Monthly Archives: September 2014

Article: The Benefits of Breakfast Cereal Consumption: A Systematic Review of the Evidence Base1

breakfastcereal systematic review 2014

Click on the underlined link above to read everything you have ever wanted to know about the health effects of breakfast cereal.  This is a great review if you are ever on the fence about if you should or shouldn’t eat breakfast cereals.  This review goes into more detail about cereal then you would ever dream.  It covers everything from energy %, to cardiovascular health, hypertension and even dental cavities.  Even-though they come to the conclusion that high-sugar cereals do not increase overall sugar intake seen throughout the day in most children-teens, I still would not recommend these cereals (they spike energy in a short amount of time and may cause sugar cravings). Opt for high fibre, low added sugar cereals. Making your own granola/museli is a great way to get part of your daily fibre intake, and it’s soluble fibre which releases energy slowly throughout the morning.  Check out my Granolishious Granola recipe to make your own!   Enjoy reading!  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref:  Peter G. Williams*
University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia; and University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia 2014 American Society for Nutrition. Adv. Nutr. 5: 636S–673S

Article: Vitamin A supplements for preventing mortality, illness, and blindness in children aged under 5: systematic review and meta-analysis

Vit.A Study sess.15:  Meta-analysis study of Vit.A supplementation with children age 5 and under

Click on the underlined link above to read some really interesting studies done on Vit A supplementation and uses for children under the age of 5.  They conclude that no further studies need to be done as Vit.A supplementation was found to decrease mortality and morbidity rates in relation to child-diarrhoea mild, moderate and severe) and measles (which are the 2 causes of child mortality in under-developed countries). Please always be cautious when giving children any supplementation. Consult a doctor and get the necessary tests done before giving any supplements to a child.  I do not condole the use of supplementation on children, and this article is not a suggestion to start giving your child supplements.    Enjoy, and thanks for reading. Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref: Evan Mayo-Wilson departmental lecturer 1, Aamer Imdad senior research officer 2, Kurt Herzer
Marshall scholar 1, Mohammad Yawar Yakoob senior research officer 2, Zulfiqar A Bhutta Noordin
Noormahomed Sheriff endowed professor and founding chair 2
1Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, Barnett House, Oxford OX1 2ER, UK;
2Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University Hospital, Stadium Road, PO Box 3500, 74800 Karachi, Pakistan

 

Pot Marigold (Calendula): An Herbal Florin for Health

Calendula article potential medicinal uses

Click the underlined article link above to learn more about Calendula or Pot Marigold 🙂

So, because I did lots of gardening today and planted some Calendula officinalis L. or Calendula, I wanted to look into the benefits of this beautiful, bright orange flower.  I found this article in my school library archives and I feel its a really good overview of the potential beneficial effects of eating and using Calendula flower petals and leaves.  The author talks about his experience when using Calendula and the conflicting information of it’s uses from the FDA’s research.  I think most people would prefer to use the least amount of ingredients possible to treat day-to-day aliments, and Calendula is one every gardener should have on-hand.   The author also talks about the link between Calendula’s medicinal components and potential uses for different cancers. I hope you enjoy this article.  Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

CalendulaOfficinalis3

Ref:  Duke JA

Affiliation:Executive director, Green Farmacy Garden, Fulton, Maryland

Source:Alternative & Complementary Therapies (ALTERN COMPLEMENT THER), 2008 Jun; 14 (3): 109-15. (22 ref)

Picture ref:  http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Calendula+officinalis