Diet

March marks National Nutrition Month in the United States, sponsored by the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help both adults and children set healthy eating habits in order to achieve optimal nutrition and health. In contrast to recent years, no theme has been set for 2019, and instead, National Nutrition Month will be
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More energy. Changed taste buds. Better sleep. After a month without sugar, the (completely unscientific, yet very compelling) anecdotal evidence is in from some of the more than 3,000 folks – myself included – who tackled the Star Tribune’s 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge (in Minneapolis, United States). Overwhelmingly, challengers said they found that going for a
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New American research has found that although keeping a record of your calorie and fat intake throughout the day might sound tedious, it is an effective way to lose weight, which doesn’t actually take as long as many people think. Carried out by researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina,
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I have to admit I was pretty proud of myself when I unpacked the leftovers from my lunch bag this week. Almost by accident, what I had pulled out of the fridge as I ran out of the house turned out to be a fairly balanced meal: the last bit of turkey soup I had
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One-third of all cancer deaths are preventable and can be attributed to lifestyle choices that we all make every day. Poor diet, lack of physical activity, and consuming alcohol and tobacco are all associated with an increased risk of cancer. Simply changing what and how much we eat can significantly reduce the risk. It is
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Come Feb 5, 2019, the Chinese calendar will be starting a new year, and based on the 12-animal Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Earth Pig. Those born in the year of the pig are said to be good-tempered, kind-hearted and loyal, although a tad gullible. However, the animal itself has a less
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Your teenage daughter, who has been working very hard for a major exam, receives her result and is very disappointed with it. Later that day, she brings several packs of potato chips into her room. She laments: “I feel so bad about my result. I want to eat all of this.” Sound familiar? It may be
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Almost everyone knows a healthy diet is high in fruit and vegetables, and low in sugar and deep-fried food. What’s less well known is how often you should eat, and how fast. “The body’s metabolism can be compared to a fireplace,” says Heiko Griguhn, a nutritionist and alternative medicine practitioner. “It must be regularly replenished to
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There is no compelling evidence to indicate important health benefits of non-sugar sweeteners, and potential harms cannot be ruled out, suggests a review of published studies in The BMJ on Jan 2, 2019. Growing concerns about health and quality of life have encouraged many people to adopt healthier lifestyles and avoid foods rich in sugars,
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Milk is the first food we consume when we are born into this world, mostly in the form of our mother’s super-nutritious and protective breastmilk. As kids, we are often told to drink up our milk – usually cow’s milk from the carton – in order to have strong and healthy bones. But as we
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A low carbohydrate diet could help people maintain their weight loss by increasing the number of calories burned, finds a large US feeding trial published by The BMJ on Nov 14, 2018. The researchers say this effect may improve the success of obesity treatment, especially among people with high insulin secretion (according to insulin level measured
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The first step in treating diabetes is diet. Second step: d-i-e-t. Third step: D.I.E.T. Diet doesn’t mean skimping on or skipping meals, but following medical nutrition therapy (MNT), including a diabetic-specific formula (DSF), to control, and even reverse type 2 diabetes. The inclusion of the right meal replacement can support the body’s natural process to
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When it comes to health for the ageing population, malnutrition is an often overlooked area. In fact, malnutrition, which includes undernutrition as well as over-nutrition, is commonly found in the elderly population and must be addressed to promote the well-being of our senior citizens. According to the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), 4%-11%
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On a recent airline flight, one of the attendants ended her string of instructions with this: “That does it for the do’s and don’ts. Make sure you do the do’s and don’t do the don’ts and everything will be just fine.” Good dietary advice, I’d say. Here are some others as well: DO eat more
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To reduce your risk of cancer, you know you should quit smoking, exercise regularly, wear sunscreen and take advantage of screening tests. New research suggests another item might be added to this list: Choose organic foods over conventional ones. A study of nearly 70,000 French adults who were tracked for an average of 4.5 years
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People adhere to vegetarian diets for many reasons, mostly related to religion and belief, health benefits, environmental issues, and even aesthetic and economic reasons. There are different types of vegetarian diets, largely defined by the dietary restrictions that are imposed: • Vegan (total vegetarian): No meat, poultry, fish or any products from animals, including eggs, milk
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Pasta. Mashed potatoes. Rice. If you are one of the legions of dieters out there who have been religiously cutting carbs in an attempt to get lean and fit, you may be surprised by a recent study that showed that low carb diets may not be healthy after all. In fact, they may be unsafe.
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As I write, there is a severe heatwave in Europe – some parts have recorded temperatures of 46°C and today it is 37°C at home. With no air conditioning, I had planned a simple low-effort review of recent scientific research papers – but it turned out interesting news is unusually sparse this month. Perhaps the
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Read Part 1 At home with food  When thinking of home modern foods, many would probably think of ready-to-eat meals, available for dining after a spell in the microwave, oven or pan of boiling water. There are many other foods which are used at home which are not available only a hundred years ago. Examples
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Good nutrition is an important part of your overall health. A healthy diet should include a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins and healthy fats. This gives your body the nutrients and energy it needs to function properly. And a well-balanced diet also is vital for building your
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