Is the new ‘fasting’ diet trend healthy?

Fasting is nothing new. For a month every year, practising Muslims celebrate Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset, and it’s a part of many other major religious traditions. But is it healthy and effective to restrict eating or fast on a regular basis?

Is the new ‘fasting’ diet trend healthy?Tipping the scales at 105 kgs, Charles Joy realised he needed to make some changes. The 28-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native already had tried many diet plans to varying degrees of success. In 2013, he lost more than 45 kilos through exercise and diet. But afterward, his weight slowly began to creep back up. In 2017, […]

3 diet changes to help lower cholesterol levels

Lifestyle changes can help reduce cholesterol, keep you off cholesterol-lowering medications or enhance the effect of your medications. Here are three lifestyle changes to get you started

3 diet changes to help lower cholesterol levelsBy lowering your blood LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol level, even if it is normal, you help reduce your chances of having a heart attack. It’s especially important if the LDL level is above 130 milligrams per decilitre. For every 10% drop in your cholesterol level, your heart attack risk potentially falls by 20% to 30%. There […]

Substituting healthy plant proteins for red meat lowers risk of heart disease, finds study

Diets that replaced red meat with healthy plant proteins led to decreases in risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Purdue University

Substituting healthy plant proteins for red meat lowers risk of heart disease, finds studyThe study is the first meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials examining the health effects of red meat by substituting it for other specific types of foods. The study was published in the journal Circulation. “Previous findings from randomised controlled trials evaluating the effects of red meat on cardiovascular disease risk factors have been inconsistent. But […]

Exclusive breastfeeding interlinked to healthier cholesterol in teens, reveals study

Babies who consume nothing but breast milk for their first three months of life may have healthier cholesterol levels by adolescence than infants who drink formula, a new study suggests

Exclusive breastfeeding interlinked to healthier cholesterol in teens, reveals studyPaediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least 6 months old because it can bolster babies’ immune systems and reduce their risk of ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, obesity and diabetes. Breast milk does contain more cholesterol than formula, however, and little is known about how this might […]

The type of saturated fats we eat can affect our heart health, finds study

The type of saturated fats we eat can affect our risk of a heart attack, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology

The type of saturated fats we eat can affect our heart health, finds studyPeople whose diets contain relatively little palmitic and stearic acid – saturated fats composed of 16 or more carbon atoms (longer-chain saturated fats) that are typically found in meats – and eat plant-based proteins instead have decreased chances of myocardial infarction. Moreover, individuals who eat more saturated fats with 14 or fewer carbon atoms (shorter-chain […]

Coconut oil is unhealthy, says new study

Eating a diet high in saturated fat can raise the level of "bad" (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, which, in turn, may clog the arteries and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Some claim that the mixture of fats in coconut oil still make it a healthy option, but the AHA says there is no good-quality evidence for this

Coconut oil is unhealthy, says new studyCoconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts It is packed with saturated fat which can raise “bad” cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice. Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better for us than […]