Fats are carried in the blood in many forms (chylomicrons, lipoproteins, etc). The enzyme, lipoprotein lipase, found in blood vessels, muscle and fat cells releases free fatty acids, also known as nonesterified fatty acids (NEFA), which serve as a fuel source. NEFA can be chronically elevated and have pathological consequences in individuals who are obese or diabetic. Elevated NEFA are an independent risk factor for sudden death.
Another winter storm, Remus, is traversing the US. More than 175 million people from the Upper Midwest to the interior South and Northwest will have to endure severe cold conditions. Without doubt, people living in these regions will not be exposing much skin for vitamin D synthesis in the skin.
Cold weather is one of the environmental factors contributing to low vitamin D status. Genetics is another factor. Hansen and colleagues report that 55% of African Americans studied in the Health ABC Study were vitamin D insufficient
According to market research conducted by Nielsen, 60% of Americans say that the presence of artificial food colors affects their buying decision. This may explain Nestle USA decision to remove artificial colors (Red 40 and Yellow 5) from all of its chocolate candy products by the end of 2015.
We are what we eat. Dietary preferences are cultural and often established in childhood . Despite national recommendations since 1977, dietary patterns of the American public remain suboptimal. Worldwide, dietary patterns persist for generations. Nutritional inadequacies contribute to poor individual and population health and higher chronic disease rates.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee reported “Few, if any, improvements in consumers’ food choices have occurred in recent decades.” It is a dismal story. Eight nutrients are under-consumed by almost everyone (vitamins A, C, D, E, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber). In addition, iron is under-consumed by adolescent and premenopausal females
Dr Klaus Kraemer, Director of Sight and Life, writes of hidden hunger – when people have an adequate supply of energy from the food they eat but the nutritional value is insufficient to support optimal growth and development. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) observed that dietary patterns of Americans are suboptimal and casually related to poor individual and population health and higher chronic disease rates.
New report from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Stresses the Need to Improve Diet Quality
Every 5 years the Dietary Advisory Committee (DGAC) composed of leading nutrition experts release a report that reflects evidence about healthy eating. This report forms the scientific basis for Dietary Recommendations for Americans issued by the federal government. For 2015, an emphasis was placed on developing recommendations of public health importance and it is clear that guidance is needed. The DGAC report states “The dietary patterns of the American public are suboptimal and are causally related to poor individual and population health and higher chronic disease rates. Unfortunately few improvements in consumers’ food choices have occurred in recent decades.”
Are you one of the nearly 40% of Americans who uses a multivitamin-multimineral supplement? Multivitamin-multimineral supplements have been available since the early 1940s and are increasingly common. Numerous studies have shown that multivitamin-multimineral supplements help people meet nutrient gaps in the United States and worldwide. They also help promote health in people with low nutrient status. A timely study (February is Heart Month) suggests the same may be true for heart health in a general population.
Sometimes the number of recommendations to help you lead a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. Do this - but not too much! – then make sure you absolutely don’t do that. So if it can be so overwhelming, why have so many recommendations? The answer is because they’re all important is the answer. Health behaviors maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, not smoking, and following a proper diet are all pillars to maintaining your health as you age.