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17th November, 2017
Eating nuts is good for the heart
People who regularly eat nuts, including peanuts, walnuts and tree nuts, lower their risk of developing cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease compared to people who never or almost never eat nuts.
The study group comprised more than 210,000 people, including women from the Nurses’ Health Study and Nurses’ Health Study II and men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The study participants were followed up for up to 32 years. In addition to the association between consumption of nuts as a whole with heart disease, researchers in this study also examined the association between specific types of nuts such as peanuts, walnuts and tree nuts with major cardiovascular events. The study included peanuts as they have a similar fatty acid and nutrient profile as other nuts. Peanuts are not nuts; they are actually legumes.
Researchers documented 14,136 cardiovascular disease cases, including 8,390 coronary heart disease cases and 5,910 stroke cases.
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Energy drinks do more harm than good to the body
The caffeine and other ingredients in these drinks can lead to various health issues in the long term
New Delhi, 16 November 2017: Consumption of energy drinks can cause serious health risks including risk-seeking behavior, mental health problems, increased blood pressure, obesity, and kidney damage, warns a recent study. Another worrying phenomenon is that of mixing energy drinks with alcohol. The ingredients in most energy drinks include water, sugar, caffeine, certain vitamins, minerals and non-nutritive stimulants such as guarana, taurine, and ginseng.
Certain energy drinks have about 100mg caffeine per fluid ounce which is eight times more than regular coffee, which has 12mg per fluid ounce of caffeine. While the daily recommended caffeine intake for adults is 400mg, there is not enough research on the tolerable levels for children and adolescents. All the above-mentioned health risks are due to the high sugar and caffeine levels in these energy drinks.
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