Nutrition

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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It’s common knowledge that consuming too much sugar leads to negative effects on our health. It can cause a spike in blood glucose, obesity and metabolism issues that can potentially bring on major diseases, such as diabetes. However, if you have a sweet tooth and enjoy a daily dose of dessert or the occasional sweet
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The consumption of a healthy, balanced diet throughout life is essential to the maintenance of good health and the prevention of malnutrition, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other medical conditions. This means eating right proportions of a wide variety of foods, and the right amount of food and drink, in achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. The
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I’ve been a coffee drinker for, like, it seems forever. In my Facebook feed, there are plenty of articles about how good coffee is for your health. Then again, there are conflicting articles that say coffee is not that great for your health. I’m seriously confused. Is it good or bad? Well, there is no
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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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A new Cochrane Review published on Nov 17, 2018, has found that increasing the intake of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids during pregnancy reduces the risk of premature births. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under five years of age worldwide, accounting for close to one million deaths annually. Premature babies
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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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Malaysians are dying of a broken heart – or medically speaking, heart disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about one in three deaths in Malaysia is caused by cardiovascular disease, our country’s No. 1 killer. Its proportional mortality at 35% is far ahead of the deaths caused by cancer (16%), injury (9%), chronic
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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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Some refer to it as “cultured” or “cell-based” meat. Others call it “fake” meat. What is it? It’s a new technology to grow meat in the laboratory and it may show up in the meat sections of our supermarkets someday soon. Cultured meat has nothing to do with its social standing. Rather, it is meat
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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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Exams. Yes, the dreaded word can make students palpitate … and their parents too. Exam stress can affect students in different ways. For some students, taking exams is second nature to them. For others, it can result in sweaty palms and palpitations. Sounds familiar? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Health Ministry senior principal assistant director/public health physician
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In a recent column, I stated, “Even if we entirely avoided all carbohydrates, our bodies would use protein in an alternate recipe to make glucose (sugar) to fuel our cells.” However, someone responded: “According to Dr Jason Fung, author of The Obesity Code, if one eats a diet of 65% healthy fat, 35% protein, and
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On our peanut flight to a family wedding in Oregon, United States, my six-year-old granddaughter chattered, “Guess what my brother (age four) can make in his mouth out of peanuts?” “What?” I asked. “Peanut butter.” Not a bad snack either way, I thought. When we landed at our destination, she watched out the window as
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