Reinventing a Canadian Crop As a Sweet Summer Treat

Timber. Maple Syrup. When asked of Canadian exports, you'd be forgiven if pulses didn't also spring to mind. Yet Canadian farmers are one of the biggest producers of pulses, the edible seeds of the legume family, such as peas, chickpeas and beans. In 2014, exports were valued at over $3 billion, shipping to more than 150 countries around the world each year. But why don't Canadians make more use of this key crop in our own country? There are many reasons why we should. Obesity rates in Canada tripled between 1985 and 2011. Pulses offer a food source that is not only high in protein and fibre, but remarkably low in fat. Furthermore, these plants require much less water and fertilizer to grow than other crops, making them a sustainable choice for farmers who wish to protect our natural resource base, and minimise agriculture's global greenhouse gas emissions. We believe Canadian consumers are not enticed to put more pulses on their own plates, due to a lack of product innovation. A competition that has run across the globe this year, as part of the United Nations' International Year of Pulses, seeks to change that. It inspired us to create BiotaGelata, a non-dairy gelato made from fermented bean milk. It has all the creaminess of a milk product, but instead of being high in fat, is high in protein. The flavours - maple walnut, dark chocolate cassis, raspberry lemonade, and passion fruit, would rival any traditional ice cream in a taste test. Not only did we want to fin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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The objective of the current study was to evaluate the effects of prolonged (28 days) treatment with dexamethasone or corticosterone on food intake and body weight gain in intact rats, both male and female. Also examined were Lee index, weights and area of adipocytes of retroperitoneal and perigonadal+perirenal adipose tissues, glucose tolerance test (GTT) and plasma concentrations of free fatty acids, cholesterol and triglycerides. Treatment with dexamethasone was able to increase body weight food intake, area of adipocytes and weight of retroperitoneal adipose tissue in males. Prolonged treatment with corticosterone al...
Source: Physiology and Behavior - Category: Physiology Source Type: research
This study tested the hypothesis that providing personalized nutritional advice and feedback more frequently would promote larger, more appropriate, and sustained changes in dietary behavior as well as greater reduction in adiposity.Study designA 6-month RCT (Food4Me) was conducted in seven European countries between 2012 and 2013.Setting/participantsA total of 1,125 participants were randomized to Lower- (n=562) or Higher- (n=563) Frequency Feedback groups.InterventionParticipants in the Lower-Frequency group received personalized nutritional advice at baseline and at Months 3 and 6 of the intervention, whereas the Higher...
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: MHO increased the prevalence of carotid plaque when compared with non-obese subjects, suggesting the potential significance of MHO in the development of subsequent cardiovascular diseases. PMID: 31231080 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis - Category: Cardiology Tags: J Atheroscler Thromb Source Type: research
Conditions:   Pre Diabetes;   Overweight and Obesity Interventions:   Behavioral: MyDiPP (Malaysia Diabetes Prevention Program);   Other: usual care Sponsor:   Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin Recruiting
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Conditions:   NASH - Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis;   NAS;   Overweight or Obesity;   Weight Loss;   Bariatric Surgery Candidate Intervention:   Procedure: Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) Sponsor:   University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute Not yet recruiting
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Conditions:   Shoulder Arthoscopy;   Beach Chair Position;   Cerebral Desaturation Events;   Obese Intervention:   Other: Thigh High Compression Stockings Sponsor:   Loyola University Completed
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Conditions:   Obesity;   Cardiovascular Risk Factor Interventions:   Behavioral: Outreach Support for Weight Loss Goal Setting and Self-Weighing;   Behavioral: Outreach Decision Support to Encourage Linkages to Intensive Community Lifestyle Interventions;   Behavioral: Adaptive Tailoring of Information Delivery and Intensity of Primary Care Outreach Support Sponsors:   Northwestern University;   National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Not yet recruiting
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ConclusionEDV, and to a lesser degree also FMD, were related to liver fat, SAT and VAT in women, but less so in men. Imiomics both confirmed findings from traditional methods and resulted in new, more detailed results.
Source: Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
ConclusionAfter adjustment for potential confounders, we observed an inverse association for nut consumption and obesity but positive association for DM and nut intake. On the basis of our findings, it is suggested that incorporation of nuts into people's usual diet may have beneficial effects for individuals with lower risk such as subjects without DM.
Source: Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 June 2019Source: Trends in Endocrinology &MetabolismAuthor(s): Jo E. Lewis, Francis J.P. Ebling, Ricardo J. Samms, Kostas TsintzasFibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is a protein highly synthesized in the liver that exerts paracrine and endocrine control of many aspects of energy homeostasis in multiple tissues. In preclinical models of obesity and type 2 diabetes, treatment with FGF21 improves glucose homeostasis and promotes weight loss, and, as a result, FGF21 has attracted considerable attention as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of metabolic syndrome in humans. An improv...
Source: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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