Nutrition Unscrambled Blog

Does breakfast drive a “metabolic memory?”

Usual breakfast “eaters” respond to skipping a breakfast meal differently than those who usually skip breakfast. Researchers at the University of Colorado were interested in understanding why breakfast skippers have a higher rate of type 2 diabetes and whether the expected metabolic responses would be more pronounced in overweight women who skip breakfast on a …

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Protein at breakfast improved glycemic control in obese adults with type 2 diabetes.

High protein, egg-based breakfast affected insulin and incretin responses at a subsequent meal, suggesting breakfast meal composition may be important for those with type 2 diabetes. With high rates of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. and on the rise globally, there is a need to better understand the impact of macronutrient composition on glucose …

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When it comes to health, diet patterns matter more than how many eggs you eat.

Associations between egg consumption and cardiovascular risk factors depends on the other foods and beverages consumed. Researchers compared cardiovascular risk among adult egg eaters to those who did not report eating an egg or egg dish during their 24-hour food recall in the 2001-2008 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) (Nicklas, 2014). Egg …

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Dietary patterns that limit refined carbohydrate show promise for reducing risk of type-2 diabetes.

In addition to important lifestyle factors including weight loss and physical activity, progress is being made to understand how food choices help manage risk factors for type-2 diabetes (T2D). The current state of the evidence supporting how nutrients and foods contribute to T2D risk was recently reviewed in a paper published in the Journal of …

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Higher protein diets associated with cardiometabolic advantages.

Men and women with greater dietary protein intakes were more likely to have lower body mass index and waist circumference, and higher HDL-cholesterol. A cross-sectional study of over 23,000 adults from the NHANES, 2001-2010, examined usual protein intakes [expressed as g/kg body weight (BW) per day], and trends for associations with cardiometabolic risk factors including …

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“I can eat 50 eggs…” [pause] “Nobody can eat 50 eggs!”

An entertaining and informative perspective on eggs and health originally Tweeted by Dr. Stuart Phillips on May 1, 2015. “I can eat 50 eggs…” [pause] “Nobody can eat 50 eggs!” It’s a classic scene (http://bit.ly/1QTeYlM) from a classic movie and if you’ve never seen Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman (among others) is a great …

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Does eating smaller, frequent meals or snacks of nutrient dense foods help manage weight?

Confusing nutrition messages are often linked to timing of meals and types of foods, but struggling consumers can take action by eating nutritious choices relatively more frequently and earlier in the day.  Ghadeer Aljuraiban and research colleagues summarized cross-sectional associations between both the frequency and the time of eating, to energy density, nutrient quality (using the …

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High Protein Breakfast Benefits May Depend on Breakfast Habits

Dr. Heather Leidy writes:  If the effects of breakfast last beyond lunch, it may be influenced by not only the composition of breakfast consumed that day, but also usual breakfast habits.  Does breakfast improve health? To understand this further, our research team at the University of Missouri tested whether high protein breakfast (40% of energy …

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Are vitamin D levels over-screened and supplements over-prescribed?

Skeptics advocate for caution until large-scale studies in progress on vitamin D supplementation are completed. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and bone health, as summarized by the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2011).  Moreover, vitamin D is currently being evaluated for a wide-range of health benefits. At this time, “Many primary care clinicians now …

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Do eggs affect cardiovascular risk factors among those with type 2 diabetes?

The role of eggs in diets of persons living with type 2 diabetes (T2D) is an area of active debate and may depend on the overall diet pattern.  An Australian research team (Fuller, 2015) recently evaluated whether people with T2D might benefit from egg consumption citing eggs as,  “a nutritious and convenient way of improving …

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