Watch TV While Eating Habits Cause Obesity

Families who have a habit of eating while watching television, tend to eat less healthy foods, rather than families who ate unaccompanied television.

According to a US study published recently in the journal Appetite, family meals can be protective for children’s health.

Trofholz explained study leader Amanda, parents should provide at least 1 times a day, like at dinner, to eat with the children, because this could be an opportunity to teach kids about healthy food choices.

“Watching television during family meals can reduce the emotional connection between family members and blunts the protective effects of the food,” said Trofholz, who is also a researcher at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

To explore the relationship between watching television while eating with the family and the risk of obesity, researchers analyzed video recordings of 120 families with children aged 6 to 12 years.

Each family is asked to record two types of family meals using the iPad and then reported to the research team what they eat and how much they enjoyed the food.
Setiap proses makan bersama keluarga pun direkam, untuk melihat apakah saat makan, keluarga tersebut menonton televisi.

Researchers found that families who eat without watching television more enjoy their food, rather than family watching television.

The researchers explained, when there is no interference from television, the family can be enjoying the food, so easily satisfied with the food.

Chatter among family members also make eating more enjoyable session, this makes the family more healthy mentally and avoid emotional eating tendencies overeating due to stress conditions or because of distracted. Thus, families who do not watch television while eating significantly more healthy.

“Watching television while eating is a disorder that can cause someone to ‘eat without thinking’ including a overeat without realizing it,” said Eileen Fitzpatrick, an assistant professor at The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, who was not involved in the study.

The dining environment without television is an opportunity for children to enjoy eating, trying new foods, and set yourself up to enjoy healthy meals provided.

Not surprisingly, the researchers say, children of families who watch television while eating are more likely to be overweight or obese than children whose families do not watch TV while eating.

Fitzpatrick adds, unhealthy food advertising on television can also shape a child’s eating, children tend to choose less healthy foods because of the influence of advertising.

“Families should try to see the moment of eating with the family as a necessity for healthy,” said Trofholz.

“Families that make family meals as a time to forge an emotional connection is more likely to turn off the television, serves food with higher quality, and more to enjoy the food.”

The Junk Food, Children: Obesity And Liver Disease On The Rise

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The obesity problem is assuming truly alarming dimensions throughout the Western world. What is considered a real pathology is becoming more widespread even among children and cause, in addition to the lack of physical activity, is to be attributed to improper food choices. Children are increasingly accustomed to what is called “junk food”. Excess fats and sugars would put at risk their health by carving even on liver function.

So says a study by the Italian Foundation liver (FIF) conducted in the laboratories of the Trieste Area Science Park and published in the journal Plos One. The researchers experimented on mice what happens to our body in the event of improper nutrition.

6 mice were analyzed by age of weaning to adulthood and in humans corresponds to a shift from 3 to 30 years. They were fed a high fat diet with water added with fructose. A month before the start of the experiment all showed symptoms of fatty liver, also called fatty liver. It is a degenerative disease of the liver cells that see the intracellular accumulation of triglycerides (fatty) at the level of hepatic tissue.

After two months many of the subjects had liver fibrosis and after 4, 86% of males and 15% of females had arrived at a level of fibrosis of type 2, from which we can no longer heal. What happens is that the liver, subjected to an over work to dispose of all excess fats and sugars, at some point no longer to properly carry out its function and gets sick of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). In the latter, in addition to the accumulation of fat in liver cells (as in NAFLD), there are also inflammation and injuries.

When the researchers took stock of results have come to realize that metabolic syndrome develops in a more intense and faster in children than adults, and that males are more susceptible, at least at first, because at the end of the experiments were males and females affected by the disease in the same way.

It is very important that if diseases associated with a strong overweight condition, are likely to bring in many other diseases. The first thing to do is to change your diet, lose weight and start a serious program that includes regular physical activity.

The study has allowed us to develop a model that reproduces the onset of metabolic syndrome in childhood with its implications in their liver. Professor Claudio Tiribelli, Director of the Fondazione Italiana liver and one of the authors of the research, explains:

It will be an excellent platform to study the mechanisms that lead to injury, understand the differences male/female and test drugs and new diagnostic approaches.

