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The Nutrition InvestigatorThe health and nutrition blog by Dr. Roc Ordman.

Nutrition for Commencement – May J Nutrition

by Roc (click here for full post)

May J Nutrition 2012Commencement is tomorrow, I have built 19 3×3′ boxes for my square foot garden, my cancer grant proposal is nearly ready to submit, tomorrow’s mother’s day, and life is good. Embrace today’s signature quote.

First come headlines, details in the next section.

HEADLINES From other reading –
1. Breastfeeding does no harm to breast shape later in life

2. Discovery of how exercise keeps you thinner – From Science magazine

3. To an inquiring reader – a handful of ANY nuts daily improves your health.


What to eat: 1. Vegetables to get all forms of vitamin E; 2. Follow the no-fours diet; 3. Fiber; 6. a healthy infant diet; 7. Midlife diet to maintain subsequent brain function; 8. home meals for children; 10. Prebiotics = fiber

What to avoid: 2. Saturated fat; 5. Too much Protein; 5. central adiposity

Consider the starving billions in the US and the world: 4 Fortified rice; 9. A United Nations strategy to reduce infant malnutrition using local foods

I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is not a brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
— George Bernard Shaw address at the Municipal Technical College and School of Art, Brighton, 1907


HEADLINES From other reading –
1. Breastfeeding does no harm to breast shape later in life – As a growing number of women turn to plastic surgeons to counteract the effects of pregnancy on their bodies, one common postpartum complaint is sagging breasts, also known as breast ptosis, which many believe to be linked to breastfeeding. However, as this new study demonstrates, it appears that other factors, including older age, higher body mass index (BMI) and a history of smoking, are responsible for the breast sagging experienced by some women after pregnancy. from the September/October 2008 issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal

2. Discovery of how exercise keeps you thinner – From Science magazine – Exercise signals white fat cells to act like brown fat cells, burning extra calories far beyond the calories used during exercising.

3. To an inquiring reader – Eat nuts, almonds are great, a handful of any nuts daily improves your health. Walnut growers sponsored a symposium on their benefits first, but the almond symposium is coming soon.


FOR EVERYONE: 1. gamma tocopherol inhibits prostate cancer-Vitamin E comes in many forms, while supplements are mainly just alpha-tocopherol. So eat your vegetables!

2. Saturated fat intake accentuates obesity risk – Avoid it to get thin and stay healthy. Follow the no-fours diet.

3. Fiber fights colon cancer and builds healthy gut biota

4. Fortified rice is a great way to aid malnourished children around the world

5. Protein intake and central adiposity stiffen arteries [increasing heart strain and blood pressure]

6. Criteria for a healthy infant diet – The Complementary Feeding Utility Index (CFUI) consists of 14 components: breastfeeding duration, feeding to appetite, timing of introduction to solids, exposure to iron-rich cereals, fruit and vegetable intake, exposure to high-fat/-salt/-sugar foods including sugary drinks, food texture, and meal/snack frequency.

7. Midlife diet correlates with subsequent brain function – The best pattern was positively correlated with consumption of fruit (fresh and dried), whole grains, fresh dairy products, vegetables, breakfast cereal, tea, vegetable fat, nuts, and fish and was thus labeled the “healthy pattern.” This pattern was also negatively correlated with meat and poultry, refined grains, animal fat, and processed meat. [Once again, the no-fours diet.]

8. Feed children at home to reduce obesity and chronic disease risk – Obesity disproportionately affects African American (AA) children and adolescents and leads to an increased risk of adult chronic diseases. Eating few meals at home has been implicated as a cause of obesity among youth. Family meals are a promising adolescent obesity prevention strategy.

9. A United Nations strategy to reduce infant malnutrition using local foods – First defined in the mid-1990s, prebiotics, which alter the composition and activity of gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota to improve health and well-being, have generated scientific and consumer interest and regulatory debate.

10. Prebiotics – how fiber feeds microbiota for a healthy colon

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