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Health Tips #3 ~ [Issue 1099-2]  Wellness Weekly
 Oct 13, 1999 09:47 PDT 

For many, breakfast means eggs, hash browns, bacon, buttered toast
with jam, juice and coffee. In other words, high calorie, high fat,
and high salt. Hot and cold cereals offer good alternatives. Whole
grain cereals provide maximum benefits, including high fiber, low
sodium, low sugar and low fat. To get a good start to your day, use
the nutrition labels. High bran cereals might contain 12 to 13 grams
of fiber with about 60 calories. A puffed rice cereal might have the
same caloric content, but no fiber. Variation comes with the addition
of fats. The more fat, generally, the more traditional the flavor.
And flavor provides variety and palatability. Also consider fruit-by
itself, added to cereal, or added to your favorite yogurt (again,
read the nutrition label, as yogurts vary greatly in fat and caloric=


Increasing protein intake to 25% of calorie intake increases both fat
loss and weight loss, according to a new study. In this study, 65
obese patients consumed a diet containing 30% fat. They were divided
into two groups. One group's diet contained only 12% protein and the
other group is 25%. After six months, the group eating the higher
protein diet had lost 75% more weight. The group eating more protein
also lost significantly more fat - 16.7 pounds. vs. 11.2 pounds.


John Folts, director of the Coronary Thrombosis Research Laboratory
at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, says studies of
flavonoids-substances that cause dark colors in some beers, red wines
and purple grape juice-suggest those beverages may keep
heart-damaging blood clots from forming. While aspirin alone is known
to be "very good at turning platelets down," making them less sticky
so they do not form clots, its effects are negated when adrenaline
kicks in while exercising or under stress. "With flavonoids," Folts
explains, "the adrenaline has no effect, so the flavonoids keep on
working." Folts also noted that flavonoids are found "in dark beer
but not light beer; in tea but not in coffee; in purple grape juice
but not in lighter grape juices that people give to babies; in red
wines but not in white wines." The study, presented to doctors
attending an American College of Cardiology meeting in Atlanta, was
funded by the Oscar Rennenbohm Foundation, the Nutricia Research
Foundation and Welch Foods Inc., one of the leading producers of grape=
juice. =20

The health supporting OPC's in red wine are proven natural
"flavonoids" that support the circulatory and immune systems. The
best supplement source for OPC's is Life Plus Proanthenols=99
Bio-Complex - see http://www.aomega.com/ahs/p1950b.htm for additional
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