Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 23, 2013:
BETH K - Dr. Beth Kitchin - nutritionist at UAB - joined us with a look at a controversial study about resveratrol. Much ado has been made of resveratrol supplements over the past several years but is it much ado about nothing? Resveratrol is in a group of plant compounds called "polyphenols" that act as anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants may help protect us against some cancers and heart disease. You can eat resveratrol in red grapes - it's particularly high in the skins. Other berries and peanuts also have some resveratrol. Some studies - most of them done in animals - show that resveratrol may help reduce heart disease, Alzheimer's, and diabetes - but the amount of resveratrol was much higher than what you can get in foods. Hence the onslaught of the marketing of resveratrol supplements. But, very few human studies have been conducted and the ones that have been done show very mixed results at best. Now, a much publicized study in the Journal of physiology in older men suggests that resveratrol may hamper the good effects of exercise on the body - NOT what the researchers expected! 27 healthy but inactive older men (60-72 years old) were randomized to take either a 250 mg resveratrol supplement or a placebo for 8 weeks. They were then put through an intense training regimen. The men in the placebo group experienced the positive effects of exercise that you would expect - lower LDL's (the "bad" cholesterol) and higher HDL's (the "good cholesterol") and also better blood flow. But surprisingly the men on the resveratrol supplement did not experience these beneficial effects. The researchers were expecting the men on the resveratrol supplements to experience even greater benefits from exercise than the men on the placebo. Why? Well, animal studies have shown that resveratrol actually give an extra boost to the benefits of exercise. But these results did not translate to this group of humans in this study. So what gives? This study was small and just in older men. It could be that these men were not typical of the average older man and larger studies could show different results. It could be that the dose of resveratrol was wrong - either too high or too low. It could be that the results could be different in different age and gender groups. Could is the operative word here. The bottom line is that there simply is not enough research done in humans to warrant all the attention to resveratrol. What has been a scientific hypothesis has been turned into a marketing opportunity for supplement companies. It is yet another example of supplement makers getting ahead of the research. What has Beth recommended? Along with many other health professionals, she maintains a "let's wait and see" attitude on resveratrol. The "well it can't do any harm" attitude is naïve and often not founded in the facts. In this case, stick with foods - even though they are not very high in resveratrol and wait for better data!
NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY - National Hot Dog Day celebrates one of America's favorite foods! Hot dogs take center stage on the grill and at picnics all across America during the summer, at ballparks, tailgating, and carts on street corners. We consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone. We consume so many hot dogs, in so many venues, that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council hesitates to forecast consumption. But, it does report that each year we buy over 837 million packages of hot dogs at retail outlets, and over 24 million hot dogs at baseball stadiums alone. And check your local restaurants and stores for specials and even free hot dogs today... For example the All American Hot Dog or Chili Cheese Coney is just $1 today at Sonic and 7-11 is offering a free dog if you use the store's App and show the coupon on your mobile device. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council all of July is National Hot Dog Month. For more information, visit http://www.hot-dog.org/. We celebrated today with the hot dog and taco mascots from the Birmingham Baron's and the crew from
MONEY TUESDAY - Many people change jobs these days and don't stick with the same job for their entire career as our parents and grandparents did. Stewart Welch joined us with some advice on how to know what to do with your 401K from one company when you move to another company.
401k options when switch jobs:
1. Leave money with ex-employer plan- Advantage: easy, no action required. OK if happy with their plan; fully protected against lawsuit/bankruptcy
2. Transfer to new employer plan- Advantage: Keeps your 401k money all in the same place for ease of management; fully protected against lawsuit/bankruptcy
3. Rollover to IRA- Advantage: unlimited investment options; you are in full control; probably protected from lawsuit/bankruptcy. This is generally the best choice.
4. Cash out- Advantage: you have your money but at a high cost…income taxes plus potentially a 10% federal penalty
For more information, visit www.welchgroup.com.
FOURTH ANNUAL DISTRICT 1 MUSIC & MOVIE FESTIVAL - It is Sunday at the read Practice Field at Huffman High School. Gates open at 4pm and the show begins at 5pm. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket and a great attitude and enjoy live entertainment, anda featured movie presentation at sunset. There will also be water rides. The event is free to the public. For more info, call (205) 254-2294.
AMERICAN IDOL AUDITIONS - American Idol auditions are underway. They will be in Atlanta later this week. The Atlanta Auditions will be at the Gwinnett Center (6400 Sugarloaf Parkway #100, Duluth, GA 30097). The registration day is Thursday and auditions are on Friday. If you want to participate, you can find all of the rules and details at http://www.americanidol.com. We talked with one of the senior producers for the show this morning to get some advice.
GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett shows us plants with animal names. Jimmy suggests says that moms and dads looking for some fun and a great way to get the kids interested in gardening use this . You have elephant ears, hardy plants for full sun or shade that will produce big 'elephant ear ' type leaves. Then you have bat face cupera , a great annual for the sun or some shade that has red color and when you look at the bloom closely, it resembles the face if a bat. Then there is the shrimp and oyster plant - two separate plants but with colored leaves and pretty blooms for the shrimp plant. He also shows us the Toad Lilly, crows feet ivy, and fox tail fern. Chicken gizzards are one if Jimmy's favorites because if the striking pink leaves, a summer color. There are plenty of others, too. Jimmy says to, of course, research the care of the plants. You will want to have the right information as to the care of these wild kingdom kind if plants. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at email@example.com, or visit www.rockettsbugjuicegardens.com.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, have trouble finding time to fit exercise in your busy schedule? Dr. Asa Andrew joins us with a look a the importance of moving daily and six ways to get exercise when you don't have the time. As we celebrate 50 years of the Civil Rights movement and how far Birmingham has come, one group looks to honor the four girls killed in the bombing o fthe Sixteenth Street Baptist Church with a lasting memorial. We talk with members of the group to find out about their plans. Our Veterinarian joins us to take questions about your pets' health! And we check out what's going on these days at the Aldridge Gardens! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!