Checkup Denver: LGBTQ health care barriers, kratom ban for minors and more Colorado health news

Happy Monday and welcome back to Checkup Denver! We have a lot of health news for you this week, so let’s catch you up. Seth McConnell, Special to the Denver Post Jessiah Yoder of the Mile High …

Happy Monday and welcome back to Checkup Denver! We have a lot of health news for you this week, so let’s catch you up. Seth McConnell, Special to the Denver Post Jessiah Yoder of the Mile High …

Can the Satiating Diet Help You Lose Weight? Here’s What a Nutritionist Thinks

When clients tell me about their attempts to lose weight, I find that many cherries pick tactics from different diets to create a hodgepodge of strategies that work for them. It’s a savvy way to find a just right approach that generates results and has staying power—a must for keeping lost pounds at bay.

Now, researchers at the Université Laval in Canada believe they have found their own magic combo. Dubbed the “satiating diet” and touted as a hybrid of the Mediterranean and keto diets, it supports weight loss and good health, and doesn’t require extreme measures, proponents say. I looked into it, and here’s what I found.

What is the satiating diet?

According to a 2017 study by the Canadian researchers, the satiating diet consists of the following daily: at least four servings each of whole veggies and fruits; 5 servings of high fiber whole grains (with at least 4 g of fiber per portion); lean protein in every meal (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, or tofu); nuts and seeds, avocado, and other healthy plant fats; at least one legume meal per week; and the consumption of hot peppers or red peppers.

Does it help with weight loss?

The results of the aforementioned small study seem to indicate so—at least for obese men. The study of the diet tracked obese men. Thirty-four followed the satiating plan, which provided 20–25% of calories from protein, 45-50% from carbs, and 30-35% from fat for 16 weeks. Another 35 obese men followed a standard diet with 10–15% protein, 55-60% carbs, and 30% fat, based on Canada’s national guidelines for healthy eating.

The men on the satiating diet lost significantly more weight and body fat, and they experienced greater feelings of fullness compared to those who followed the standard diet. Even better, the satiating diet eaters stuck with it. Only 8.6% stopped following the diet, compared to 44.1% of standard diet eaters.

Read the full article at Health

Colorado town bans underage sale of herbal supplement kratom

A town south of Denver has banned the sale of the herbal supplement kratom to anyone under the age of 18. The Denver Post reports the Castle Rock town council approved an ordinance Tuesday that …

A town south of Denver has banned the sale of the herbal supplement kratom to anyone under the age of 18. The Denver Post reports the Castle Rock town council approved an ordinance Tuesday that …

Sisolak OKs test of pot banking, bans minors buying kratom

Another law bans minors from buying the supplement kratom, which some claim helps ease pain but U.S. health officials have linked to overdose deaths. As a subscriber to the San Antonio Express-News, …

Another law bans minors from buying the supplement kratom, which some claim helps ease pain but U.S. health officials have linked to overdose deaths. As a subscriber to the San Antonio Express-News, …

Transformational News and Alternatives to Flower Entice New Cannabis Consumers Alike

Pasha Brands Ltd. announced breaking cannabis news that, “it has acquired Medcann Health Products Ltd. (“Medcann”), a fully licensed, Health Canada approved facility to process, cultivate and sell …

Pasha Brands Ltd. announced breaking cannabis news that, “it has acquired Medcann Health Products Ltd. (“Medcann”), a fully licensed, Health Canada approved facility to process, cultivate and sell …

Psychiatric Times® Releases June 2019 Issue

Psychiatric Times®, the No. 1 multimedia platform for psychiatrists in the United States, has released its June 2019 issue that highlights expert articles, reports, and breaking news for health care . …

Psychiatric Times®, the No. 1 multimedia platform for psychiatrists in the United States, has released its June 2019 issue that highlights expert articles, reports, and breaking news for health care . …

Why Haven’t Genetically Engineered Crops Made Food Better?

