Diet

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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A high-salt diet may spell trouble for the brain – and for mental performance – even if it doesn’t push blood pressure into dangerous territory, new research has found. A new study has shown that in mice fed a very high-salt diet, blood flow to the brain declined, the integrity of blood vessels in the
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It’s one of the most effective diet strategies to bring down blood pressure and reduce dangerous inflammation. And hardly anyone knows about it. It’s called the DASH diet, not to be confused with the popular seasoning. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension… yawn. Yet, for the past seven years, the DASH diet got
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