DID EATING FAT OUT OF BONES GIVE US OUR BIG BRAINS?

Long before human ancestors began hunting large mammals for meat, a fatty diet provided them with the nutrition to develop bigger brains, a new paper argues.

The paper suggests that our early ancestors acquired a taste for fat by eating marrow scavenged from the skeletal remains of large animals that other predators killed and ate. The argument challenges the widely held view among anthropologists that eating meat was the critical factor in setting the stage for the evolution of humans.

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Want healthier eating habits? Start with a workout

Researchers have found that formerly sedentary young adults who were instructed to exercise regularly for several weeks started choosing healthier foods without being asked to.

 

In the latest evidence that it’s worth sticking to your health-focused New Year’s resolutions, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have found that exercising regularly is linked to better eating habits.

 

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Vitamin D could lower the risk of developing diabetes

The benefits of vitamin D in promoting bone health are already well known. A new study suggests that vitamin D also may promote greater insulin sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The benefits of vitamin D in promoting bone health are already well known. A new study out of Brazil suggests that vitamin D also may promote greater insulin sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Other recent studies have shown a clear relationship between vitamin D and glycemic control, suggesting that vitamin D increases insulin sensitivity and improves pancreatic beta-cell function. In this cross-sectional study involving 680 Brazilian women aged 35 to 74 years, the goal was to evaluate the possible association between vitamin D deficiency and increased glycemia.

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Nutrient in mother’s diet may help fight Alzheimer’s in offspring

Recent research suggests that a maternal diet that is high in an essential nutrient can reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on future generations.

In the study, scientists bred mice that were genetically predisposed to develop hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease from females whose diet contained added choline.

The descendants of these females developed fewer disease-associated brain changes and had improved memory skills compared with those of non-supplemented mice.

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There’s a Link Between the Size of Your Belly and the Size of Your Brain

Belly fat has long been thought to be particularly bad for your heart, but now, a new study adds more evidence to the idea that it may also be bad for your brain.

The study, from the United Kingdom, found that people who were obese and had a high waist-to-hip ratio (a measure of belly fat) had slightly lower brain volumes, on average, compared with people who were a healthy weight. Specifically, belly fat was linked with lower volumes of gray matter, the brain tissue that contains nerve cells.

“Our research looked at a large group of people and found obesity, specifically around the middle, may be linked with brain shrinkage,” lead study author Mark Hamer, a professor at Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in Leicestershire, England, said in a statement.

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El mejor método para bajar de peso: Dieta 16:8

 

Comienza a perder peso de forma fácil y saludable, sin dejar de comer lo que te gusta, con el ayuno intermitente 16:8

Aún no terminan las fiestas y excesos, pero ya sabes, “no dejes para mañana lo que puedes hacer hoy”, así que si te gustaría terminar el año luciendo espectacular y con algunos kilos menos, este método para bajar de peso te va a encantar.

El Intermittent Fasting o Ayuno Intermitente, es un tipo de dieta que se puso de moda hace algunos meses. Se trata de realizar ciclos regulares de ayuno y alimentación, con lo cual permites a tu cuerpo quemar lo ingerido y desintoxicarse de los excesos.

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Científicos demuestran lo que pasará si dejas de tomar bebidas embotelladas

Los refrescos aumentan las posibilidades de enfermar seriamente.

Se han convertido en una droga difícil de abandonar o erradicar, y resulta que las personas enferman de diversos males ocasionados por tomar bebidas embotelladas, esos refrescos azucarados que son tan deliciosos pero tan malos para la salud.

Estudios científicos demuestran que dejar de consumir estas bebidas podría tener efectos positivos para la salud.

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