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Diet Soda Reduce Kidney Stones November 15, 2009

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Good morning everyone.  I read one article about diet soda.  There’s a good news to those who love do drink diet soda.  Most specially to those who goes on a diet.  

According to a new study drinking diet soda may reduce the risk of forming kidney stones.

The researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, suggests that the citrate and malate content in commonly consumed sodas may be sufficient to inhibit the development of calcium stones.

Increased alkalinity is proven to augment citraturia, a known factor for calcium stones. Malate increases the amount of alkali delivered.  The researchers measured the citrate and malate content of 15 popular diet sodas.

They found that Diet Sunkist Orange contained the greatest amount of total alkali and Diet 7-Up had the greatest amount of citrate as alkali. The American Urological Association has warned people not to put all their faith in diet drinks.

This study by no means suggests that patients with recurrent kidney stones should trade in their water bottles for soda cans.  However, this study suggests instead that patients with stone disease who do not drink soda may benefit from moderate consumption.


Healthy diets with healthier carbohydrates (2 of 2) November 7, 2009

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Below are examples of foods that have low GI values, you may want to include such foods more often into your meals: apple muffins, made with sugar; unsweetened grapefruit juice; unsweetened apple juice; carrot juice; tomato juice without sugar; plain sponge cake; all bran cereals; brown rice; full cream milk; oatmeal; cherries; prunes; dried apricots; apple; peach; pear; strawberry; grapes; banana; mango; broccoli; cabbage; lettuce; mushrooms; onion; pepper; carrots; green peas; peanuts; walnuts; cashew; yogurt; chickpeas; lima beans; lentils; and kidney beans.

For your guide to knowing more about the glycemic index of foods, here are some myths about GI:

• The GI doesn’t work in mixed meals. – Wrong. A lot of studies have shown that GI works perfectly in mixed meals.

• Whole grains have low GI. The benefits of GI are really due to fiber. – Wrong. Majority of whole grain cereal products such as wholemeal bread and toasted bran flakes actually have a high GI. That is because the finely milled bran doesn’t slow down digestion and absorption. Whole grains is good for us, but in studies in which fiber contents have been matched, low GI diet incorporating whole grains offer benefits over and above that of processed whole grains.

• The GI doesn’t make sense – chocolate has a low GI but watermelon has a high GI. – Wrong. The GI makes a lot of nutritional sense. Nature intended us to eat slowly digested and absorbed carbs. Most low GI foods are nutritious. Like in anything, common sense is required. Nutritionists don’t recommend jellybeans just because they are low in fat. So it’s with the GI.

• The GI restricts food choices. – Wrong. Low GI diets open the door to nutritious meals.

Eating healthier carbohydrates can positively affect your health today – and possibly the course of your entire life. Start making healthy change into your diet by simply incorporating healthier carbohydrates. You don’t need to spend a lot.  – JOAN SUMPIO, RND

(Write the author at wellbeing@mb.com.ph.)

Healthy diets with healthier carbohydrates (1 of 2) November 6, 2009

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Good morning friends.  Many of us always crave to eat all food .  Some prefer to eat light foods, some prefer to eat heavy kinds of food as they think that they will have good energy for that.  Yes they are right, but not all the time.  Some people who ate much feels that they are so full and can’t hardly move  always on the go.  Most Filipino people do eat more carbohydrates as they think it’s the best.  But we all know that when we eat more of carbohydrates we can easily get fat and will easily leads to obesity.  With that, we know that we will have a hard time to go on a diet.  I read one article and it says that we can be in a healthy diet even with more on carbohydrates.  I want to share it with you.

By this time, we know that not all carbohydrates are created equal. To help us choose healthier carbohydrates, the glycemic index (GI) was developed as it ranks how much carbohydrate in individual foods affects blood glucose levels. The Glycemic Index (GI) of carbohydrates compares their ability to release glucose into the blood with that of an equivalent weight of pure glucose (GI of 100).

White bread (especially those made without fiber or grains) which contains carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion have high GI values – meaning, it can create a high rise in blood sugar after eating such kind of food. But of course, we know that we don’t usually eat bread just as a single food but with spread or some accompaniment; and those spread and accompaniments can affect the GI value of the whole diet taken as one.

The glycemic index was originally developed to help people with diabetes make healthier choices in choosing carbohydrates for their meal times. Nowadays, knowing the GI and choosing low GI carbohydrate foods can be beneficial to all types of people (except those who often experience low blood sugar levels). GI levels in foods are classified according to low medium or high. Low GI foods or carbohydrates has a value of 55 or less, and those considered with medium GI have a value of 70.


Pay attention to what you eat! November 2, 2009

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“Diet is more important than women realize.  It has as much of an effect on health as cigarettes do.” –Marion Nestle, PH.D., Professor and Chair of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University in New York City.

Too many women obsess about calories but pay little attention to the nutritional quality of what they eat,  often avoiding certain foods or entire food groups.  For example, “Many women believe that all fat is bad,” says William B. Grant, a researcher in Newport News, Virginia.  “But foods like nuts, avocados and olive oil contain monounsaturated fats, which should be part of a healthy diet.”

What should you eat?  A good daily foundation is at least five servings of fruits and veggies, about six servings of whole grains and three smell servings of lean protein.  And try making more meals yourself.  “Many women feel they don’t have time to prepare meals from scratch,”  says Andrew Weil, M.D., coauthor of The Healthy kitchen (Knopf). “But you can cook fast, easy dishes at home.”  Need ideas?  Search for low-fat recipes at epicurious.com

What your diet ma be missing at …

20  Calcim.  To stay slim, twentysomethings tend to cut out calcium-rich dairy products, and omission that sets you up for osteoporosis later.  Aim for 1,000 mg of calcium daily—a cup of low-fat yogurt contains about 450 mg

30  Folic acid.  Many women start trying to get pregnant at this age, and folic acid is a key nutrient that protects babies from certain birth defects.  You need 400 meg daily from foods like beans, spinach and strawberries.

40  Fiber.  Getting 25 g of fiber a day (from whole grains, apples, pears) can help lower your cholesterol, which may be edging higher at this age. –Sunny Sea Gold  

Source:  “ Women’s Health Handbook ”  Mary Duenwald