Food Studies for Wellness


June 21 - Plant-Based Diet Leads to Crohn’s Disease Remission, According to Case Study.
The case study followed a man in his late 20s with Crohn’s disease who removed all animal products and processed foods from his diet for a 40-day religious observation and then noticed a total absence of symptoms. "The patient decided to maintain the new dietary pattern—which was based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes—and experienced a complete remission of Crohn’s disease."

June 6 -    Research shows that drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety   .  Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from green tea bushes and "… a group of Japanese researchers from Kumamoto University has shown that anxious behavior in mice is reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract."

June 6 - Research shows that drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety.
Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from green tea bushes and "… a group of Japanese researchers from Kumamoto University has shown that anxious behavior in mice is reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract."

June 12 - Increasing red meat consumption linked with higher risk of premature death.
"People who increased their daily servings of red meat over an eight-year period were more likely to die during the subsequent eight years compared to people who did not increase their red meat consumption, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health."

June 10 - Just one change per day can make your diet more planet friendly.
“Food production is an important contributor to climate change, accounting for about a quarter of carbon emissions globally.” In a new Tulane University study, researchers found that making one substitution of poultry for beef a day revealed close to a 50 percent reduction in a person’s carbon footprint. "They found that the 10 foods with the highest impacts on the environment were all cuts of beef..."

June 4 - Red and White Meats Are Equally Bad for Cholesterol.
“When we planned this study, we expected red meat to have a more adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels than white meat, but we were surprised that this was not the case – their effects on cholesterol are identical when saturated fat levels are equivalent,” said the study senior author Ronald Krauss, MD, senior scientist and director of Atherosclerosis Research at CHORI.”

May 10 - Following DASH diet can reduce heart failure risk in people under 75.
"The observational study of more than 4,500 people showed that those individuals under 75 who most closely adhered to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet had a significantly lower risk of developing heart failure than those whose eating habits were least in keeping with the diet."

May 3 - FOLLOWING A HEALTHY PLANT-BASED DIET MAY LOWER KIDNEY DISEASE RISK.
Study participants who ate mostly healthy plant-based foods were 14 percent less likely to develop kidney disease according to research published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

May 1 -   Walnuts may help lower blood pressure for those at risk of heart disease according to Penn State study  .  "In a randomized, controlled trial, researchers examined the effects of replacing some of the saturated fats in participants’ diets with walnuts. They found that when participants ate whole walnuts daily in combination with lower overall amounts of saturated fat, they had lower central blood pressure."

May 1 - Walnuts may help lower blood pressure for those at risk of heart disease according to Penn State study.
"In a randomized, controlled trial, researchers examined the effects of replacing some of the saturated fats in participants’ diets with walnuts. They found that when participants ate whole walnuts daily in combination with lower overall amounts of saturated fat, they had lower central blood pressure."

April 22 - Plant-based Diets Can be Effective in Reducing Heart Failure Risk.
“Plant-based diets are associated with a lower risk of heart failure in adults without known heart disease, while Southern diets consisting of more fried and processed foods and sweetened drinks are associated with greater risk, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that looked at the association between five dietary patterns and risk of heart failure.”

April 22 - Skipping breakfast associated with higher risk of cardiovascular death.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “Participants who never consumed breakfast had an 87 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease-specific mortality than those who consumed breakfast every day.”

April 10 - Substituting healthy plant proteins for red meat lowers risk for heart disease.
"… researchers found that diets higher in high-quality plant protein sources such as legumes, soy, and nuts resulted in lower levels of both total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol compared to diets with red meat."

March 27 - Vegans found to have highest amount of disease-fighting biomarkers in a study out of Loma Linda University.

March 26 - The risks of eating red meat (even in small portions) according to a new study out of Loma Linda University Health which evaluated the deaths of over over 7,900 individuals over an 11-year period and 90 percent of those individuals only ate about two ounces or less of red meat per day. “… the total intake of red and processed meat was associated with relatively higher risks of total and cardiovascular disease deaths.”

March 19 - A nutty solution for improving brain health
“By eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts per day older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 per cent– compared to those not eating nuts…” according to research out of University of South Australia. The study involved Chinese adults aged 55+ years and those who regularly ate nuts demonstrated better mental functioning which including improved thinking, reasoning and memory.

Photo by Waldemar Brandt on  Unsplash   March 12  -     Mushrooms may reduce risk of cognitive decline   .   According to researchers at Nat’l University of Singapore, "... seniors who consume more than two standard portions of mushrooms weekly may have 50 percent reduced odds of having mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is considered to be the stage between the cognitive decline of normal aging and dementia. The portion noted in the study was defined as three quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms or an average weight of around 150 grams.

