Cholesterol in Food

high cholestrol food

Cholesterol is required by the body to synthesize hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help digest foods. Our body makes all the cholesterol it needs. However, cholesterol is also found in some of the foods we eat.

Although many studies suggest that there is no direct relationship between dietary cholesterol intake and blood cholesterol levels, it is important to be aware of foods that contain the same. Continue reading “Cholesterol in Food”

5 myths about hypertension

myths about hypertension - high blood pressure

Hypertension is one of the most common lifestyle diseases globally. It is often the starting point of many cardiovascular diseases and is responsible for several deaths due to heart attack/ stroke. A recent study by eKincare across 6000 IT professionals across 30 companies in Hyderabad found out that 51% of them suffered from a high blood pressure. A blood pressure over 140/90 carries with it a risk of stroke, kidney diseases and heart diseases. Improper food habits, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, tobacco and alcohol consumption, chronic stress etc. are some of the leading causes of hypertension.

Here are some common myths associated with hypertension. Continue reading “5 myths about hypertension”

Does consuming nuts make one fat?

are nuts good for health

“Consuming nuts can make me fat” is a common notion. But is it really true?

Or is it just another myths in the long list of myths related to eating?

It is a well know fact that nuts are fat- and energy-dense foods. But, studies have shown that frequent nut consumption is associated with lower rates of coronary artery disease (CAD). Also, nut-rich diets improve the serum lipid profile of participants in dietary intervention trials. In fact , those who eat nuts on a regular basis have shown to have lower Body mass Index as compared to those who do not consume them at all.

Nuts and oilseeds like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, flaxseeds, peanuts and til (sesame seeds) are natural foods. They are loaded with lots of minerals, vitamins, proteins, fiber and healthy fats. Continue reading “Does consuming nuts make one fat?”

Mother’s milk versus cow’s milk – Which provides better nutrition to the infant?

mothers milk versus cow milk
Breast milk can take care of all the nutritional and fluid requirements of the infant from birth to 6 months. It can satisfy half or more of a child’s energy needs between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and one-third of energy needs between 12 and 24 months. Breast milk is also a critical source of energy and nutrients during illness.

One often does a comparison between mother’s milk & cow milk. Here is a snapshot of what are the major differences between mother’s milk & cow’s milk Continue reading “Mother’s milk versus cow’s milk – Which provides better nutrition to the infant?”

3 foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding

foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding

The health of an infant is dependent to a large extent upon the nutrition it derives thru breastfeeding. Hence, the food a mother consumes has a great impact on the nutrition that the baby derives. While there are certain food that aids breastfeeding, there are certain foods and drinks deserve caution while you’re breast-feeding.

Here are some of the food a breastfeeding mother needs to avoid: Continue reading “3 foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding”

Tips to remain healthy during Diwali

Many of us know that we are at risk of lifestyle diseases, thanks to our hectic lifestyle coupled with unhealthy eating habits and (often) lack of exercise. This becomes worse especially during festival time, when we tend to eat more of unhealthy stuff like sweets, fried food etc. and indulge in less physical activity. This along with hectic schedule that involves catching up with host of relatives and friends and social eating with Diwali, health often goes for a toss.

Tips to remain healthy during Diwali

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the festival time again, perhaps the most awaited festival in the country. And with the festivities abound, there will surely be lot of good time that one would spend with friends and family! Continue reading “Tips to remain healthy during Diwali”

5 tips to prevent obesity

5 tips to prevent obesity

Obesity is one of the most common lifestyle diseases globally. More often than not, it is caused by a lifestyle that has too little activity and/ or too much (often unhealthy and junk) food. BMI (Body Mass Index) is one of the common indicators to check if you are obese. Apart from BMI, your waist size is another significant indicator to determine if you are overweight or obese.

Obesity may give rise to several other health complications like diabetes, hypertension or even a stroke or heart attack. Here are some tips you can follow to avoid becoming obese or even overweight. It’s better than to get started NOW rather than waiting for your weight (and hence BMI) to shoot up before starting! Continue reading “5 tips to prevent obesity”

Are health foods really healthy?

Are health foods really healthy

We fervently scan the supermarket shelves to splurge on the latest healthful and nutritious product but are caught off-guard by the complicated yet fascinating cliches leaving us more anxious and perplexed about having made a wise decision in the name of “Health Food”. But are these health food really healthy? Or are they just a faux pas?

Let us attempt to decipher some of these jargons to facilitate informed nutritious choices for the future. Continue reading “Are health foods really healthy?”

Are You Obese? – World Obesity Day

Are you obese - World Obesity Day

Indians have a genetic susceptibility to be heavier especially at the abdomen. Americans and other Western counterparts have a different body structure and stature. the reference range for ideal body weight with reference to height for them and Indians vary widely and cannot be common.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the most common indicators to check if you are obese. It is a measure of our weight relative to our height and waist circumference measure abdominal fat deposition.Asian Indians with a tendency to have higher fat mass distributed around the waist and greater risk of cardiovascular diseases have a lower cutoff for BMI and waist circumference. Continue reading “Are You Obese? – World Obesity Day”