TAH Health Ping – 23/11/21
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Ultra-processed foods are highly palatable, meaning they are easily overeaten and activate reward-related regions in the brain, which can lead to excess calorie consumption and weight gain. Studies show that diets high in ultra-processed food can contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. In addition to low quality ingredients like inflammatory fats, added sugar and refined grains, they’re usually low in fibre, protein and micronutrients. Thus, they provide mostly empty calories.
“Food should be taken as a matter of duty even as a medicine to sustain the body, never for the satisfaction of palate. There should be self-control as such habits of elders influence children to some extent.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Vitamin C rich foods are citrus fruit, such as oranges and orange juice, peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, brussels sprouts, potatoes. The recommended daily amount for vitamin C is 65 to 90 mg a day and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day. Although too much dietary vitamin C is unlikely to be harmful, megadoses of vitamin C supplements might cause diarrhoea and nausea.
The World Health Organization is “very worried” about the spread of Covid-19 in Europe as the continent battles a fresh wave of infections. Dr Hans Kluge, regional director warned that 500,000 more deaths could be recorded by March unless urgent action is taken. Dr Kluge said an increase in mask wearing could immediately help. The warning comes as several nations report record-high infection rates and introduce full and partial lockdowns. He called for increased vaccine uptake and the implementation of basic public health measures and new medical treatments to help fight the rise. – BBC
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