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March 12 - Mushrooms may reduce risk of cognitive decline. According to researchers at Nat’l University of Singapore, "... seniors who consume more than two standard portions of mushrooms weekly may have 50 percent reduced odds of having mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is considered to be the stage between the cognitive decline of normal aging and dementia. The portion noted in the study was defined as three quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms or an average weight of around 150 grams.

March 6 - Adding high-quality plant-based foods to diet decreases risk of deaths from heart disease and other causes.
“Not all plant-based diets are equal, but boosting the intake of high-quality plant-based foods over time lowers the risk of death even among people who started off with poor-quality diets,” said Megu Y. Baden, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study…’

March 6 - Diet reverses Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in lab model.
“For this study, the researchers took a look at two compounds, EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a key ingredient in green tea, and FA, or ferulic acid, which is found in carrots, tomatoes, rice, wheat and oats”. After three months involving mice, the combined treatment completely restored spatial working memory.

Feb. 18, 2019 - Eating nuts tied to lower heart disease risk for diabetics
"People with type 2 diabetes who ate five servings of nuts per week had a 34 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease death versus type 2 diabetics who did not eat a 28-gram serving per month, according to a  published Tuesday in Circulation Research." One serving is equivalent to a little less the 1/4 cup.

Feb. 14, 2019 - Diet drinks may be associated with strokes among post-menopausal women according to this observational study by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Compared with women who consumed diet drinks less than once a week or not at all, women who consumed two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were: 23 percent more likely to have a stroke; 31 percent more likely to have a clot-caused (ischemic) stroke; 29 percent more likely to develop heart disease (fatal or non-fatal heart attack)…”

Jan. 8, 2019 - Eating red meat daily triples heart disease-related chemical. Compared to study participants who were given diets rich in white meat or plant-based protein, those who were on the diet rich in red meat had triple the levels of a chemical linked to heart disease. “Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is a dietary byproduct that is formed by gut bacteria during digestion. The chemical is derived in part from nutrients that are abundant in red meat.”

Dec. 10, 2018 -    Caffeine plus another compound in coffee beans’ waxy coating may protect against brain degeneration, Rutgers study finds   .  Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee called EHT (Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide) that when combined with caffeine in research with mice boosted the activity of a catalyst that helps prevent the accumulation of harmful proteins in the brain. "This suggests the combination of EHT and caffeine may be able to slow or stop the progression of these diseases."

Dec. 10, 2018 - Caffeine plus another compound in coffee beans’ waxy coating may protect against brain degeneration, Rutgers study finds. Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee called EHT (Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide) that when combined with caffeine in research with mice boosted the activity of a catalyst that helps prevent the accumulation of harmful proteins in the brain. "This suggests the combination of EHT and caffeine may be able to slow or stop the progression of these diseases."

Dec. 7, 2018 - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study reveals Mediterranean diet may lower risk of cardiovascular disease in women.
“The researchers found that women who followed the Mediterranean diet had 25% less risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the course of 12 years compared with women who didn’t adhere to the diet.”

Dec. 6, 2018 - Hazelnuts improve older adults’ micronutrient levels according to Oregon State University Researchers. In this small study, results showed participants had increased levels of magnesium and vitamin E and a decrease in low-density lipoproteins, also known as “bad” cholesterol.

Nov. 21, 2018 - Orange juice, leafy greens and berries may be tied to decreased memory loss in men. “Our studies provide further evidence dietary choices can be important to maintain your brain health.”

Nov. 13, 2018 - “According to a new article in the journal Nutrients, risk factors for cardiovascular disease closely track with changes in eating patterns, even only after a month or so.” Researchers at Purdue University find “It only takes a few weeks of healthy eating to generate lower blood pressure and cholesterol.”

Nov. 5, 2018 - “Eating Brazil nuts and other varieties of nuts daily may prevent weight gain and provide other cardiovascular benefits, according to two separate preliminary studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018…”

Oct. 30, 2018 - Plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check according to published findings by UK researchers.

Oct. 24, 2018 - Can chocolate, tea, coffee and zinc help make you more healthy? “…researchers from the USA, have discovered that zinc can activate an organic molecule, helping to protect against oxidative stress.”

Sept. 30, 2018 - “A large collaboration of researchers from the European Union investigating the connection between genes and lifestyle on the development of AMD has found that people who adhered to a Mediterranean diet cut their risk of late-stage AMD by 41 percent.” Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in the United States.

Sept. 25, 2018 - Cocoa: a tasty source of vitamin D? A German research group "... has now identified a new, previously unknown source of vitamin D2: cocoa and foods containing cocoa have significant amounts of this important nutrient."

Sept. 13, 2018 - Dietary fiber reduces brain inflammation during aging according to a new study from the University of Illinois.

Sept. 5, 2018 - Researchers out of Sweden find study participants who consumed at least 50 grams of whole grains daily, had the lowest chance of developing type 2 diabetes also known as adult-onset diabetes.

