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The natural chemicals in wine grapes help metabolize fat

A scientific research suggests that consuming dark-colored grapes, whether eating them or drinking juice or wine, might help people better manage obesity and related metabolic disorders such as fatty liver

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The extra virgin olive oil is safer than sunflower in frying

Monounsaturated groups degraded at faster rate than polyunsaturated groups. 4-Hydroxy-2-alkenals were not found and 2,4-alkadienals were formed in small amount in extra virgin olive oil

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The future in diets could be chili peppers

Researchers at the University of Wyoming discover that adding capsaicin from chili peppers to a diet can help to prevent weight gain in mice on high-fat diet

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Drinking green tea before taking supplements may offer protection from toxicity

As high doses of green tea extract supplements for weight loss become more popular, potential liver toxicity becomes a concern. In the last decade, dozens of people have been diagnosed with the condition

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Researchers identify peptide that reduces urge to eat

Researchers have identified a peptide and hormone that when administered to a specific area of the brain may reduce the desire for food. The study may one day lead to medications that treat obesity and binge eating disorders

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Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes

Clinical experts reporting in Mayo Clinic Proceedings urge drastic reductions in the consumption of foods and beverages containing added sugars, particularly added fructose

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No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure

Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources - diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper - is considerably under the safe level

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Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Xanthohumol, a polyphenol chalcone present in hops, activating Nrf2 enzymes to confer protection against oxidative damage in PC12 cells

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Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells

A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer

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Healthy diet associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes

As minority women are at higher absolute risk for type 2 diabetes, benefit of healthy diet may be greater compared with white women

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More whole grains linked with lower mortality

The study also found that bran, a component of whole grain foods, was associated with similar beneficial effects

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Dietary restriction is best known for its ability to slow aging in laboratory animals

Molecular mechanism behind health benefits of dietary restriction identified. The investigators also found that genes involved in H2S production were also required for longevity benefits of dietary restriction in other organisms, including yeast, worms, and flies

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Study links common human protein to adverse parasitic worm infections

UC Riverside-led research could lead to new therapies for parasitic worm infections currently afflicting an estimated two billion people worldwide

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To trigger body’s energy-burning brown fat, just chill

Those who overindulged during the holidays may want to get a shot of cold air to kick-start some extra fat-burning activity for the new year

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Erectile dysfunction patients with poor diets have more vascular and cardiac damage

Erectile dysfunction is not a symptom of ageing, it is a bad sign from the body that something is wrong with the vasculature. In 80% of cases erectile dysfunction is caused by vascular problems and is a warning that patients are at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke

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Fructose increases the desire for food

The brain responds differently to two kinds of sugar. The study suggests that fructose heightens the response of brain reward circuits to food cues, promoting feeding behavior.

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The neurological response to comfort foods

Stress appeared to turn off self-control regions of the brain when volunteers viewed calorie-rich comfort foods

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