7 Healthy Summer Snacks

March 29th, 2017 by admin No comments »

As the summer heat kicks in the thought of indulging in cool delicious things such as ice cream can be super tempting. As great as it may taste it can put a crimp in your bikini season plans. Keep that as an extra special treat and for everyday noshing here is a list of things that will give you more energy, pack a vitamin punch as well as satiate your sweet tooth.

For everyday snacking Shane Griffin, a certified nutritional planner and founder of Whole Life Balance – an international nutrition coaching company– has put together a list of things to nosh on that will give you more energy, pack a vitamin punch as well as satiate your sweet tooth.

Nachos
Yes they can be a good choice just use multigrain chips, go light on the shredded cheese or use low fat, a dab of guacamole, scallions or jalapeno for flavor.

Edamame
We’ve heard of the health benefits of soy, well get straight from the source and enjoy the protein-loaded bean. Mix the soybeans into a salad with some olive oil for a little heartier but still guiltless snack. It packs a nutty punch.

Cottage cheese-filled Avocado
Remove the pit from 1/2 of an avocado and fill it with a healthy sized scoop of 1% cottage cheese. This treat is high in protein and healthy fats.

Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Is there a better combination? Strawberries are one of the original super fruits and dark chocolate is the best of everything because you get flavonoids and good healthy fats. So have this snack and banish belly bloat as you increase your body’s ability to fight chronic diseases.

Frozen Yogurt
When that dreadful desire hits you for something cool, grab a half cup of frozen yogurt. It’s not as high-calorie as ice cream, but cures that craving. Plus in a recent study low-fat yogurt was shown to have reduced the risk for obesity.

Vegetable Dip
Skip ranch or sour cream and have a cold vegetable dip. Use low fat or fat-free yogurt as your base and mix in some crunchy carrots, broccoli, or celery. This snack will load you and your party guests up with vitamins A, K, C, D, as well as calcium, zinc, & protein.

Watermelon
It’s low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. It is also great at keeping your body hydrated because it is packed with potassium and it has been referred to as “natural Viagra.” Scientists have found that it has a viagra-like effects on the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

Could my knee pain be arthritis?

March 25th, 2017 by admin No comments »

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disease causing disability, affecting more than 7 million people in the United States. It is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and loss of joint cartilage that is meant to cushion the joint. This causes the bones to rub together with movement, resulting in extreme pain at the joint.

The knee is the joint that is most commonly affected by OA. The knee joint is formed by the intersection of the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone), with the patella (knee cap) sitting on top. In a normal functioning knee these bones are able to glide seamlessly against each other over a layer of cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. The cartilage protects the bones and allows them to glide smoothly with normal activity and acts as a shock absorber for high impact activity, like running or jumping. With knee OA, this cartilage begins to wear away. This results in pain, tenderness, stiffness of the joint (usually after periods of inactivity), lack of flexibility, a grinding sensation with movement, and sometimes bone spurs, which are small hard lumps felt around the joint.

What causes knee OA?

The most common cause of knee OA is age, as the ability of the cartilage to heal with injury decreases as a person gets older. Gender is also a factor, as women 55 and older are more likely to experience knee OA than men. Obesity, additionally puts an individual at risk of developing knee OA and is often a cause of OA’s further progression as the added body weight further increases the pressure on the joints. Heredity can also contribute to one’s likelihood of developing knee OA, including inherited abnormalities in the shape of the bones that make up and surround the knee.

Overuse and repetitive stress to any joint can also predispose people to knee OA. For example, people with certain occupations that include kneeling, squatting, or lifting heavy weights are more at risk for developing knee OA due to the constant pressure on the joint. The same goes for athletes, particularly in sports such as soccer and tennis, as the repetitive cutting can breakdown the cartilage, or long distance running due to the high impact of forces over an extended period of time.

With that said, it is important to note that regular moderate exercise strengthens the muscles surrounding the knee joint and can help decrease the risk of developing knee OA. In fact, there is a correlation between decreased quad strength and the disability and pain associated with knee OA.

