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A sauerkraut diet to prevent cancer? Pickled cabbage has immune ...

Sauerkraut is a delicacy much loved by the German people and is now being hailed by nutritionists for its immune-boosting properties and its ability to prevent cancer, as well as improve digestion. Now cabbage is a food introduced to many children through the school dinner experiences and only redeemed by superb cooking at home. Raw cabbage in particular is a staple food of vegetarians, cooked cabbage is a food that is either loved or hated.


County rethinks surgery for obese

Travis County''s top officials may reverse their decision to offer weight-loss surgery for morbidly obese county employees.

"I just didn''t have any idea the public would be so incensed," said Gerald Daugherty, the swing vote on a split Travis County Commissioners Court. Daugherty said the commissioners would reconsider the idea Tuesday at his request.


Gluten-Free And Tasty

When Kara Mansfield was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly 20 years ago, she was discouraged not so much because it meant eliminating foods such as wheat bread and pasta from her diet but because the alternatives were so unappetizing.

"Health-food stores sometimes had gluten-free products like rice bread and rice pasta," said the Windsor resident, whose autoimmune intestinal disorder is triggered by a gluten intolerance. "The bread was frozen solid, and the rice pasta would be in boxes that looked like they had been on the shelves forever. You could find things online, but there weren''t many, they didn''t taste very good and they were expensive." Attempts to find gluten-free recipes for sweets such as cookies and cakes traditionally made with the forbidden wheat flour was difficult, and even when she did, it was nearly impossible to find the ingredients the recipes called for.

Evidence-Based Guidelines Needed for Diabetes Diet

Monday I featured an online segment of dLife TV that highlighted the two sides of the debate about which type of dietary recommendation someone diagnosed with type II diabetes should receive. On one side we have those who feel recommending a low-carb diet, and thus advising a radical dietary modification, is an exercise in futility - either because the patient cannot or will not limit carbohydrate to control their disease; on the other side we have researchers publishing study after study with statistically significant improvements and physicians and healthcare professionals already making the recommendation to use a low-carb diet, who insist that when patients "see the pay off they stick with it."In the comments, Kevin Dill, who follows a low-carb diet himself, asked a good question:I guess my only question is which definition of a low carb diet are we going to use?? While Dr Atkins has provided the most popluar version, is it any better than Protein Power, South Beach, the Zone, or any of the other of myriad interpretations of low carb when it comes to controlling blood sugar?.

Growing Importance of Diet for Good Health Boosts the Need for ...

Rising awareness of the role of diet in promoting good health, high healthcare costs, and increasing importance of personal fitness are some of the key factors driving the growth of the specialty nutrition market. Incidents such as the avian flu in poultry and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle have forced marketers and consumers to look for food products free of animal content. Food ingredient companies are now concentrating on developing synthetic variants by reconsidering the carriers used and looking for vegetarian sources for a number of their products. For instance, The Netherlands-based DSM Nutritional Products recently developed a new animal-free beta-carotene beadlet form a high potency beta-carotene beadlet called Beta Tab 20%S that targets the direct compression and dietary supplement market.

Omega-6s Saturate the Western Diet

14/09/06 Has a little-known family of polyunsaturated fatty acids called Omega-6s, which has quietly permeated the Western diet in recent decades, nullified the impact of heart disease-fighting omega-3s? According to a new book, The Queen of Fats, Americans now have so many omega-6s in our bodies that eating fish to bolster our omega-3s may not do any good. Why? Because these two families of fats compete in our body''s metabolism.

Or, as Susan Allport, the author of this new landmark book about the history, science and economics of omega-3s, published by the University of California Press (September, 2006), puts it: It is not the fish we are NOT eating that is our problem, but the oils we ARE eating. How have omega-6s saturated the Western diet so completely and quietly? Ms. Allport''s heavily researched, fact filled book says that most of our cooking oils are heavily laden with omega-6s (much used corn oil, for example, has a 46 to 1 ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s; lesser used canola oil''s ratio, however, is only 2 to 1), and that whatever omega-3s there are in oils are eliminated if those oils are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated to extend the shelf life of foods, as occurs in most food manufacturing.