Posts Tagged ‘protein’

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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Ayurveda Q&A: Detoxification therapies for diabetes

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

DrGowthaman240111Dr Gowthaman, Founder and Medical Director, rVita Ayurveda and Yoga Centers and www.rvita.com, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda.

Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

My mother is suffering from sleeplessness stress and anxiety. She is being treated for this with ayurvedic medicines. She has been prescribed following medicines
A.B rasa
Dadimastaka choorna
Panchamrita PRT
Pravala bhasma DDP
Sarpaganda churna
Shankapushpi churna
Gokshura churna
But the problem is she is facing dysentery, shivering and weakness. Please recommend the remedy for this.

Hi, All these above medicines are good for dysentery and diarrhoea related problems. She is suffering for mal absorption syndrome; please stop all the medications except the Dadimashtaka choornam. This powder please give 3 gm mixed with warm water or Diluted buttermilk, thrice daily 30 minutes after food.

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Exercise is key to boosting metabolism: Dr.Shveta Sanghani

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Dr. Shveta Sanghani is the Founder of Wellness and Homeostasis, a Community & Corporate Health and Research Centre.

She has executed personal and corporate lifestyle medicine interventions for management of chronic diseases, weight loss and stress reduction.

She has training in sports nutrition and exercise science.

Dr.Sanghani answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below:

hi, How to get slim.
combine exercising 5times a week 60-90min per day, cross training with different modalities, such as breathing, muscle stimulation, cardio… caloric intake 200kcal lower than BMR.. relax, watch, effortlessly the body-mind is in an automatic mode.

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Foods that help avoid bloating

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Excessive bloating can be uncomfortable and unsightly to look at as well. Frankly, this is one condition we can all do without. So read on about foods that actually help to control bloating.

Bloating, flatulence, burping or belching are common digestive problems that we all face on occasion. You may have especially noticed periods of burping after indulging in a carbonated beverage, or tucking into a big bag of chips, or even upon consuming dals like sabut urad, rajma or chana.

Causes of bloating

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Eating protein-rich breakfast reduces unhealthy snacking in the evening

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, according to an expert.

This could help improve the diets of more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the US.

Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, is the first to examine the impact of breakfast consumption on daily appetite and evening snacking in young people who habitually skip breakfast.

In her study, 20 overweight or obese adolescent females ages 18-20 either skipped breakfast, consumed a high-protein breakfast consisting of eggs and lean beef, or ate a normal-protein breakfast of ready-to-eat cereal.

Every breakfast consisted of 350 calories and was matched for dietary fat, fiber, sugar and energy density.

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Eating soybeans could cut cancer risk

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Proteins found in soybeans, could inhibit growth of colon, liver and lung cancers, a new study has revealed.

Soybean meal is a bi-product following oil extraction from soybean seeds. It is rich in protein, which usually makes up around 40 percent of the nutritional components of the seeds and dependent on the line, and can also contain high oleic acid (a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid).

The study looked at the role soybeans could have in the prevention of cancer.

Using a variety of soybean lines which were high in oleic acid and protein, the researchers looked to monitor bioactivity between the peptides derived from the meals of soybean and various types of human cancer cells.

The study showed that peptides derived from soybean meal significantly inhibited cell growth by 73 percent for colon cancer, 70 percent for liver cancer and 68 percent for lung cancer cells using human cell lines.

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Protein level in blood can reveal diabetes risk many years in advance

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Researchers from Sweden have identified a protein in blood that can indicate who is at risk of diabetes at an early stage, thereby reducing the chances of the disease to damage areas like blood vessels and eyes because of late diagnosis.

“We have shown that individuals who have above-average levels of a protein called SFRP4 in the blood are five times more likely to develop diabetes in the next few years than those with below-average levels,” Anders Rosengren, a researcher at the Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC), who led the work on the risk marker, said.

It is the first time a link has been established between the protein SFRP4, which plays a role in inflammatory processes in the body, and the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Studies at LUDC, in which donated insulin-producing beta cells from diabetic individuals and non-diabetic individuals have been compared, show that cells from diabetics have significantly higher levels of the protein.

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Pregnancy and lactation: Meeting nutritional needs

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

A balanced diet is the foundation from which all other increased food needs are built.

As pregnant and lactating women require additional nutrients are required to meet the special demands of the body. This article deals with the major nutrients that a pregnant/lactating woman’s diet should comprise based on the recommendations of Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA).

Energy (expressed in kilo calories)

A  woman weighing 50 kg will need 1875 cals (sedentary); 2225 cals (moderate work); and 2925 cals (hard work). To this, the extra 300 cals  suggested for pregnancy and extra 550 cals for the first 6 months of lactation should be added. The next 6 months of lactation needs 400 cals extra, due to solids being introduced in the infant’s diet which might reduce the milk production and feeds.

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Best protein sources in a vegetarian diet

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Protein is always associated with sportspeople and growing children. If someone is reading up on getting sufficient protein it is usually someone trying to build muscle or a mom trying to get her child to put on weight. But protein as the name suggests, is that which sustains life. We all need it sufficiently throughout our life for healing wear and tear of our body and keeping our immune system strong.

Getting enough protein is not an issue with those who are non-vegetarians. On the other hand for those who are strict vegetarians protein intake could pose an issue. If the right kinds of foodstuffs do not make up the diet, then they could end up eating more carbohydrates and less protein. We need about 10% to 15% of our calories from proteins or 0.8 to 1 gram for every kilo of our normal weight.

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Get to the pulse of your pulses

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Pulses are the main source of protein in vegetarian diets. Even those who are supposed to be non-vegetarians, should include pulses in their meals, especially if they are not consuming a non-vegetarian dish with every meal.

Pulses are mainly seeds of a plant and therefore their protein content is high. Even cereals are seeds, but their carbohydrate count is higher and the protein content is lower than that of pulses. The protein quality of cereals is better than that of pulses, while the protein quantity of pulses is higher. A combination of cereal and pulse improves the total protein quality as the amino acid content of both complement each other. If you notice, many of our Indian menus are well balanced, e.g., dhal and rice, dhal and roti, etc. Some dishes are also in good proportion of cereal and pulse, like idli, dosa, adai, pongal and kitchdi.

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