In Nigeria Olive oil is mostly used in churches and other spiritual homes. But alas it is one of nature’s strongest health elixir. Unlike in Europe and other foreign climes where it’s the most popular cooking oil, here olive oil is expensive and an exclusive of the rich. Hence a lot of people miss its huge health benefits as an antioxidant and healthy fat.
According to a study conducted by researchers from the American College of Cardiology, consuming olive oil regularly is also linked to a lower risk of some severe medical conditions, such as heart disease and cancer.
The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
During the study, the research team found that respiratory disease mortality and neurodegenerative disease mortality are also less common in individuals who consume over seven grams of olive oil per day.
Additionally, replacing 10 grams of butter, mayonnaise and dairy fat daily with the same quantity of olive oil helped significantly reduce mortality risk.
Dr. Marta Guasch-Ferre, the study’s first author, said the results support current dietary recommendations to “increase the intake of olive oil and other unsaturated vegetable oils.”
She added that clinicians should advise patients to replace certain fats, like butter and margarine, with olive oil to improve their well-being. The study findings can be used to make more specific recommendations that will be easier for patients to understand and implement into their regular diets.
For the study, the scientists analyzed the diets of more than 30,000 men and over 60,000 women. All the volunteers were disease-free when the trial began in 1990.
The volunteers filled in surveys every four years to track their average fat and oil consumption. For the surveys, olive oil intake was measured on how often a volunteer used it:
· On salads
· While baking
· While cooking
· When adding it to other meals and bread
In the study, one tablespoon equaled more than 13 grams of olive oil.
The scientists discovered that volunteers who consumed the most olive oil daily were 19 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 17 percent less likely to die from cancer. Results also showed that they were more protected from neurodegenerative mortality and respiratory mortality.
Guasch-Ferre explained that it is possible that higher olive oil consumption could be considered “a marker of an overall healthier diet and higher socioeconomic status.” After adjusting for these and other social-economic status factors, the study results remained largely the same.
She noted that the study cohort was made up mainly of a non-Hispanic white population of health professionals, which should minimize potential confounding socioeconomic factors. However, the study cohort may also limit generalizability as this population “may be more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
The results showed that people with a higher olive oil intake were more likely to have an active lifestyle, follow a healthy diet and more likely to be non-smokers.
Olive oil is the naturally gotten from olives that come from olive trees. It is made up of 14 percent saturated fat and 11 percent polyunsaturated fat, like omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
The predominant fatty acid in olive oil is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that makes up a whopping 73 percent of its total oil content.
Research suggests that oleic acid helps minimize inflammation. It may also have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
Since monounsaturated fats are very resistant to high heat, extra virgin olive oil is a healthy choice for cooking.
· Use olive oil in sauces. Whisk to emulsify or blend the watery ingredients with the oil in the sauce.
· Use olive oil instead of butter or margarine as a healthy dip for bread. Pour a little olive oil into a small side dish, then add a bit of balsamic vinegar.
· Drizzle olive oil in a salad or add it to salad dressing.
· Use olive oil in marinades or sauces for meat, fish, poultry and veggies.
· Add olive oil at the end of cooking for a healthy flavour boost.
· Drizzle olive oil over cooked pasta or vegetables before serving.
Follow a balanced diet and replace butter or dairy fat with olive oil to boost your overall health.
Adapted from Natural Health. News
By Kevin Nengia
Gender Violence Increases HIV/AIDS,RSG Warns
The Rivers State Government has warned that gender-based violence increases incidence of HIV/AIDs, unwanted pregnancies among other health ailments.
The state Commissioner for Health ,Dr. Adaeze Oreh made the disclosure during the kick-off of the 16-days statewide campaign against gender-based violence.
“She also listed other health problems associated with gender based-violence that include sexually transmitted diseases (STDS), rectal incontinence and addictive behaviours.
“The commissioner used the occasion to enlist the support of individuals, organisations, government around the world to eliminate gender -based violence.“
“Dr. Oreh in a broadcast last weekend to commence the campaign against gender-based violence stressed the need to check the menace which she believed affects families and the society.
“According to her, all forms of anti-social behaviours like rape, sexual and child slavery, forced prostitution, forced abortion and pregnancy perpetrated against the girl child and women should be eliminated.
Said she, the concern of the Rivers State Government is the health implications of gender-based violence which includes increased HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.
