Candy is sus, fruits are safe
Our health advisors (and probably any healthy-living magazine) will tell you to cut the sugar, but at the same time suggest that you eat more fruits. We understand the confusion – especially since in this day in age, your friend on Keto probably told you that fruits are bad and carbohydrates are evil.
We’re here to tell you that it’s actually all about the type of sugar you eat.
The sugar molecules you just got from that can of soda are called monosaccharides (like glucose and fructose) and disaccharides (like sucrose and lactose). On the other hand, the sugar from fruit only contains some of these – like sucrose and fructose.
Fructose is only harmful in large amounts
And it would be close to impossible to have too much fructose just by eating fruits – the fibre in it would make you feel full faster (and great for your bowels!). This is also why fruit juice may actually be pretty unhealthy, in comparison.
Not only that, but fruits also contain potassium, which could help lower your blood pressure, and flavonoids, which help reduce your risk of heart disease.
So with Halloween a’coming; just pelt children with soft fruit instead of candy corn
Alternatively, eat whole fruit instead of having a pressed juice and listen to your doctor – always eat in moderation.
Singapore has the 2nd highest proportion of diabetics in the world, just after America. If we keep this up, we’ll have one million diabetics by 2050.
If you need help managing your blood sugar, let us hook you up with the best endocrinologists near you!
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ As you ease back into Singapore’s nightlife scene, here’s a list of low-calorie cocktails for the calorie-conscious.
2️⃣ Our own homegrown indoor-veggies may be healthier for you than shipped produce.
3️⃣ The National Museum of Singapore holds an exhibition on the public health crises and responses in Singapore.
4️⃣ For the Milo fanatics: they now have a whole grain cereal of your favourite drink as a relatively healthier alternative.
5️⃣ Plant-based egg producer, Eat, opens up their first factory in Singapore to serve the Asian demand for plant-based products.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
1️⃣ Reports say ATM machines are equally as dirty as public toilets – time to dish out that hand sanitizer!
2️⃣ Can’t tell the difference between oat milk, rice milk, soy milk and others? Here’s a quick guide to which milk is best for you.
3️⃣ For the gym buffs: Here’s the hidden dangers of protein powders.
4️⃣ Six foods you could eat for a restful sleep, so you wouldn’t need to pop that sleeping pill.
5️⃣ “Fresh” orange juice is almost as unhealthy as carbonated soda. Here’s why!
A Cordycep a day keeps the kidney disorder away
If you haven’t already known, cordyceps (also known as zombie mushrooms) are a type of parasitic fungi that take over certain caterpillars. They replace the insect’s tissue and sprout long, slender stems out of the host’s body. We consume these.
I know, I know. It sounds like something out of a horror movie
However, it doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds. Many of us have grown up having this in our grandma’s soups – and for good reason – they’re really good for you:
- It helps lessen fatigue
- Improves your stamina and respiratory system health
- Helps manage kidney disorders
- Strengthens your immune system and much more
Zombie worm picking
We would imagine that they aren’t an easy find either, because they grow in high altitudes in the Himalayas. Actually, these babies are so valued that they are also artificially cultivated to meet demand.
Lucky for us, we don’t have to go zombie worm picking. In fact, we don’t even have to add it to our food at all, and still reap its health benefits. Eu Yan Sang has us covered, with their Pure Cordyceps Health Supplements. Just pop the pill, and you’re good to go!
SOMETHING KEEPING YOU UP AT NIGHT?
Restless Leg Syndrome
Have you ever been on your first date or job interview since the quarantine period and find yourself unconsciously shaking your leg during the entire conversation?
Imagine that, but at night in bed or when you’re sitting for long periods of time. Doctors consider it both a neurological sensory and a sleeping disorder because it could even keep you up at night. It’s called Restless leg syndrome (RLS) or Willis-Ekbon disease.
Causes for these are generally unknown, but there have been co-relations between RLS and an iron deficiency. Here are some tips that might help manage your RLS:
- Adopt good sleep habits (which also mean, no alcohol and caffeine at night!)
- Quit smoking, if you do
- Exercise regularly in the daytime
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Weird & Wonderful
- We get sweaty palms in situations where we need them dry most.
- Positive is a really scary word nowadays.
- If you get a flu shot while you have the flu it’s like your antibodies just got the plans to the death star.
- Only when you get a blocked nose do you realise how much we take subconscious breathing for granted.
- The main function of the human big toe is taking off your other sock.
MAKE YOUR OWN (PLASTIC) SKELETON SET
Here at DxD, we do not encourage grave robbery
But in the spirit of Halloween, let’s talk about the history of making human skeletons. In the past, before the time of plaster casts and 3D printing, people used to acquire their skeletons from real human remains.
They had a few options for doing this – from using quicklime in a box to enlisting the help of bugs to get rid of the flesh. Renaissance scientist, Andreas Vesalius, had a different strategy where he boiled them instead in a cauldron. A comparatively cleaner method.
Real skeletons remained rare objects until the 17th century, when interest in osteology grew and so too, the need for anatomical study and demand for skeletons. Soon, every art and anatomy student was expected to study the human skeleton as part of their training.
Archives show that there was even a time when classes were taught on how to “clean” your very own set of bones.
How they obtained the bodies, though, probably wasn’t part of the syllabus
Today, most skeletons used in medical school are plastic – a more humane decision. On that note, our bones protect us through our lifetime, and we only have one set, so it’s very important to keep them well managed and healthy.
Keep your bones and joints in tip-top shape! Here’s our Complete Guide to Seeing an Orthopaedic Surgeon.