Sunday, 22 July 2018

Warning: Banned substance sibutramine found in two slimming products sold online

Slimming products Li Da Weight Loss Capsule and Chapter Plus By Backslim have been found to contain the banned substance sibutramine, the Health Sciences Authority said in a news release on Friday (Jul 20), after conducting tests.

Sibutramine has been banned in Singapore since 2010 as users can have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, HSA said. Consuming it could also lead to breathing difficulties, palpitations, mood swings, hallucinations and hearing of voices.

The authority flagged two other products similar to Li Da Weight Loss Capsule that were also found to be adulterated with sibutramine - Li Da DAIDAIHUA Weight Loss Capsule and Lida (Plus).

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Exceptional people: Singapore-based Canadian Scott Woodward wins 1st place in Apple's 2018 iPhone photography awards Portrait category

Woodward is originally from Canada, but has lived in Singapore for the past 21 years.

Flickr for his very old photos 
Website for his latest works 
Instagram: @scottawoodward

Chocolate milk boosts exercise recovery MORE THAN sports drinks

Chocolate milk boosts exercise recovery more than sports drinks, new research suggests.

The popular milkshake allows athletes to intensely exercise for around six minutes longer than sports drink without tiring. It also improves exercisers' heart rates and lactic-acid levels, which causes cramp, just as well as beverages marketed for post-activity recovery, the research adds.

Study author Dr Amin Salehi-Abargouei from Shahid Sadoughi University in Yazd, Iran, said: 'Chocolate milk contains carbohydrates, proteins, fats, flavonoids, electrolytes, and some vitamins which make this drink a good choice for recovery in athletes.

'The take-home message is that chocolate milk is a low-cost, delicious and palatable option for recovery and provides either similar or superior effects compared with commercial drinks.'


Saturated fats in yoghurt, cheese and butter do NOT increase the risk of heart disease

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Saturated fats found in yoghurt, cheese, butter and milk do not increase the risk of heart disease, new research suggests.

Eating full-fat dairy actually reduces the risk of dying from stroke by 42%, a study found.

Lead author Dr Marcia Otto, from the University of Texas, Houston, said: 'Our findings not only support, but also significantly strengthen, the growing body of evidence which suggests that dairy fat, contrary to popular belief, does not increase risk of heart disease or overall mortality in older adults.

'In addition to not contributing to death, the results suggest that one fatty acid present in dairy may lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, particularly from stroke.'