Carbonation in beverages may be responsible for increased food consumption related to obesity

Research overwhelmingly suggests that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages including pop and juice is linked with obesity and type-2 diabetes. Specifically, overconsumption of sugar can lead to excessive weight gain and an increased risk of type-2 diabetes. Many people turn to diet drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners to cut their consumption of sugar while still enjoying…

Removing old or damaged cells from injured joints can prevent arthritis

Arthritis, or more properly osteoarthritis, is a disease of the joints that results in breakdown of the protective cartilage and eventually the bone. It often affects the joints in the hands, neck, lower back, knees, and hips. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include: pain in the joint, loss of movement, and stiffness. Osteoarthritis is usually caused by…

Artificial sweetener consumption is associated with an increased risk of type-2 diabetes in women

There are currently around 1.9 billion adults worldwide who are overweight, 600 million of whom are obese. In response to the rising rates of obesity, diets and diet foods have become common place in our society. One of the most common and popular diet alternatives is artificial sweeteners. Common artificial sweeteners include: aspartame, sucralose (Splenda ©), saccharin (Sweet’n…

Caffeine increases the levels of an enzyme thought to be protective against dementia

Dementia is a disease that mainly affects older people and is characterized by difficulties with coordination and speech, memory distortions, restlessness, and problems with perception. People with dementia also suffer from behavioural changes which can include depression, irritability, anxiety, apathy, and agitation. 20-40% of people over the age of 85 will be diagnosed with dementia…

Genetic material from your food is not absorbed by your body

A report in 2012, published in the journal Cell Research, seemed to suggest that genetic material, specifically microRNA, could pass from a person’s small intestine and into their blood stream. These microRNAs are small pieces of genetic code that cells use to modify the expression of certain genes. Think of them as dimmer switches on…