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Dark coloured veggies value for money

A top nutrition expert has unveiled a new food rating system that evaluates the nutritional value of food along with its cost value, a boon to people wanting to balance healthy diets with their budget.

Adam Drewnowski, University of Washington, has showcased the Affordable Nutrition Index (ANI), which is the first and only tool to analyse food’s nutritional profile and its cost value in terms of nutrition-value-per-dollar.

The ANI measures a food score based on nine essential nutrients to encourage: protein, fibre, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E; and three nutrients to limit: saturated fat, added sugars and sodium.

Drewnowski’s study found that dark coloured vegetables, some fruits and vegetable soups were the most reasonably priced, nutritious foods among almost 300 commonly taken foods.

Speaking about the study, Drewnowski said: “In today’s economy, more people are making food choices based solely on cost, so it’s important to guide them on ways to get nutritious options without hurting their wallets.”

Diabetic kids have memory problems

A new study has revealed that children who have had an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis, a common complication of diabetes, are likely to suffer from memory problems.
Researchers from the UC Davis Centre for Mind and Brain have found that children with a history of diabetic ketoacidosis perform worse on memory tests.
According to Simona Ghetti, diabetic ketoacidosis — and its consequences — can be avoided with proper glucose control.

Dark coloured veggies value for money

A top nutrition expert has unveiled a new food rating system that evaluates the nutritional value of food along with its cost value, a boon to people wanting to balance healthy diets with their budget.

Adam Drewnowski, University of Washington, has showcased the Affordable Nutrition Index (ANI), which is the first and only tool to analyse food’s nutritional profile and its cost value in terms of nutrition-value-per-dollar.

The ANI measures a food score based on nine essential nutrients to encourage: protein, fibre, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E; and three nutrients to limit: saturated fat, added sugars and sodium.

Drewnowski’s study found that dark coloured vegetables, some fruits and vegetable soups were the most reasonably priced, nutritious foods among almost 300 commonly taken foods.

Speaking about the study, Drewnowski said: “In today’s economy, more people are making food choices based solely on cost, so it’s important to guide them on ways to get nutritious options without hurting their wallets.”

Diabetic kids have memory problems
A new study has revealed that children who have had an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis, a common complication of diabetes, are likely to suffer from memory problems.

Researchers from the UC Davis Centre for Mind and Brain have found that children with a history of diabetic ketoacidosis perform worse on memory tests.
According to Simona Ghetti, diabetic ketoacidosis — and its consequences — can be avoided with proper glucose control.

You can grow your own body parts!

In five year’s time, humans may be able to grow their own damaged body parts, such as joints, spine and heart, which would allow the elderly to stay active even as they age, say scientists.

A team from the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at Leeds University is working on a project which should allow the elderly to buy body parts ‘off the shelf’ and even regenerate their own damaged joints and hearts.

According to the scientists, the ultimate ambition is to fix up the body with customised replacement parts grown to order and the main thrust of the research centres around a method of tissue and medical engineering.

Led by immunologist Eileen Ingham, the scientists are in fact pioneering a technique of stripping the living cells from donor human and animal parts, leaving just the collagen or elastin ‘scaffold’ of the tissue.

Living cells make up less than five per cent of ligaments, joints and blood vessels and can be ‘washed away’ with special enzymes and detergents.

Daily dose of wine, a health timebomb

A splash of wine at the end of a tough day to ease the stress of daily living could create a health ‘timebomb’ for women, a UK expert says.
According to Ian Gilmore, president of the UK Royal College of Physicians, females who regularly drink wine to wind down as they juggle career and family risk liver disease and becoming alcohol dependent.

“Alcohol is a sedative and a relaxant but used on a regular basis can really put people at high risk. Women are storing up a health timebomb by drinking this regularly,” he said.
In five year’s time, humans may be able to grow their own damaged body parts, such as joints, spine and heart, which would allow the elderly to stay active even as they age, say scientists.

A team from the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at Leeds University is working on a project which should allow the elderly to buy body parts ‘off the shelf’ and even regenerate their own damaged joints and hearts.

According to the scientists, the ultimate ambition is to fix up the body with customised replacement parts grown to order and the main thrust of the research centres around a method of tissue and medical engineering.

Led by immunologist Eileen Ingham, the scientists are in fact pioneering a technique of stripping the living cells from donor human and animal parts, leaving just the collagen or elastin ‘scaffold’ of the tissue.

Living cells make up less than five per cent of ligaments, joints and blood vessels and can be ‘washed away’ with special enzymes and detergents.

Daily dose of wine, a health timebomb

A splash of wine at the end of a tough day to ease the stress of daily living could create a health ‘timebomb’ for women, a UK expert says.
According to Ian Gilmore, president of the UK Royal College of Physicians, females who regularly drink wine to wind down as they juggle career and family risk liver disease and becoming alcohol dependent.

“Alcohol is a sedative and a relaxant but used on a regular basis can really put people at high risk. Women are storing up a health timebomb by drinking this regularly,” he said.

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