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Boiled Peanuts (Groundnuts)
A new study by a group of Huntsville researchers found that boiled peanuts
bring out up to four times more chemicals that help protect against disease
than raw, dry or oil-roasted nuts. The study will appear in the Journal of
Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Water and heat penetrate the nuts,
releasing beneficial chemicals to a certain point. Overcooking the nuts destroys
the useful elements. Alabama is third in the US in the amount of peanuts
produced with a crop valued at more than $67 million last year.
Soy contains phytoestrogens which have the end result of protecting the body
from cancer, soy is praised as a cancer preventing food. The phytoestrogens
act as partial agonists, mildly activating the estrogen receptors at the
same time as stopping the stronger effect of estrogen from animal products.
Soy is additionally credited with helping PMS, heart health, healthy bones
and menopause. As a result of two studies undertaken to evaluate soy
and its effect on breast cancer, the researchers concluded that if a woman
has had breast cancer soy may not be good to eat.
Tori Hudson, N.D. said about the historical use of soy: “The use of soy in
the diet dates back to the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2838 BC. Tofu (produced
from a hot water extract of soybeans making a protein-rich curd) was developed
in China and was introduced by Buddhist missionaries to Japan and Korea between
the 2nd and 7th centuries. Tofu was even a revered food of the Chinese Emperors
in the Ming to Chin dynasties. Soybeans have been a staple in the diet of
Southeast Asians for several centuries.” From the nutritional aspect,
soy is rich in protein (38%) and polyunsaturated fats (18%) and very low
in saturated fats. Additionally the soy bean possesses 13% soluble carbohydrates.
There are also several principle vitamins and minerals present in the soy
Food Causing Cancer in China
An increasing taste for Western-style junk food and unhealthy lifestyles
have caused the rate of breast cancer among urban Chinese women to jump sharply
over the past decade, a state-run newspaper said Tuesday. In China's commercial
center of Shanghai, 55 out of every 100,000 women have breast cancer, a 31
percent increase since 1997, the China Daily reported.
About 45 out of every 100,000 women in Beijing have the disease, a 23 percent
increase over 10 years.
Rising affluence has led to more fat and junk food in Chinese diets, which
traditionally consisted mainly of vegetables, tofu and grains such as rice.
An estimated 60 million Chinese -- equal to the population of France -- already
are obese and rates of high blood pressure and diabetes are climbing.
Breast cancer is the leading form of the disease attacking women in Asia,
followed by cervical cancer.
A new study presented at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society, a group
of weight-loss professionals reports that children who play vigorously for
20 to 40 minutes a day may be better able to organize schoolwork, do class
projects and learn mathematics.
Among the findings from the National Institutes of Health-financed study:
*The children in the 40-minute activity group had significant improvement
on an executive-function test compared with the control group. They increased
about 4 points on a cognitive-performance scale. Those in the 20-minute group
showed about half that improvement.
*There was a small improvement in math achievement for both exercise groups
but no signs of improvement in reading.
*Those in the exercise groups lost about 1% to 2% of body fat.
Other studies have shown that executive function improves in older adults
who become more physically active
The long-term effect of the increasing obesity epidemic is one of the most
closely watched and actively debated issues in public health today.
Because of the diverse consequences of obesity, there is concern that it
could reverse many of the public health successes that have occurred in recent
decades and could erode the overall health status of people in the United
States. The strongest validation of this fear to date is the increase in
the prevalence and incidence of diabetes, which have unabatedly paralleled
Overweight people do have a higher chance of dying from diabetes and kidney
disease. And people who are obese have a higher risk of death from a variety
of ills, including some cancers and heart disease. However, in an attempt
to boost gluttony in the America just a few weeks before Thanksgiving, Government
released findings that might comfort some who can't seem to lose those last
15 pounds. And they hearten proponents of a theory that it's possible to be
"fit and fat." The report points out that overweight people were up to about
40 percent less likely than normal-weight people to die from several non-obesity
related causes such as emphysema, pneumonia, injuries, accidents, bad-luck
and various infections. The study appears in the Journal of the American
Use of cholesterol and blood pressure medicines by young adults appears
to be rising rapidly -- at a faster pace than among senior citizens, according
to an industry report. Experts point to higher rates of obesity, high blood
pressure and high cholesterol problems among young people. Also, doctors are
getting more aggressive with preventive treatments.
