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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

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    Review finds Omega-3s Benefits to be Well Established

    In 1995, the American Heart Association introduced their Heart-Check program to help consumers identify low-fat foods at point-of-purchase. To institutionalize health and nutrient content claims in the United States, Congress created the FDA Modernization Act in 1997 (FDAMA). Significant scientific agreement on the role of dietary fat, especially saturated fat, with cancer and cardiovascular disease led to several fat-related health claims.  

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    Vitamin D and Calcium are to Maintain Strong Bones, not Every Health Eventuality

    Because of an effective PR effort by the Kaiser Permante Center for Health Research, you are likely to see media that vitamin D and calcium supplementation does not improve menopausal symptoms. If you are a woman over 50y of age, what does this mean? Here are some things to know.

    The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) is composed of 3 trials. One trial had a stated objective: to determine if calcium and vitamin D supplements reduced the risk of hip and other factures

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    Innovating for Health and Sustainability: EAT FOOD Forum

    Today and tomorrow, the EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2015 meets to build a food roadmap to 2050. It is an impressive collection of leaders. In her opening comments, Dr Gunhild Stordalen (@G_stordalen) challenges leaders to work together to find solutions.

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    What Is Your Menaquinotype? The Effect of the Microbiome on Vitamin K

    A not very well known fact is that we get vitamin K not only from the diet, but also from the bacteria that we co-exist with in our intestines. Vitamin K activity is provided by a group of compounds called vitamers. This is why newborns are given supplemental vitamin K: their digestive tract is sterile at birth and it takes time to acquire the microbes that make vitamin K. A recent study looked into more detail about how vitamin K is produced by the human microbiome, and possible links with diabetes risk markers.

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    Our Livers may Look More Alike than our Faces

    When listening to news reports of conflict among different groups within the world, one can lose sight of the fact that humans share so much in common. 99.9% of our genome is identical. Despite the apparent aggression among some people/groups, there is less than 0.1% difference among persons on the planet. We may look different – hair and eye color, body shape, skin color. We may adopt different beliefs and cultures – religions, languages, clothing. But truly, we share so much in common.

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