It seems as if a new study comes out every other day that reveals which foods are now beneficial or harmful to our health. This 2012 study warned people at risk for cardiovascular disease to stay away from regular egg consumption. Coffee Chances are you know someone who’s addicted to the caffeinated beverage it might even be you.
A 2007 study showed that those who already had type 2 diabetes could be doing long-term harm to their control of glucose by continuing to regularly drink caffeinated beverages. A 2014 study from the Harvard School of Public Health stated otherwise: Those who increased their coffee intake over a period of four years instead lowered their risk for type 2 diabetes by 11%.
Put down the corkscrew. That long-lived saying that red wine is healthy for your heart — due to the ingredient resveratrol, an antioxidant, which might decrease inflammation — might just be a myth. And a 1996 study showed wine to be the most effective alcohol in reducing risk of coronary heart disease.
Stop the barbecue. The debate over whether that beef hamburger should be eaten is still up in the air. While one study at Deakin University in Australia found that a lack of red meat in women’s diets was linked to increased anxiety and depression, other studies, such as this one from 2013 insist that eating red meat will surely increase one’s risk for health problems, including type 2 diabetes.
This 2014 studyinsists that people who consume dark chocolate could have a lower risk of diabetes due to better insulin sensitivity. “The results imply that dark chocolate might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes and prediabetes,” Grace Farhat, one of the researchers of the study, told Scientific American.
But others beg to differ. In the same study that busted the red wine myth, dark chocolate was also found to have no effect on inflammation or cardiac disease — meaning that chocolate square might be delicious, but nonetheless useless.
Even if you’re allergic to nuts, you’ve still probably heard they can help with weight loss or management. But you’ve also probably heard that they’re dangerously high in calories. So, do they make the cut into your regular diet? We still don’t know.
In this 2005 study, 90 subjects ate walnuts every day for six months and then ate none for the following six months, without knowledge that weight was the factor being tracked. All subjects gained weight while eating walnuts, and lost weight when they stopped.
But push aside those fries and chips, and you’ll find a 2013 study that says potatoes are actually one of the most nutritious vegetables — based on qualities like fiber and potassium. And this study aims to reach out to health professionals in building nutritious school lunches. Read more…