Category Archives: supplements

Plain water linked to healthier diet: study

Water | Foodfacts.com

Water | Foodfacts.com

People who consume more plain water than other beverages may have healthier diets, a new study has reported, according to an October 13 Reuters Health story.

Researchers looked at data from a national health survey of more than 12,000 Americans and found that people who drank more “plain water” tended to eat more fiber, less sugar and fewer calorie-dense foods. Continue reading

A Review of Probiotics

Probiotics | Foodfacts.com

Probiotics | Foodfacts.com

Some nutritionists have recently reported on a study showing that probiotic supplements reduced cold and flu symptoms in children. The reasoning is that eating yogurt every day might be a good step and then there is discussion about how much you would have to eat to get a similar “dose” of probiotics.   To answer this question, one nutritionist we read about compared the number of active cultures in a typical probiotic supplement to the number of active cultures in a typical yogurt. Continue reading

What you need to know about Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are considered by many experts to be “good” fats. Some even call them the “multivitamin” of fats, especially because they are considered to be as important as, or maybe even more important than, vitamin and mineral supplements. These “good” fats are generally considered essential because our body cannot make them, and therefore EFAs need to come from our diet or supplements. Although EFAs contribute to your health in too many ways to list here, it is important to know that research with EFAs as supplements has been performed in relation to their potential benefits to your heart, skin, brain, eyes, joints and more. Continue reading

Dietary Oils Might Help Fight Some Fat

Dietary Oil Supplements

Dietary Oil Supplements

For certain people, dietary oil supplements could help ward off unwanted fat, according to a new study.

Obese older women with type 2 diabetes who added safflower oil or conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplements to their diet either decreased their body mass index or boosted their muscle mass, researchers found. Continue reading

Ban on Red Bull Energy Drink

Red Bull

Red Bull

It looks like some corporate crisis public relations is needed right now for the wildly popular Red Bull energy drink.

According to news reports, including the Associated Press, six German states have told retailers to stop selling Red Bull Cola energy drinks after a test found a trace amount of cocaine.

The bans started Friday after a sample test conducted by authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state found 0.4 micrograms per liter in the drink.

Five other states also banned it from shops amid concerns over possible narcotics law violations.

Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said Monday that the cocaine level was too low to pose a health risk. It planned to produce a more detailed report Wednesday.

Red Bull said its cola is “harmless and marketable in both the U.S. and Europe.” It said similar coca leaf extracts are used worldwide as flavoring, and a test it commissioned itself found no cocaine traces.