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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
April 3, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber, 

 

broccitology

Final Four Voting Is Under Way. 

  • Broccoli vs. Olive Oil
  • Avocado vs. Wild Salmon

Olive Oil and Broccoli are in a dead heat. Wild Salmon got off to a slow start but is gaining on Avocado.

 

Vote in Your Final Two by Clicking Here.  

 

Have a happy, healthy day. 
Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Couples Nutritional Advice = Better Results

Married couples who attend weight loss programs together may lose more weight, eat more nutritious foods and have lower blood pressure than their single counterparts.

 

Spouses can be effective partners in weight loss, especially when making dietary changes together, according to results recently presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. 

 

The study involved 1,753 subjects enrolled in one of three evidence-based weight-loss programs, including 132 married couples. Six months after the program began, couples enrolled together lost an average of 5.32% more weight than the other participants. And at one year, couples had lost 5.34% more weight. Couples had better blood pressure at six months. At one year, couples tended to have increased their consumption of vegetables. They also ate less high-fat protein and fast food.

 

Couples who reported that they supported each other well in the programs were more active and had lost more weight by six months. Husbands with greater spousal support had better physical activity and tended to weigh less at six months, but spousal support was not significantly related to outcomes among wives. The finding that men benefit more from support than women is true across lots of different types of health outcomes, according to the lead researcher.

 

Regardless of the kind of weight-loss program, couples that participated together did better by most measures.


Bonnie: I frequently see couples and very often get wonderful results, as long as both are invested in the process. Simply put, it is the support you can offer each other, even if individual needs differ. It is not easy making major lifestyle changes. When someone close to you provides support, it makes accomplishing the task that much easier.

 

What's So Special About Our Final Four Foods?
You have chosen four foods that are worthy of winning the Superfood Championship. Why? The following may add some perspective. The foods are listed alphabetically, not by preference.

Avocado
The avocado fruit contains one of the highest nutrient profiles of any food on earth. Aside from its healthy fat content, including heart-healthy phytosterols, avocado provides potent amounts of fiber, potassium, vitamins C, B5, B6, and folate, and spectacular carotenoid content. Avocado unsaponifiables are used for arthritis. A recent study in FASEB Journal found that eating avocado with meals increase leptin, which positively affects hunger and cravings.

Broccoli
Over 300 studies have shown that broccoli's phytochemical sulforaphane causes cancer cell death. Recently, a PLoS One study showed how broccoli starves leukemia cells in vivo. A Clinical Cancer Research study showed how broccoli targets breast cancer cells. Finally, a Clinical Epigenetics study explained that the secret to why broccoli eliminates cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone may be that it functions epigenetically. Our genes work harmoniously with broccoli. Our genes understand that broccoli is around to help, not harm. This trust can only be gained over thousands of years.   

Olive Oil
Aside from being the most important food of the most important diet for heart health, the Mediterranean Diet, a recent PLoS One study found that participants who ate two teaspoons of olive oil daily showed less sun-related aging than those who did not.

Wild Salmon
A study published this week in Archives of Internal Medicine stated that as little as 4 ounces of salmon eaten weekly could extend your life by 2.2 years. Study subjects with the highest levels of omega-3 (which salmon is rich in) were 27% less likely to die than those with the lowest levels.