Physical Therapy of Knee OA

Exercise has been proven to increase knee joint function and decrease symptoms of knee OA. Recent research suggests that physical therapy treatment of knee OA can reduce the need for knee surgery and steroid injections. The combination of strengthening exercises with manual therapy demonstrates improvements in motion, pain, and walking speed. Therapy programs should be designed specifically for each individual based on their particular impairments. For example, if you are lacking knee extension, meaning the ability to fully straighten your knee, both your exercises and manual therapy should focus on moving the joint in that direction. The same is true if you are lacking knee flexion and are unable to fully bend your knee. The problem may also be muscle tightness, in which case exercises should focus on stretching the muscles surrounding the knee. Following exercise it is always recommended to apply ice to the knee to decrease swelling and pain throughout the joint.

Alternative Treatment

If conservative treatment such as physical therapy is unsuccessful in decreasing knee pain, there are other options to consider. Corticosteroid injections fight inflammation and can offer fast pain relief that may last several months. However, the benefits of injections are only temporary with a short term effect.

A more drastic option would be surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure where the surgeon can remove the damaged cartilage or any loose bone that may be causing pain in order to “clean up” the joint. This again can be seen as a short term solution in order to delay a more complex surgery, like a total knee replacement, which should be considered when all other options have failed. In this procedure, all or part of the knee joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint made of metal and plastics. Though this surgery may take months to recover from, the relief can last years.

Physical therapy is a great place to start when experiencing knee pain. Surgery should only be considered if therapy is unsuccessful in reducing the pain caused by knee OA. It may be considered if the pain is severe and limits your everyday activities, if it persists while resting both during the day and at night, if you experience chronic swelling or if stiffness limits motion at the knee, causing inability to bend or straighten the knee. However, as previously stated, to prevent the need for knee surgery or to slow the progression of knee OA, regular moderate exercise is recommended. For more information on physical therapy services visit www.totalperformancept.com.

Breaking news can make for a difficult day

March 24th, 2017 by admin No comments »

This column is not by and round to be a breaking news column, however today it is being pushed into play as one. Our caregivers and those cared for are being placed in a situation of tragedy. Seattle was the scene of a news helicopter crash in downtown Seattle. This may seem to of little impact on the caregiving model; however it is far from it.
Our patients or clients may not be able to determine the actuality of what is happening on the news. They may feel this is an entirely different type of event. This activity will have an effect on our day and possibly for hours or days to come. The length of time our client is impacted by emotional actions will depend on how much they are subjected to this event.
We have discussed before the emotional impact this can have on our impaired abilities. This impairment can range from emotional acting out or physical decompensating. Should the caregiver be able to limit the amount of coverage being streamed live to the public. Not to censor news but to delay or not have the continual repeat of coverage as the news networks continue to build their stories.

CBT for psychosis: Ron Unger offers common-sense talk therapy for schizophrenia

March 21st, 2017 by admin No comments »

You could call CBT the Swiss army knife of talk therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is reliable and versatile as your multitool; and just when you think you know all the ways it can be used, someone discovers one more.

CBT is well known as a treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias; and perhaps less well-known, but certainly in use, for an eye-popping number of other mental conditions. It’s the #1 treatment for anxiety disorders, according to HelpGuide.org.

It’s also used for physical problems, such as chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia.

That’s not all. According to the Mayo Clinic, CBT is even used for people who have no physical or mental health diagnoses, to help with stress, grief, relationship problems, and more.

CBT is abundantly backed by research, and it’s an insurance company darling because of its nice fit with “brief therapy.”

But, as the infomercials say: wait, there’s more! CBT is also an effective treatment for psychosis.

Surprised? I was too – and I try keep a pretty good eye on mental health. But it’s true. In fact, CBT for psychosis –“CBTp” for short — has so much research showing its value, it ranks as an Oregon-approved evidence-based practice.

There’s one drawback: it can be tough to find. There are only a handful of CBTp practitioners in Oregon – just nine in the entire state, according to Oregon’s Addictions and Mental Health Division.

