Monthly Archives: September 2014

Article: The Benefits of Breakfast Cereal Consumption: A Systematic Review of the Evidence Base1

breakfastcereal systematic review 2014

Click on the underlined link above to read everything you have ever wanted to know about the health effects of breakfast cereal.  This is a great review if you are ever on the fence about if you should or shouldn’t eat breakfast cereals.  This review goes into more detail about cereal then you would ever dream.  It covers everything from energy %, to cardiovascular health, hypertension and even dental cavities.  Even-though they come to the conclusion that high-sugar cereals do not increase overall sugar intake seen throughout the day in most children-teens, I still would not recommend these cereals (they spike energy in a short amount of time and may cause sugar cravings). Opt for high fibre, low added sugar cereals. Making your own granola/museli is a great way to get part of your daily fibre intake, and it’s soluble fibre which releases energy slowly throughout the morning.  Check out my Granolishious Granola recipe to make your own!   Enjoy reading!  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref:  Peter G. Williams*
University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia; and University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia 2014 American Society for Nutrition. Adv. Nutr. 5: 636S–673S

Student blog S.2 Wk.9: Nothing new except some enlightenment :)

So last week was all about time management.  I had a lot of homework to do and a bbq I wanted to go to on Saturday, so it was urgent I got my lists done.  I volunteered on Friday and then got straight to work.  I also had to finish an essay this weekend, in order to free up my time for next weekend, which is needed to do…. another essay! haha  I worked hard all Friday, chilled Saturday + residual homework from Friday, and then rocked the essay out on Sunday.  I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself.  The essay I wrote in 1 day is worth 40% of my total mark and I reckon its one of the best essays I’ve written this semester.  Any ways, I’m sure that was not extremely exciting for anyone to read but myself hahaha.  Other then my fairly boring weekend of homework, I would have to say that the weeks are just flying by.  Last week was business as usual, nothing stood out really.  Had some quizzes and prep for the month to come, but nothing that stressed me out.  I have 1 month left of classes, then I’m done second semester.  I think, this time around in post-secondary (I have a diploma in business and 2 years of psych and 1 semester of art), that I really found the degree I was looking for.  Everyday I go to school it feels more like I’m in an interesting discussion group rather then a strict learning environment.  I get to debate and have my opinion heard.  The lectures are long, 3 hours, but I always leave having learned something new and interesting.  Sometimes the classes even blow my mind.  What have I learned this past, almost year?  I have learned that we take out bodies for granted.  That millions of years of evolution is nothing to think lightly of because the human body is a fine tuned, ever-adapting entity in itself.  I look at my body differently and appreciate it by putting good food in it and meditating, to nurture every cell.  Maybe it’s because the weather is getting nicer and my Vit.D levels are going up, but I feel enlightened by the thought of what the body can do and how we have learned so much from it.  Well that’s my little speel for today.  Hope you fill your body with good food and love today and everyday.  Thanks for reading.  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Article: Vitamin A supplements for preventing mortality, illness, and blindness in children aged under 5: systematic review and meta-analysis

Vit.A Study sess.15:  Meta-analysis study of Vit.A supplementation with children age 5 and under

Click on the underlined link above to read some really interesting studies done on Vit A supplementation and uses for children under the age of 5.  They conclude that no further studies need to be done as Vit.A supplementation was found to decrease mortality and morbidity rates in relation to child-diarrhoea mild, moderate and severe) and measles (which are the 2 causes of child mortality in under-developed countries). Please always be cautious when giving children any supplementation. Consult a doctor and get the necessary tests done before giving any supplements to a child.  I do not condole the use of supplementation on children, and this article is not a suggestion to start giving your child supplements.    Enjoy, and thanks for reading. Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref: Evan Mayo-Wilson departmental lecturer 1, Aamer Imdad senior research officer 2, Kurt Herzer
Marshall scholar 1, Mohammad Yawar Yakoob senior research officer 2, Zulfiqar A Bhutta Noordin
Noormahomed Sheriff endowed professor and founding chair 2
1Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, Barnett House, Oxford OX1 2ER, UK;
2Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University Hospital, Stadium Road, PO Box 3500, 74800 Karachi, Pakistan