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How ‘Atkins Gene’ can keep you slim: Enzyme found in saliva begins breakdown of starchy food

Published on April 2, 2014,

Interesting reports in the media that scientists have found a small piece of genetic code that seems to have a strong effect on how well we break down carbohydrates and starch — and whether or not we are fat…

How ‘Atkins Gene’ can keep you slimAMY1 gene makes a carb-busting compound and can influence weight Gene makes enzyme in saliva that begins the breakdown of starchy food It has been nicknamed the Atkins Gene after the popular diet Study finds that those with more copies of the gene are likely to be slim By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent The secret to staying slim could be in saliva. Researchers have found that a gene that makes a carb-busting compound has a large influence on weight. Nicknamed the Atkins Gene in some quarters after the popular diet, its official scientific nickname is AMY1. The gene makes an enzyme that is found in saliva and begins the breakdown and digestion of starchy foods like chips, crisps and rice.

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Studies Show Eating More Slowly Benefits Your Health and Waistline

Published on March 19, 2014,

Dr Mercola has an interesting post reviewing some recent research that suggests just learning to eat our food more slowly – or perhaps more mindfully – can help us eat less, lose weight and improve health. Something to think about…

Eating More Slowly Benefits Your Health and WaistlineShare By Dr. Mercola “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things will be yours.” ~Swedish Proverb Many scientific studies have explored the benefits of eating more slowly and chewing food longer. You may hear the distant echoes of your mother’s admonishment to “slow down” as you plow through your lunch as quickly as possible-as though eating is an inconvenience, an intrusion into your day that keeps you from getting on with “more important things.” But maybe your mother was right. Perhaps you should slow down. After all, what is more important than nourishment? You can’t accomplish anything of much importance without a well-nourished body and mind.

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Saturated fat ‘ISN’T bad for your heart’: Major study questions decades of dietary advice

Published on March 18, 2014,

The Mail Online is reporting a major study that suggests guidelines urging people to avoid ‘unhealthy’ fat to stave off heart disease are wrong. The study, by the British Heart Foundation, seems not to have gone done too well with the organisation who, as reported by the BBC, are refusing to change their advice that eating too much fat is bad for you…

Saturated fat DOESN’T cause heart disease after allGuidelines urging people to avoid fat to stave off heart disease ‘are wrong’ There is no evidence of a link between saturated fat and heart disease Healthy polyunsaturated fats also do not reduce heart disease risk A dairy fat ‘significantly reduces’ heart disease risk By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 16:05 EST, 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 18:41 EST, 17 March 2014 Guidelines urging people to avoid ‘unhealthy’ fat to stave off heart disease are wrong, according to a major study. After decades of advice on the harm done by saturated fat such as butter, scientists have found no evidence of a link with heart problems. A ‘mega’ study which analysed a huge amount of existing data also said so-called healthy polyunsaturated fats, such as sunflower oil, had no general effect on the risk of heart disease.

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