New Alzheimer’s research points to need for healthy eating

Fitness column
By: Kacie Bryant Special to The News Messenger
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On his recent show, Dr. Oz talked about new developments in Alzheimer’s research that surprised me and that might be very interesting to you also. In many of my columns, I promote good eating habits along with exercise. This is a confirmation of the importance of eliminating some of the unhealthy "convenience" foods we have become addicted to. Alzheimer’s has mostly been thought of as an inherited disease. It is in our genes and we have no control over whether we would get it. This may not be completely true. New research shows a direct link between diabetes, insulin and our increased intake of nitrosamines. Nitrosamines, or nitrites, are used to preserve foods such as processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, lunch meat, etc.), fresh vegetables and fruit that have a far distance to transport, fish and even beer. It has caused an increase of insulin-related diseases. The exposure of low doses of nitrites for a long period of time in our foods is the major cause of this increased epidemic in the United States. This is a huge discovery and a welcome relief for some of us who thought we were destined to inherit the disease. The good news is that there are many alternatives of healthy diets to lesson our chances of contracting Alzheimer’s. The first priority is to be aware of food that contains nitrites. Avoid any food that lists sodium nitrite as an ingredient and processed foods. Buy vegetables and fruits from local markets or the organic food section. It is also important to educate your children, best by example. You can also support policies of farming back to local communities. Of course, growing your own garden is the best way to be sure you are getting the healthiest produce. Kacie Bryant is a trainer at Guiding Fitness, 424 G St., Suite 204, in Lincoln. Phone number is 626-7739. Or go online to