“Cocoa” drunk on San Blas Islands, the major hospital has had an electrocardiogram machine for 15 years that has never diagnosed a heart attack.
It is good that research is being finally being presented about “Real Foods”.
For so long we have been presented with studies which are mainly based on surveys which are designed by nutritionist or companies to promote their products or there medications.
More research is needed to take us back to the past, so our future food is real & a benefit to our health, not just designed to sell products.
Real Dairy Products
Does it mean diabetics use real butter on their toast rather than margarine? Use real milk & cheese for better health?
When the researchers adjusted for the other factors in their analysis, people with the top-20-percent blood levels of the fatty acid showed a 62 percent lower risk of diabetes than the group with bottom-20-percent fatty acid levels.
The results, reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also point to a potential explanation for some previous research that showed dairy lovers to have a lower diabetes risk than people who consume little dairy.
Even if the benefit does not come from trans-palmitoleic acid specifically, Mozaffarian said, these findings bolster the case that dairy has some anti-diabetes property. “I think this study confirms that there is something about dairy foods that’s responsible,”
Trans-palmitoleic acid falls into the broad category of “trans-fat,” which has become notorious in recent years for its links to elevated LDL cholesterol and heart disease.
However, unlike the trans-fats in many processed foods, like cookies, crackers and chips, trans-palmitoleic acid is a natural fat. And so far, Mozaffarian said, research has not linked natural trans-fats in dairy and meat to an increased heart disease risk.
It may be that at least some natural trans-fats, like trans-palmitoleic acid, have health benefit.
Animal research offers some hints as to why trans-palmitoleic acid might lower diabetes risk, he adds. A “sister” fat known as cis-palmitoleic acid, which is produced naturally in the body, has been shown to protect animals from developing diabetes when its production is revved up through genetic manipulation.
Cis-palmitoleic acid seems to suppress the liver’s overall production of fat and help muscles more efficiently use sugar from food, both effects that could help ward off diabetes.
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Cocoa a “Real Food” which benefit our health
In a multifaceted study involving the Kuna Indians of Panama, an international team of scientist including researchers from the University of California and Harvard University Medical School, has pinpointed a chemical compound that is, in part, responsible for the heart-healthy benefits of certain cocoas and some chocolate products.
The study shows that epicatechin, one of a group of chemicals known as flavanols, is linked directly to improved circulation and other hallmarks of cardiovascular health.
Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Norman Hollenberg he knew he had to find a geographically isolated, ethnically homogeneous area where generations of people had low blood pressure even in old age.
He found it at the San Blas Islands, home for centuries to the Kuna Indian tribe.
The major hospital on these rocky, dry islands has had an electrocardiogram machine for 15 years that has never diagnosed a heart attack.
He discovered , however, that Kuna who moved to the Panama mainland experience both hypertension and heart disease.
That ruled out his theory of a protective gene.
Nor did environmental factors, including stress and a diet high in salt, explain why death certificates between 2000 and 2004 show islanders appear to experience significantly lower death rates from heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and cancer than mainland Kuna.
Flavanols, are present in other foods such as onions, tea, and red wine, might protect us from major illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and neurodegenerative disease, says Hollenberg.
Recent studies, for instance, have shown that flavanols enhance brain blood flow and improve insulin sensitivity by boosting the body’s nitric oxide levels and relaxing blood vessels.
This Kuna Indian research reinforces previous studies that some flavanol-rich foods, such as wine, tea, and cocoa, can offer cardiovascular health benefits, it demonstrate a direct relationship between the intake of certain flavanols present in cocoa, their absorption into the circulation, and their effects on cardiovascular function in humans
Amy Norton Reuters Health Wed Dec 22, 2010
Pamela Ferdinand, Globe Correspondent April 30, 2007
USA Today Magazine, February 2007