Is there really a need to use low fat dairy?

full-fat-dairyAll current dietary recommendations suggest use of low fat dairy products. Low fat milk, skim milk, slim milk, reduced fat milk, low-fat cheese, lite butter , etc. This and much more to confuse the consumers and subject them to the added pain of selecting the low fat options which are costlier and less easily available. We cannot deny that total fat intake in diets is escalating and one needs to find ways to cut down consumption especially through processed meats and bakery products. But, dairy fat has not shown to increase risk of obesity, diabetes or heart disease and in fact may be more beneficial for all individuals.Read More »

Decoding lipids – The good, bad and ugly

The lipid profile throws some numbers and jargon at you that are often confusing. The total cholesterol is still understandable but we often think what is LDL and HDL. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol or simply the one that clogs the arteries supplying oxygen to vital organs causing heart diseases and stroke while the HDL is good cholesterol which carries the excess cholesterol to the liver for excretion. So, obviously LDL should be low and HDL should be high. The total cholesterol reflects a sum of LDL and HDL cholesterol and although maintaining normal range is important, within the total – the ratio of HDL should be higher than LDL. We can call total cholesterol as the ugly one as high numbers are not appreciated as they hardly ever due to an elevated HDL. Read More »

Super foods – Flax seeds

Superfood flaxseeds
Super food flaxseed

Consuming all kinds of seeds is now becoming a popular trend among health enthusiasts. Seeds have the potential to grow into a new plant so obviously they carry a powerhouse of nutrients and growth factors. Along with being so nutrient dense, they also have the ability to provide a feeling of fullness/ satiety. Read More »

How to prevent Heart diseases

 

The best prevention against heart diseases is to understand the risk and the treatment options. Understanding how to reduce or control the modifiable risks goes a long way in prevention and control of heart diseases.

Dr. MSS Mukharjee, Founder & Director, Pulse Heart Center talks to eKincare about the prevention of heart diseases.