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Genes load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger

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MEATLESS BUT MORE NUTRITIOUS Malunggay soup (with tomatoes, onions, organic vegan bouillon cubes and Himalayan salt), string beans (with shiitake mushrooms, okra, eggplant, Braggs tomato sauce) and oil-less fried, non-GMO soy wheat stick (with seaweeds). Safe proteins were found to be from plants. Photo by Tessa Salazar

You may have often heard that fatalistic remark of some people lamenting that they are “doomed” to suffer this or that debilitating disease because their parents, grandparents or kin suffered the same disease. “It runs in our family,” they say in surrender, “so why fight it?”

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Asia close to cutting hunger incidence by half, says FAO

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Agriculture officials in Asia and the Pacific are hunkering down to shore up food security as the region’s millennium development goal of reducing the incidence of hunger by half in 2015 is “now within reach,” according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Salty reactions

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After our last week’s column on how excessive salt intake could harm our health, I received a number of negative reactions, with most saying that making everyone adhere to a low-salt diet is easier said than done. I can see where most people are coming from thinking that cutting down on salt means putting up with bland and tasteless food.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Athletes can win medals without meat

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A typical 800-pound adult male gorilla thrives on a diet of vegetables, fruit and nuts. Nutritionist and book author Sally Beare said: “The gorilla is only a close relative of ours, but the latest research in sports nutrition shows that our top athletes not only build sufficient muscle, but do best in terms of endurance and stamina, when following a vegetarian diet.”

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Nutritionists take a stand on heart care

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Several risk factors have been linked to heart diseases, but one that we can have most control of is nutrition. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) revealed how cholesterol, found in all animal-based food products (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese and yoghurt), has a specific role in heart disease. According to PCRM, choosing lean cuts of meat supposedly to avoid cholesterol is a myth; much of the cholesterol is, in fact, in the lean portion.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Remember nutrition, exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease

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Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility in Washington, puts her hand on the arm of a resident. In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, researchers report that vitamin E might slow the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.  AP FILE PHOTO

It’s one of the most “heart-breaking” diseases of the elderly, for it destroys a human being’s most valued treasures: memories, or the ability to remember.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Here’s to a smaller waistline in 2014

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GREEN vegetables get a high 90+ mark in nutrient density; mung bean at 40; brown rice at 20. Lowest nutrient scores go to fish, dairy and meat.

If you plan to make just one health-related resolution this year, then make it a slim midsection, and be unrelenting in your mission.   Board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, author of “Eat To Live,” advised “the high volume of greens not only will be your secret to a thin waistline, but will [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Gravely-ill patients choose to reverse their deadly destinies

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Here’s a story that almost ended with the subject joining the ranks of the dearly departed. Garments businessman and choreographer Ronald Allan Jumamil suddenly suffered a heart attack in September 2010 at the age of 40.

Posted: November 1st, 2013 in Featured Columns,Science and Health | Read More »

One in every 10 PH households lack proper food, nutrition

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On July 2, the 2013 Nutrition Month national launch held at the Manila Hotel encouraged the public to register in the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, an international campaign aimed at uniting people from various sectors into a collective effort to improve nutrition. The campaign was spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health.

Posted: July 5th, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Doctors, nutritionists launch Vegan Resolution 2013

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FOR A HEALTHIER 2013, your diet option must include shiitake mushroom, tofu and green bellpepper. Photo by Tessa R. Salazar

IT’S NOT a fad diet. It’s science-based, and should last much more than the year. The case for whole foods and plant-based nutrition went up another level just recently when the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—a US-based organization of clinical researchers, medical doctors, registered dietitian-nutritionists, nurses and lay people—endorsed a project called Vegan Resolution, with a website and a Facebook page http://veganresolution.org/.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

This firm advocates ‘harmony & balance’

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Why did people in the Bible live so long, Rudy Revak, an American entrepreneur, wondered some time ago. Moses, for example, lived to be 90. He concluded that it was in the food they ate, like wheat, aloe and extracts from the sea.

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Carabaos and credit

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Carabaos are a good source of milk for nutrition and livelihood. What is keeping it from expanding faster? Three C’s—credit, credit, credit.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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