Connect with us

Health

The Best Milk Alternatives For Better Health

Published

on

These days the fear of cholesterol is beginning of wisdom.
Gradually many people are discarding stuffing themselves with fat laden nutrients. Many people are reaching for non-dairy milk these days. The trouble is, when you scan a store shelf or cooler and see soy milk, macadamia milk, oat milk, pea milk and more, it can be hard to know which alternative to dairy milk is the best choice for you.
To help sort through the sea of alt-milk facts, we spoke to some environmental and nutrition experts, who shared some details that will make your decision a bit easier. We got the scoop on nutrition content, as well as important environmental factors to consider, such as greenhouse gas emissions, water use, land use, where a crop is grown, transportation and how crops are processed.
Here’s what you need to know when choosing a dairy milk alternative:
Oat Milk
Among the dairy alternatives, oat milk is a pretty climate-friendly choice with fairly low water use, land use and greenhouse gas emissions. on this topic right now.
As for nutrition oat milk is lower in fat and protein and higher in carbohydrates than other alternatives. It also has a neutral flavor and creamy consistency, making it a popular choice in cafés. Overall, nutritionists say oat milk is a good option, especially for people with soy and nut allergies.
Almond Milk
There’s a lot of buzz around the amount of water that goes into farming almonds, and that’s a valid concern — almond milk takes a lot of water to produce.
From a nutrition standpoint, almond milk is a good option in many cases. There is nothing about almond milk that sends any red flags from a health perspective,” Wolfram said, but this definitely isn’t the right choice for someone with an allergy to tree nuts or almonds.
Almond milk is low in calories, fat and protein, the consistency is thin, and the taste is fairly light and neutral, making it a good choice for mixing into smoothies. Wolfram suggests choosing a variety that’s fortified with calcium and Vitamin D.
Coconut Milk
Nutritionally, coconut milk isn’t ideal when compared to many other milk alternatives because it’s high in saturated fat according to researchers. There’s some debate over whether saturated fat from plant sources — like coconuts — is less harmful to the body than saturated fats from animal products, but experts recommend reducing consumption of saturated fats overall. It can be included in a healthy diet, but should be limited, they said.
Tyger nut Milk
Tyger nut is fast becoming a common snack these days. These small light dark brown nuts are packed with lots milk laden water that is nutritious and healthy. With lots of potassium and little sodium, tyger nuts is good for the heart, high blood pressure and stomach. Recent research has also shown that the milk in tiger nuts has less fats and lots of fibre.
To extract milk from tyger nuts requires much efforts from blending lots of them in a blender and filtering. The downside is that without adequate preservation tyger milk can sour. To get the best from it, add small sweetner either in tea or pap to taste.
Soy Milk
Soy milk can be a great alternative to dairy milk, but you’ll want to pay attention to where it comes from, as some soybeans drive deforestation in the Amazon while also displacing indigenous peoples and small farmers.
There are other issues to consider, too — some soybeans are genetically modified to withstand pesticides. Soy milk also encourages monoculture, Bergen said, which has negative effects on soil and the climate. She recommends organic soy milk as the best option.
From a nutritional perspective, soy milk contains around six or seven grams of protein per serving (comparable to cow’s milk) and is less processed than many other nondairy milks. The key is to look for unsweetened varieties, said registered dietitian Amanda Baker Lemein.
Pea Milk
Nutritionally, unsweetened pea milk is low in calories, high in protein and contains little or no saturated fat, making it a solid nondairy alternative. It usually has added oil and is fortified with vitamin B12 and other vitamins and minerals. But watch out for added sugars. “Once you get into flavors or sweeteners, then it changes how healthy it is.
Adapted From HUFFPOST