Ron Unger, LCSW is one of the few. He and others are working to spread the word and get more CBTp providers trained, but for now he is part of a rare breed – a rare breed with a really great Swiss army knife.

Normalizing psychotic experiences

Unger’s Eugene-based practice focuses on CBTp, which he calls “a common-sense form of talk therapy” for persons with psychosis or schizophrenia.

How does it work? And what makes CBT for psychosis different from, say, CBT for depression?

“Cognitive therapy for psychosis is a well-researched approach to helping people who are having psychotic experiences, to reduce distress and to regain control over their lives,” Unger says.

“The most important part of cognitive therapy is called ‘normalizing,’ which means helping people make sense of psychotic experiences as meaningful and as variations of normal human response and functioning. This reduces fear of the experience, reduces ‘stigma,’ and helps people have insight into how to apply a variety of coping methods for their difficulties.

“The second most important method,” Unger adds, “is called ‘developing a formulation.’ This means putting together an individualized story or possible understanding of how difficulties developed and of how they currently manifest, which helps people make sense of how things have gotten bad and of how things might be turned around so as to go better.”

“A third key method,” he says, “is called ‘reality testing,’ which is a collaborative process of exploring beliefs and alternative ways of making sense, so that people can possibly find ways of making sense which work better in their lives and change their relationship with their experiences.”

Respect and curiosity

Unger’s approach isn’t the same one you might find in CBT for depression, where the therapist helps identify cognitive distortions (also called “thinking errors”), directly challenges the client’s “unrealistic” beliefs and encourages finding new, “better” ones. For a psychotic client, techniques pulled straight from the depression playbook could be useless – or worse. Instead, Unger takes care to incorporate respect and curiosity, collaborating with the client rather than forcing a particular view of reality or the “right” explanation of the client’s experiences.

“As in the Open Dialogue approach,” he says, in CBTp “it is considered essential that cognitive therapists acknowledge their own uncertainty about what is going on and what might help. This allows for respectful and interesting relationships and dialogue with people having extreme or unusual states of mind, and also keeps an openness to the existence of possibly positive sides within experiences that are otherwise distressing.”

Therapy doesn’t end there – Unger’s got a toolbox to share. “Cognitive therapists can suggest a number of specific coping ideas for various kinds of troublesome experiences, and can be good guides in overcoming obstacles in implementing those strategies,” Unger says.

And finally, “When recovery is well underway, cognitive therapy can be helpful in discovering ways to make further progress and ways to avoid ‘relapse.’”

Questions and answers

I asked Unger some questions about CBTp in general and his practice in particular. Here are his responses.

Q: Do you see much success in your practice — and what constitutes success?

A: What I aim for is to help a person fully recover, which I think happens when they find a life that is meaningful to them, where they can relate well to others in areas like love and work, without needing drugs or other mental health treatments to keep that going.

But recovery is a journey that often takes years, and I typically see people for shorter periods than that, so I’m usually just helping people take some steps toward a possible recovery. I do frequently see people make very important progress, and I do sometimes hear back years later from people who report being able to build on that progress and basically accomplishing a full recovery.

Unfortunately, there are also times I can’t seem to be helpful to people, or times when things spin out of control and go downhill while I’m trying to help without success. I wish I could work with something like an Open Dialogue team, where we had the resources to carry out as intensive an intervention as might be necessary in such cases, while staying with a humanistic and recovery oriented model.

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Q: CBT is often used for the “brief therapy” that insurance companies may insist on. Do you practice brief therapy, and if so, how brief?

A: What I like about brief therapy models is that they try to provide real help as quickly as possible, so I do try to make my therapy a brief as I can while still meeting the person’s needs! But I don’t believe in denying more therapy when I can’t manage to meet those needs quickly, so I do work with insurance companies to see people much longer-term, even for years, when that seems to make sense.

Typically, CBT for psychosis is offered for something like 12 to 30 sessions, and I do think that work during the earlier sessions is often the most productive. But when people have a lot of needs for assistance, I think it makes sense to offer long-term help as well. I also prefer to get people engaged with peers, in something like a Hearing Voices group, so they can help each other over that longer term, but not everyone can be persuaded to try that route.

