Sometimes simple ideas work best. That
seems to be the case with a plate and cereal bowl equipped with markers for
proper portion sizes when it comes to helping people lose weight.
Researchers at the
conducted a six-month study of commercially available portion-control plates
and bowls. The plates were divided into sections for carbohydrates,
proteins, cheese and sauce, with the rest left open for vegetables. The
plates provided for appropriate calorie intake for men (approximately 800
calories) and women (approximately 650 calories). The cereal bowl held a
200-calorie meal of cereal and milk.
Half of the study participants used the
plates; the other half received the usual care of being instructed by
dietitians. Those using the plates and bowls lost an average of 1.8 percent
of their body weight as compared to those not using the plates, who lost an
average of 0.1 percent of their body weight. Significantly, 16.9 percent of
those using the portion-control plates lost 5 percent of their body weight,
as opposed to 4.6 percent of those who did not use the plates. Researchers
say this is important, because a 5 percent weight loss has been shown to
decrease morbidity and mortality associated with obesity-linked disorders
such as cancer and heart attack.
For information about portion-control
plates and bowls used in this study, browse The Diet Plate Web site at www.thedietplate.us/index.php.
Are You Dentally Aware?
Are snacks like yogurt and fruit
harmless? Not when it comes to your teeth, say members of the
General Dentistry. Improper consumption and overuse may lead to devastating and permanent
damage to teeth. What happens is known as tooth erosion the breakdown of
tooth structure caused by the effects of acid which leads to decay.
Dental enamel is the thin, outer layer
of hard tissue that helps maintain the tooths structure and shape while
protecting it from decay.
To prevent tooth erosion, wait at least
20 minutes after consuming acidic food or drink before brushing, so as not
to destroy the weakened enamel. It is preferable to snack on acidic foods
quickly within five minutes rather than stringing out the snacks the
entire day, and also to eat these types of foods at mealtimes, to minimize
the time the acid is on the teeth. Here are some foods and practices that
can cause irreversible tooth erosion:
Sucking on lemons
When it comes to tooth erosion, its
really not what you eat but how you eat it that can potentially
cause a problem.
Make sure the eyes
According to nutritional expert Andrew
Weil, as you age, you might want to consider eating a diet rich in lutein
and zeaxanthin. These compounds form the yellow pigment of the retina and
absorb blue light, believed to be a potentially harmful component of
sunlight. Research shows that lutein may fight against macular degeneration
and cataracts. These compounds are often found in orange and yellow
vegetables. Here are some of the best foods for getting enough lutein and
zeaxanthin, according to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
Texas Medical Branch
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