High-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain: Princeton study

A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.
In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

“Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests,” said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.”

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"Ab Training" Excitement Hits The Military

It’s not often that we see our government admit mistakes or change
its policies. Rarer still do we see the government make a change for
the better. Believe it or not, it actually happened. I’m talking
about the new Army physical training protocol.

An article was just published on MSNBC.com, titled, “Army Training:
Bayonets out, ‘ab blaster’ in. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I
read that the military is dumping its 5 mile slow jogs and replacing
it with more functional training methods, including – get this – CORE TRAINING!

If our military leaders had only consulted with me, the Army would
have made this change years ago. But alas, decades-old institutions
change happens slowly. Better late than never – this is a great move
by the military.

As my newsletter readers and “Firm and Flatten Your Abs” ebook
customers know, core training is the real thing – it is not any kind
of a fad. I use these techniques to whip my wrestlers, boxers
and other athletes into shape, and it works like gangbusters.

Functional and core training is not just about looking good – its
about bullet-proofing your your body from injury, skyrocketing
physical performance and  even improving your health. The nice side
effect is the buffed body that comes with it.

We are a terribly sedentary society, so as new Army recruits show
up for basic training, they are often as out of shape and overweight
as the rest of us.

Many people think the old training method of jogging miles and
miles would be a no brainer for whipping these grunts into shape fast,
but instead, jogging has gone the way of bayonet drills —
its NOT functional for a solider. Soldiers sprint across streets,
walk with heavy backpacks, pull a comrade out of danger or fight
hand to hand combat. The new training regimen better reflects these demands.

At Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the largest army base in the
country part of the new physical training regime includes what
they call an ab Blaster class, which involves core training. They’ve
also added pugil stick fighting, with the objective to turn soft
recruits into hardened fighting machines.

Some of these recruits have never been in a fight in their lives. I
can attest to this as a 20-year high school wrestling coach. I have
asked my team how many have ever been in a donny brook
(old slang for a fight). Many times not one kid raises their hand.
I’m not condoning fighting among high school kids, but it shows me
the condition of kids in our society; more familiar with facebook
than fistfights.

The army has put forward a new agenda I endorse. Get these kids in
shape by strengthening their core and getting them physical. The army
has also noticed that we run naturally to get away from predators.

So instead of long slow distance, they are focusing now on speed
with zig zag sprinting drills. As it was with our ancestors in daily
life, in modern war, physical conditioning can mean life or death.

Over the recruit’s time in basic training, they are now learning
how to move with agility, carry loads the proper way and build solid
muscle through proper nutrition. All of this makes a better
soldier in the battlefield. The training now mimics what happens in
the real world of war.

The recruits are embracing the change.  I believe this comes from
the eliminating the monotony of daily grind. By implementing a variety
of drills, the recruits stay fresh both physically and mentally.

Again I commend the Army for making this change and I think there is
a lesson to be learned here for everyone.

Developing your “core muscles” and using real world functional
training methods is the best way to get in physical condition.
It is now endorsed by the finest army mankind has ever seen. World
class athletes use these methods and more and more people like you
are using them and being blown
away with the results.

If you haven’t given serious core training and interval training
methods a shot, give them a try and you will be amazed with the results.
My Firm and Flatten Your Abs program is a superb way to introduce
yourself to core training because my program, unlike most others, starts
at lowest level – that ANYONE can do no matter what kind of shape you’re in –
and works slowly up the ladder to a workout that would challenge a
boxer, wrestler or trained solider.

Learn more at my website:  http://www.FlattenYourAbs.net


David Grisaffi
Author, Firm And Flatten Your Abs

Gluten intolerance: virus infections may be contributing factor

Recent research findings indicate a possible connection between virus infections, the immune system and the onset of gluten intolerance, also known as coeliac disease. A research project in the Academy of Finland’s Research Programme on Nutrition, Food and Health (ELVIRA) has brought new knowledge on the hereditary nature of gluten intolerance and identified genes that carry a higher risk of developing the condition. Research has shown that the genes in question are closely linked with the human immune system and the occurrence of inflammations, rather than being connected with the actual breakdown of gluten in the digestive tract.

“Some of the genes we have identified are linked with human immune defence against viruses. This may indicate that virus infections may be connected in some way with the onset of gluten intolerance,” says Academy Research Fellow Päivi Saavalainen, who has conducted research into the hereditary risk factors for gluten intolerance.

Saavalainen explains that the genes that predispose people to gluten intolerance are very widespread in the population and, as a result, they are only a minor part of the explanation for the way in which gluten intolerance is inherited. However, the knowledge of the genes behind gluten intolerance is valuable in itself, as it helps researchers explore the reasons behind gluten intolerance, which in turn builds potential for developing new treatments and preventive methods. This is essential, because the condition is often relatively symptom-free, yet it can have serious complications unless treated.

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For Older Women, Exercise May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

For sedentary postmenopausal women, moderate to vigorous exercise for a year reduced levels of estradiol, researchers said.

The reductions, compared with those achieved by controls, were modest but significant and were consistent with a lower risk for breast cancer, according to Christine Friedenreich, PhD, of Alberta Health Services in Calgary, and colleagues.

The finding, from a randomized trial, is evidence that such women — sedentary and mostly overweight — can “achieve and sustain high levels of aerobic exercise,” the researchers reported online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Observation suggests that increased physical activity is linked to lower breast cancer risk, but exactly how remains unclear, the researchers noted. One plausible mechanism, they said in the journal, is modification of the sex hormones.

To investigate the issue, they enrolled 320 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 74, in a one-year trial; 160 women were randomly assigned to 225 minutes a week of aerobic exercise, the remaining 160 maintained their usual level of activity.

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