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Month: October 2016

Soda tax ‘more powerful than anything I’ve ever seen’

Soda tax ‘more powerful than anything I’ve ever seen’

Study offers ‘substantial evidence that soda taxes work,’ nutrition professor says As voters consider soda taxes in four U.S. cities, a new study finds that low-income Berkeley neighbourhoods slashed sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by more than one-fifth after the Northern California city enacted the first soda tax in the U.S. Berkeley voters in 2014 levied a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks to try to curb consumption and stem the rising tide of diabetes and obesity. After the tax…

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Health Minister Jane Philpott announces new food labelling, marketing regulations

Health Minister Jane Philpott announces new food labelling, marketing regulations

Canada to follow World Health Organization recommendations released in 2010 The federal government is overhauling Canada’s healthy eating guidelines with a sweeping strategy that will include new rules for marketing and labelling certain foods aimed at children. Health Minister Jane Philpott said the “iconic” Canada Food Guide has not kept up with the country’s changing demographics and lifestyles. “The classic one-size-fits-all guide no longer meets the needs of Canadians,” she said in a Montreal speech. Philpott said the guide must…

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9 Reasons To Eat Honey Daily

9 Reasons To Eat Honey Daily

 The possible health benefits of honey have been documented in early Greek, Roman, Vedic, and Islamic texts and healing qualities of honey were referred to by philosophers and scientists all the way back to ancient times, such as Aristotle (384-322 BC) and Aristoxenus (320 BC). – Joseph Nordqvist, Medical News Daily For something that tastes so good, honey isn’t consumed all that often. Besides being delicious, honey is also densely packed with valuable nutrition, such as nutrients. Honey is also…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Studies show that the walking through a doorway causes memory lapses, which is why we walk into another room, only to forget why we did. A man named Walter Summerford was struck by lightning 3 times in his life.  After his death, his gravestone was also struck.  Long distance relationships are as satisfying as normal relationships in terms of communication, intimacy, and commitment, studies show.  Emotional pain lasts for 10 to 20 minutes, anything longer is actually self inflicted by…

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What is Lecithin? And is it Good or Bad for Me?

What is Lecithin? And is it Good or Bad for Me?

What in the world is lecithin? In 1845, French chemist and pharmacist Theodore Gobley isolated a fatty, yellowish substance from an egg yoke. He named it phosphatidylcholine lecithine and it’s been injected into our foods ever since. Today, “lecithin” is a generic term applied to any yellowish, fatty substance that naturally occurs in plant and animal tissues – “a mixture of phospholipids and oil.” In the body, it supports cell membrane health after breaking down into choline; in food manufacturing…

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Easily Digestible Foods

Easily Digestible Foods

Human body is designed to complete the hardest processes with ease, but some functions are rather complicated and aren’t carried out by your body as smoothly as you may think. Your digestive system is quite complicated for instance. You will find it easy to chew and digest certain foods, such as bananas, but it will be difficult to digest other foods like sugarcane or dry fruits. Certain foods are easy for your digestive system to break down into smaller parts,…

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The Best Mindset To Preserve Memory And Judgement

The Best Mindset To Preserve Memory And Judgement

The best mindset to ward off cognitive decline can be cultivated using exercises such as visualising your best possible self. Older adults with a more optimistic outlook experience fewer memory and judgement problems, new research finds. Optimism has also been linked to desirable health behaviours like: Eating more healthily. Exercising regularly. Lower risk of heart conditions and stroke. For the study, researchers followed around 500 older adults over four years to see if they experienced any cognitive impairments. The results…

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Climate change is shifting areas of skin disease concern

Climate change is shifting areas of skin disease concern

Climate change is bringing certain skin diseases and other illnesses to regions where they were rarely seen before, according to a recent research review. Dermatologists should keep these changing patterns of skin diseases in mind when making diagnoses, say the authors, who analyzed specific disease shifts in North America. As the planet warms, many bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites can survive in areas where they haven’t been found before, the review team writes. In the U.S., for example, the incidence…

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How to Get What You Really Want

How to Get What You Really Want

If you are like most people, you want to win the lottery, but you probably don’t buy tickets very often. You don’t need a psychologist to tell you the reason: You don’t expect to win. Given the odds of winning the lottery, that might seem like a reasonable conclusion. What is important to take away from this is that you take action based on what you expect, not what you want. What you want and what you expect are completely…

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We Get by With a Little Health Help From Our Friends

We Get by With a Little Health Help From Our Friends

Friendship might be even more golden than we think. A study finds that having good relationships with friends and family boosts not just your mental health, but physical one as well. Researchers combined data from four large studies that have been following, for decades, the physical and mental well-being of thousands of Americans between the ages of 12 and 91. They focused on social ties that participants reported, such as number of friends and amount of family support, and markers…

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