New study lays foundation to obtain apple cubes enriched with probiotics

February 27, 2018 Spanish and Brazilian researchers have studied the use of drying techniques along with ultrasounds in order to enrich apple snacks with Lactobacillus casei Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Universidade Federal do Ceará (Brazil) have completed a study that lays the foundation to obtain apple cubes enriched with probiotics, […]

How do vegetarian and Mediterranean diets benefit heart health?

Both reduced ‘cardiovascular risk profile’ Different impact on cholesterol, triglycerides Both diets were ‘consistent with guidelines’ A growing body of ‘persuasive evidence’ The findings of an Italian clinical trial suggest that a low-calorie vegetarian diet may be as effective at reducing cardiovascular risk as a low-calorie Mediterranean diet. Low-calorie vegetarian and Mediterranean diets are both […]

Lacto-ovo-vegetarian and Mediterranean diets appear to be equally effective in reducing heart disease risk

February 26, 2018 A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet, which includes eggs and dairy but excludes meat and fish, and a Mediterranean diet are likely equally effective in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Previous separate studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet reduces certain […]

Vitamin D cannot be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, review finds

February 26, 2018 There is a caveat to the push for increased Vitamin D: Don’t forget magnesium. A review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. “People are […]

Matters of the Heart: Story Ideas and an Expert Pitch for Heart Month and Valentine’s Day

Credit: iStock Below are brief summaries of story ideas for February’s Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. THE SCIENCE BEHIND LOVE AND PLEASURE: WHAT MAKES LOVE CONQUER ALL? Take a bite into a silky, sweet chocolate bar and experience the wave of pleasure that comes with eating Belgium’s finest. But what’s actually happening in our […]