If you’re trying to lose weight, pay attention to the speed at which you eat food

If you’re trying to lose weight, pay attention to the speed at which you eat food

If you’re always the last person on a table to finish their food, take heart. People who eat slowly are less likely to become obese or develop metabolic syndrome, a cluster of heart disease, diabetes and stroke risk factors, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. Metabolic syndrome occurs when someone has any of three risk factors that include abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and/or…

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Marathon training: The what, when and how much you must eat to prepare for a race

Marathon training: The what, when and how much you must eat to prepare for a race

Running a marathon is no small feat. Training for one is a process that requires time, dedication and proper nutrition. What you eat, in fact, plays the most important role in training for a race. Add to it when you eat — whether before or after the race. If you get it all right, breasting the tape on the finish line, in good time, would be one of your life’s most memorable feats. Simply put, watch out for what you eat in order to power through a long run. You…

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Ladies, eat well. Being underweight could put you at greater risk of early menopause

Ladies, eat well. Being underweight could put you at greater risk of early menopause

Women who were underweight as teenagers or in their mid-30s are at greater risk of facing an early menopause compared to lean or normal weight women, researchers have warned. Early menopause, defined as naturally occurring menopause before age 45, is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions such as cognitive decline, osteoporosis and premature death. The results showed that women who were underweight at any age (BMI of less than 18.5 kg/m2) had a significant, 30% increased risk of early menopause compared with lean or…

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6 reasons you shouldn’t eat lunch at your desk, explains a food psychologist

6 reasons you shouldn’t eat lunch at your desk, explains a food psychologist

New research by Grace Say Aloe has revealed that 40% of office workers typically opt for ‘al deskco dining’ when lunchtime rolls around. Multi-tasking your way through lunch by trying to eat whilst taking phone calls and typing emails may feel like the best way to get through everything at once. But according to top food psychologist,Dr Christy Fergusson, you should avoid eating lunch at your desk, where possible. Here’s Dr Christy Ferguson’s six reasons why you should avoid eating lunch at your desk and her tips on how to…

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Parents, keep in mind: Less than 20% urban kids in India eat fruits once a day

Parents, keep in mind: Less than 20% urban kids in India eat fruits once a day

Only 18% of urban children in grade six to 10 in India eat fruits every day, show the results of a survey, revealing poor eating habits of a vast majority of kids in the country. At 14%, the proportion of children eating protein once a day is even lower, showed the survey by Podar Education Group which runs over 100 schools spread across the country. The survey involved responses from 1,350 parents of children studying in grade six to 10 in India’s metro cities. The results showed that only 35%…

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Ultimate running guide for beginners: What to eat, how to start, distance and more

Ultimate running guide for beginners: What to eat, how to start, distance and more

For gym-phobes and those who hate exercising, running can make for a perfect way to stay fit and healthy. Research shows that running can benefit the spine and reduce back pain, keep your knees healthy and ensure complete mind-body well being. Here is a guide of everything you need to know about it: * Who can run? Running is for everyone irrespective of your age, size or background. Start slow and gradually you will observe that you are able to run for a longer span of time. Don’t push yourself too hard in the…

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Eat fatty foods like cheese and butter if you want a long, healthy life

Eat fatty foods like cheese and butter if you want a long, healthy life

People who consume foods that are low in fats but high in carbohydrates may be at an increased risk of an early death as compared to those who consume fat-rich foods such as cheese and butter, a study has claimed. The findings, published in the journal Lancet, showed that contrary to popular belief, consuming a higher amount of fat – about 35% of energy – is associated with a lower risk of death compared to lower intakes. The association was seen for all major types of fats – saturated fats,…

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Want a healthy heart? Eat small portions of dark chocolate having extra virgin olive oil every day

Want a healthy heart? Eat small portions of dark chocolate having extra virgin olive oil every day

Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil may improve your heart health by increasing good cholesterol levels and preserving the ‘repairing cells’ critical for maintaining blood vessels, a study has found. “A healthy diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Rossella Di Stefano, a cardiologist at the University of Pisa in Italy. “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols, which are found in cocoa, olive oil, and apples,” Di Stefano. “Research has found that the Italian Panaia red apple has very high…

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Do you have fussy kids who refuse to eat greens? Get a wind-chime

Do you have fussy kids who refuse to eat greens? Get a wind-chime

Hanging wind-chimes in the kitchen or dining area may encourage children to eat more green vegetables, an Oxford study suggests. Researchers found that playing high chirpy notes like wind chimes while children eat, inadvertently improves flavour by sweetening the taste. Charles Spence, a professor at Oxford University in the UK, said that ‘sonic seasoning’ can help enhance taste and suppress the bitterness of vegetables for children who are picky eaters. A survey of 2,000 adults found that their biggest food phobia as a child was sprouts, followed by cabbage, peas and broccoli….

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Dear senior citizens, eat an avocado daily to strengthen eyes and improve memory

Dear senior citizens, eat an avocado daily to strengthen eyes and improve memory

Consuming one avocado daily may significantly improve the working memory and problem-solving skills in older adults, according to a study. In the study, 40 healthy adults aged 50 and over, who ate one fresh avocado a day for six months, experienced a 25% increase in lutein levels in their eyes and improved cognitive function. Lutein is a pigment commonly found in fruits and vegetables that accumulates in the blood, eye and brain and may act as an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant. Researchers from Tufts University in the US monitored…

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