We use our own and third-party cookies to optimize your experience on this site, including to maintain user sessions. Without these cookies our site will not function well. If you continue browsing our site we take that to mean that you understand and accept how we use the cookies. If you wish to decline our cookies we will redirect you to Google.
Already have an account? Sign in.

 Remember Me | Forgot Your Password?

This is a general newsletter - click here to create something specific to your interests

Search criteria:
  • Ready-to-go newsletters on topics you choose, in your template
  • We prepare the content for you
  • You review, edit and click Send. Easy!
Read more about SmartNews360
  • A competitive intelligence leader for 20 years
  • Helping top corporations with research and analysis
  • From quick projects to ongoing support and outsourced services
Read more about Business360
Period: May 15, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Comment & Opinion or Companies, Organizations or Consumers or Controversies & Disputes or Deals, M&A, JVs, Licensing or Earnings Release or Finance, Economics, Tax or Innovation & New Ideas or Legal, Legislation, Regulation, Policy or Market News or Marketing & Advertising or Other or People & Personalities or Press Release or Products & Brands or Research, Studies, Advice or Supply Chain or Trends

Gluten-Free Diet Is No Panacea

Many misconceptions have been spread in recent years by gluten-free guru authors, and their celebrity devotees, whose anti-gluten rhetoric borders on religious fanaticism. The bombast and nonsense has spawned a billion-dollar gluten-free foods industry almost overnight. A gluten-free diet is certainly important for people diagnosed with celiac disease and serious gluten intolerance. But to claim that avoiding gluten will prevent bloating, Alzheimer’s disease, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism is, as one author calls it, “fear-mongering.” A major misconception is that gluten-free foods are healthier. One nutrition counseling service says sometimes gluten-free foods have more sugar, fat and calories than gluten-containing foods -- to make up for lost taste.

"Against the grain: When not to go on a gluten-free diet", FoxNews.com, May 15, 2015

Senior Cognition Improves With Mediterranean Diet Fortified With Olive Oil, Nuts

Adding extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish -- and low in animal fats – improves cognitive performance in older adults, according to a study. But the researchers in Spain cautioned that the findings are preliminary and more research is necessary. The randomized clinical trial included 447 cognitively healthy volunteers who followed a low-fat diet (the control group), a Mediterranean-type diet supplemented with olive oil, or a Mediterranean diet supplemented with walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. After four years, the cognitive functions of the low-fat diet group had declined. But memory improved in the Mediterranean diet plus nuts group, and frontal (memory) and global cognition improved in the Mediterranean diet plus olive oil group.

"Mediterranean Diet and Age-Related Cognitive Decline. ", JAMA Internal Medicine, May 11, 2015

Research, Studies, Advice  

How To Prevent Muscle Loss Among Elderly Is Still A Mystery

It is fairly common for older people to eat poorly and lead sedentary lives, both of which can speed muscle loss. But what combination of diet, supplements and exercise works best? A review of more than 100 scientific articles about diet and exercise training trials in adults over 65 years old found that results failed to conclusively show what effectively prevents muscle loss (sarcopenia). Some studies did show that a proper diet enhanced the effects of exercise, but much of the research was incomplete or inconsistent. The researchers said “maintaining sufficient levels of physical activity and diet quality to prevent sarcopenia is therefore a priority.” Bottom line: much more research is needed.

"Prevention and optimal management of sarcopenia: A review of combined exercise and nutrition interventions to improve muscle outcomes in older people. ", Clinical Interventions in Aging, May 17, 2015

Why Some Overweight People Have a Tougher Time Shedding Pounds

With the proviso that “biology is not destiny,” NIH researchers nevertheless confirmed that some obese people have a harder time losing weight because their metabolisms slow down considerably during a calorie-reduction diet. Tests on 12 obese men and women using a whole-room indirect calorimeter showed that people with “thrifty” metabolisms had a much harder timer dropping the pounds, while people with a “spendthrift” metabolisms easily lost weight. But the researchers said in effect that it’s not a hopeless situation: a balanced diet and regular physical activity over a long period “can be very effective for weight loss."

"A Human Thrifty Phenotype Associated With Less Weight Loss During Caloric Restriction. ", Diabetes, May 11, 2015

Developed by Yuri Ingultsov Software Lab.