The latest foods to find themselves portrayed as dietary “villains” are those that contain what are known as antinutrients. The word itself is almost enough to make any health-minded person run in the other direction avoid them at all costs. After all, by definition antinutrients are compounds found in plant and animal foods that inhibit our bodies’ ability to absorb these and other foods’ various nutrients.
Meat purists insist that the only way to really enjoy meat is to have it rare. Some go so far as to only eat it raw as carpaccio or tartare. They argue that anything else ruins the flavor and even reduces the nutritional value of the meat (which is not true – there is no nutritional difference between a steak that is cooked medium rare versus one that is well done). Some may also say it is just a matter of personal taste. The reality, however, is that eating raw or very undercooked meat carries significant health risks. And is being considered a beef “connoisseur” really worth getting sick or risk dying for?
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), lice may pose a significant health risk because they feed on human blood. And in some cases, “chronic infestation may cause significant blood loss leading to clinically significant anemia.”
When it comes to iron absorption, there is evidence that certain foods – as well as when you eat them – may impact how readily your body absorbs iron. This is important to keep in mind as you plan your diet and meal times.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), iron deficiency in children under the age of two “can have significant and irreversible effects on brain development.” Furthermore, “This can lead to negative consequences on learning and school performance later in life.”
A 44-year-old high school principal and father to a six-year-old recently died after donating bone marrow. His name was Derrick Nelson, and his fiancé said he suffered complications after the donation, according to this CNN report. Reportedly, in the United States each year nearly 17,500 people (between the ages of 0-74) are diagnosed with a serious disease in which a bone marrow transplant or an umbilical cord blood transplant is needed.
Reportedly, up to four to five billion people may have an iron deficiency. Furthermore, an estimated 2 million are anemic. Although not all cases of anemia are due to a lack of iron, many of them are. In fact, several credible sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), say that iron deficiency is one of the most severe and important nutrient deficiencies worldwide.
There’s no doubt that the discovery of antibiotics was a good thing. Antibiotics and other similar drugs have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. “Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Researchers are now uncovering some thought-provoking evidence that iron is even more important than we may have thought. You probably already know that incorporating iron into your diet can help stave off anemia and streamline oxygen to blood cells. But what most people may not understand is that iron plays a significant role in brain health and cognition as well.
When it comes to the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) in golf, Tiger Woods is reported to have quipped that the only thing he’d expect a tour player to test positive for was a hangover. Unfortunately, while it may be true that golf, in general, has a lower incidence of PED use when compared to other sports, one leading trainer has estimated that up to half of the top 100 golfers have used or use PEDs,
Fatigue and lack of energy are two very common complaints you may have after you engage in physical activity or have not had enough sleep. However, persistent complaints may be attributed to anemia - a very common blood disease that affects over 3 million Americans.
Some of us celebrate Father’s Day by firing up the grill and sharing a home-cooked meal with our meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. While catering to dad’s classic meal is okay on occasion, there is actually a nutrient that we need to make sure he doesn’t have too much of all year round. It’s iron.
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