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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
August 6, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Did you know that results from a study in the July issue of Cancer, Causes, and Control found that there was an increased risk of esophageal carcinoma in individuals with blood type B, whereas a decreased risk of esophageal carcinoma was observed in blood type O individuals?

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Gluten-free labels really mean something now. Food manufacturers had until yesterday to ensure that anything labeled gluten-free contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten. That amount is generally recognized by the medical community to be low enough so that most people who have celiac disease won't get sick if they eat it.

 

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Flip the Calorie Burning Switch.

Researchers have identified a pathway that switches on a powerful calorie-burning process in brown fat cells. The study appeared in this week's Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

"Brown Fat Thermogenesis" naturally stimulates metabolism and may protect against diabetes.

 

Most fat cells in our bodies are "white fat" cells that store fat as a reserve energy supply. But we and other mammals also have depots of "brown fat" cells. These apparently evolved not to store but to burn energy -- quickly, as a way of generating heat and keeping the body warm in cold conditions, as well as possibly to get rid of excess caloric intake.

 

Many adult humans still have significant levels of brown fat, which are located mostly in the neck and shoulders. Low temperatures can activate the brown-fat thermogenesis process. The mitochondria, powerhouse of the cell, start generating heat; like revving the engines of a lot of parked cars.

 

Researchers want to know how to boost brown fat thermogenesis artificially because it seems that not all of us have the genetic capability to trigger brown fat themselves. They are honing in on the activation of protein called ERRγ.

 

Until they find the best methods to unlock this natural calorie-burning mechanism, here are three ways you can put brown fat thermogenesis to work...continues as NCI Well Connect subscriber content.

 

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Is There a Safe Amount of Caffeine for Kids?

Bonnie and Steve: While we do not advocate children consuming caffeinated beverages until they have gone through puberty, we know that most kids drink them. Hopefully, this baby is drinking water! 

 

If your kid(s) drink beverages with caffeine, soft drinks, energy drinks, and blended tea/coffee drinks are unacceptable. Tea and coffee in specific amounts are tolerable, as long as they are consumed without sugar and dairy. This way, they either detest the taste and stop drinking it, or discover a healthful beverage (in moderation) they can consume for the rest of their lives!

 

Children and adolescents should limit daily caffeine consumption to one or two cups of tea or one small cup of coffee. Lower contributors of caffeine, such as tea, may be more appropriate for children because they contribute to daily fluid intakes and provide flavonoids.