JUNK THAT JUICE FOR GOOD : ....STUDY
Call it a trend or just a misconception, but there are many who are convinced that opting for a liquid diet would help them cut down on calories.
But here's the latest on the subject. A new study says that following a liquid diet can lead to weight gain. You can gain more, says the study, than if you were on a normal solid food diet.
How so? The biggest offender, claim researchers, is fruit juice, which is a staple of the liquid diet. Explains an expert "We must differentiate between calorie and obesogenic foods (foods causing weight gain). Liquids like fruit juice are low in calories but there are chances that the person might put on weight because they are pre-processed, so they take time to get digested and are quickly converted into fat."
According to another expert, any diet should be balanced. "One must be careful while choosing a fruit. Fruits with a high glycemic index such as banana, mango etc., have sugar and calories. A lot of people put sugar in their juice, which makes it even more unhealthy. In the process they tend to miss out on so many nutrients, vitamins and fibre when the fruit is converted into juice," he adds.
A nutritionist says, "It takes three to four oranges to make a glass of juice, when you can just eat one or two oranges and be satisfied. The fibre in whole fruits ensures they do not cause huge fluctuations in the blood sugar levels. Dilute the juice and do not drink more than one glass a day. Fresh fruits are the best option." Juice is most effective after a workout to restore muscle and liver glycogen levels for an athlete and physically active adults".
MAN-MADE VOLCANOES TO COOL EARTH?
The Royal Society in London are convinced that manmade volcanoes can help stave off climate change, as it's backing research into simulated volcanic eruptions that will spray millions of tons of dust into the air to cool the earth.
This week, the society will call for a global programme of studies into geo-engineering, which can help devise new ways to manipulate the planet's climate to counter-act global warming. It believes that pouring sulphur-based particles into the upper atmosphere may help keep the planet cool.
Ken Caldeira, an earth scientist at Stanford University and a member of a Royal Society working group, said dust sprayed into the stratosphere in volcanic eruptions could cool the earth by reflecting light back into space.
BRAN MAY WORSEN BOWEL DISORDERS:.....STUDY
Wheat bran and other fibrous foods that do not dissolve easily in water not only fail to soothe irritable bowels, but may actually make things worse, a study reported on Friday.
While soluble types of bran, such as psyllium, appear to ease inflamed bowels, the insoluble varieties that have long been a staple for people in search of regularity don't work as advertised, the study found.
Bran is the hard outer layer of grains. Psyllium, also referred to as isphagula, is derived from the seed husks of the Plantago ovata plant, and is the chief ingredient in many over-the-counter laxatives.
The signature symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects about 10 per cent of the population, are abdominal pain and an irregular bowel habit.
In many countries, doctors recommend daily doses of fibre in the form of insoluble bran, but there have been very few rigorous studies to see whether boosting intake of this type of fibre actually works. "Indeed, bran may worsen symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and should be advised only with caution."
Previous studies have linked soluble fibres to healthy blood cholesterol levels and a better regulation of blood sugar levels.
Food sources that contain soluble fibre include psyllium, barley, oatmeal, lentils, fruit and vegetables.