Believe it or not, but Sushi can have more kilojoules than a Big Mac!
According to dietitian Rachel Beller, in her book Eat To Lose, Eat To Win, she says a “light lunch” of sushi may mean you overdose on kilojoules and carbohydrates.
“A typical sushi roll contains 290 to 350 calories, equivalent to 1464 kilojoules and has the carbohydrate equivalent of two-and-a-half to four slices of bread,” says Beller.
Keep in mind that a normal sushi lunch contains two or three of these rolls, a total of up to 4393 kilojoules, and it's easy to be led to believe we are all enjoying a low-joule, healthy lunch!
On top of that, sushi rice isn't just boiled in water, it also has considerable amounts of added sugar – sugary rice vinegar is added for flavouring. This means your once “healthy” sushi lunch is just mouthfuls of processed, sugary carbohydrates.
Sushi has been touted as a great choice for dieters – but not all sushi dishes are low in kilojoules and fat. The Sushi Train's Volcano Roll has 1538kj per 100 grams – comparatively, a Big Mac has 1030kj per 100 grams.
Treatment Discovered for Gray Hair, Vitiligo Skin Disease
Nature World News reports that a group of researchers in Europe have discovered a treatment that, in essence, cures gray hair as well as a skin condition called vitiligo. The findings were published in the FASEB Journal.
Gray hair is caused by the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle that causes hair to lose its color from the inside out. It is a very common, but not universal, symptom of aging.
Vitiligo is a skin condition, according to the American College of Dermatology, which causes patches of skin to lose their pigmentation. It is not contagious, painful, or life threatening, but can cause lost of self esteem and social awkwardness. According to the New York Daily News, the most famous American to suffer from the disease was Michael Jackson, whose skin color assumed a pale cast because of the progression of the disease as he grew older. While many suspected that he suffered from that condition, it was only publicly confirmed after his autopsy. About 2 million Americans suffer from vitiligo to one degree or another.
The treatment that can cure both gray hair and vitiligo is "--a proprietary treatment developed by the researchers described as a topical, ultraviolet B-activated -- sunlight -- compound PC-KUS, a modified pseudocatalase."
In the reported study, 2,411 people with vitiligo, including 2.4 percent diagnosed with segmental vitiligo, were treated with the psuedocatalase activated by sunlight, causing the pigmentation of the skin and eyebrows to be restored.
People afflicted with vitiligo have had to resort to various creams and makeup to try to hide their condition. A treatment that could in effect cure the disease would be a boon for the millions who suffer from it.
Gray hair has been addressed from time immemorial by a variety of gels and hair colorings. The pseudocatalase treatment would make having gray hair a matter of choice rather than something that just happens to someone.
There is no word when the treatment will be commercially available and whether it will be classified as a drug or a cosmetic according to FDA rules. If the former, a long approval process will be judged necessary.
Energy drinks may raise blood pressure and interfere with the heart's electrical system, increasing the risk of sudden cardiac death, a meta-analysis found.
In a pooled analysis of 93 people who consumed energy drinks, the QT interval – a segment of the heart's rhythm on an ECG – was significantly prolonged by 10 ms, according to Sachin A. Shah, PharmD, from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and colleagues.
In another pooled analysis of 132 people, researchers found a significant increase in systolic blood pressure by 3.5 mmHg that was associated with the consumption of energy drinks, Shah reported at the American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 meeting in New Orleans.
A previous review in the journal Pediatrics found that nearly half of the more than 5,000 caffeine overdoses reported in 2007 involved people under age 19. The review noted that up to half of the energy drinks on the market are consumed by adolescents and young adults.
The FDA has initiated several probes into energy drinks after reports of deaths were preliminarily linked to the drinks.
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