Vaccine Update and 8 Health Tips X 2
Vaccines, Health Rumors and Fat-fighting Food
ALTHOUGH THIS blog is not a forum for Swine Flu or Vaccines, I did write quite a bit about it during the scare we had a few months ago, and delved into the frothing debate about the value of vaccinations.
Given this precedent, I thought I’d report about and link to a surprising revelation today, and then turn to eight health tips times two.
First up, the vaccine headliner:
“Medical journal The Lancet [today] withdrew a 1998 study linking autism with inoculation against three childhood illnesses, a paper that caused an uproar and an enduring backlash against vaccination.”
If you’re still gathering data on the pros and cons of vaccination, check out the report here.
Now onto two stories of eights…
8 Crazy Health Rumors examines, well, crazy health rumors, such as:
1. Baby carrots are preserved with bleach. (Not really — rinsed not preserved.)
2. Exercising on an empty stomach burns more fat. (Not significantly.)
3. Sugar leads to diabetes. (Could increase the risk.)
4. Listerine mouthwash scatters mosquitoes. (Nay.)
5. Spicy foods boost metabolism. (Nope.)
6. Liquid eyeliner causes sinus infections. (Only if allergic to them.)
7. The 5 second rule for grabbing food of the floor. (Bacteria is faster.)
8. Cracking knuckles causes arthritis. (Naw.)
8 Foods that Fight Fat is a primer for eating foods which have a fat-reducing chemical reaction within your body.
1. Almonds are high in alpha-linolenic acid, which can accelerate your metabolism of fats. They themselves are high in fat, so limit yourself to 12 per serving to keep calories in check.
2. Berries — whether they be blueberries, blackberries or strawberries — are natures candy and can help you burn more fat during workouts. I routinely buy organic frozen berries and add them to smoothies, oatmeal and yoghurt. I add chopped almonds to them.
3. Cinnamon reduces the blood glucose uptake (measured by the glycemic index) of anything you eat with it. Not to mention that cinnamon has anti-bacteria properties. I add it to all that stuff in #2 above.
4. Mustard, due to the tumeric spice in it, may slow the growth of fat tissues; and it, too, has anti-bacteria properties. In India, tumeric seems to be in everything. If you like curry, you like tumeric.
5. Oranges contain fat-blasting compounds known as flavones. If orange juice is your thing, remember to eat the pulp; moreover, remember that now matter how healthy, fruit juice is high in sugar and calories, so don’t drink it like it’s water.
6. Soybeans are rich in choline, a compound that blocks the absorption of fat and breaks down fatty deposits, but don’t over do it. Over doing it means that soy becomes your main meal. Soy advocates often point to Japan as an example of a population who is healthy due to soy, but they forget to say that the Japanese typically use soy as a side dish — not the main event — and it’s often fermented which improves it’s health yielding benefits in a way that I’m not sure about at the moment.
(OK, I decided not to be so lazy and looked it up… here’s the benefits of fermentation.)
7. Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber content (translating in a low glycemic index) which means they keep your insulin steadier than, say, white potatoes. This translates into less fat being packed onto your six pack.
8. Swiss Cheese is a calcium-rich food, and as such helps reduce fat-producing enzymes and increase fat breakdown. Not bad for cheese. Remember though, Swiss cheese is high in fat and calories, so discretion is advised.
Hey, if you have any fat-busting tips or food, please weigh in at the “comments” section below.