Based on the above vED knowledge one got to wonder why the present humanity is so engrossed in wiping out all diseases for a healthy and long life....
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on December 29, 2005

 

GOOD NUTRITION IS GOOD HEALTH
....BUT WHAT IS GOOD NUTRITION?....

"Like many other years, 2005 brought a mix of good news and bad news to the world of nutrition. It's fair to say it was a good year for omega-3, whole grains and chocolate. Even coffee lovers rejoiced when their daily brew grabbed positive headlines." Leslie Beck...

For more details on how confusing the food information is from one study to another, please click here on many articles by Leslie Beck, a Toronto-based dietitian at the Medcan Clinic who writes for Globe Canadian Globe and Mail...Also click on the USA  Agriculture Department's web site FOOD & NUTRITION INFORMATION CENTRE  and HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH for a healthy food habits according to current USA life sciences....

And to read for the hilites of the confusing information on food during the entire 2005 please click on the line outside the box....

With so much contradictory news from current sciences how does one know the TRUTH. "Try daily studying and living daily by the knowledge of vED and DHARm & it is free" says SHRii Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry of Edmonton, Alberta. And saying so in the right column of this news  he has shared some very basics about nutrition from chrk sMHitaa which has extracted the knowledge of aayuARvED = SCIENCES OF HAVING A LONG LIFE....read the column before going to the next page for the information from Leslie Beck, the dietician from Toronto, Ontario, Canada....

(By clicking on all yellow hilites with underline you will access other web site for more learning)

ABOUT FOOD IN aayuARvED

Preamble to understanding of aayuARvED:

chrak sMHitaa is said to be parts of aayuARvED which is the SCIENCE OF PRESERVATION OF LIFE in the entire sciences of vED. It is through knowledge and power of vED that pRjaapti bRHmaa-DEv creates all that exist in each of the infinite bRHmaaNDo (universes).

At the Lesson 1 of chrk sMHitta the following is stated by aaTRi-muni:

"When diseases appeared as impediments of penances, fasts, study, bRHmchARy to human beings all rushio-munio meditated to  find a solution for being healthy. Desirous of long and healthy life, BHrDvaaj-muni received the knowledge of aayuARvED from iNDRR-DEv who received the knowledge from the following in the ascending order stated: ashvin-bRHmaa-Creator bRH`m.  Four puruSHaaARth of life : DHARm (performing all kARm by rules and regulations of DHARm), aARth (acquiring wealth and polity), kaam (gratification of desires) and attainment of moKSH (realizing the oneness of one's aat`maa (soul) and prmaatmaa (Creator bRH`m) all depend on having good health. Good, evil, happy and unhappy is Life. aayuARvED is the sciences which describes the good, evil, happy and unhappy and its nature and measure, what is beneficial and injurious to Life. The union of the trinity of body, senses, mind and aat`maa (soul) is called life. Upon this trinity rests all."

In the 5th and 6th lessons of chrk sMHitaa the subject of quality and quantity of food to be healthy is preamble as follows:

" One must consume food in proper measure. And that measure depends upon the power of one's digestive fire. Proper measure of food is such that it can be digested in due time without injuring one's body. The strength of digestive fire is enhanced by exercise. The measure of food intake also depends on the quality of food. Food taken in proper measure and quality bestows on one strength, colour, health and length of days. The food should be varied as per the six seasons in a year to maintain the power of digestive fire." 

Based on the above vED knowledge one got to wonder why the present humanity is so engrossed in focusing on food only and that also foods somebody says does this and that as stated on the article on the next page for having an healthy and long life....when the solution is so simple: DO ONLY LIVE BY DHARm and vED (by DHARm means perform non-sinful kARm which does not cause any harm or any pain to anybody. This by the way is also the basic rule of DHARm...and thus to follow DHARm every day in every act is the simplest solution to avoid diseases.

