Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Turmeric: The new superfood!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

pic_03_240x240_apr11Researchers have said that turmeric could protect against a host of brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Michael Murray, co-author of the Textbook of Natural Medicine and one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine, said that various spices in Indian curries are used not only for their flavour, also but for their medicinal properties, News.com.au reported.

He said that since inflammation is a major factor in the development of most chronic degenerative diseases including cardiovascular disease, allergies, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory power holds great promise in all of these conditions and many more.

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Eating lentils can help reduce bad cholesterol

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

pic_01_240x240Eating beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils daily can reduce bad cholesterol

A new study has revealed that eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce “bad cholesterol”.

The study, led by Dr. John Sievenpiper of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre, has found that by eating one serving a day of pulses, people could lower their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by five per cent.

According to Sievenpiper, the reduction of bad cholesterol would lead to a five to six per cent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study also revealed that pulses have a low glycemic index (meaning that they are foods that break down slowly) and tend to reduce or displace animal protein as well as “bad” fats such as trans fat in a dish or meal.

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Eat sensibly, eat often and eat local: Rujuta Diwekar

Monday, April 7th, 2014

DSC_0957-240x240-dec30Winner of the ‘Nutrition Award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Rujuta Diwekar is amongst the most qualified and sought after practitioners in India today and the only nutritionist to have accreditation from Sports Dietitians, Australia.

In the plethora of diet fads and fears, Rujuta’s voice rings loud and clear, urging us to use our common sense and un-complicate the act of eating. Her two books have sold more than 5 lakh copies and have been translated in more than 5 languages. Her 3rd book on exercise “Don’t lose out, work out!” is out in the markets and already in the best seller charts. She has also made a film “Indian food wisdom & the art of eating right” which is available on dvd.

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Macrobiotic diet is about eating right: Shonali Sabherwal

Monday, March 31st, 2014

arti_01_240x240_mar27Shonali Sabherwal is India’s only Counsellor/ Chef & Instructor in Macrobiotics. She meets your needs not just at the health counselling level, but stretches beyond that and takes it to your plate, wherein you are equipped with recipes, cooking styles, and sources on where to find products. The goal of Shonali’s company Soulfood is to use the Macrobiotic approach to diet to raise a persons wellness quotient. She is the author of the book ‘The Beauty Diet’ published by Random House in January 2012.

Her clients list include bollywood stars like Katrina Kaif, Esha Deol, Jaqueline Fernandez, Neha Dhupia, Shekhar Kapur, Kabir Bedi and Dalip Tahil apart from corporates, people with diabetes, PCOS and other health conditions.

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Simple tape measure better calculator of obesity than BMI

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

crop1_240x240_25mar14Experts have revealed that a simple tape measure can help you calculate obesity better than the lengthy and often confusing current body mass index (BMI).

Dr Jude Oben, from the Obesity Action Campaign, told Sky News that measuring waist size was a more accurate assessment of someone’s fat and less “tedious” than calculating BMI.

The fat inside your abdomen is a good indicator of your metabolic risk, and a tape measure can do the measuring, he said.

Oben said that men and women should keep their waist – measured at the level of the belly-button – below 35.5 inches and 31.5 inches respectively.

Source: ANI
Image: Getty Images

Using honey beneficial in fighting infections

Friday, March 21st, 2014

image_1_240x240mar20Researchers have suggested that honey could be one solution to the serious problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, the researchers predicted.

The meeting, attended by thousands of scientists, features more than 10,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. It is being held at the Dallas Convention Center and area hotels through Thursday.

Study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D said that the unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance.

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Experts warn against following diet trends blindly

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

image_1_240x240mar19Experts have warned against following diet trends blindly after a research, which suggested that middle age people who are on high-protein diet are at greater risk of dying from cancer, caused many people to believe that they should totally exclude protein from their diets to avoid cancer.

Associate professor and head of the human nutrition department at Kansas State University, Mark Haub, said that the problem is when the headlines come across in social media, they allude to cause and effect.

So if somebody is only looking at the headlines or the first paragraph, they may see that and think they need to avoid protein, when in fact due to the weaknesses of the study, that’s not going to be the case for everybody, he said.

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Curbing animal protein intake may up longevity

Friday, March 7th, 2014

food_240x240_mar6Two groups of researchers have claimed in two different studies that consuming high-quality animal protein in moderation is one of the keys to a long and healthy life.

The first study suggests that consuming moderate to high levels of animal protein prompts a major increase in cancer risk and mortality in middle-aged adults, while elderly individuals have the opposite result.

Meanwhile, the second team of researchers found that a high-protein, low-carb diet led to a shorter lifespan in mice. Both studies find that not all calories are created equal-diet composition and animal protein intake are key players in overall health and longevity.

University of Southern California’s Dr. Valter Longo , who is the senior author of one of the papers, said that the team studied mice and humans and provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet-particularly if the proteins are derived from animals-is nearly as bad as smoking for health.

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Omega-3 rich diet gives better sleep: Study

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Heart-healthy-foods_240x240A new study has revealed that higher levels of omega-3 DHA in diet would give better sleep.

The randomized placebo-controlled study by the University of Oxford found that children on a course of daily supplements of omega-3 had nearly one hour more sleep and seven fewer waking episodes per night, as compared with the children taking the corn or soybean placebo.

According to the study, it found that there is possible links between sleep and fatty acid status in healthy children, and that higher blood levels of the long-chain omega-3 DHA are significantly associated with better sleep, including less bedtime resistance, parasomnias and total sleep disturbance.

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Why people choose healthy foods when happy

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

image_1_240x240feb27Emotional eating is something we’re all familiar with. Happy or sad, up or down, there’s a plethora of media in the world that tells us our moods often dictate the foods we choose to eat.

A study by University of Delaware associate professor Meryl Gardner finds that there’s more to stress eating than simply emotion and in fact, thinking about the future may help people make better food choices.

Gardner tried to find out why when someone is in a bad mood will they choose to eat junk food and why when someone is in a good mood will they make healthier food choices?

“In an evolutionary sense, it makes sense that when we feel uncomfortable or are in a bad mood, we know something is wrong and focus on what is close to us physically and what is close in time, in the here and now,” said Gardner.

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