Diet and health
It is widely known that diet can influence our health, both positively and negatively. Read my blog to get updated about the latest news in diet and health.
Vitamin K: not only one vitamin, but three! If you’re like me and you love cheese and you’re constantly looking for new, creative excuses to cut another piece of your favorite treat, you might be interested in knowing more about vitamin K. Since you might be able to find it, even in cheese. No kidding!
Protein in milk has several functional properties Protein in milk may represent a promising lifestyle intervention strategy for the prevention and management of various chronic disease including obesity, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Milk is a protein-rich food, we all know that. Those of you who train regularly are probably familiar with one specific type:
Nutraceuticals from milk peptides? Not an easy task! In my previous post, I described the potential health effects of bioactive peptides derived from milk. In the same article though, I’ve also told you about the biggest problem that these peptides have: their extremely low bioavailability due to the fact that they get extensively hydrolyzed in
Bioactive peptides: are milk products a source of healthy compounds? Bioactive peptides in western diets derive mainly from milk consumption (Boutrou, Gwénaële and Sanchez-Rivera, 2015). These bioactive peptides have shown to have several health effects… at least in theory. What are bioactive peptides? As many other animal products, milk is rich in proteins which can
Diabetes is now a global problem 382 million adults (8.3% of the world’s population) live with diabetes and, according to the estimates of the International Diabetes Federation, this number is expected to rise to 592 million by 2035. In 2013 over € 100 billions were spent in Europe in terms of health expenditure attributable to this
As a general rule, adverse food reactions that are not triggered by immunological mechanisms are referred to as food intolerances. In this case, the reaction is reproducible and the severity of the symptoms is dose-dependent, in contrast to allergies. Enzymatic food intolerance They are caused by the inability to metabolize some substances present in
The part of the food responsible for the adverse reaction is called the antigen or allergen. Foods contain a large number of molecules with antigen power (over 6,000) but fortunately, in most individuals only a few of them induce sensitization. Under normal conditions, our body has effective defence systems: the enzymatic and mucous secretions of
Food allergies and intolerances, better defined as adverse reactions to food, are on the rise in the Western world, as are allergies in general. European studies estimated a prevalence rate of around 7.5% in children and 2% in adults. Despite a constant increase in the prevalence of these disorders, there is still a lot of
Many studies have investigated the health effects of the Mediterranean diet In a previous post I introduced the history of the Mediterranean diet, which is probably one of the most popular diets worldwide. Here I would like to describe with more detail the studies that have been performed so far to evaluate the health effects
Not all extra-virgin olive oils were created equal. Some extra-virgin olive oils are of good quality while some others simply aren’t. Although, it is always advisable to prefer extra-virgin olive oils, which must conform to specific quality parameters established by the law. However, even extra-virgin olive oils are not necessarily of the best quality. In particular,