PVAF offers as much a forum as you wish to study, teach and share the SCIENCES OF CREATION & LIFE which is called in sNskRUt language vED.....For more information please contact PVAF by sending email by clicking here or write in the POST A COMMENT feature in the header of this news item...just click on it in the header and write away....

 



 

Revelations kept coming in 2005
From chocolate's charm to fibre's failings,
the nutrition news was often startling


Canadian Globe & Mail: By Leslie Beck: Wednesday, December 28, 2005 Page A19

Like many other years, 2005 brought a mix of good news and bad news to the world of nutrition. It's fair to say it was a good year for omega-3, whole grains and chocolate. Even coffee lovers rejoiced when their daily brew grabbed positive headlines.

But it wasn't all rosy. Along with the news we embraced, came unsettling -- and surprising -- news. Our national waistline suffered a strong blow. And it was a bad year for vitamin E supplements, low-carb diets and our morning bowl of bran. Nutrition flip-flops are to be expected. After all, nutrition is an evolving science. For every positive study, there is usually a negative study and this year was no exception.

The following is a look at some of the nutritional highlights of the past year:

Crash of the low-carb diet

Concerned for their health and bored with bacon and eggs, bun-less burgers, and countless cheese sticks, dieters finally lost faith in the low-carb lifestyle. This year was the demise of an era in which millions of North Americans adopted high-protein diets packed with meat and cheese and shunned breads, pasta, rice, fruit and milk in an effort to shed weight.

The most popular low-carb regime, developed by Robert Atkins, was first published in 1972 as Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution. The Atkins diet exploded in the 1990s and remained popular until last year. (Atkins died in 2003 after slipping and hitting his head on an icy sidewalk.) Dr. Arthur Agatston's South Beach Diet (a version of low carb that's not high in cholesterol-raising saturated fats like the Atkins plan) hit bookstores in April of 2003 and flew off the shelves.

But by the end of 2004, the number of North Americans who claimed to follow a low-carb diet had dramatically declined. Low-carb bars, cookies, candies and salad dressing gathered dust on store shelves. In August of 2005 Atkins Nutritionals Inc. - the maker of Atkins-brand nutrition bars, shakes and candy - filed in New York for bankruptcy protection.

Like other fads, the low-carb craze could not be sustained. So far, there's no clear contender for the next weight-loss fad.

Healthy carbs come back

Exit low carb, enter whole grains. In the aftermath of the low-carb demise, health-conscious consumers became interested in carbohydrates and manufacturers were listening. This year we witnessed a deluge of whole-grain products flooding grocery store shelves. Whole grains can now be found in bread, pasta, crackers, cereals, waffles, energy bars, yogurt, even pretzels.

Plenty of scientific evidence shows that men and women who choose whole grains instead of their refined cousins have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. A steady intake of whole grains may even help keep the pounds off.

Expect to see even more whole-grain foods in stores next year. Health Canada is evaluating a health claim that, if approved, will allow manufacturers to highlight the link between whole grains and heart health.

Fibre and colon cancer

This month, bran lovers got disappointing news. A study examining data from 13 studies involving 725,628 men and women found that those who ate higher amounts of fibre had the same risk of developing colon cancer as those who consumed lesser amounts.

But the experts contend it's still important to boost your fibre intake. The study did show a slightly lower risk of rectal cancer among those eating plenty of fibre. And previous research suggests that fibre can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Women are advised to consume 25 grams a day; men 38 grams.

Vitamin E questioned

There was bad news in 2005 for high-dose vitamin E supplements, once widely touted to ward off heart attacks and other ailments. In March, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that 400 international units of the nutrient did not lower heart or cancer risk in people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Worse, vitamin E pills were linked with a 13-per-cent increase in the risk of heart failure, a condition in which the organ's ability to pump blood is weakened.

Then, in July, a study from the Harvard Medical School revealed that 600 IU of vitamin E provided no overall benefit for protection from heart disease or cancer in healthy women aged 45 or older. (However, vitamin E users who were 65 years or older did have a lower risk of heart attack, a finding probably due to chance.) It seems it's best to get your vitamin E from foods such as vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and green, leafy vegetables. If you have heart disease or diabetes, avoid high-dose vitamin E supplements (the amount in multivitamins poses little risk).


