Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Eat fats (in moderation) to lose weight

Healthy fats - image for illustration only

For a long time, we were all told to shun fats, and supermarkets responded with shelves upon shelves of products with the "fat-free" label emblazoned on it.

However, you will be making a big fat mistake by avoiding this nutrient if you are trying to maintain your weight.

For starters, fats play an important role in our body, acting as an energy reserve, protecting our organs and helping the body absorb and process nutrients. That is why we require some fats in our diet.

According to the Health Promotion Board, fats should make up 25 per cent to 30 per cent of our total energy intake.

If you are trying to shed the pounds, the fat that you consume should come from unsaturated sources (such as monounsaturated fat). Examples of such foods include fish, seeds, nuts and olive oil.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/eat-fats-moderation-lose-weight

Sembawang adult disability home to start operations in April

The Sembawang home for adults with intellectual disabilities has a capacity of 180 and will be operated by Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (THKMC)

A new home in Sembawang for adults with intellectual disabilities will start operations in April, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s first-ever autism residence will be up by October and another home in Pasir Ris for those with physical disabilities is planned for completion in 2020, said the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

New study identifies dangers of long-term antibiotic use for women

New US research has suggested that women who take antibiotics over a longer period of time may have an increased risk of death from heart disease and other causes.

After following 37,510 women aged 60 years and older for eight years between 2004 and 2012, the team found that those who took antibiotics for two months or longer in late adulthood were 27% more likely to die from all causes during the study than women who did not take antibiotics. All women were free from heart disease and cancer at the start of the investigation.

In addition, taking antibiotics for two or more months was also associated with a 58% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease when compared to no antibiotic use.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/new-study-identifies-dangers-of-long-term-antibiotic-use-for-10074786

In my shoes programme

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/sports/others/run-paves-way-others

Forum: Singapore must take a stand on gay couples having kids

District Judge Shobha G. Nair's comments on adoption of children by gay couples ignites the question of whether gay couples should be allowed to have children at all (Law silent on adoption of boys by gay singles; March 17).

Recently, the topic of protecting the interests of children whose parents are going through a divorce was raised. Are we to spend more time, energy and resources into protecting the interests of children with gay parents as well?

Are we not able to foresee the distress and ridicule that children with gay parents will have to endure in school and society?

People from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are free to make their own lifestyle choices. But what choice do their children have?

The gay movement is being accepted and legalised in many Western countries, and is slowly but surely catching up in many Asian societies as well.

But are we, in Singapore, ready to accept that this lifestyle be legalised?

Similar cases will appear in our courts in future.

But it will be challenging for our judiciary system if it is not written in our law books.

It is therefore up to our Parliament to decide, and to decide now, the direction Singapore should proceed.

Tan Pin Ho

Ref: http://str.sg/oqGY