians, have begun…

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  • Eating in Line with Circadian Clock Restores Insulin Sensitivity, Prevents Breast Cancer

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr October 20, 2021

    Eating in line with the circadian (internal body) clock restores insulin sensitivity, reduces breast cancer risk, its growth and spread in postmenopausal obese mice, a new preclinical study reports.  “Previous research has shown that obesity increases the risk of a variety of cancers by negatively affecting how the body reacts to insulin levels and changing circadian rhythms,” Nicholas Webster, PhD, professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine and senior…

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  • Rye Better than Wheat for Weight and Fat Loss

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr October 16, 2021

    A lower-calorie diet containing whole grain rye products causes greater weight loss and fat loss than a similar diet containing refined wheat products, a new clinical study (NCT03097237) has found. While the whole grain rye diet also significantly reduces low-grade inflammation, the refined wheat diet tends to raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL) ‘bad’ cholesterol levels.  The study, “A hypocaloric diet rich in high fibre rye foods causes greater reduction in body…

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  • This is How Fructose Contributes to Obesity

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr August 20, 2021

    Sucrose, the primary sugar in human diets, is made up of glucose and fructose. While glucose is an essential source of energy for human cells, minimal foods contain this single sugar. Conversely, fructose (also called fruit sugar) is found naturally in fruits.  However, most of the fructose we eat comes from sucrose (table sugar) and high-fructose corn syrup in breakfast cereals, soft drinks, beverages, sweets, pastries, sauces, condiments, and even…

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