 

Omega-3 fats go mainstream

Found naturally in cold-water fish, flaxseed, walnuts and canola oil, omega-3 fats were in high demand this year. And for good reason. The evidence linking a steady intake of omega-3 to a healthy heart continued to mount in 2005. In January, American researchers reported that omega-3 fats from both seafood and plant sources reduced the risk of heart disease in healthy men. Another study found that men who ate fish three to four times a week were 31-per-cent less likely to develop heart failure compared with those who ate fish less than

Don't like fish? You're in luck. This year omega-3 fats made their way into milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, margarine, bread and soy beverages. No doubt we'll see a wider variety of omega-3 enriched foods in 2006.

Sweet news about chocolate This year was exceptionally kind to chocolate makers and chocolate lovers. In August, a small study published by the American Heart Association found that a daily 100-gram serving (470 calories worth) of dark chocolate lowered blood pressure, reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol and improved how the body used insulin in men and women with high blood pressure.

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, natural compounds shown to inhibit blood-clot formation, help blood vessels relax, and slow the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (oxidized LDL cholesterol is thought to be a more dangerous form of cholesterol).

Eating a bar of dark chocolate won't make up for a diet that's high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables. But if you're going to indulge, choose chocolate that contains at least 70 per cent cocoa solids (the more cocoa solids, the higher the flavonoid content).

Coffee might be good for you

The buzz on coffee was pretty good this year. In August, researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania reported that coffee surpassed fruits and vegetables as a source of antioxidants in the American diet. In other words, most Americans don't consume enough fruits and vegetables and glean most of their antioxidants from coffee.

It's probably no different for Canadians. Like our southern neighbours, more than half of Canadians drink coffee daily -- an average of 2.6 cups a day. What's more, only 36 per cent of Canadians consume the daily recommended 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables.

Antioxidants are believed to play a role in warding off numerous chronic diseases. But high levels of antioxidants in coffee don't necessarily translate into high levels in the body. Researchers still don't understand how antioxidants in different foods are absorbed and used by the body. Nevertheless, other studies suggest that drinking coffee can guard against type 2 diabetes, gallstones, Parkinson's disease and liver cancer.

While one or two cups of coffee a day may be beneficial, fruits and vegetables offer more in the way of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Obesity rates at an all-time high

There was no sign of the obesity epidemic slowing this year. In July, Statistics Canada announced results from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey, which measured the body mass index of more than 35,000 Canadians. And the news wasn't good. During the past 25 years, obesity rates rose for every age group, except people age 65 to 74.

Today, 23 per cent of adults are obese, up from 14 per cent in 1979. Among youth aged 12 to 17, the obesity rate rose to 9 per cent from 3 per cent. (BMI is calculated as your weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in meters. For adults, a BMI of 25 or more signals being overweight; 30 or more indicates obesity.) Another study, released earlier in the year, presented a grim outlook for obesity should the current trend continue. The findings: almost one-quarter of Canadians who had been overweight in 1995 had become obese by 2003. Only 10 per cent who were overweight in 1995 were in the healthy weight range eight years later. It seems that once you're overweight it's much easier to pack on more pounds than it is to take them off.

Today 59 per cent of Canadian adults are classified as overweight or obese.

Waist-to-hip ratio beats BMI

Last month, Canadian researchers reported that how your waistline compares with the size of your hips (waist-to-hip ratio or WHR) is a better predictor of heart attack than your body mass index. In the study of 27,000 men and women from 52 countries, those who had suffered a previous heart attack had a significantly higher WHR than people in the non-heart-attack group. WHR was three times stronger than BMI in forecasting heart attack.

To calculate your WHR, measure your waist and hips with a tape measure. Then divide the waist number by the hip number. For women, WHR should be less than 0.85; for men less than 0.9.



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