Smoking and Your
While Asian men generally have less trouble than Caucasians with the most
common form of hereditary male baldness, smoking cigarettes may erase that
edge, researchers said. Smoking may destroy hair follicles, interfere with
the way blood and hormones are circulated in the scalp or increase the production
of estrogen, said Lin-Hui Su of the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital and Tony
Hsiu-Hsi Chen of National Taiwan University in Taipei.
Women and Heart
The number of women under 45 who die from heart disease is rising, according
to a new study to be published in the Journal of the American College of
Cardiology. In the study, British and America researchers looked at U.S.
vital statistics for deaths related to blocked arteries in adults ages 35
and older from 1980 to 2002. When they compared different age groups, the
researchers found that the death rate for women ages 35 to 44 had risen from
1997 to 2002, when it reached 8.2 per 100,000 women. For men age 35 to 44,
the rate of artery-related deaths remained consistent.
Stem Cell Breakthrough
Researchers in the United States and Japan have managed to produce embryonic
stem cells using ordinary skin cells. In reports published in the journals
Cell and Science, the researchers detail their "direct reprogramming" technique,
which created cells that act like stem cells in laboratory tests. The technique
uses viruses to inject four genes that turn other genes on and off into the
skin cells. They hope that the stem cells created by this procedure
act like embryonic stem cells, but may not be considered embryonic stem cells
for ethical reasons only. If skin cells can be converted to embryonic cells,
why bother about scarce embryonic cells? So, Ian Wilmut, the Scottish scientist
who created Dolly more than a decade ago, said he was pursuing the new technique.
Cannabis Compound 'Halts Cancer'
A compound found in cannabis may stop breast cancer spreading throughout
the body, US scientists believe. The California Pacific Medical Center
Research Institute team is hopeful that cannabidiol or CBD could be a non-toxic
alternative to chemotherapy. Unlike cannabis, CBD does not have any
psychoactive properties so its use would not violate laws, Molecular Cancer
Therapeutics reports. So, that does not mean patients smoke marijuana for
In keeping with the increasing global interest in India, Nature Publishing
Group (NPG) will launch its India-specific website Nature India in November
2007. This closely follows the launch of a host of new NPG online products
such as Nature China, Nature Network London, Nature Network Boston and the
Nature Reports sites (Stem Cells and Climate Change).
Nature India aims to be the one-stop site for information on Indian science.
The website, serving the scientific community of the world's largest democracy,
will have a potpourri of content such as jobs, events, research highlights
and science news from India. In addition, it attempts to capture India's
rapidly changing scientific and economic scenario and her urgent efforts
to embrace globalization. Through in-depth features and commentaries, leading
members of the science community will reflect on contemporary issues affecting
Readers will also have free access to some handpicked premium content from
various NPG journals on the site. Nature India will host a number of interactive
sections — recommended papers, our 'Indigenus' blog, and a forum where peers
can network or indulge in a leisurely chat.
In terms of design, Nature India attempts to be just as vibrant, colourful
and boisterous as the people of this magical land. Sign up for our regular
Nature India e-alert. www.Nature.com
INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups farmer cheese, 1/2 cup 5% soft white cheese, or low-fat
ricotta (well-drained), 1 cup low-fat grated yellow cheese (muenster, chedder,
etc.), 1/4 cup scallions, minced, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce,
GARNISHES: 1 tablespoon sweet or sharp paprika, 1/3 cup minced dill, 1/3
cup minced parsley, 1/3 cup roasted nuts, coarsely chopped, 1/3 cup roasted
PREPARATION: Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Form the mixture into small balls and roll in any or all of the garnishes.
3. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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