Sound Bites: Alzheimer’s, Cancer And A Diabetes-Fighting Fruit

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Try cinnamon for better memory

Updated Jun 26, 2017 @ 4:26 pm

By Megan O. Steintrager

For Better Memory, Try a Shake of this Spice

Can’t find your keys when you’re ready to head out the door in the morning? You might want to add a dash of cinnamon to your oatmeal. In a Rush State University study, scientists found that mice that were once poor learners became better learners when they were fed cinnamon. Yes, we know you’re not a mouse (or if you are, then kudos on your reading abilityyou must be eating lots of cinnamon), but it can’t hurt to give it a try, especially since cinnamon has many other health benefits, including helping control blood sugar spikes. But before you start sprinkling cinnamon on everything in sight, be sure you’re using the best kind—Natural Health 365 has the spicy scoop and more info on cinnamon’s health benefits.

Speaking of Memory, The Diet that Reduces Alzheimer’s Risk

 It might be time to say “Goodbye”—or at least “See you less frequently”—to burgers and milkshakes. The typical Western diet, which is high in “meat, sweets, and high-fat dairy products,” increases Alzheimer’s risk, according to a new report in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.  But it’s not all bad news: The same report also links consumption of fruit, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products, legumes and fish with reduced Alzheimer’s risk. The article points out that cutting down on meat might reduce a person’s risk not just of Alzheimer’s but also other diseases, including several types of cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Get inspired to eat more produce with these drool-worthy grilled vegetables.Grilled vegetables

A Delicious Diabetes-Fighting Fruit

The news about berries—already at the top of the superfood list—keeps getting better and better. Recently, researchers in the department of Food Science and Nutrition at Zhejiang University in China found that berry eaters may be at lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes, nutraingredients-usa.com reports. The findings, which were reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adds to the body of evidence that eating whole fruit can help lower diabetes risk. And it’s not just berries:  Harvard research indicates that it’s a good idea to add some grapes and apples to your fruit bowl too. Up your berry consumption today with this Blueberry Bliss Smoothie recipe.Mixed berries

Coffee News Worth Buzzing About

Java lovers can stop feeling jittery about coffee’s link to cancer. “The World Health Organization has lifted a 25-year-old caution that coffee might cause cancer,” according to an article in the September issue of the Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter. Even better news: Coffee may actually help protect against certain types of cancer, Tufts reports.Coffee mug

Are Your Kids Too Sweet?

Children and teens should eat less than the equivalent of six teaspoons of added sugar a day, according to new guidelines released by the American Heart Association. The ADA also recommends that kids drink no more than eight ounces of sugary beverages per week. The average American child consumes triple the recommended amount of added sugar, according to the ADA statement. Reducing sugar might seem as simple as cutting out junk food and sodas, but many common foods, even savory seeming ones like pasta sauce and bread, have a lot of added sugars, which manufacturers don’t have to list until new food labeling laws go into effect in 2018.  See Sound Bites from August 18 for more on added sugars.

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