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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Saturday, 11 September 2010

High carbohydrate diets lead to an increase in acne

This post includes a summary of a study published in the Journal of  Dermatological Science 2008 Apr;50(1):41-52 and a recipe for cioppino.

Study title and authors:
The effect of a low glycemic load diet on acne vulgaris and the fatty acid composition of skin surface triglycerides.
Natural Health & Weight Loss
Smith RN, Braue A, Varigos GA, Mann NJ.
School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia.

This study can be accessed at:
The authors looked at the effect of low-glycemic-load diets on acne risk.
They found that subjects on the low-glycemic diet had a lower amount of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and a higher amount of saturated fatty acids in the oil on their skin, than did the subjects eating the high-glycemic diet, and therefore their skin produced less oil, and they had less acne lesions.
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Recipe of the day


Fresh Large Shrimp, 2 Pounds
Food Mall: Large Shrimp
3/4 cup butter
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups white wine
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp - peeled and deveined
1 1/2 pounds bay scallops
18 small clams
18 mussels, cleaned and debearded
1 1/2 cups crabmeat
1 1/2 pounds cod fillets, cubed

1.Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large stockpot, add onions, garlic and parsley. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until onions are soft.

2.Add tomatoes to the pot (break them into chunks as you add them). Add chicken broth, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, water and wine. Mix well. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.

3.Stir in the shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and crabmeat. Stir in fish, if desired. Bring to boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes until clams open. Ladle soup into bowls.
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