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August 13, 2007 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
QUIERE un taco? Think blue. Food scientists in Mexico and Venezuela have found that tortillas made with blue corn have 20% more protein, 9% less starch and a more healthful glycemic index than their white corn cousins.
July 18, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
Severely obese women may be healthier than their male counterparts. New research shows that severely obese men were less physically fit, more prone to diabetes and more carbohydrate-intolerant than women. The findings could eventually influence how doctors select candidates for weight-loss surgery. "It's quite surprising that men were doing so much worse than women," says lead scientist Emile Dubois, a pulmonologist at the Hospital Reinier de Graaf Groep in the Netherlands.
August 31, 2009 | Shari Roan
Kudzu, the wild vine that has overtaken almost 10 million acres in the southeastern United States, may be more nutrient than nuisance. Previous studies have suggested a chemical in the vine may help alcoholics curb their addiction. Now a study, also in rats, shows kudzu can help regulate blood pressure, glucose metabolism and cholesterol levels. Kudzu root, which is called Radix puerariae, contains polyphenols, substances that are known to have a range of positive health effects.
April 24, 2006 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Scientists are changing their minds about the best way to monitor body fat. Body mass index, or BMI -- long considered the gold standard for evaluating an increased risk of health problems due to weight -- is far from a perfect measure, says Dr. Arya M. Sharma, an obesity researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The BMI doesn't take into account the amount of muscle a person has, and is less accurate in older people, who lose muscle and bone and gain fat with age.
June 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Wondering how much of a diet-buster that big bowl of noodles is? In the United States, some restaurants could give you a calorie count. In Japan, you might take a picture of it with your cellphone and ask an expert. With cellphones ubiquitous in Japan and concern rising over expanding waistlines, healthcare providers have put the two together to help the weight-conscious send photos of their meals to nutritionists for analysis.
March 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
The Mediterranean diet has had many fans over the years, even in the scientific community. A new analysis of 50 studies involving half a million participants reinforces what many healthcare professionals already have said about the diet: It helps lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The analysis published online Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined how the diet affects metabolic syndrome, that is, disorders that increase the risk of heart disease.
May 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Latinos have higher rates of diabetes than other ethnic groups. They also appear to have higher rates of having both diabetes and a mood disorder, such as anxiety or depression, according to a new study presented this week at the American Psychiatric Assn.'s annual meeting. Researchers examined the medical records 129 adults diagnosed with diabetes at a rural health clinic in Imperial County, in California, to assess the rates of mood disorders in diabetic Latinos and to determine which illness appeared first.
June 23, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan
That cup of joe may be doing more than keeping you awake – it also may be reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Coffee That's the conclusion of a recent Japanese study involving a strain of mice that are known to become diabetic. Studies of people have found a correlation between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of diabetes. To find out if there was a direct link between coffee and diabetes, the Japanese researchers let mice drink diluted black coffee instead of water.
January 29, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Some popular diets advise against late-night snacking or even eating after 6 p.m. Now, there's some research to confirm that when you eat could matter as well as what you eat if you're trying to shed pounds. A study in Spain followed 420 men and women on a diet for 20 weeks. They were grouped into early eaters -- those who had their main meal before 3 p.m. - and late eaters - those who had it after. (The participants followed the Mediterranean diet, in which the main meal was lunch.)
June 14, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A lack of sleep could be causing you to do more than nod off at work--it could be making you long for carbs and rich foods. Two studies presented this week at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting in Minneapolis show that being sleepy could affect our desire for carb-heavy foods. One study focused on 262 high school seniors who answered surveys on sleepiness, carb cravings, and depression. Researchers discovered that as daytime sleepiness became more acute, so did a craving for carbs.
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