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Q: In your years as a therapist, what is the most surprising or significant thing you have learned?

A: I think the very most astonishing thing is the way the voices or parts of the person that at one point were trying to put down, harm, or even kill the person can later become a powerful friend or ally. The amazing thing about “mad” experiences is their ambiguity, the way they can often contain both something very bad, and something possibly very good. I’m always being challenged to keep an open mind, and to learn ways to help people fight against being overcome by the negative side of voices and other mad experiences, while keeping enough of an open mind that they can also find value in those experiences and eventually heal their relationship with them.

A rare breed – for now

Way back in 1979, Aaron Beck’s seminal Cognitive Therapy of Depression hit the shelves, and therapists jumped on the radical new approach to treatment that would beget CBT, and later, CBTp. At the time the book was published, though, Beck had no way to foresee the number of applications his ideas would eventually have, nor the extent of their usefulness in treating psychosis. Although his book did include a small section on cognitive therapy in psychotic depression, it was mostly hypothesis and hope, and almost entirely concerned with getting people to take their medications.

Fast-forward to 2014. CBT and CBTp have been studied exhaustively, and as of now, the evidence they work is about as close to indisputable as science ever gets.

Yet CBTp has been slow to catch on in the U.S., where biological psychiatry has a huge political and popular advantage, and the party-line mythology of schizophrenia and psychosis — “medication is the one, only, and required treatment” – is so well-embedded into our culture, it might as well be an article of faith.

But even in the U.K., where often there is greater acceptance of novel practices — such as Hearing Voices groups — CBTp has to battle for acceptance. Stacks of evidence notwithstanding, Unger says “estimates are that [in the U.K.] only 1 in 10 people who could benefit are offered CBTp.”

On a hopeful note, he adds, “There are efforts to overcome [the scarcity of CBTp in the U.S.] For example, Doug Turkington, one of the leaders from the U.K., [just did] a week-long training in California, in an effort to make CBTp more widespread in that state.”

Unger’s doing his part as well. On his website you’ll find an upcoming online conference, several live seminars scheduled for this fall and winter in Eugene, and recorded webinars taught by Unger and others.

Hopefully, one day soon, CBTp won’t be so rare.

Health and Fitness Magazines

March 19th, 2017 by admin No comments »

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The National Children’s Study needs refinement, says a new report

March 16th, 2017 by admin No comments »

Proposed children’s study needs refinement, a new report finds. A study that would track the health of 100,000 babies to age 21 has been put on hold following the release of an assessment report issued June 16, 2014 by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine (IOM). The report, “The National Children’s Study 2014: An Assessment,” published by the National Academics Press, is available online since June 16, 2014.

While the congressionally mandated report endorses several aspects of the proposed study design of the National Children’s Study (NCS), the authors – including Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs – are critical of the sampling design and study content.

Authorized by the Children’s Health Act of 2000, NCS originated after a request by Congress to examine how environmental factors, like social settings and pollution, influence the long-term health of children

The study, managed by an office at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), will recruit 100,000 women and their unborn babies and follow them through age 21. In March 2013, Congress requested that IOM write an assessment of the study design.

While the authors support many aspects of the proposed design, they particularly do not endorse the study’s plan to recruit half of the children at birth. Doing so would skew the data obtained, the authors say, due to the scientific importance of prenatal exposures on child development. Instead, the authors recommend recruiting all 95,000 mothers during pregnancy, which can be done for the same cost – if 10,000 “convenience samples” are dropped.

“Collecting data on mothers-to-be during the prenatal phase is important and could provide information of paramount importance related to the health, growth and development of U.S. children,” said McLanahan, according to the June 18, 2014 news release, “Proposed children’s study needs refinement, report finds.” McLanahan also directs the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. “If carried out successfully, the survey has the potential to be the most comprehensive study of child health and development in the world.”