One of the arguments that have been advanced to promote genetically engineered crops is that the techniques have the potential for improving the food we eat. Crops could be engineered so that they provide nutrients they currently don’t or so that good nutrition is in reach of poor people in developing nations.

In fact, the technology does have that potential, and a couple of efforts have been made to do exactly this. Yet, decades into the GMO era, all of the engineered crops on the market provide enhanced productivity and other benefits to farmers but nothing for the people who ultimately end up eating the results. So why the huge gap between potential and reality? The huge number of problems involved is the subject of a review in Nature Plants.

Far from golden

The people behind the review come from the Rothamsted Research, a UK-based nonprofit agricultural science institution. The nonprofit aspect is rather critical. Rothamsted’s work does include developing genetically modified crops, but it’s not doing so to make money; instead, the organization is dedicated to improving farming in developing economies and sees GMO crops as a potential contributor there. But even with those things going for it, the organization has been caught up in the public’s disapproval of GMOs, with protesters having threatened to destroy one of its test plantings in 2012.

The new paper, however, isn’t especially focused on the work done at Rothamsted in particular (neither the protests nor the research effort that attracted them is mentioned in the piece). Instead, it uses two very different GMO crop experiences to illustrate the challenges of trying to improve nutrition. The first is a case that has reached a fair degree of public attention: golden rice.

Using genes from other plants, researchers engineered rice to produce a precursor to vitamin A, something that’s lacking from rice-dominated diets; deficiencies in vitamin A can lead to a form of childhood blindness. The first version of rice engineered to carry the new trait dates back nearly two decades. But, since that version was announced, nearly everything has gone wrong with efforts to get it in the hands of farmers.

As of 2017, the latest version of golden rice, one with all the biological issues seemingly solved, had been submitted for regulatory approval in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the US. If approved, golden rice will finally be ready to plant for food production.

Read more at Ars Technica

What Is Satiating Diet? Is It Better Than Other Trending Diets?

With the rise in a number of people suffering from obesity, the importance of following weight loss diets is gaining momentum. There are a lot of fad diets in today’s time that claims to cut down weight quickly. But these diets follow a restrictive pattern and eliminate one or more class of foods, which are otherwise essential for our nutritional needs.

Going on such diets may help you lose weight faster but might backfire later. Feeling of dissatisfaction and frustration may crawl in, which will eventually make you eat more to beat the stress. Moreover, all kind of foods is important for the normal functioning of the body. You need carbs as much as you need fats. So now, the health experts have come to the conclusion that the most beneficial and sustainable way of maintaining weight is to eat to your heart’s content.

What Is Satiating Diet?

A new version of diet – satiating diet – is making news these days for its positive approach towards weight loss. It proposes eating nutrition-rich foods that fill the stomach and satiate the appetite to the hilt.

A satiating diet consists of foods that are high in fiber (like bread), protein (like eggs), healthy fats (like avocados), dairy products (like yogurt) and fruits and vegetables. All these foods have their own individual nutritional properties that contribute to bringing health and wellness to us. Some foods are good for heart health, some are good for digestion and some protect the body from harmful free radicals.

Read the full article at NDTV Food

Illinois Legislature Passes Cannabis Legalization Bill

Illinois is set to be the eleventh state to legalize recreational cannabis … drug treatment and enforcement programs and mental health counseling services, with the balance going to the …

Illinois is set to be the eleventh state to legalize recreational cannabis … drug treatment and enforcement programs and mental health counseling services, with the balance going to the …

The Week In Cannabis: Earnings Madness, Illinois Legalization, FDA Hearing, And More

If you want to get this news recap in your email inbox every week … it received the last needed cultivation license from Health Canada to approve all 700,000 square feet of its cannabis production …

If you want to get this news recap in your email inbox every week … it received the last needed cultivation license from Health Canada to approve all 700,000 square feet of its cannabis production …