She reiterated that the citizens have key role to play to prevent gender- based violence and its consequences by reporting cases promptly to health facilities in the state.
By: Kevin Nengia
Getting Trimmed Naturally
There are a lot of misconceptions about weight gain. The first is that weight gain comes from extra calories we do consume that we do not expend. Experts say we eat too much and exercise little. So if one gets fatter, then, surely he or she must be eating too much.
The other misconception is that once we cut our food, then, we will naturally become trimmed. All these are hinged on the diet theory, which only works for some time.
Over the past 40 years, studies have shown that you can not get clinically significant effect from cutting down on your calories. Even though experts are saying that sloth is responsible for weight gains- they overlook one basic truth that dieting only works for a short period.
The new study that seems to break those myths about body fat is now revealing some stunning facts. The kind of food we eat makes us fat. Two scientists at University of Pennsylvania, Mitchell Lazar and Cardiologist Allan Sniderman at McGill University, all in the United States have shown that food that we eat often makes us pack in flesh. These include bread, plain baked potatoes, and plain pasta, rice, sweet corn. They confirmed that fatty foods are not the enemy but easily digested carbohydrates, while steak, burgers, cheese or sour cream help us lose weight and keep our heart healthy.
This sounds ironical, but it has been discovered that those who do diet and avoid those foods end up getting hungry. What happens is that when you conserve energy or burn less energy, you are bound to add more flesh. Many public health authorities want us to practise energy balance, which is a new way to say that you should not take more calories than one expends.
No matter how one counts what he or she eats, it is impossible to determine calories and know when we are over board. No matter how good you are at counting calories, you can’t do it. So its couple of sips of soft drinks and few bites of humburger that can make you add weight. That means it at the point when we eat extra than the body want that the body store excess as fat.
The myth of exercising to reduce weight is really making waves. Exercise is helpful but it is not the main ingredient for fat burning. The funny truth is that the two things we tell people to do in order to lose weight-eat less and exercise more- are the exact two things that make one more hungry. Thus, there is need for balance. If one must exercise, then it should be done moderately so as to allow the body to recover the strenght.
The reality is that insulin is the primary hormone that makes one to add weight, especially one eats food that spikes insulin like bread, biscuits, sweets, soft drinks. It is refined carbohydrates that raise insulin levels in the body. Explained in simple terms, your fat tissue is more like your wallet, and your meals are like going to the ATM. You know how you use the ATM: You put the cash in your wallet and gradually spend it, and when you get too low on cash, you go back to the ATM. It is the insulin that locks the money in your wallet, so you keep going to the ATM, and your fat cells are getting fatter and fatter. More often, you become hungry and you eat again because the insulin can not get at the fatty acids leading to weight gain.
Low carb diet is key if you are to get trimmed. In Africa where stables are more of carbohydrate it is best to choose those with fibre. It is difficult to follow the Atkins diet like eating skinless chicken and green salad, melted mozzarella cheese and all those western diet.
An example of a workable diet is to include eggs more often and cut down on processed foods, especially processed carbohydrate. Complex carbohydrate, and vegetables have more fibre and make you get filled quickly. Instead of Irish potato, go for sweet potatoes, oats that have more fibre. I advise people to eat garri than processed plantain and wheat meals. By the way, processed wheat can worsen the body ails.
By: Kelvin Nengia
Who Formulates New Drug Treatment For Children
The World Health Organisation(WHO) has disclosed plans for new child care formulations.
The new programme if approved will drive innovations for better paediatric medicines.
The world health apex body since 2015 has reported decline in infant and child mortality but observed that there is a lack of research into new life-saving tools targeted at children.
This it said is partly due to the complexity of conducting studies including the youngest age groups.
“Children cannot swallow tablets or capsules, often cannot bear the taste of liquid medicines and metabolise drugs differently as they develop and grow.”
New drugs formulations is aimed at making medicines palatable, scored, crushable, dispersible (i.e. disintegrates quickly in water), chewable, sprinkled on food orr mixed with breast milk.
Stressing the need to improve the lives of infants and children , WHO stated that most drugs are not quality assured, especiallyin low income countries.
Once this is acheived it noted that it will help drive Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 3, for good health and wellbeing, and the related target to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.
Already, GAP-f network partners are working together to remove barriers to developing and delivering appropriate, quality, affordable and accessible medicines for children.
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