The report authors endorse several of the design features, however, including:

The use of a national equal probability sample for a large cohort of births
The concept of the study as a data collection platform with a focus on health and development guided by exemplar scientific hypotheses
The inclusion of siblings born within a four-year window
The collection and storage of biological and environmental samples to permit subsequent analysis

Among its recommendations, the report urges the NICHD to enhance the scientific expertise of the NCS program office by recruiting and contracting with experts in relevant fields from within the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies and organizations outside of government. In addition, NICHD should establish an authoritative multidisciplinary oversight structure to review the program office’s decisions and establish a mechanism for regular, independent outside review by the qualified organization or a study section like those in NIH.

“Asthma, ADHD and obesity are all on the rise in this country, and probably caused by environmental factors,” says McLanahan, according to the news release. “The NCS is designed to collect an unprecedented volume of data on the kinds of environmental and psycho-social exposures both before and after children are born. Moreover, its large size enables the NCS to support analyses of the underlying causes of health disparities across groups defined by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, which is an important national health problem identified in the Children’s Health Act of 2000.”

Sponsor of the study is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Research Council is the principal operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences, of which McClanahan is a member

Additional authors include Greg J. Duncan, University of California, Irvine; Dean B. Baker, University of California, Irvine; Paul Biemer, Mathematica Policy Research Inc.; Ana V. Diez Roux; Barbara Lepidus Carlson, Mathematica Policy Research Inc.; Virginia Lesser, Oregon State University; Marie C. McCormick, Harvard School of Public Health; George Saade, Univeristy of Texas Medical Branch; S. Lynne Stokes, Southern Methodist University; and Leonardo Trasande, New York University School of Medicine. The study director is Nancy Kirkendall.

View the original report, “The National Children’s Study 2014: An Assessment,” published by the National Academics Press, is available online since June 16, 2014. For more WWS Research Briefs, its website. Further information about the university, may be found at the website of Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

NSAID painkillers may fight antibiotic resistant infections

March 13th, 2017 by admin No comments »

Although a wide variety of antibiotics are currently available, the number of bacteria resistant to them is ever-increasing. A glaring example is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause virulent infections resulting in death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, 2 million Americans become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, resulting in 23,000 deaths. As the number of these drug-resistant bacteria continues to escalate, researchers are searching for new ways to fight them. A new study has found that a common type of painkiller, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be capable of warding off antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The findings were published on March 13 in the journal Chemistry and Biology by researchers the University of Wollongong and the University of Technology (both in Australia).

Overuse of antibiotics has been blamed for the increase in drug-resistant infections; thus, the Australian researchers have been exploring the possibility of developing new types of drugs to fight bacteria. They have focused on the development of a drug that could target a bacteria’s “DNA clamp.” Binding to this clamp would enable a drug to kill a bacterium by preventing it from replicating or repairing its DNA. To kill a bacterium, existing antibiotics work by interfering with the formation of the bacterium’s cell well, or cell contents; however, no currently-available antibiotics target the DNA clamp.

The researchers have discovered a series of chemical compounds capable of adhering to the DNA clamp; in addition, they found that these drugs they were looking for may already exist. One chemical compound that could adhere to this DNA clamp was a NSAID called carprofen. Therefore, they tested a range of NSAIDs, including carprofen. They found that several NSAIDs had antibacterial activity. The investigators tested three NSAIDS: bromofenac, carprofen, and vedaprofen. They found that all three had the ability to kill bacteria; however, they were not as effective as antibiotics. More commonly available NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin; Advil), and naproxen (Anaprox; Aleve) were not tested.

NSAIDs work through a mechanism that is fundamentally different from that of existing antibiotics; importantly, none of the superbugs have any resistance to NSAIDs. Thus, the researchers are trying to improve the effectiveness of these compounds. NSAIDs are commonly taken to reduce the fever, aches, and pains that accompany an infection; thus, this new study notes that they also may help combat the infection.