July 12, 2018 - An orange a day keeps macular degeneration away: 15-year study by researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Australia.

July 4, 2018 - Healthy diet may lower eye disease risk according to findings published in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.

July 2, 2018 - Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer according to study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

June 21, 2018 - Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health find evidence that walnuts may help support heart health.

May 17, 2018 - Eating fish twice a week reduces heart, stroke risk according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association.

May 15, 2018 - Mediterranean diet may slow development of Alzheimer’s disease according to new research by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

May 14, 2018 - University of Wisconsin–Madison study reveals yogurt may dampen chronic inflammation linked to multiple diseases.

May 11, 2018 - Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital find healthy diet may lower risk of hearing loss in women.

May 7, 2018 - Univ. of Sydney researchers find eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice.

April 4, 2018 - Vegetables may help protect elderly women from hardening of neck arteries, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association. 

April 3, 2018- Study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto suggests pasta can be part of a healthy diet without packing on the pounds.

April 3, 2018 - A new study by researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California and AgroParisTech and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris, France has found that protein from nuts and seeds is better for the heart than meat protein.

March 21, 2018 - Grilling and high-temperature cooking linked with high blood pressure according to preliminary research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Feb. 26, 2018 - The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet plan is now associated with reduced risk of depression in study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center.

Feb. 20, 2018 - Wine polyphenols could fend off bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. 

Dec. 21, 2017Children who eat fish at least once a week score higher on IQ tests and experience better sleep, according to new research by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dec. 20, 2017 - Daily leafy greens may slow cognitive decline according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Nov. 22, 2017 - Researchers report moderate coffee drinking more likely to benefit health than to harm it.

Nov. 15, 2017 - Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health find eating nuts linked with better heart health. “They found that, compared with those who never or almost never ate nuts, people who ate one ounce of nuts five or more times per week had a 14% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 20% lower risk of coronary heart disease during the study period.” 1 oz is a little less than 1/4 cup.

Nov. 9, 2017  -    Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have anti-aging potential   ,  according to Penn State researchers.

Nov. 9, 2017 - Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have anti-aging potential, according to Penn State researchers.

Nov. 2, 2017 - Findings of study headed by Technical University of Denmark support the recommendation to choose whole grains.

Oct. 20, 2017 - Loma Linda University Health study finds consuming nuts strengthens beneficial brainwave frequencies.

Oct. 2, 2017 - Study finds skipping breakfast may increase risk for heart disease and other conditions

Sept. 28, 2017New research suggests saving carbs for last may help ward off blood sugar spike for diabetics.

Sept. 20, 2017 - Researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) find eating nuts can reduce weight gain.

Sept. 12, 2017 - Virginia Tech biochemists dip into the health benefits of olives and olive oil.

Sept. 7, 2017 - "A mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief similar to widely used medications for people with acid reflux, a new study suggests."

Aug 10, 2017 - Researchers at Penn State find that eating almonds regularly may help improve HDL cholesterol levels.

July 27, 2017 - University College London study reveals high sugar intake linked with poorer long-term mental health.

July 5, 2017 - Lutein, a nutrient found in several vegetables and fruits, can suppress inflammation, according to study out of Linköping University in Sweden.

June 23, 2017 - Observational study shows eating fish twice a week may significantly reduce arthritis pain.

June 21, 2017 - New research out of Temple University shows extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory and protects brain against Alzheimer's disease.

May 23, 2017 - Eating chocolate may decrease risk of irregular heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common type of irregular heartbeat condition. Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and in Denmark found that those who ate a one-ounce serving of chocolate “… per week had a 17% lower rate; and those who ate two to six servings per week had a 20% lower rate” of being diagnosed with AF.

May 15, 2017 - Switching to a low-glycemic diet may stop age-related eye disease, study suggests.

July 27, 2016 - Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that greater intake of nuts was associated with lower levels of biomarkers of inflammation. 

June 14, 2016 - Healthy plant-based diet linked with substantially lower type 2 diabetes risk. "The study found that high adherence to a plant-based diet that was low in animal foods was associated with a 20% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes compared with low adherence to such a diet."

May 16, 2016 - "Eating a meal of seafood or other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week may protect against age-related memory loss and thinking problems in older people, according to a team of researchers at Rush University Medical Center and Wageningen University in the Netherlands."

Jan. 14, 2016 - Study suggests that what you eat can influence how you sleep. “A new study found that eating less fiber, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep.”

March 16, 2015 - New “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” (MIND) Diet May Significantly Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease.

Jan. 21, 2015 - New UCLA Research Suggests Walnuts May Improve Memory. “Eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, concentration and information processing speed according to new research from the David Geffen School of Medicine at The University of California, Los Angeles, led by Dr. Lenore Arab.”

April 26, 2012 - Study from Harvard researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds berries keep your brain sharp