Researchers debunk myth of superfoods

first_imgTired of trying to keep track of all the so-called superfoods you’re supposed to eat? You know, oregano that packs 42 times more antioxidants than apples, cooked tomatoes that may prevent prostate cancer, and chocolate and wine that may or may not be health foods? Then here’s the good news – you can stop trying. Leading researchers say all those breathless headlines, food packaging claims and seemingly contradictory studies about what antioxidants can and can’t do have fostered a faulty silver bullet mind-set that can hinder health more than help. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Instead, experts advise focusing on balance, moderation and variety, and leaving the phytochemicals, flavanols and phenolic acids to scientists. Researcher Jeffrey Blumberg acknowledges that “doesn’t seem to be a very sexy message. People would rather be told there is a superfood, a term I hate because in fact there is no such thing.” Foods labeled as antioxidant-rich – everything from bottled tea to bags of frozen berries – have become a $526 million industry that continues to grow. Even foods that otherwise have seen sales slump are getting a boost from antioxidant claims, says Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst and editor of Sales of blueberry preserves, for example, are up, though overall jam sales are down. “It’s clear that regardless of whether or not people understand what ‘rich in antioxidants’ means, it is certainly a logo or a stamp that says ‘Buy me! I’m going to help you live forever,”‘ Lempert says. Maybe. Maybe not. Experts aren’t suggesting antioxidants aren’t important or that people shouldn’t eat foods that contain them. Instead, they’re saying not enough is known about how they work to justify focusing one’s diet on any particular antioxidant or food. It’s all about quashing free radicals, harmful chemicals produced by the body and found in the environment that damage cells. That damage has been linked to a host of chronic conditions, from heart problems to cancer, even aging. Diets rich in antioxidants – which are in countless foods – seem to minimize this damage. What’s not clear is whether that benefit is due to the antioxidants themselves or to the overall diet and the way the antioxidants and other nutrients in it interact. The evidence increasingly suggests the latter, says Howard Sesso, a professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. That means eating patterns make a difference, but probably not eating particular foods or taking supplements. Diets rich in beta carotene, for example, have been found to help prevent heart disease and cancer, but studies of beta carotene supplements alone have been mostly disappointing. And there is little evidence that one antioxidant is better than another. Also unknown is whether quantity counts. Manufacturers brag about the amount of antioxidants in their products, but studies have yet to establish that more is better, or whether the body can even absorb the amounts contained in most foods. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Minors celebrate their Ulster Minor League title.Former Donegal star Declan Bonner has steered his Donegal Minor side to yet more success after overcoming Derry this afternoon to win the Ulster Minor League.Bonner had a hugely successful spell in charge of the Minors last season winning an Ulster title for the first time since 2006 at that grade.On a historic day for Donegal GAA both Minor and Senior sides lined out for an All-Ireland Final for the first time in Donegal’s illustrious history. Unfortunately, like their senior counterparts Bonner’s side were narrowly defeated by Kerry.However, a number of those players involved last year are still eligible at Minor level for this season and have shown they look like real contenders again.Donegal have dished out some pretty heavy defeats in the Ulster Minor League and despite a spirited performance from Derry overcame their neighbours to land more success.In a game played in great conditions at Healy Park, Omagh, Donegal completely controlled the contest from start to finish. Donegal produced a superb first-half display to lead by NINE points at half-time which pretty much ended the game as a contest.Donegal continued to press on in the second-half and at one point led by TWELVE points.Declan Bonner made a raft of substitutions as the clock ticked down and that disrupted Donegal’s momentum.Derry scored a 1-3 to narrow the gap but Donegal were never in any danger and ran out six points winners.Donegal look like REAL contenders again this year and are hotly tipped to retain their Ulster crown. Final score Donegal 2-14 Derry 1-11MORE SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL MINORS AS THEY DEFEAT DERRY TO WIN ULSTER LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: April 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAHome-page SportnewsSportlast_img read more

