Discover the Top Health and Wellness News from October 2019
The Wellness Report breaks down the top health and wellness news every month. Read on to learn about the top stories from October 2019. Also, for expert analysis, read “our take” after each section for a breakdown of each topic provided by the Factor 75 dietitian team.
Offering Children More Vegetable Variety May Increase Their Consumption
A small study found that providing children with more vegetable options to choose from may increase their consumption. When children were offered multiple vegetables, their intake increased from 0.6 to 1.2 servings per day, which was considered a significant improvement. Conversely, there was no change in vegetable intake in the group that was only offered one vegetable.
It can be a challenge to get your child to eat more fruits and vegetables. If you’re looking for a solution to this common concern among parents, try giving them a wider variety and see how they respond!
Alternate-Day Fasting May Offer Health Benefits for Some
A recent study looked at the effects of alternate-day fasting in healthy people. Participants alternated between 36 hours of fasting and 12 hours of nonrestrictive eating. They found that during the 12 hours when the experimental group ate freely, they only compensated for some of the calories lost during the fasting period. They also found that alternate-day fasting improved markers of health in the participants. However, despite the benefits, they ultimately don’t recommend alternate-day fasting as a health practice for everybody. This is because they feel future research would need to be done to apply it to daily practice. Additionally, there are particular populations that may not benefit.
Despite its potential benefits, intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. Furthermore, there are also specific populations that should avoid fasting altogether due to potential health complications. Examples include, pregnant or breastfeeding women, individuals under stress, recovering from an injury or who are underweight. Anyone considering following an intermittent fasting eating pattern of any kind should first seek professional guidance.
High Fiber Diets May Improve Cardiovascular Risk Markers in Hypertensive Diabetics
American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently published a study on high fiber diets. The study had patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes increase their fiber intake by up to 20 to 25% of the recommended amount. As a result, patients saw improvements in their blood pressure, total cholesterol and fasting glucose.
Fiber is an essential nutrient that is often overlooked despite offering many health-related benefits. Simply consuming the daily recommendations (25g for women and 38g for men) can help keep you full after a meal, lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar and prevent constipation.
FODMAP Diets May Help Alleviate Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease
A recent randomized control trial investigated the effects of a low-FODMAP diet on patients with quiescent irritable bowel disease (IBD). They looked at persistent gut symptoms, the intestinal microbiome and circulating markers of inflammation. While patients didn’t experience improvements in the severity of IBD, they did experience several other symptomatic improvements. The study concluded that a low-FODMAP diet is safe and effective for managing symptoms of quiescent IBD.
The low-FODMAP diet can be quite complicated to execute. If you suffer from IBD or IBS and are curious if the low-FODMAP diet may improve your symptoms, work with a registered dietitian who can guide you through this elimination diet.
Monthly Wellness Tip:
Increasing your daily fiber intake fiber is fairly easy! Just a few simple substitutions and additions can make all the difference. One cup of raspberries has 8 grams of fiber and ½ of a medium avocado has 5 grams. However, be sure to gradually increase your fiber and drink plenty of fluids to allow your body to adjust.
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