Spending For August: Watermelon, Figs And Berries Against Free Radicals

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The last month of summer has arrived bringing a gift of some holidays, though brief, but relaxation and a shopping basket full of juicy and refreshing foods. An important idea to counter the sweltering heat of recent days, and a need to regenerate body and mind. The market is embellished with stalls full of colorful fruits and vegetables, fresh, flavorful and healthy. Many reconfirmations of the previous month, already lavished gifts and beauty.

But with August comes the opportunity to taste with calm and slowness all fruits and vegetables that nature has to offer. The Queen of the holidays: watermelon, to eat fresh, sliced, diced, granita, Popsicle version or on the beach between baths more. Sweet, delicious and juicy is a fruit rich in water, approximately 92% versus 8% of natural sugars. Great for quench body and skin, is an important ally against cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol levels. Also, thanks to the presence of citrulline, contains essential hypertension and low-calorie diet is a food in and to maintain healthy weight.

Contains vitamin B6, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium are useful for body energy intake, then promotes the production of serotonin by encouraging relaxation and sleep. Is an antioxidant of nature, fights free radicals and has antitumor properties, while for diabetics is recommended moderate consumption. Next to the Green and Red dell’anguria we can find some reconfirmations like melon, apricot, peach and nectarines, pears, sour cherries, cherries and medlar Japan’s latest. Vigorous entrance instead for blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, plums and prunes, figs, prickly pears and the first grapes. An important proposal for the well being of our bodies, a load of antioxidants, anti tumoral and guardians of heart and mind.

More dark red Mulberry loganberries are the traghettatrici between August and September, because they are born and grow in this period. Excellent cancer thanks to the presence of anthocyanins as conferring the color with berries, and flavonoids that inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Contain vitamin A, B9 (folic acid) and C, citric acid, Malic, tartaric, minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, then pectin and anthocyanosides. Have depurative, diuretic, anti-rheumatic and refreshing, but mostly held the job of street cleaner of the arteries eliminating cholesterol. Even blueberries contain citric acid, idrocinnamico acid, vitamin B9 and there are anthocyanins which make stronger capillaries and elastic tissues and oxalic acid that determines its flavor. Useful for circulation, liver and treatment for intestinal disorders. Contrast eye strain and radicals, then promote the welfare of the heart. Finally the raspberries are rich in water, with a decent amount of minerals and a good presence of vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B5, vitamin C, vitamin E, K and J. Purify, counteract free radicals, promotes diuresis, soothe respiratory and intestinal inflammations. Is recommended for diabetics.

The first grapes will talk next month and in August we can find prunes that adjust properties and the production of bile. But also the fig tree full of water (80%), fibre, sugar, minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, sodium and phosphorus, vitamins like vitamin A, B6, C and PP. Natural laxative can provide energy to the body, benefits for bones and teeth as well as providing an anti-inflammatory action of the urinary tract and bloodstream. As for the vegetable many reconfirmations of July like cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, garlic, chard, carrots, chicory, onions, beans and green beans, broad beans, pumpkin and Zucchini Flowers yet, lettuce, potatoes, Arugula, celery, Eggplant and cut salad.

Stage of honor for the first few mushrooms, which will meet in September, then the radish flavor and crunchy texture. Rich in vitamin C and B, possesses diuretic, depurative and calming. Contains a lot of water and mineral salts, absorbed by the soil. The maize rich in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals useful to relax the mind. Containing no gluten is a food suitable for people suffering from celiac disease. And for the last family of legumes, peas are rich in water but also of sugars, fiber, vegetable protein, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. Are the most appropriate and complete food for vegetarians, also possess diuretic properties, maintain a healthy heart and immune defence. Counteract the problems associated with colitis and finally fighting cholesterol.

The Junk Food Causes Metabolic Disease

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Occasional consumption of junk food can alter metabolic equilibrium exposing healthy individuals to risks to health. Eat high calorie foods and unhealthy also worsens the health of people suffering from metabolic syndrome.

Are the conclusions reached by a recent study conducted by a team of Dutch researchers and published in the scientific journal “The FASEB Journal”.