Don’t sell South Africa short: Tutu

first_img24 November 2004Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has criticised South Africans who sell their country short, saying many seem to be “embarrassed” by the nation’s successes.“The result is that we have tended to be despondent, to seem to say, ‘Behind every ray of sunshine there must be an invisible cloud, just you wait long enough and it will soon appear’”, the Nobel laureate said during the second annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg on Wednesday.At the same time, he warned against “party line-toeing”, calling for open debate on the problems still facing the country.Tutu said that the country – which he termed “Madibaland” – had come a long way and was now reaping a number of socio-economic and political fruits, and producing more heroes and heroines every day. This, he said, called for a celebration – but not for pessimistic South Africans.“I think we should change our perspective”, Tutu said. “If we are forever looking at our shortcomings and our faults, then the mood will be pervasive and pessimistic and in a way we will provide the environment that encourages further failure.”The Archbishop Emeritus was the second person to deliver the Nelson Mandela Lecture, following in the footsteps of former US President Bill Clinton, who presented the inaugural lecture in 2003.Tutu reminded his audience of apartheid’s draconian laws and the “scariest” moment, when the nation was on the brink of what he described as “comprehensive disaster, a bloody conflagration”.“But it didn’t happen … We really have much to celebrate and much for which to be thankful”, he said, marvelling at mixed-race couples who would once have been victimised by the police and the way the new society was reflected in the demographics of the school near his home.The world was still mesmerised by the way in which South Africa had transformed itself from a brute regime to a constitutional democracy, Tutu said, adding that by working together, the country could become a huge success.Call for open debate on problemsAt the same time, Tutu conceded that the country had problems, the most serious of which was HIV/Aids, and called for robust, open debate on such issues, saying: “The truth cannot suffer from being challenged and examined”.“We should debate more openly, not using emotive language, issues such as affirmative action, transformation in sport, racism, xenophobia, security, crime, violence against women and children.“It should be possible to talk as adults about these issues without engaging in slanging matches”, Tutu said. “My father used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument’.“We want our society to be characterised by vigorous debate and dissent, where to disagree is part and parcel of a vibrant community, that we should play the ball not the person, and not think that those who disagree, who express dissent, are ipso facto disloyal or unpatriotic.“An unthinking, uncritical, party line-toeing is fatal to a vibrant democracy”, he warned.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Tidewater Virginia

first_imgLive at the International Builder’s ShowThe Unit 6 shell The house also is equipped with a 4′ x 10′ flat-plate solar thermal collector and 50-gallon hot water storage tank. When necessary, a separate in-line system kicks in to heat the water just before it reaches the fixtures. Mechanical equipment also includes a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim minisplit heat-pump system, with one outdoor unit and two concealed, ducted indoor units, with a total capacity of 22,000 Btu/hour. A variety of insulation strategies will bring the floor to R-35, the exterior walls to R-28, and the roof to slightly more than R-40. Project manager John Whitelaw points out that closed-cell spray polyurethane foam is being used to help seal the shell while providing thermal resistance of R-6 to the floor, R-14 to the walls, R-21 to most of the ceiling, and the full R-40 in the part of the sloped roof framed with 6-in. laminated-veneer beams. In addition to the 1 in. of spray foam used to seal and partially insulate the floor, high-performance EcoBatt will be installed to hit the R-30 value. On the exterior walls, batt insulation fills the rest of the 2×6 framing to bring that part of the enclosure to the R-28 level. The walls will be sheathed in paintable medium-density-overlay plywood. The pitched roof will be covered with thermoplastic polyolefin membrane and raised-seam sheet metal, while the flat roof, which is insulated inside with dense-packed cellulose and 1 in. of polyisocyanurate board outside the sheathing, will be covered with a white membrane to reflect sunlight. MORE INFORMATION Team Tidewater Solar Decathlon Web page DOE Web page for Team Tidewater GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon Sealing and selling potential The team selected custom windows and exterior doors from Henselstone, based in Amissville, Virginia. Most of the windows will be triple-pane, although three on the south-facing wall will be double-pane units that offer a high solar heat-gain coefficient. While two large horizontal windows serving the building’s porch/sunspace area are motorized to open and close on a vertical track, the rest operate either as tilt/turn casement windows or tilt/turn hopper windows. In an e-mail about project details, Whitelaw says the team expects good results in blower-door tests. “Since our windows and doors are virtually airtight and the sheathing is all insulated with a coat of spray foam, our only major sources of unintended infiltration will be penetrations for the dryer vent, plumbing, and electrical wiring,” he writes, adding that results should be between 0.6 and 1.0 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference. For transport, the building will break up into three modules, plus the roof assembly. Construction costs are expected to be competitive. The team estimates that an independent contractor could build the house for between $250,000 and $300,000, Whilelaw adds. Team Tidewater Virginia set out to build a house that will work exceptionally well as a stand-alone home. The modular house is also designed to work as one of six units in a multifamily project being designed for the Park Place neighborhood of downtown Norfolk, Virginia. One key to bringing the project to life has been the team’s ability to see its multifamily project in Norfolk and its single-family Solar Decathlon entry as completely compatible, rather than divergent, enterprises. A collaboration of students and faculty at Old Dominion University and Hampton University, the team fittingly calls its Decathlon house Unit 6, and the team members seem almost as excited about eventually merging the house with the multifamily project as they are about showing off the building on the National Mall. Almost. At the Decathlon, though, Unit 6 will present as a 971-sq.-ft. one-bedroom home whose performance and amenities are being finely tuned to Washington’s fall climate and the expectations of the experts and regular folks touring the building. Its 2.64-kW photovoltaic array, for example, is designed to provide net-zero-energy performance on an annual basis in Norfolk, although it will accommodate seasonal conditions during the competition with an additional, 1.38-kW parallel array that will be installed on a flat-roof section of the building.last_img read more

Immigration Operation uncovers nearly 40 illegals in Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 8, 2018 – Task force operations have led to the arrest of Haitians and Dominicans who had overstayed their time in the Turks and Caicos, violating TCI issued visas.  Magnetic Media received a report of at least 36 immigrants being captured in a task force operation which swept through Providenciales.The group included 21 males and 15 females; three of those taken into custody were from the Dominican Republic and all of the illegal immigrants were reportedly found in their residences.File photo Related Items:#illegalimmigrants Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

