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Let Them Eat Wheat

Posted: April 19, 2010 at 8:16 am

Another Reason to Opt for Wheat Over White

Italian researchers find that women who eat white bread have two times the risk of heart disease than women who eat wheat.

When we were young and our folks asked us what bread we wanted our peanut butter and jelly on—white or wheat—our answer depended upon our mood at the time.  Did we want the white, which had a more bland taste but soaked up the jelly and peanut buttery goodness, or did we want the wheat, which had a more distinctive taste but didn’t marry with the PB and J quite as well as the white did?

Now that we’re older—and with any luck more health conscious than taste conscious—we hopefully choose wheat over white because it has the complex carbohydrates and fiber that white bread is void of, both of which are great for maintaining healthy weight levels and regularity.

But there’s another why white should always play second fiddle to wheat:  It may double your risk for heart disease.

In a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Italian scientists found that women who tended to eat high glycemic foods like white bread, pastries and ice cream had more than two times the risk of having heart disease later in life compared to women who ate foods low on the glycemic index.

Writing in the journal, Italian scientist Sabina Sieri and her colleagues said, “A high consumption of carbohydrates from high glycemic index foods, rather than the overall quantity of carbohydrates consumed, appears to influence the risk of developing coronary heart disease.”

The study of 32,500+ women also looked into the diets of over 15,100 men to see if their consumption of high glycemic foods affected their heart health.  But interestingly, no such linkage could be made between the kinds of carbohydrates men ate.  Researchers attribute the differentiation to the fact that men and women metabolize foods differently.

So, does this give men the green light to eat white bread and corn flakes whenever they want?  Alternatively, does this mean women should avoid white bread like the plague?

To both, the answer is no.  There’s nothing wrong with an occasional sandwich with white bread, so long as your bread options are more often than not 100 percent whole wheat.

And men, while your choice of bread may not influence your heart disease risk, a 10-year study conducted by Harvard researchers in 1994 found that men who ate high fiber breads like wheat had fewer heart attacks and fewer strokes than men who opted for white.

So when you’re out perusing the bread aisle and deciding what bread’s best, keep the white out of sight and make wheat your new favorite treat.

But buyer beware:  Don’t assume that brown in color means it’s wheat.  Many breads are made with refined flour; they’re just dyed brown with caramel color to make it look like they’re wheat. Read the ingredients label.  If the first listing doesn’t say “100 percent whole wheat,” put the brown down.


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Longevity Meme Newsletter, April 19 2010

Posted: April 19, 2010 at 8:16 am

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CSC news links 2010-04-18

Posted: April 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

For links to recent news items, visit these [Twitter] or [FriendFeed] pages. Examples of a few news items that have received attention:

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Mobile Medicine via iPod/iPhone/iPad Apps

Posted: April 19, 2010 at 8:14 am

NatureVideoChannel — March 31, 2010 — “You might not realize it, but with an iPhone, you also have a stethoscope and a CPR trainer within reach. These are just a few of the more than 2,000 medical applications available on the iPhone, and here we’ve rounded up ten for you to check out. Whether you’re a researcher, doctor, or patient, get ready for your medicine to go mobile.”

Smartphones and portable devices for medical education
I use an iPhone Touch to listen to lectures and watch presentations (PDF and video). Amazon Kindle works for the same purpose (PDF only, no video).
However, the external speaker of the iPhone Touch leaves much to be desired in terms of sound quality and volume, and recently, I started downloading the lectures directly to my cell phone (HTC Touch Pro2). The HTC Touch Pro interface is not as polished as the one on the iPod Touch but the device itself is not tied to iTunes and I can easily download audio files from the mobile sites of Google Reader, Bloglines and Google Docs.

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Kumbh Mela 2010 – the Festival of Immortals

Posted: April 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I just returned from attending the 2010 Kumbh Mela celebration also known to many as the “Festival of Immortals”. The celebration is said to be anywhere from 3,000 to 8,000 years old; bringing the holy people of the Hindu religion, their followers, and a few “immortals” together. The event honors the legend of when the Hindu “gods” dropped some of their “amrit” (the nectar of immoratlity) from their pot referred to as Kumbh at 4 spots in India: Allahabad (Prayag), Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. The Kumbh Mela in each location takes place every twelfth year; this year being held at Haridwar.

The people who attend the “Ganga Art” ceremony, or sacred bath during the Kumbh Mela, believe taking this bath will make them protected from death aka “immortal” until the next Kumbh Mela. And there are a few who believe with a continuous bathing during each Kumb Mela, they will achieve some form of immortality.

Although I am not a Hindu, I went to the Kumbh Mela, out of curiousity and because I was told that I could possibly meet some real life “immortals” who live amoung the “holy people” of India. One man was said to be somewhere between 150 to 250 years old. There was a story of a 300 year old to 900 year old man who may or may not still be alive. And there was the hope of meeting a legendary man who’s age is well beyond 1,000 years of age.

Unfortunately, I did not meet any of these people. However, I did find out much more about the supposed “immortals” and a met a few known people who could easily be well beyond 100 years of age.

I will reveal a few more interesting details of my interesting trip through India in future posts.

Do Immortals Really Exist? by Ben Abba

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Better Sleep, Better Learning? Obstructive sleep apnea can reduce a child’s IQ by 10 points

Posted: April 18, 2010 at 8:13 am

From Science Life Blog at the University of Chicago:

Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, can have long-term, detrimental effects on a child’s cardiovascular and respiratory health. But it can also create neurocognitive effects, such as a reduced ability to learn and retain information.

OSA can reduce a child’s IQ by as many as 10 points, while treatment in children with OSA can improve grades.


Better Sleep, Better Learning? « Science Life Blog « University of Chicago.

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