Scientists have pinpointed one reason why people living in isolated villages in Greece may enjoy long and healthy lives.
found a new genetic variant, common among villagers, which appears to
protect the heart by lowering levels of "bad" fats and cholesterol.
Despite a diet rich in animal fat, the people of Mylopotamos in northern Crete do not suffer from cardiovascular disease.
And they really love their cheese.
People use say that we are what we eat,or may be not?
But, who influences our food choices?
The is a clear answer: our family!
Our parents lead by example and their choices have huge impact on our diets/lifestyles! Here is some related research supporting this view.
Coping with Time Pressure and Stress: Consequences for Families’ Food Consumption
study explores the coping strategies that families apply when under
time pressure and stress (time stress), and how such strategies affect
food consumption at dinnertime. The data were based on photo
interviewing methodology with a sample of 12 Norwegian children (ages
seven and eight) and their parents. In this case, the children were
asked to take photographs during their dinners at home and while
shopping for groceries with their parents. The findings show that the
most dominant explanation for time stress was the children’s
participation in sport activities. In this regard, the families applied
several coping strategies, such as skipping dinner and eating snacks
instead, consuming convenience food, avoiding preference conflicts,
planning for healthy dinners, involving children and grandparents in
food preparation, and practising compensatory health beliefs and
behaviours. This might be the first study that identifies parents’ use
of compensatory health beliefs to justify children’s diets. More
specifically, the parents stated that the children’s high activity
levels could compensate for unhealthy food consumption. The strategies
that were applied had varying influences on the families’ food
consumption, depending on the parents’ confidence in cooking and
meal-planning skills. It was found that parents with high confidence and
skills were more likely to make healthy cooking a priority.
Consequently, they served more healthy dishes at dinnertime, compared
with other parents. Unlike previous studies, the findings indicate that
children’s active lifestyles might not be directly related to healthy
when it comes to nutritional value and sensory properties, dairy products from sheeps and goats have some unique features.
These features are under investigation by our team in UL. Some exciting news are coming up soon.
Watch this space!
you can download our paper (up to 5th July) for free by clicking here
product consumption is often associated with negative effects because
of its naturally high levels of saturated fatty acids. However, recent
research has shown that dairy lipids possess putative bioactivity
against chronic inflammation. Inflammation triggers the onset of several
chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes
mellitus, obesity, and cancer. This review discusses the
anti-inflammatory properties of dairy lipids found in milk, yogurt, and
cheese, and it examines them in relation to their implications for human
health: their protective effects and their role in pathology. We also
consider the effect of lipid profile alteration in dairy products—by
using ruminant dietary strategies to enrich the milk, or by lipid
fortification in the products. We critically review the in vivo, in
vitro, ex vivo, and epidemiological studies associated with these dairy
lipids and their role in various inflammatory conditions. Finally, we
discuss some suggestions for future research in the study of bioactive
lipids and dairy products, with reference to the novel field of
metabolomics and epidemiological studies.
Ovine and Caprine Lipids Promoting Cardiovascular Health in Milk and Its Derivatives
The purpose of this commentary is to highlight the
anti-inflammatory properties of polar lipids present in ovine and
caprine milk and its derivatives (i.e. dairy products such as yogurt and
cheese). These lipids inhibit the onset of atherosclerosis and thus
promote cardiovascular health. We suggest that further research could
focus on the elucidation and bioavailability of these lipids.
This story is very UN-reliable... and the paper of very limited scope.
However, the comments of the readers are Great and really spot on!
Here are some really good ones
I would suggest that the perceptions of
the researchers were affected because they knew they were being funded
by Pfizer although they were caused by Pfizer itself.
This seems to have been a very limited study.
Anyone who has suffered the aching
muscles & joints that Statins cause will tell you that it's
certainly not in the mind. I ended up on pain killers before ditching
Statins completely. They do though effect some but not others. The
dosage at one time was overly high and reduced by 50% on health grounds
by the med' profession. A survey funded by the drug company that makes
them - outrageous!
What utter, dishonest rubbish! Patients
who do not have any knowledge that statins might cause muscular pain
complain of pain after taking them. Surely, such blatant commercial
hoodwinking must not be allowed. Oh, I forgot, it's an establishment