Unhealthy Diet Or Tobacco – Which Is A Greater Global Health Risk?

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Unhealthy Diets A Greater Health Threat Than Tobacco

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has boldly stepped into the food wars, claiming that an unhealthy diet is a greater global health risk than tobacco. The statement was issued in mid-May in Geneva at a Consumers International (CI) event, which also served to promote the organization’s “Recommendations Towards a Global Convention to Protect and Promote Healthy Diets.”

Tool To Better Screen, Treat Aneurysm Patients

The new research helps identify patients more likely to suffer from an aneurysm and embark on a path toward prevention.

Why You Need Olive Oil On Your Salad

A diet that combines unsaturated fats with nitrite-rich vegetables, such as olive oil and lettuce, can protect you from hypertension, suggests a new study. The findings help to explain why some previous studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet can reduce blood pressure. The Mediterranean diet typically includes unsaturated fats found in olive oil, nuts and avocados, along with vegetables like spinach, celery and carrots that are rich in nitrites and nitrates.

Vitamin E In Canola, Soybean And Corn Oil May Have Negative Affects, However Vitamin E Found In Olive Olive And Sunflower Oils Is Associated With Better Lung Functioning

A large new Northwestern Medicine® study ties the increasing consumption of supposedly healthy vitamin E-rich oils — canola, soybean and corn — to the rising incidence of lung inflammation and, possibly, asthma. The new study shows drastically different health effects of vitamin E depending on its form. The form of Vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol in the ubiquitous soybean, corn and canola oils is associated with decreased lung function in humans, the study reports. The other form of Vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol, which is found in olive and sunflower oils, does the opposite. It associated with better lung function.

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  • Love the new research on identifying and detecting aneurysms! Thank you for finding that really cool step in the right diagnostic direction!

    • Ellen Dolgen

      I found it really encouraging, too, Ruth.

  • Helene Cohen Bludman

    Wow. I am blown away by the first item. An unhealthy diet is a greater health risk than tobacco?? Amazing.

    • Ellen Dolgen

      I know, Helene! I found that quite compelling. My husband and I eat Weight Watchers style…lots of fruits and veggies and smaller amounts of protein….we stay away from sugar and processed foods. I sure wish that we could teach young children of all walks of life how powerful what you eat is to your overall health. We just don’t really address this in a comprehensive way. Preventative health is the key!

  • Ah Ellen, you’re gonna get me healthy, aren’t you?

    • Ellen Dolgen


  • I’m intrigued by the Vitamin E news. So interesting… especially as I just recently started including Vitamin E capsules in my regimen.

    Thank you for this valuable info!

    • Ellen Dolgen

      So much new info every single day! It is always good to get your levels tested before you just start taking vitamins. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

  • The differing quality of vitamin E dependent upon which type of oil it is found within reminds me that context is everything. Nothing exists in a vacuum; there are no one-directional processes. Informative article at so many levels! Thanks!

    • Ellen Dolgen

      So true, Nancy! You gotta read carefully and then digest the information.

  • Years ago, I saw a cartoon of a vastly overweight woman with a HUGE ice cream cone speaking to a slender woman about to light a cigarette. The ice cream woman was saying, “It’s your funeral!” At the time, I recognized the irony. The article about tobacco VS a healthy diet brought it back. Excellent post!

  • Michele R.

    I thought quitting smoking was hard years ago. But now, I’m finding that trying to give up sugar and eat healthier is much harder!