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avocado modulates postprandial vascular reactivity and postprandial inflammatory responses to a hamburger meal in healthy volunteers

Jan 23, 2014 - 0 comments

avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid) and antioxidants (carotenoids, tocopherols, polyphenols) and are often eaten as a slice in a sandwich containing hamburger or other meats. Hamburger meat forms lipid peroxides during cooking. After ingestion, the stomach functions as a bioreactor generating additional lipid peroxides and this process can be inhibited when antioxidants are ingested together with the meat. The present pilot study was conducted to investigate the postprandial effect of the addition of 68 g of avocado to a hamburger on vasodilation and inflammation. Eleven healthy subjects on two separate occasions consumed either a 250 g hamburger patty alone (ca. 436 cal and 25 g fat) or together with 68 grams of avocado flesh (an additional 114 cal and 11 g of fat for a total of 550 cal and 36 g fat), a common culinary combination, to assess effects on vascular health. Using the standard peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) method to calculate the PAT index, we observed significant vasoconstriction 2 hours following hamburger ingestion (2.19 ± 0.36 vs. 1.56 ± 0.21, p = 0.0007), which did not occur when the avocado flesh was ingested together with the burger (2.17 ± 0.57 vs. 2.08 ± 0.51, NS p = 0.68). Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated from postprandial blood samples and the Ikappa-B alpha (IκBα) protein concentration was determined to assess effects on inflammation. At 3 hours, there was a significant preservation of IκBα (131% vs. 58%, p = 0.03) when avocado was consumed with the meat compared to meat alone, consistent with reduced activation of the NF-kappa B (NFκB) inflammatory pathway. IL-6 increased significantly at 4 hours in postprandial serum after consumption of the hamburger, but no change was observed when avocado was added. Postprandial serum triglyceride concentration increased, but did not further increase when avocado was ingested with the burger compared to burger alone despite the added fat and calories from the avocado. These observations are suggestive of beneficial anti-inflammatory and vascular health effects of ingesting added Hass avocado with a hamburger patty.
Source: Royal Society of Chemistry

Fat-Burning "Sniff Trick"

Jan 01, 2014 - 2 comments

A 1999 project conducted two randomized, double-blind studies
consisting of over 3,000 subjects who had at least 10 lbs to

In addition, 3/4 of the subjects also were psychologically
affected by their weight, claiming:

- Impaired sex life
- Bad feelings about overeating
- Lack of energy, and
- Poor self-image

The test subjects were directed to NOT make any changes to their
nutrition or exercise program except for one thing:

One test group was directed to sniff a specific aroma prior to
eating their meals and whenever they felt hungry.

Specifically, here's what they smelled:

Month 1 & 4: Peppermint
Month 2 & 5: Banana
Month 3 & 6: Green Apple

The other group (the "control" group) was given a placebo
inhalent that simply smelled like detergent.

At the end of the study, the subjects who were given the "smelly"
inhalents reported:

- 50% decrease in food cravings
- Decreased appetite
- No nagging hunger pains
- Much less "snacking"

And get this...

- they lost 497% more weight!

(19.15 lbs average vs. only 3.85 lbs in control group)

Here's why this works...

One of the factors that tells your brain that you're "full" is
your sense of smell as you bring food up to your mouth to eat.

Literally, after your brain senses it's "smelled enough," it
tells your body you're full and it's time to stop eating.

By smelling the three aromas, you're able to "trick" the body
into eating less and therefore consuming less calories (and you
know what THAT means, right?)

Now, here's what you need to do...

1. Find yourself 3 different essential oils (even candles will
work if you can find them) that match the 3 used in the study:

- Peppermint
- Banana
- Green Apple

2. Use each scent for one month and then switch.

(I don't know why this is important but it's how they conducted
the study so I'm sure there's a reason.  Why fix what isn't

3. Keep the scent handy throughout the day and sniff it in the
following instances:

- 5 minutes prior to your "main" meals
- 5 minutes prior to any planned snacks
- Any time you feel hungry

4. To "sniff properly" (I know...sounds strange, right?), plug up
one nostril and sniff the scent 3 times through the other and
then switch.

Do this 3 times for each side (total of 18 sniffs) at the
designated times.

Enjoy your new found fat loss results, appetite control, and less
Source:  Mike Geary

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