Meet the six-legged superfoods: Grasshoppers top insect antioxidant-rich list

Meet the six-legged superfoods: Grasshoppers top insect antioxidant-rich list

A new study has measured antioxidant levels in commercially available edible insects. Among the findings: crickets pack 75 percent the antioxidant power of fresh orange juice, and silkworm fat twice that of olive oil.

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Plant-based sales surge to $4.5 billion

New data released by The Good Food Institute (G.F.I.) and the Plant-Based Foods Association (P.B.F.A.) show plant-based foods sales significantly outpaced overall grocery sales last year. U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods grew 11% — five times more than total food sales — bringing the total plant-based market to $4.5 billion.

Read the entire Food Business News article here.

Nutrition Labels — Do You Read Them?

The following is not an endorsement of either product but simply nutrition labels for educational purposes.  I am not compensated for my efforts on this blog.  DISCLAIMER:  I did download an app to my phone and got the burrito for FREE.

Both food products are meat free.  The burrito is prepared with cheese and sour cream.  The second Nutrition Facts represents a commercially prepared veggie burger, no bread or bun.

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Screenshot_2019-07-09 All American Veggie Burgers Dr Praeger's Sensible Foods

Take Home Lesson:

  1. Fast food is fast food.  Even when it’s missing the meat.
  2. Add a bun.  Add some toppings.  Eating at home makes eating healthier easier.

Association of Sugary Beverage Consumption With Mortality Risk in US Adults – JAMA Network Open

Association of Sugary Beverage Consumption With Mortality Risk in US Adults

Question – Is the consumption of sugary beverages (ie, sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juices) associated with an increased mortality risk?

Findings – In this cohort study of 13 440 black and white adults 45 years and older observed for a mean of 6.0 years, each additional 12-oz serving/d of sugary beverages was associated with an 11% higher all-cause mortality risk, and each additional 12-oz serving/d of fruit juice was associated with a 24% higher all-cause mortality risk. Similar associations were not observed for sugary beverage consumption and coronary heart disease mortality.

Meaning – These results suggest higher consumption of sugary beverages, including fruit juice, is associated with increased mortality.

Half of the study population came from the Stroke Belt/Buckle.

Sweet tea, fried chicken and a stick of butter in almost everything else.

I like to go past the headlines and read the research.  Enjoy!

Is it really reasonable to obtain the recommended calcium intake on an unfortified and strictly vegan diet? — Nutritional revolution

It all started with an argument. Opening the refrigerator door. I say to my wife, scowling, “Why do we have so much cheese? We have talked about this.” Compared to milk, cheese is less nutrient dense and contains more calories. 1,211 more words

via Is it really reasonable to obtain the recommended calcium intake on an unfortified and strictly vegan diet? — Nutritional revolution

Increased Mortality Risk Associated With Red Meat Consumption

Eating More Red Meat Lately? You May Want to Reconsider That

Adults who up their red meat intake may face increased mortality risk, suggests an analysis in The BMJ.

The analysis included over 80,000 U.S. health professionals (about two-thirds women) who completed numerous food-frequency questionnaires over two decades. Researchers examined whether changes in red meat consumption over 8 years were associated with mortality risk in the subsequent 8 years. People with histories of cardiovascular disease or cancer were excluded.

During follow-up, some 14,000 participants died. After multivariable adjustment, those who increased their red meat consumption by more than 0.5 servings a day saw a significant 10% increase in mortality risk — regardless of their baseline intake.

Decreases in red meat consumption were associated with decreased mortality risk — but only when they were accompanied by increases in other proteins or plant-based foods like fish, nuts, or whole grains.

BMJ article link below.

Association of changes in red meat consumption with total and cause specific mortality among US women and men: two prospective cohort studies

Soy Protein Decreases Circulating LDL and Total Cholesterol Concentrations in Adults

Conclusions

Soy protein significantly reduced LDL cholesterol by approximately 3–4% in adults. Our data support the advice given to the general public internationally to increase plant protein intake. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT03468127.

A Meta-Analysis of 46 Studies Identified by the FDA Demonstrates that Soy Protein Decreases Circulating LDL and Total Cholesterol Concentrations in Adults