BJP leader arrested for inciting party workers to attack cops

first_imgKolkata: In a major development in connection with the death of two students at Islampur in North Dinajpur district, the police arrested a BJP leader who was found prodding his party workers to attack the police on Sunday afternoon.The arrest came a few hours after Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee hit out at RSS and CPI(M) in connection with the Islampur incident and said that they are two sides of the same coin. The police further claimed outsider involvement in unleashing violence at Daribhit High School in Islampur. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have arrested the district president of BJP Shankar Chakraborty from Domohona area. Charges of instigating the local people in beating up the police have been levelled against him,” a senior police officer in the district said.Chakraborty was arrested by Karandighi police station only a few hours after ADG (Law & Order) Anuj Sharma told reporters that they have gathered a video footage where a BJP leader was found providing directions to his party workers to beat up the police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”One cannot say anything if he has a microphone in his hand. Such statements of attacking the police is criminal activity and we will take strong action,” Sharma said.He further maintained that such instigating speech tantamounts to an attempt of creating riot. “We have got some photographs as evidence that shows some men hiding their faces inside the school. They are not students. So what is their purpose in the school?” Sharma added.Partha Chatterjee, after holding a meeting with senior party leaders at Trinamool Bhavan that included Subrata Mukherjee, Chandrima Bhattacharya and Subrata Bakshi, alleged that BJP-RSS had created trouble at the school in a calculated manner. He also lashed out at CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, alleging that the Left Front is trying to stall the recruitment of teachers. “We are fighting against communal forces and they (CPI-M) are joining hands with these forces,” he maintained. The police on Sunday interrogated Urdu teacher Mohammad Sanaullah, who had faced agitation while he went to join the school on Thursday. He is a resident of Kidderpore in Kolkata and has been staying near the school for the last sixteen days. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Gulam Rabbani and Islampur MLA Kanailal Agarwal visited the residences of the two deceased students on Sunday. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who is currently on an official tour of Europe, had said on Thursday that BJP and RSS have to answer why the two students were killed.last_img read more

Postnatal care in Monsoon

first_imgMonsoon is here with its joyous rains, humid weather and the ineluctable happiness of a petrichor. But with it comes the added health risk and water borne diseases whose number rises manifold in these months of monsoon. Small children are at a higher risk of catching these diseases due to weaker and still developing immunity systems. So, parents of infants should take special care to prevent these infections. Here are 4 precautions you must take to pre-empt these diseases. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChanging the diaper more regularly: Moisture is one of the major components that help in the growth of harmful germs. Changing diapers orderly will help you in maintaining good hygiene.Sustaining a clean and dry environment in the house with regular mopping, checking for any water blockage that might initiate growth of harmful organisms and mosquitoes. Small steps like washing the baby’s clothes separately, cleaning their toys with disinfectant solutions may prove to be really beneficial for your baby. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDiseases like Cholera and typhoid can be easily prevented by saving the baby’s food and water from contamination. Fresh food is the best for your child’s growth.Always dress your baby in loose cotton clothing to avoid unnecessary itching. This irritation can make your baby very cranky. It’s better to be on the safe side and dress them in comfortable clothing.Other small things that can save you the horror of monsoon diseases are mosquito repellents. They’re available in small badges which can be attached to a baby’s clothes for easy use. Geetika Trehan, mother of an 8-month-old says, “I prevent taking him to malls and crowded places. Parks and areas with water are a strict no-no during monsoon.” Crowded places are a hub of infections which can be very dangerous for your little one. It’s best to take precautions and not take them there than to pay a price. Dr Raj Chakravarty (MD-Obstetrics and Gynaecology) suggests some basic Dos and Don’ts for new mothers during monsoon. 1. Take a high protein diet including eggs, fish, chicken, pulses and milk. Foods like Chana and Rajma should be strictly avoided as they might cause gastric problems to the baby. A diet rich in fibre and green vegetables should be taken to assure good health.2. Plenty of fluid intakes is a must to avoid urinary tract infections common in new mothers, especially during rainy season. Fluids also help in easy lactation which is beneficial for the baby. 3. A new born should only be breastfed during monsoon otherwise they’ll be at a high risk of gastroenteritis and fungal infections.4. As a new mother, you must try and avoid constipation by going for regular walks and take iron, calcium and vitamin supplements. They’ll ensure you and your baby’s well-being.A recently launched European brand ‘U-grow’ is making life easy for new parents. With its work reducing machines and childcare products like ‘nasal aspirator’ that helps in the suction of nasal secretions which makes it easy for a child to breath especially during illnesses and humid weather since a child under 1 year of age can only breathe through their nose. Another really efficient product is the breast pump. It’s a really logical solution of time to time and hygienic breast feeding for working mothers. Now, you can store milk in these air tight breast pumps for your baby to consume throughout the day without risking their health. One of their must have monsoon products is the ‘hot humidifier’ that will help you in maintaining optimum humidity in your room that will suit your child.last_img read more