Low carb, high-fat diet negatively affects mood

Mental Health, Nutritional Health
There's a new study out that compares dieters eating food high in carbohydrates and low on fat with those on a low-carb, high-fat regime similar to the Atkins diet. The results may surprise you. Bloomberg News reports that, according to the study, which was published Nov. 9 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, "dieters eating food high in carbohydrates and low on fat improved their mood longer than those on a low-carb, high-fat regime similar to the Atkins diet." In fact, even though "both diets were equally effective at reducing weight," the "study of 106 overweight or obese people in Australia found those on the low-fat diet, which included bread, pasta and rice, were less angry, depressed and confused after one year than those who ate fewer carbs and more…
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Vegetarian diet said to be safe at all ages according to a new study

Nutritional Health, Parenting
A debate among physicians and dieticians has been swirling for a number of years about the safety of vegan or vegetarian diets, especially in adolescents and children. Now the American Dietetic Association has provided an update that, hopefully, will help settle the arguments. The Los Angeles Times reports this week on the ADA’s recent report by saying, “The American Dietetic Assn. has shown the importance of parents encouraging a balanced diet for their vegetarian children.” According to the Times, the study found "that as long as vegetarian diets are planned well, they're safe for people at every stage of life: pregnant and nursing moms, babies, teenagers and just about everyone else." The study "was the first to emphasize the benefits of a meatless meal plan," which it said "may lower…
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What are the facts about cow’s, goat’s, soy, almond, rice, and hemp milk?

Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Poring over facts about milk: cow's, goat's, soy, almond, rice and hemp http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-milk19-2009oct19,0,486524,full.story Full-fat, low-fat or skim? Used to be, there weren't many choices to make over what to pour on your cereal. But the number of alternatives to cow's milk -- soy, goat's, hemp milk, more -- has steadily grown. Each has its fans: those who swear by goat's milk's creamy texture or who love almond milk's subtle, nutty flavor. But when it comes to nutrition, there's no clear winner. Cow's milk is a good source of protein but can be high in saturated fats. Hemp milk offers little protein but is rich in certain essential fatty acids. For some, an allergy is the main concern when choosing milk. For others, digestibility drives the decision. "There are dozens of…
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