At Breastlink, we believe that treating breast cancer means treating more than just the disease. As part of our comprehensive set of breast health care services, we offer several nutrition and health programs aimed at improving overall health and well-being. To help you achieve the healthy self that you want, we are excited to share some news regarding research into the relationship between our diets and our health.
Consumption of Fruit Juice Associated with High Blood Pressure
Drinking fruit juice everyday could result in high blood pressure, according to a study published January 2015 in Appetite. We often think of natural fruit juices as a healthy alternative to sodas and other beverages. However, fruit juices are loaded with natural sugars and don’t offer the same amount of fiber as fresh fruit.
Researchers from Australia recently used a survey to investigate the effects of fruit juice consumption in 160 adults over 12 months. They determined that those who drank fruit juices most frequently were more likely to have high blood pressure than those who drank fruit juices only occasionally or rarely.
Eating Breakfast Reduces Unhealthy Snack Consumption
Individuals who eat breakfast, especially foods high in protein, are less likely to crave sweet, savory and high-fat foods, according to a study published August 2014 in Nutrition Journal. In a study focused on young women, a population that often skips breakfast, researchers looked at differences in dopamine levels of patients who ate breakfasts with normal protein, high protein or no breakfast for six days.
They determined that dopamine levels increased in those who ate breakfast, with a more significant effect in those who ate breakfasts high in protein. Because dopamine helps to regulate food intake, post-meal cravings for unhealthy snacks decreased in those who ate breakfast.
Seasoning with Herbs and Spices Can Help Reduce Salt and Fat Intake
At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, 16 presentations provided evidence that herbs and spices could help make low-fat and low-salt eating options more appealing. In one study, according to an article in the September/October 2014 issue of Nutrition Today, people who used herbs and spices were able to cut sodium intake by an average of 966 milligrams per day.
Other presenters reported that a spice blend added to meat helps protect fat from oxidation, and that red pepper reduced appetite and boosted metabolism.
Your Nutrition and Health
Breastlink is passionate about helping women develop healthier selves. We offer several nutrition and health programs outside of our breast cancer treatment services to help you improve your diet and make healthier lifestyle decisions. For more information, please contact us.