Cause Damage Dry Touch

March 11th, 2017 by admin No comments »

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What makes oat groats so healthy? It’s the AVNs in the plant that fight fungi

March 9th, 2017 by admin No comments »

What’s in whole oats that makes it so healthy? It turns out that numerous studies can provide insight into a key oat chemical. Studies conducted by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are helping to increase understanding about the environmental factors that regulate production of avenanthramides (Avns), metabolites with potent antioxidant properties, in oat grain. Read more about this research in the February 2010 issue of Agricultural Research magazine. You may wish to check out the study, “ARS Program in Oats and Barley.”

Avns are one reason oats have been widely touted for their many health benefits

The specific purpose of Avns inside the oat plant is still largely unknown, but previous studies have found an increased production of Avns in oat leaves when the plant is attacked by a fungus. This finding leads researchers to believe that Avns help oat plants fight off these fungi.

Chemist Mitchell Wise with the ARS Cereal Crops Research Unit in Madison, Wisconsin., teamed up with fellow chemist Doug Doehlert with the ARS Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota., to examine the correlation between disease pressure and Avn concentration in the oat grain, according to a February 1, 2010 news release, “Studies provide insight into key oat chemical.”

The scientists tested 16 oat cultivars and two breeding lines at three locations in North Dakota over a two-year period. They found that oat plants with the strongest crown rust resistance typically had the highest Avn concentrations in environments where crown rust occurred. They also found that Avn production is likely influenced by additional environmental factors, because not all cultivars with strong crown rust resistance produced high Avn concentrations. Details of this study can be found in the scientific journal Cereal Chemistry.

Still, according to Wise, the results suggest that oat breeders—taking into account crown rust pressure during growth—can select certain cultivars for enhanced production of Avns

Wise is also further researching the biosynthesis of Avns in the laboratory. He developed a suspension culture system from oat shoot tissue in which Avns are produced in response to a chemical that mimics fungal infection. This useful tool can be used for more detailed investigation into how certain Avns are produced.

ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This research supports the USDA priorities of improving nutrition and health and promoting international food security. You also may wish to check out the website of the United States Department of Agriculture – Research, Education and Economics. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.

Health benefits of oatmeal revealed in 2014 study

New research, “The role of meal viscosity and oat beta-glucan characteristics in human appetite control: a randomized crossover trial,” published online May 28, 2014 in the Nutrition Journal reveals that calorie-for-calorie, even a serving of instant oatmeal is more filling than a ready-to-eat, oat-based cereal. Researchers found that eating a bowl of instant oatmeal for breakfast is more satiating and helps to manage hunger better than the same amount of calories from a leading oat-based, cold cereal, even when consumed in smaller portions than previously found.

The new study shows that oatmeal can help you feel full longer. That study finds that 150 calories of instant oatmeal provides greater satiety than equal calories of ready-to-eat oat cereal. One serving of old fashioned oatmeal (1/2 cup dry) is equivalent to 40 grams. One serving of instant oatmeal (1 pouch) is approximately equivalent to 40 grams.

If you don’t like hot oatmeal because it looks like it’s already digested, then mix a cup of raw oatmeal, two tablespoons of flaxseed meal, a quarter to half teaspoon of powdered cinnamon, a 1/2 teaspoon of ground/powdered cloves, and a cup of oat bran with two cooked, peeled and mashed orange yams or sweet potatoes and a half cup of chopped prunes, a handful of raisins and/or goji berries, an (optional sliced banana), and some liquid such as unsweetened almond milk (vegan) to moisten, if needed. Then roll into balls. You also can roll those balls in grated coconut or sesame seeds, if desired, and chill for a few hours in a covered bowl in your refrigerator ( so the balls can stick together enough to be picked up with the fingers). Eat as a snack or dessert.

Oatmeal turns out to be healthy, according to new research published in the Nutrition Journal. The new study reveals that calorie-for-calorie, even a serving of instant oatmeal is more filling than a ready-to-eat (RTE), oat-based cereal. Researchers found that eating a bowl of instant oatmeal for breakfast is more satiating and helps to manage hunger better than the same amount of calories from a leading oat-based, cold cereal, even when consumed in smaller portions than previously found.

