Tuesday, 17 October 2017

You are what your father eats

A father's diet before his child is conceived can play an important role in the health of his baby, according to a study published in a biological research journal.

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, found that fathers who had a low carbohydrate and high protein diet could produce offspring with lower mortality.

“In many species, the mums do a lot of the care. So we expect there to be an effect from maternal diet on offspring because of that strong link. But it was a real surprise to find a link between paternal diet and offspring," said Professor Michal Polak, a biologist at the university who was quoted by the Daily Mail.

The study, which was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is part of ongoing efforts to learn more about mens' influences on babies’ health that are not genetically linked.

1) http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/want-healthier-babies-get-fathers-to-eat-more-protein-and-less-9314124
2) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4978388/father-s-diet-conception-impacts-child-s-health.html

Vitamin K keeps hearts healthy

Omega-6 rich foods lower a person's risk of developing diabetes

A handful of nuts a day could prevent type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

Omega-6 rich foods, such as nuts and sunflower oil, lower a person's risk of developing the condition by up to 35 per cent, a study review found.

Previous research reveals omega-6 gets converted into linoleic acid in the body, which may prevent type 2 diabetes by improving fat metabolism and insulin sensitivity.

Linoleic acid cannot be produced in the body and needs to be taken in via food.

Dr Jason Wu, lead author, says the findings contradict previous research that omega-6 may cause inflammation and lead to heart disease.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4974118/Handful-nuts-day-prevent-type-2-diabete.html

Big dream for mini-library

(From left) Bukit Batok MP Murali Pillai and Ms Kelly Ho with the duo who designed the Happy Cloud Library, Mr Neo Poh Hong and Mr Robin Oh.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/HAPPY CLOUD LIBRARY

On a grass patch, between a pavilion and a playground, a blue cloud-shaped box stands almost a metre off the ground.

Closer, one can see a variety of books inside it, from Fight Club to The Internet For Dummies - the mix changes. Some days, it sits empty.

It is the Happy Cloud Library, a mini-library next to Block 201, Bukit Batok Street 21.

On a wall of the pavilion next to it is a poster - "Give a book. Take a book. Enjoy the book."

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/big-dreams-mini-libraries

Ginger Tea is a soothing drink

With the arrival of the cold-and-cough season, you may be thinking about cooking up a big batch of chicken soup as a cure for what ails us. I love the stuff, too, but I suggest you stock up on some fresh ginger root instead.

Ginger, of course, is one of the many flavors to be found in a stir-fry Asian dish or Indian curry. But used in larger quantities than specified for those recipes, it can become quite spicy. Of all the home remedies out there, I have found tea, prepared with fresh ginger, to be the most effective.

Ginger Tea is easy to make (and is much cheaper than chicken soup). Essentially, there's nothing to do but chop up some fresh gingerroot, combine it with water and let it simmer. When you are done, you are looking at a potent, clean-out-your-sinuses beverage that is ready to sip.

If cutting or chopping ginger is too troublesome for you, you may just buy package ginger tea. If the whole sachet is too much for you, just use half a sachet.

Ref: https://sg.yahoo.com/news/sever-egg-rolls-restaurant-making-home-135439894.html