Microbiologists of the TNO Research Institute examined the effects of junk food on a sample of 19 individuals. Participants were divided into two groups. The first group included healthy subjects while in the second group were among nine people suffering from metabolic syndrome with at least two risk factors for heart disease: from high cholesterol to hypertension; from high blood sugar to excessive blood lipid values up to abdominal fat.

The researchers performed blood tests in both groups before and after consuming a high-fat smoothie. Biologists have recorded 61 levels biomarkers in blood samples: from cholesterol to sugars.

In subjects with metabolic syndrome biochemical processes related to metabolism of sugars, fats and inflammation were compromised.

The researchers continued the experimentation by administering to 10 healthy adults calorie sweet snacks and fries for a total of 1,300 kcal per day. After 4 weeks of junk food-based diet analysis of 61 biomarkers gave results preoccuanti.

The hormones involved in regulating blood sugar level, inflammation and fat metabolism had changed. According to researchers the sporadic consumption of junk food is enough to trigger changes in the body that expose themselves to a higher risk of metabolic diseases.

Cranberries Eliminate The Effects Of Junk Food

cranberries eliminate the effects of junk food

Eating junk food without gaining weight. A dream for many, that could translate into reality the Swedish Lund University researchers have concluded. According to scientists using the action guaranteed by some kind of berries like cranberries, lingonberry or cowberry (scientific name Vaccinium vitis-idaea), the body can use essentially to zero out the negative effects of a high-fat diet.

The action offered by the researchers to adjust accounts contributes lingonberry fat intake as well as intervene in the regulation of blood glucose level and reduce bad cholesterol. Just like goji berries.

During the study, conducted on laboratory rats, Guinea pigs were divided into different groups depending on the diet followed: low in fat or high in fat, but integrated with various types of berries such as cranberries, lingonberries, blueberries and acai berries, raspberries.

At the end of the study, the results of the analysis revealed, according to the researchers, as the values of the blood (cholesterol, blood sugar and body weight of the mice that were fed a high-fat diet enriched with lingonberries were similar to those of Guinea Pigs subjected to low-fat diet.

Data that you do not necessarily yield in a similar defense mechanism from junk food in humans, according to Heyman, PhD in medical sciences Experimental Dr.ssa Lovisa. A warning specifically aimed at those who might see in the search results, an excuse for unhealthy eating behaviors:

While the results in mice are exciting, this should not be interpreted as a green light to unhealthy diet provided that integrated with lingonberries. We hope however to investigate the possibility of including these berries to supplement a diet that prevents human obesity.

Hepatitis A From Frozen Berries, The Instructions Of The Ministry

Cook the frozen berries against the risks from hepatitis A

Cook the frozen berries from the risks from hepatitis A. This is the recommendation that the Ministry of health has issued following the events related to some batches of contaminated products from abroad. The story focuses upon the Prosecutor of Turin.

The procedure to be followed to minimize the risk of hepatitis A is to boil for about 2 minutes the frozen berries (blackberries, raspberries, currants, blueberries etc.) in water. A simple technique that nevertheless would serve to kill viruses and bacteria. As specified by the Ministry of health:

While we have taken all measures for the prevention and control for this outbreak of cases of hepatitis A, and has seen a downward trend in recent months of reporting, recently several new cases were reported in people who reported consumption of uncooked frozen mixed berries.

Provisions those just spread that it has been necessary, notes the Ministry, due to the registration of some new frozen berries infections have not been cooking:

While we have taken all measures for the prevention and control for this outbreak of cases of hepatitis A, and has seen a downward trend in recent months of reporting, recently several new cases were reported in people who reported consumption of uncooked frozen mixed berries.

Guidance on safe handling of frozen berries have been addressed also to the producers, who require sanitation processes of goods. Finally, with reference to those who use these foods to make cakes and other consumer products as pastry chefs and cooks, the Ministry of health addressed the following:

You must use the sanitizing systems active against bacteria and viruses in order to minimize the risk of cross-contamination through the systems, environments, tools and production lines. The hepatitis A virus is very persistent in the environment.

Latest recommendation is directed at those who make use of fresh produce, berries or vegetables. The Ministry recommends always and in every case of consuming them after a thorough cleaning to minimize any possible danger.