Fat has always been a tricky topic of discussion. For example, if you take a trip down America’s dietary guideline history, you will see that for a certain period of time, consuming fat was not recommended.
According to a recent Newsweek report, a teenage boy went blind after eating a diet of only fries, chips, white bread, sausages and ham. These foods comprised his entire diet since elementary school. He was described as a “fussy eater” and had no visible signs of malnourishment! In fact, he looked well.
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons I have learned during my three decades in healthcare is that good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life. The body needs a balance of six essential nutrients, (carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and water), to function at its best. And it’s best to aim to get as much of these six nutrients as possible from fresh vegetables, fruits and grains.
Fasting is pretty popular these days, with celebrities like Terry Crews and Jennifer Lopez reportedly hopping on the fasting bandwagon to maintain their incredible figures. (We recently discussed three types of fasting and how they may be beneficial to your health if practiced with the advice and guidance of a competent healthcare professional).
As we age, we tend to get more frail in the sense that we lose muscle mass, our bones become more brittle and we may find it harder to recover from the common cold or not bounce back as quickly after an injury.
It is probably fair to conclude that the food industry is not really a health-promoting business. It is perhaps better described as a money-making business! Take, for example, recent research conducted in Australia which suggested that on average junk foods in Austrailian supermarkets are discounted twice as often as healthy foods.
The three methods, time-restricted feeding, intermittent calorie restriction and periodic fasting, are extensively discussed in this report. For each method of fasting described, very credible doctors stand behind the method he or she believes in. And each of the doctors came to the conclusion to support a certain method through his or her own research. These doctors are basically fasting experts.
Apparently, when Eve convinced Adam to eat the forbidden fruit, it may not have been an apple.
Fat. We all have it, and we all need it. Actually, many people tend to fear fat. But fat is important and serves many purposes for our bodies. These include storing energy, absorbing fat-soluble nutrients (such as vitamins A, E, D and K), keeping us warm and protecting our vital organs.
Recently, a certain brand of dishware served up more than just the latest home cooked meal. And to some, it wasn’t too appetizing. In fact, some considered it downright insulting.
It is usually cause for concern when security identifies an abandoned bag at the airport. And recently, a bag without an owner was found in the baggage claim area of an airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. It didn’t contain any weapons, bombs or items that could hurt people. What it did contain was a type of fruit that has a strong scent. Because the scent of this fruit is so strong, it is not allowed in some hotels in Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong and is banned on the Singapore Rapid Mass Transit.
We are in the thick of summer, which means grilling and barbeques are pretty popular these days. If you’re a meat eater, you may be consuming a lot of red meat as of lately. It’s hard to resist that juicy, mouthwatering burger.
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