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Health

Sickle Cell Drug Set To Be Released 

Published

on

England’s National Health Service (NHS) has announced a new “life-saving drug, Crizanlizumab to help people suffering from sickle cell disease (SCD).
Crizanlizumab is expected to be delivered through transfusion drip and “works by binding to a protein in the blood cells to prevent the restriction of blood and oxygen supply that lead to a sickle cell crisis,” NHS said in a statement.
About 5,000 people living in England will be treated with the drug in the next three years.
SCD is common in Africa, where up to 40 percent of a country’s population can carry the mutated gene, though most never get sick, AFP said in a report.
The disease causes episodes of debilitating pain known as vaso-occlusive crises. It could also cause infection, organ damage, acute chest syndrome and stroke.
Nigeria is considered the epicentre of the disease in the world.
The chairman of the Sickle Cell Foundation, Professor Olu Akinyanju, said in a paper published on the foundation’s website that “in sheer numbers, Nigeria has the largest burden of sickle cell disorder (SCD) in the whole world.”
“Although countries around Nigeria also have an S gene carrier frequency of about one in four of their populations, Nigeria’s large population has ensured that over 40 million Nigerians are healthy carriers of the S gene,” Professor Akinyanju said.
“This number of carriers far exceeds the total population of every other affected African country and indeed, of several of them put together. Consequently, about 150,000 Nigerian children are born each year with sickle cell anaemia (HbSS), the prevailing type of sickle cell disorder (SCD) in this region.”
Crizanlizumab is expected to reduce the number of times a sickle cell patient needs to go to A&E (Accident and Emergency Unit of a hospital) by two fifths.
United States’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said “the only cure for SCD is bone marrow or stem cell transplant.”
But for many sufferers of the disease in Nigeria, accessing curative treatment is extremely prohibitive.
Moreover, CDC said bone marrow is “very risky, and can have serious side effects, including death.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Health

WHO Raises Alarm Over Mental Health Of Pregnant Women

Published

on

Almost one in five women will experience a mental health condition during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
The apex world body on health had released the statistics Monday, as part of its report on improving Early Child Health and Development.
Among women with perinatal mental health conditions, 20 percent will experience suicidal thoughts or undertake acts of self-harm.
Ignoring mental health not only risks women’s overall health and well-being, but also impacts infants’ physical and emotional development.
The importance of screening, diagnosis and management of PMH conditions into Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services has been highlighted in the Nurturing Care Framework, the WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal experience and the WHO guideline on improving Early Childhood Development.
This new WHO guide for integration of perinatal mental health in maternal and child health services provides the best available information aimed at supporting MCH providers in identifying symptoms of mental health problems and responding in a way that is adapted to their local and cultural context.
The guide provides an evidence-informed approach for  planning integration of perinatal mental healthcare into MCH services and assessing its impact. Effective integration requires for example a core team responsible for overseeing the integration, a situation analysis and needs assessment to identify a feasible package of interventions that meet women’s needs during the perinatal period, and adequate training and supervision of workforce to deliver services.
MCH services during the perinatal period represent a unique opportunity to support women in a respectful and stigma-free environment, leading to increased attendance and better engagement in care for women and their babies and to greater well-being and advancement of society.

By: Kevin Nengia

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Health

Health Benefits Of Eating Walnuts

Published

on

Now is the season of walnuts, the black cranky round nuts common to most rainforests in Nigeria.
Though walnuts are seasonal, it is packed with huge phytonutrients that help to improve health and vitality.
Scientists have found that the nut reduces lipid per oxidation, a process that can damage sperm cells. This form of cell damage harms sperm membranes, which are primarily made up of polysaturated fatty acids.
Walnuts are the only tree nut that are predominantly comprised of these fatty acids- meaning they are uniquely powerful for replenishing sperm cells.
Just one ounce of walnuts contain 13 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids(PUFAs),out of 18 grams of total fat.
The study, conducted at the University of Delaware, gave two groups of mice either a walnut- enriched diet or a control diet for nine to 11 weeks.
One group was made up of healthy male mice and the other was male mice that were genetically predetermined to be infertile.
Researchers found significant improvements in sperm motility and morphology in mice who were consuming 20 per cent of their daily calories from walnuts tequila lent to 2.5 ounces a day for humans.
Even the infertile mice saw an improvement in sperm morphology and both groups experienced a notable reduction in peroxidative damage.
Sperm motility, and form are markers of semen quality, which is a predictor of male fertility.
“What is fascinating is we found that eating walnuts can actually help improve sperm quality likely by reducing peroxidarive damage in sperm cells”, said lead researcher, Dr. Patricia Martin-DeLeon of the University of Delaware, United States of America.
The researchers hope to conduct larger and longer term studies, as well as studies in more diverse male populations, to confirm the mechanism that makes walnuts improve sperm quality.
A couple is said to be infertile if there is no pregnancy after one year of normal sexual activity without contraceptives.
In approximately 40 per cent of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Trending