Entries in Fatty Foods (3)


Love Fatty Foods? Research Indicates It’s Not Your Fault

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- It turns out that your love of French fries and Big Macs might not be your fault.  A new study conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine found that, depending on the individual, certain human receptors are more sensitive to fatty foods.

Out of 21 obese subjects, ages 21 to 50, researchers discovered that those with a certain variation of the CD36 gene had a greater desire to eat more fat-laden foods.

The study, published in the Journal of Lipid Research, aimed to discover “What happens if we look for humans who have a lot or a little of the gene?” said first author M. Yanina Pepino, research assistant professor of medicine.

“We wanted to understand whether people can perceive fat through taste.  Since animals can detect fat as a taste, we wanted to know if we could do it as well,” Pepino said.  “Fat is a critical element for life, although we demonize fat, we can’t forget it is an evolutionary element that we need.”

The study excluded participants with altered taste perception such as cigarette smokers or those who were pregnant.

Each participant was give three cups: two cups had water and the other cup had water and a small amount of fat.  The participants had to taste the three cups to determine which one was different.

“A small amount of pure fat, oleic acid, the principle component of olive oil, was in one of the cups,” Pepino said.

The researchers controlled the study so it was not based on smell, texture, or visual cues.  To keep the study focused on taste, the participants had nose clips to avoid smell.  The researchers also used Arabic gum to mask viscosity and white food dye to mask the color.  A red light was also used to hide the color.

The study determined that, “People with a high sensitivity level of this protein (CD36) require much less fat, while people with less sensitivity require much more fat,” Pepino said.

Whether this study offers an answer to the obesity problem is still an open question, though, experts say.

“We cannot say that there is a cause and an effect,” Pepino said. “There are many factors in the development of obesity.  We’d like to learn does it [CD36] affect how much fat is absorbed?  What are the consequences of this?”

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US Government Asks Food Firms to Stop Marketing Junk to Kids

Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The federal government proposed new guidelines Thursday that urge the food industry to market only healthy foods to children.

The proposal recommends foods marketed to children should “provide a meaningful contribution to a healthy diet,” containing either fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk or lean proteins.  The guidelines also urge food companies to stop targeting children with ads for foods with high levels of saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and sodium.

These recommendations -- proposed jointly by the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration -- are not mandatory, they’re just recommendations.  They are open to public comment for 45 days.

The agencies are asking the food industry to follow these new guidelines at some point in the next five years.

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Beat Fat, Sugar Addiction; Detox Liver to Lose Weight

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Do you feel like you can't lose weight because you can't stop eating cakes, cookies and French fries?  If you can't beat your cravings, you could be addicted to sugary and fatty foods, and to kick your addiction, you have to detox your liver, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show.

"Sugary and fatty foods affect the pathways to the brain in the same way as heroin or cocaine," Oz said.  "Sugar acts directly in the brain to inhibit the effect of leptin and increased appetite so you never feel full.  So then you keep eating, and you become leptin-resistant."

"What you need to do is break the addiction by detoxing the liver, which has stopped metabolizing fat properly.  Sugar consumption causes fat to build up in liver cells, which decreases the liver's ability to metabolize fats and sugars and detoxify your body," he added.

Oz told ABC News the following four steps for detoxing your liver:

Step 1: Replace all grains with cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower for one week, and bulk up on foods from the allium family -- garlic, chives, leeks -- because they are full of flavonoids.

Step 2: For withdrawal, take a Vitamin B complex to help with carbohydrate cravings and 1,000 mg a day of chromium picolinate to help with sugar withdrawal.

Step 3: Eat meat in a four-to-one ratio, meaning four portions of white meat, fish or tofu to one portion of red meat).  Also eat leafy greens and citrus fruits that contain vitamin C to boost your innate antioxidant system.

Step 4: Address emotional eating. Emotional hunger is sudden, while physical hunger is gradual.

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