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Priyanka Parab , 27. April 2010, 16:05

killer trans fat

The recent IPL finals saw a group of friends yelling their lungs out supporting their team and at the same time gorging on fried, oily and greasy junk food. But all that yelling and gorging on junk food could not save their team from losing! However these youngsters also lost something that day – a small percentage of their health.

 

How?

Well, according to a recent report, French fries or a couple of samosas are enough to increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases by a whopping 23% And all this because of the mere 2% of Trans- fatty acids present in them, added mainly during the cooking process by means of the cooking oil.

Why?

 Trans-fat raise low density lipoprotein or to put it simply your “bad cholesterol” levels and reduce your “good cholesterol” levels. Not only this but trans- fat also causes an imbalance in your omega-6 and omega-3 ratios, while raising levels of C- reactive protein which puts you in danger of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Despite trans-fat being so harmful they are found to be a part of most commonly used cooking oils in India. A survey conducted in Delhi revealed shocking results in terms of awareness regarding trans-fat where only 72% of women had ‘heard’ of it, while only 28% knew what they were and only 17% knew their sources.

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low blood pressure should not be ignored in summers

On a recent visit to a doctor we noticed a little kid become enamored by the doctor’s blood pressure monitor, which is usually the first thing that any doctor picks up, when it comes to a checkup. While it was an endearing sight, it also bought to fore the importance of blood pressure, most importantly low blood pressure that is often found ignored by people in India.

What is moreworrying here is that people rather than ignoring it, think of it as a harmless condition. While awareness about High BP is quite high, low BP is yet to be seen as a problem in India.The harsh summers which we witness in India are a time when Low BP or hypotension strikes most people, mainly because hot temperatures cause dehydration which is one of the triggers for Low BP! While ample hydration is the best immediate cure for it, long – term sufferers are recommended dietary changes involving consumption of salty items till the BP reaches normal levels, exclusive fruit diets and so on.

To know more about how to deal with Low Blood Pressure in detail, click here

So you have been working hard in the gym, sweating it out religiously. But still you are not able to achieve the desired results! Those few nasty pounds just refuse to take leave, leaving you thoroughly confused about what you are doing wrong?

Sometimes achieving desired results becomes difficult, inspite of a good exercise regime and a balanced diet, leaving you wondering as to what more should be done. The answer lies in rewinding back to your diet! Did you know that what you eat immediately after the workout matters too? While many of us are under the impression that during a workout we burn those extra calories, we are free to pig out on food later on!

What you eat after your work out is very important, eating foods low in carbohydrates are known to maximize health benefits. Most of the metabolic benefits, the body derives are from its latest workout rather than its regular fitness regime! Avoiding carbohydrates after a workout is known to enhance the insulin sensitivity of the body, and increased insulin sensitivity aids the body in absorbing sugar from the bloodstream and storing it for later use.

So the next time after a workout you get those hunger pangs, don’t avoid them, just avoid the carbohydrates! To know more, click here….

 
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