Sipping on a vinegar-infused drink every morning is the latest health food item endorsed by celebrities to lose weight and maintain a youthful glow.
Actress Megan Fox has said that because of her “really big sweet tooth”, she’ll sometimes cleanse with a combination of apple cider vinegar and water, claiming it “cleans out your system”.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr drizzles it on her salad, while actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Madonna rely on it to keep their looks in check, reports dailymail.co.uk.
And now there is also a restaurant with a menu dedicated to fermented vinegar here.
The Raw Duck in London’s Hackney is an eatery to have a menu dedicated to ferments – and apple cider vinegar with a little sugar and grated apple left to develop for three days is one of its most popular concoctions.
“These are deliciously cleansing and help aid digestion,” owner Rory McCoy said.
“When we talk about probiotic, we think of those mass-produced yoghurts but these are the real thing. People should know about them. I try to drink a vinegar or eat a ferment every day for my health,” added McCoy.
Katy Mason, nutritionist at The Nutri Centre, says vinegar has been used for centuries for many purposes, pickling, cleaning as a condiment and for health.
“If you look on the internet you will find claims that vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, will relieve just about any ailment you can think of,” she said.
“Nutritional therapists have known about this product for years and will often recommend it to clients to help stimulate the digestion, alkalise the body and help with weight loss,” she added. (Bollywood Country)
High-protein diets may help people lose weight and build muscle, but there is a downside to it a” a greater heart attack risk, says a health news and study. Researchers now report that high-protein diets boost artery-clogging plaque.
The research in mice showed that high-protein diets spur unstable plaque — the kind most prone to rupturing and causing blocked arteries.
More plaque buildup in the arteries, particularly if it’s unstable, increases the risk of heart attack.
“There are clear weight-loss benefits to high-protein diets, which has boosted their popularity in recent years,” said senior author Babak Razani, associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
“But animal studies and some large epidemiological studies in people have linked high dietary protein to cardiovascular problems. We decided to take a look at whether there is truly a causal link between high dietary protein and poorer cardiovascular health,” Razani added.
The researchers studied mice who were fed a high-fat diet to deliberately induce atherosclerosis, or plaque buildup in the arteries.
Some of the mice received a high-fat diet that was also high in protein. And others were fed a high-fat, low-protein diet for comparison.
The mice on the high-fat, high-protein diet developed worse atherosclerosis — about 30 per cent more plaque in the arteries — than mice on the high-fat, normal-protein diet, despite the fact that the mice eating more protein did not gain weight, unlike the mice on the high-fat, normal-protein diet.
“A couple of a scoop of protein powder in a milkshake or smoothie adds something like 40 grams of protein — almost equivalent to the daily recommended intake,” Razani said.
“To see if protein has an effect on cardiovascular health, we tripled the amount of protein that the mice receive in the high-fat, high-protein diet — keeping the fat constant. Protein went from 15 per cent to 46 per cent of calories for these mice”.
Plaque contains a mix of fat, cholesterol, calcium deposits and dead cells. Past work by Razani’s team and other groups has shown that immune cells called macrophages work to clean up plaque in the arteries.
But the environment inside plaque can overwhelm these cells, and when such cells die, they make the problem worse, contributing to plaque buildup and increasing plaque complexity.
“In mice on the high-protein diet, their plaques were a macrophage graveyard,” Razani informed.
To understand how high dietary protein might increase plaque complexity, Razani and his colleagues also studied the path protein takes after it has been digested — broken down into its original building blocks, called amino acids.
“This study is not the first to show a telltale increase in plaque with high-protein diets, but it offers a deeper understanding of the impact of high protein with the detailed analysis of the plaques,” said Razani.
“This work not only defines the critical processes underlying the cardiovascular risks of dietary protein but also lays the groundwork for targeting these pathways in treating heart disease,” he added. (IANS)