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Can Too Much Meat Lead to Diabetes?

Too much protein eaten along with fat may lead to insulin resistance, reports an animal study from Duke University Medical Center, providing a clue as to why the blood chemistry of obese people makes them prone to developing diabetes. The problem appears to lie with protein’s branched-chain amino acids (found mostly in meats), which obese people have been found to harbor and which, in combination with a high-fat diet, contribute to diabetes. The study revealed that high levels of these amino acids lead to a metabolic overload that causes changes at the cellular level, which in turn leads to insulin resistance. (Duke University Medical Center, April 2009)Black and Red Beans Inhibit Breast CancerAs the world seeks new ways to fight chronic disease, research looks to old foods, in particular when it comes to reducing the risk of breast cancer. Legumes are often cited as being high in beneficial antioxidants, such as flavonoids and phenols — plant nutrients that are associated with a reduction in breast cancer. When dry, cooked bean powder was fed to laboratory rats in a controlled, preclinical trial for br …

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