When you read any study, it’s a good idea to see who funded the study. The Quaker Oats Center of Excellence, PepsiCo R&D Nutrition funded the trial. The Quaker Oats Center of Excellence is focused on elevating the relevance and benefits of oats through science, agriculture and innovation.

Researchers tested three different oat-based 217.5-calorie breakfasts

Frank Greenway, M.D. and colleagues at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, tested three different oat-based, 217.5-calorie breakfasts. The statistically significant results show that instant oatmeal enhanced satiety, feelings of fullness and reduced the desire to eat more than an RTE, oat-based cereal.

Forty-three healthy men and women completed the randomized, controlled crossover investigation. Following an overnight fast, subjects completed three breakfast trials in random order at least a week apart. Each breakfast consisted of 150 calories of instant oatmeal, old-fashioned oatmeal or a RTE cereal, plus 67.5 calories of lactose-free skim milk. After eating breakfast, subjects’ hunger and satiety measures were assessed at 30, 60, 120, 180 and 240 minutes.

The results showed that when subjects ate instant oatmeal, they reported less hunger compared to the RTE cereal

Oatmeal also provided increased fullness and a reduced desire to eat more. Researchers state that the viscosity of oatmeal was higher than the RTE cereal – which could explain the differences in hunger and appetite control.

“This study demonstrates that the unique characteristics of oatmeal have a significant impact on fullness and desire to eat – even when matched for calories and ingredients [oats] with another breakfast option,” said Greenway, according to the June 10, 2013 news release, New study shows that oatmeal can help you feel full longer. “We found instant oatmeal to be more effective at suppressing appetite compared to the cold cereal, even with a smaller serving size and less calories than previously investigated.”

Previous research examined 250-calorie breakfasts consisting of instant oatmeal or an oat-based RTE cereal served with 113 calories of lactose-free skim milk. Those results showed that when subjects ate oatmeal, they reported increases in overall fullness and reductions in hunger and the desire to eat. The new research demonstrates that a similar benefit of increased satiety is possible with smaller portions and less calories (150 calories).

“This research is exciting because it shows that something as simple as a single-serving of instant oatmeal and milk has the potential to help keep hunger at bay from breakfast until lunch,” says Marianne O’Shea, PhD, according to the news release. O’Shea is with PepsiCo R&D Nutrition. “This study supports our mission at the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence of investigating the ways that oats can improve our health and well-being.”

About the Pennington Biomedical Research Center

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the causes of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. It is a campus of the Louisiana State University System and conducts basic, clinical and population research.

The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes approximately 80 faculty and more than 25 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 50 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and support personnel, and 17 highly specialized core service facilities. Pennington Biomedical’s more than 500 employees perform research activities in state-of-the-art facilities on the 234-acre campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

From memoirs to self-help guides, learn about anorexia and bulimia resources

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An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation. If you’re seeking help for yourself or someone you care about, talk with an expert.

In addition, we recommend the following books and DVDs:

  • “Letting Ana Go” tells the story of a girl who seems to have it all. But as she struggles with meeting expectations, she turns to controlling food as a way to take charge of her life. Weight loss comes to mean success, all documented in a moving diary that reveals the toll and tragedy of eating disorders. Learn more about “Letting Ana Go”
  • “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)” is a fascinating memoir by best-selling author Marya Hornbacher. In it, she reveals how she first fight to lose weight – and then battled to recover. It’s a stark, insightful journey through the looking glass of eating disorders. Learn more about “Wasted: A Memoir”
  • What happens when a woman specializing in documentaries and photography explores life within an eating disorders treatment facility? The answer is “Thin,” an exploration into the lives of brave girls and women who revealed their stories in hopes of helping others. Included with their personal stories are essays on the sociology and science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober. Learn more about “Thin” by clicking here. Also recommended: HBO’s original documentary showcasing those patients: Get the details on the DVD
  • “You can never be too rich or too thin” has become a familiar saying. But Susan Sarandon proves why the “too thin” element can be deadly in the documentary “Dying to Be Thin”
  • Discover how to know if a “problem” might be an eating disorder by clicking here for “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect).”