Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Milk is milk, however fancy the marketing

Image from MediaCorp

All brands of formula milk sold in Singapore, regardless of price, "provide enough nutrition for babies to grow healthily", says Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Josephine Teo.

"Actually, breast milk is best and both the Health Promotion Board and World Health Organisation encourage mothers to breastfeed for at least 12 months," she said. "However, for parents who need to supplement with formula, all brands sold in Singapore, regardless of price, provide enough nutrition for babies to grow healthily.

fresh milk

"After the child turns one, milk powder isn't even needed. Fresh cow's milk, as part of a balanced diet, works well enough."

This is the advice from an experienced mother. Do not believe that “more expensive means better” unless your baby needs special milk powder.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/josephine-teo-on-formila-milk-8844042

685,000 received $169m in CHAS subsidies last year

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/685000-received-s169m-chas-subsidies-last-year

Video: Myopia - A modern yet reversible disease

For those who would like to try exercising your eyes in the  hope of not wearing spectacles, here is a video by Todd Becker giving a public speech about tips on how to exercise your eyes.

Note: Instead of reading from book or your mobile phone, you may exercise your eyes when you are reading the newspapers everyday.

Bell Pepper

The bell pepper is also known as sweet pepper, Jon's Head, pepper or capsicum.

The fruit comes in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, chocolate/brown, vanilla/white, and purple.

Green peppers are less sweet and slightly more bitter than yellow or orange peppers, with red bell peppers being the sweetest.

As red bell peppers are ripe, it contain 9 times more carotene and 2 times more vitamin C than the green ones, which are unripe. But unripe peppers has more silicon which is important for your bones, hair, nails and skin.

Benefits of bell peppers

Data from http://foodfacts.mercola.com/bell-pepper.html

  • They contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system.
  • Bell peppers have multiple health benefits. Studies show that they reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol, control diabetes, bring relief from pain and ease inflammation.
  • Capsaicin, found in hot peppers (including chili and cayenne powder), has been shown to boost metabolism as well as suppress appetite. This ingredient is spicy hot in chilli but not peppers.
  • Capsaicin is also available as dietary supplement for weight loss and topical creams to relieve pain in skin and joints.
  • Being high in vitamin A, red bell peppers help to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision. 
  • Contain enough vitamin C for a day's usage. This helps in the production of collagen and fight against oxidative damange.
  • Green bell pepper has a high content of natural silicon, which may support healthy bones, hair, nails and skin.

Bell peppers, like most other vegetables and fruits, retain highest nutritional value when they are consumed in raw form.