Nutritional Concepts 
Dear Valued Subscriber,
in this week's issue:
-Carbs Trump Fats.
-New Test for Cravings.
-Magnesium, Inflammation, Obesity.

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Carbs Trump Fats.
Public health policy towards carbohydrates has finally come full circle.

In the late 70's, nutrition experts waged war on fat because of the heart disease epidemic. This gave rise to a fat-free culture that opened the floodgates for carbohydrates. Thirty years later, we are burdened by the highest obesity numbers in human existence. Finally, nutrition experts have altered their position on this misguided policy and admit that when it comes identifying a food-related enemy, refined carbohydrates trump fats.

The following American Journal of Clinical Nutrition editorial eloquently and succinctly explains the issue so that you may share the information with friends, family, and coworkers.

Carbs Trump Fats.
New Test for Cravings.
Now that the public health campaign to curtail carbohydrate consumption has begun, the difficulty will be to break the habit. In our opinion, sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings are one of the toughest habits to overcome.

If you have uncontrollable cravings that impede weight loss and your overall health in general, there is a new screening tool that may assist.

In the past, we have written about the balance between the hormones leptin and ghrelin in controlling hunger. Leptin levels can now be screened through a test from Quest Labs. If your Leptin level is high, you are most likely Leptin resistant, which explains the inability to overcome cravings. You must be Leptin sensitive to control cravings.

If you decide that testing for Leptin is worthwhile, you can make an appointment with Bonnie to discuss your results. She will make individual recommendations to bring your leptin level back within range.

Crave-Busting Tip: Grow Your Own Stevia Plants.
Nothing can dent a craving more then pulling a leaf off of your own stevia plant and chewing it to enjoy the sweet taste it offers. The leaves also taste great in tea with lemon. Try it!

Magnesium, Inflammation, Obesity.
According to a study performed by the US Department of Agriculture Research Service and published in the June issue of Nutrition Reviews, about 60% of adults in the United States do not consume the estimated average requirement for magnesium, but widespread pathological conditions attributed to magnesium deficiency have not been reported.

Nevertheless, low magnesium status has been associated with numerous pathological conditions characterized as having a chronic inflammatory stress component. In humans, deficient magnesium intakes are mostly marginal to moderate. Animal experiments indicate that signs of marginal-to-moderate magnesium deficiency can be compensated or exacerbated by other factors influencing inflammatory and oxidative stress; recent studies suggest a similar happening in humans. This suggestion may have significance in obesity, which is characterized as having a chronic low-grade inflammation component and an increased incidence of a low magnesium status.

Marginal-to-moderate magnesium deficiency through exacerbating chronic inflammatory stress may be contributing significantly to the occurrence of chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, and cancer.

Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts
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