Our Monday green news brings you the latest on nutrition, good causes and child education:
- Carbohydrates might be more harmful than saturated fats: According to a new study from the Ohio State University, recently published in the journal PLOS ONE, carbohydrates are associated with elevated levels of a fatty acid linked to increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. The researchers found that when carbohydrates are reduced and saturated fat is increased, the total saturated fat in the blood doesn’t increase, rather even reduces in most people. As the senior author Jeff Volek explained: “The point is you don’t necessarily save the saturated fat that you eat, and the primary regulator of what you save in terms of fat is the carbohydrate in your diet. Our finding challenges the conventional wisdom that has demonized saturated fat and extends our knowledge of why dietary saturated fat doesn’t correlate with disease.” The study results indicate that fatty acid called palmitoleic acid-often associated with unhealthy metabolism of carbohydrates that can promote diseases-went actually down with low-carb diets and gradually increased as carbs were re-introduced. This means, that when this fatty acid is increased, a growing proportion of carbohydrates is being converted into fat instead of being burned by the body. “When you consume a very low-carb diet your body preferentially burns saturated fat. We had people eat two times more saturated fat than they had been eating before entering the study, yet when we measured saturated fat in their blood, it went down in the majority of people,” Volek added.
- Instant noodle intake linked to health risks: According to a new study recently published in The Journal of Nutrition, consumption of instant noodles (also known as ramen) significantly increases cardiometabolic risk in women. This same condition has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and even a stroke.