Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

Study Links MSG With Being Overweight

This is one reason why in our house, we avoid MSG, high frutose corn syrup, other synthetics and too much processed food in general. It’s not healthy and there is increasing evidence that supports this. MSG is no exception…

Study Links MSG With Being Overweight
The Herald-Sun
August 18, 2008

If you use MSG — monosodium glutamate — as a flavor enhancer in your food, you are more likely than people who don’t use it to be overweight or obese.

That’s the conclusion of a study by UNC researchers at the School of Public Health published this month in the journal Obesity. The study noted that those who use MSG are more likely to be obese even though they have the same amount of physical activity and total caloric intake as those who don’t.

Researchers at UNC and in China studied more than 750 Chinese men and women, aged between 40 and 59, in three rural villages in north and south China. The majority of study participants prepared their meals at home without commercially processed foods.

About 82 percent of the participants used MSG in their food. Those users were divided into three groups, based on the amount of MSG they used. The third who used the most MSG were nearly three times more likely to be overweight than non-users.

“Animal studies have indicated for years that MSG might be associated with weight gain,” said Ka He, M.D., assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health. “Ours is the first study to show a link between MSG use and weight in humans.”

Wide Use

Because MSG is used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods, studying its potential effect on humans has been difficult. He and his colleagues chose study participants living in rural Chinese villages because they used very little commercially processed food, but many regularly used MSG in food preparation.

“We found that prevalence of overweight was significantly higher in MSG users than in non-users,” He said. “We saw this risk even when we controlled for physical activity, total calorie intake and other possible explanations for the difference in body mass. The positive associations between MSG intake and overweight were consistent with data from animal studies.”

As the percentage of overweight and obese people around the world continues to increase, He said, finding clues to the cause could be very important.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other health organizations around the world have concluded that MSG is safe,” He said, “but the question remains — is it healthy?”

Soda consumption fuels obesity

OK, so that’s not news. But there is an interesting campaign going for the summer encouraging Bay Area/Oakland residents to eliminate or at least reduce their soda consumption this summer.

Some interesting points from the article

The Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley, states that sugared beverage consumption has increased 500 percent over the past five decades — at a rate that roughly corresponds with the increase in overweight children.”

“Gee told the crowd of about 100 gathered for the campaign launch that he’s seen rates of Type 2 diabetes in children multiply during the 20 years he’s been in practice. And he described a recent study concluding that it took the consumption of just 150 excess calories a day to separate the children who became overweight from those who maintained normal weights. ‘And what is 150 calories a day? It’s a can of soda,’ Gee said.”

“…the average teen drinks 750 cans of soda yearly.”

Beverage facts

— Soda is the No. 1 source of sugar in the American diet.

— 30 percent of all calories consumed daily are from sweetened beverages.

— Americans spend $56 billion annually on purchasing nondiet soft drinks.

— U.S. teens consume twice as much soda as milk.

— Drinking just one 20-ounce bottle of soda each day for a year can result in gaining 25 extra pounds.

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Estrogen Mimicry of Bisphenol-A Threatens Human and Animal Health

Very interesting. This article is stating that BPA found in canned foods, baby bottles, plastic containers and wrap, etc. could be a factor in obesity and other health problems, such as diabetes and ADD/ADAH. 

(NaturalNews) Bisphenol-A could be making us fatter. Diet and too little exercise are the main culprits of what has been called the obesity epidemic, but the hormone mimicker bisphenol-A might be tipping the scales, so to speak.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is mainly found in polycarbonate plastic, which is labeled with the number 7; in plastic food wrap, and in the resins that coat the inside of metal cans for food. It is so prevalent in today’s products that it is even in refrigerator shelving, water bottles, plastic food storage containers, water pipes and flooring.

BPA is an endocrine disrupter that mimics the hormone estrogen. Studies have shown harmful biological effects on animals using low-doses of the chemical and harmful effects on humans have been observed outside of studies. Hormone disrupting effects have been shown to occur at levels of application as low as 2-5 pars per billion and many canned foods are within and over this range. [1] With such a low level of toxicity, it’s easy to see how even a minuscule rate of bisphenol-A (BPA) leakage from plastics disturbs many people. The damaging effects of the chemical include impairment and unnatural changes to sex organs and their functions, increased tumor formation, hyperactivity, neurotoxin effects, and signs of early puberty have been observed. Clearly, BPA’s toxic effects are diverse.

A recent study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that about 93% of the United States population have bisphenol-A in their body at a median concentration of 2.7 ppb. [2]

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