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The dark side of instant noodles – Dietitian reveals

A dietician at the Trust hospital in Accra, Mr Wise Chukwudi Letsa, has cautioned Ghanaians on the excessive intake of instant noodles. The author of the books ‘Answers For Your Diet’ and ‘Eating To Prevent And Manage Lifestyle Diseases’ explained Noodles to be rich in carbohydrates and part of the starchy food family and therefore, intake at the wrong time could be stored by the body as fat. He added that consuming a large quantity of it in one sitting could result in weight gain and the development of a…

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Blueberries and Dark Chocolate Hold Powerful Properties

If you’re one who swoons over chocolate, you may be pleased to know there may be a scientific reason for it. In fact, researchers say potent compounds in dark chocolate as well as blueberries may contain secrets to staying youthful. Scientists from Exeter University in England, supported by colleagues at Brighton University, identified the compounds as a “secret” wrinkle-fighting substance because they help rejuvenate old cells. In fact, lab research showed old cells both looking and “behaving” like younger cells, actually resuming dividing. Professor Lorna Harries, a director of research…

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5 Smart Alternatives to Processed Foods

Is your shopping cart filled with heavily processed foods? Some might seem to be time-savers, yet cost more than fresh foods and offer few nutrients. Others might actually harm your health. The first foods to avoid are processed meats from hot dogs to deli cold cuts, including salami and bologna. Even those labeled “low calorie” are likely to have questionable preservatives, such as salts and nitrates. Studies show that these are the worst types of meats for your heart. Try freshly prepared turkey and chicken instead. In a hurry? A…

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Soy may raise risk of advanced prostate cancer

Soy is often hailed for its health benefits. But for men, eating soy and other foods rich in isoflavones may not be so favorable; it could increase the risk of advanced prostate cancer. However, when it comes to the risk of non-advanced prostate cancer — that is, cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland — dietary isoflavones appear to have no significant influence. These are the findings of a new study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States,…

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Harvard Says This Is the Ultimate Meal Plan

It stands to reason that if different foods offer unique nutrients to heal your body and maintain (or regain) health, it might be a good idea to change up your meals to include as many beneficial vitamins and minerals as possible if you’re not doing so already. Including as many types of nutrients in your overall daily meal plan has a fringe benefit: A little variety in your life really does spice it up, especially in the area of your food choices. Determining which foods provide the most important nutrients…

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8 Signs that you are not drinking enough water

Water is important for us to survive as it keeps the inner workings of our body in top shape. Water keeps us hydrated only in its pure form. Water adjusts the body’s temperature and assists in digestion. Not only that, but it assists in removing toxins from the body and also makes necessary body fluids. The chemical reactions that support life take place in a water medium, with water being an important reactant or product of these reactions. So if you don’t drink enough water, it can lead to serious…

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Study Proves Sugar Is Responsible for Remarkable Rate of Disease

Refined sugar was not consumed on a daily basis until the past 100 years. Before that, it was a treat afforded only by the very rich as sugar cane was a difficult crop to grow. In the past 100 years, rates of obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and numerous other chronic diseases have skyrocketed. When sugar and tobacco were introduced by Native Americans to Europeans as they began to settle America, the average life span was relatively short. This meant health consequences from sugar and tobacco were easily buried…

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New Finding: Broccoli Helps Heal Leaky Gut

Broccoli, a close relative of Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, is perhaps most well-known for its chemoprotective properties. It’s an excellent source of phytonutrient glucosinolates, flavonoids and other health-boosting antioxidant and anticancer compounds. One of the compounds in broccoli known to have anticancer activity is sulforaphane, a naturally occurring organic sulfur. Studies have shown sulforaphane supports normal cell function and division while causing apoptosis (programmed cell death) in colon, prostate, breast and tobacco-induced lung cancer cells, and reducing the number of cancerous liver tumors in mice. Three servings of broccoli…

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Ghana holds Food Safety Conference

The First Food Safety Conference to develop strategies to counter emerging challenges in food chain and to promote safe food practices among Ghanaians has been launched in Accra. The three-day Food Safety Sensitisation Programme organised by the Food and Drugs Authority brought together more than 150 scientists, policymakers, experts and consumers to share ideas, practices and perspectives on issues that would promote safe food handling practices. The conference on the theme: “Enhancing Food Security through Safe Food Practices” is also intended to address how to detect unsafe food, fight food…

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Lower high blood pressure with smoothies

Are you looking for some flavorful and nutritious smoothie recipes to help alleviate high blood pressure? Look no further. By tapping into the abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and superfoods that mother nature has to offer you can craft a variety of smoothies that do just that. Not only will these smoothies help lower blood pressure, they will support your overall health. What is Hypertension? High blood pressure is considered a chronic disease or condition. That means it can be treated, but not cured. If you have high blood…

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