Three major coffee compounds -- caffeine, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid -- appear to inhibit the accumulation of human islet amyloid polypeptide, a protein associated with type 2 diabetes risk. The findings in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry may explain why regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of diabetes, researchers said.
The iPhone application GymPact gives people a financial incentive to exercise by charging fees, from $5 to $50, each time a gym appointment is missed. The money is collected by credit card, then redistributed at the end of each week to GymPact users who met their gym commitments.
Intermountain Healthcare's Weigh to Health program avoids fad diets and unhealthy weight loss, instead offering group or individual sessions with dietitians. Weight-management coordinator and dietitian Erinn Meyer says the goal is to give people the "tools and the knowledge to change behaviors and then to help them enjoy living a healthier lifestyle and keep the weight off."
Research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids may benefit people with depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders, but registered dietitian Gretchen Vannice says RDs must consider the proper combination of fats, along with other treatments, to get the best results. Clients also should talk with their physicians before starting on omega-3s, and should continue any medications they are already taking, experts said.
The traditional green-bean casserole often is the only green vegetable on the Thanksgiving menu, but autumn offers hearty options such as kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, chef and cookbook author Kim O'Donnel writes. She recommends adding kale to mashed potatoes, turning Brussels sprouts into a slaw side dish and roasting broccoli pickup sticks in the oven.