Nutrition

What’s the difference between men’s and women’s multivitamins? If a woman takes a formulation designated for men, will her voice lower an octave? Will a young man’s hair turn grEy if he ingests a supplement for men over 50? Maybe these dreary days of winter cause me to wonder about such things. The truth is, males
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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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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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There are plenty of tips on what food combinations are risky for digestive disruptions such as stomach aches, gas and impaired nutrient absorption. Doctors and nutritionists say there’s little to worry about, however. “For healthy people, it really doesn’t matter what (foods) they combine,” says gastroenterologist Dr Wolfgang Holtmeier. “Most people can indiscriminately eat whatever
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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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The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent bulletin contained an article focused on the palm oil sector. The article was full of errors, omissions, assumptions and other evidence of bias. The fact that those biases exist is a major problem, but the wider problem is the following: The WHO article’s stated concern was that the palm
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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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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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