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SUBJ: Yogurt and Food Hormone Note from Nutrition Investigator Roc

Here are a couple of brief notes I want to share [active links at] :
I am delighted that Science magazine published an article Food as a Hormone, found at most libraries pg 919 of the Feb 22 issue. The clinical trial on weight loss I conducted and published, "Pilot Study for an age and gender-based nutrient signaling system for weight control", A.B. Ordman, AGE 30(2): 201-8 (2008), was based on nutrient signalling, that nutrients act like hormones, explained here. My research was based on three signaling molecules in food. 1) Olive oil is mostly oleic acid, which acts like a hormone causing the secretion of stored fat. 2) DHA in fish oil signals to destroy potential fat cells before they can differentiate. 3) BCAAs turn up your metabolic rate and decrease your appetite. It is wonderful that the top science journal reminds us that food is not just calories, but is really hormones as influential on our metabolism and bodies as estrogen and testosterone at puberty. Do you want those hormones to be the signal of fat in meat or health in vegetables?

A reader recently noted that my site has nothing about kefir, which I consume every morning.. Here is the 2013 update of my yogurt page - Thanks to a reader who prompted me to update this page, mentioning kefir, which is a convenient way to consume a little yogurt daily, by getting a few swallows, as I do. The link in the upper left of this page allows a search for yogurt, which gives 65 hits on the benefit of consuming yogurt (or kefir). Scanning the list shows when consumed during pregnancy, it can prevent allergies in offspring, it reduces the risk of cancer and obesity by properly populating our microbiomes, it keeps the digestive tract functional, and on and on. Reviewing the evidence, you are likely to see the benefit of starting each day with a bit of yogurt. See also probiotics. There, I looked into Kombucha tea, which is a probiotic drink. Probiotics include any food that contains microorganisms. Yogurt that contains live, active cultures is great. Sauerkraut and cole slaw are likely to act as probiotics and prebiotics, the latter promoting the growth of intestinal microorganisms. Kombucha tea is a source of probiotics. Although the Mayo Clinic is critical of Kombucha as it might be improperly prepared and cause upset stomachs in some people, Mayo often presents a conservative view of nutritonal topics.

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