SCIENCE SHOWS THE SNACKS TO STEP AWAY FROM
Ultra-processed foods are additive-laden with low nutritional quality and high energy density – things like savory snacks, reconstituted meat products and soft drinks. Despite being linked to increased risk of cancer, greater cardiovascular risk factors, obesity and metabolic syndrome, the popularity of these foods is on the rise. One study shows that in the two decades to 2010 the consumption of ultra-processed foods has almost tripled, to the point where they make up 32 percent of daily energy intake. Now a 15-year study of 19,899 Spanish university graduates has highlighted how more than four daily servings of ultra-processed food is independently associated with a 62 percent increased hazard for all-cause mortality. And if you add another serving to your daily intake the risk increases by 18 percent! Learn more about how eating ultra-processed foods may influence death.
THE GREAT VITAMIN D MISTAKE
Experts say we’re not getting enough vitamin D, a powerful nuclear receptor-activating hormone that is critical to the immune system and linked to the reduction in Type 1 diabetes. Some even believe the lack of adequate vitamin D supplementation has reached epidemic proportions, and that it may be the biggest medical mistake of the past century! It seems that a statistical error is part of the problem, and to reduce the risk of vitamin D-related disease we actually need 10 times more vitamin D than the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation. To date, there has been no evidence that higher blood levels of vitamin D are “unsafe”, and findings from Finland have made the value of vitamin D supplementation clear. Between 1964 and 1992 Finnish authorities continually and significantly reduced the daily vitamin D recommendation and at the same time the incidence of Type 1 diabetes increased remarkably (most notably, by 350 percent in children under the age of four). When authorities started fortifying all dietary milk products with vitamin D in 2006, all of a sudden the incidence of Type 1 diabetes plummeted. Learn more about the issues associated with vitamin D deficiency.