Archive for April 10th, 2013

Nutrition Q&A: Diet chart for weight loss

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.

Hello Mam,
Can you please describe the nutritional details of cracked wheat. we are eating in place of rice for both lunch and dinner with curries.
This will help us a lot.How much amount a day is good ?.
I appreciate your response :)
Thanks in Advance,
Sirisha

Cracked wheat is highly nutritious because of its fibre, mineral and vitamin content. It provides calories similar to rice. But since it is higher in fibre, you will realise that eating a little lesser quantity sufficiently fills you.

Choose quantities sufficient for your caloric requirements.Since wheat contains gluten, those who are sensitive to gluten need to avoid it.

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Your skin can say a lot about health

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Your skin can be a crucial early-warning system for a range of health problems, according to doctors.

They said signs of brittle bones, diabetes and vitamin deficiencies may surface on skin before other symptoms appears, the Huffington Post reported.

A study of 114 recently postmenopausal women found that deep wrinkles on the face and neck could indicate an increased risk for broken bones.

The reason is that women with such wrinkles were more likely to have lower bone density in areas like the hips, spine and heels.

Estrogen promotes the production of the protein collagen, which your skin and bones both rely on to maintain density. So as a woman”s level of estrogen declines in menopause, said Dr. Ronald Young, co-director of the Menopause Center at Texas Children”s Pavilion for Women in Houston, “collagen in the skin is depleted, which means the skin isn”t as firm and elastic, and wrinkles develop.”

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Rosemary’s smell could help boost memory

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Aroma of essential oil from the herb rosemary could help improve memory in healthy adults, researchers have claimed.

The researchers from Northumbria also said the smell may also enhance the ability to remember events and to remember to complete tasks at particular times, the Independent reported.

For the study, a group of 66 people were given memory tests in either a rosemary-scented room or another room with no scent.

They were then assigned various tests to assess their memory functions, including finding hidden objects and passing specified objects to researchers at a particular time.

The results showed that study participants in the scented room performed better on the prospective memory tasks than those in the room with no smell.

Dr Mark Moss, author of the study, said that in the study his team focused on prospective memory, which involves the ability to remember events that will occur in the future and to remember to complete tasks at particular times.

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Smoking may cause kidney problems in teens

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Exposure to tobacco smoke could negatively impact kidney function in adolescents, according to a new study.

A team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Children”s Center examined the association between exposure to active smoking and kidney function among U.S. adolescents and found the effects of tobacco smoke on kidney function begin in childhood.

“Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke are major health problems for adolescents, resulting in short-term and long-term adverse health effects,” said Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhD, senior author of the study and an associate professor with the Bloomberg School”s Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

“In this nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents, exposure to tobacco, including secondhand smoke and active smoking, was associated with lower estimated glomerular filtration rates—a common measure of how well the kidneys are working. In addition, we found a modest but positive association between serum cotinine concentrations, a biomarker of tobacco exposure, among first-morning albumin to creatinine ratio. These findings further support the conclusion that tobacco smoke may damage the kidneys.”

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