How to know if a plant-based diet is right for you

No red meat, more veggies?
How is it different from being vegetarian? Will it really improve your health and fitness?

You’ve probably come across stories of people proclaiming how going on a plant-based diet has changed their lives for the better.

These could even be first-hand accounts from a friend or a relative you previously knew as a hardcore carnivore who scouted the island for the best steak and char siew – and is now embracing kale salads and asking for extra veggies like a new mantra.

But have you ever wondered why someone would resolutely make that 180-degree lifestyle change?


Gender equality in S’pore remains elusive

Amid entrenched attitudes about women’s roles
TODAY looks at some issues which gender advocacy groups and community leaders say are among the three biggest challenges faced by women in Singapore: Sexual violence, balancing work-family dynamics and sexism at the workplace

Accounts manager Joana likens her husband to a “useless piece of large display furniture” at home.

Despite being unemployed for the last 20 years or so, he hardly helps with the household chores such as cleaning the house  — leaving it all to his 54-year-old wife to handle them even when she has to work up to 10 hours in the office. “Asking him to do anything is very difficult,” said Ms Joana in Mandarin of her husband of 27 years who is a year younger than her. She declined to give her full name.

While she feels resentful at times, Ms Joana, who has two children, said she could only grin and bear it when it comes to the uneven distribution of their household responsibilities.


Does cooking with an air fryer really mean eating healthy?

Hands up if you’d recently bought an air fryer, thinking that you can finally make guilt-free fried food.

Technically, you'd be right as these kitchen gadgets don’t require much oil – about a tablespoonful or none at all – to fry up chicken, nuggets, spring rolls or samosas.

Like fries and chilli sauce, it all goes so well with your resolve to lose the weight gained over the circuit breaker period and get trim, doesn't it?

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How to make canned food & instant noodles more nutritious

If you haven’t been donning your mask and heading to the supermarket lately, chances are, you’re already dipping into that stash of canned food – and that’s perfectly fine.

Although fresh meat, vegetables and fruits are the best, tinned sustenance isn’t completely devoid of nutrients either.

“Canned fish like tuna and salmon are high in lean protein and zinc,” said Jaclyn Reutens, a dietitian and founder of Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. “Canned beans such as chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, lentils are all high in fibre, especially soluble fibre, as well as minerals such as magnesium, zinc and potassium.”


What you should do at every life stage

The road to financial security is a journey that can start from as early as your 20s. Here are some pointers to take note of at every stage of your life to ensure early planning puts you on track to enjoying your retirement years:
  • Your 20s --- Students & First-Jobbers --- As you prepare to enter the workforce and receive your first paycheck, it’s important to understand how your CPF contributions to your Ordinary Account, Special Account and Medisave Account can be used. Knowing this, as well as the varied interest rates for each account, can help you better plan your future finances. It’s never too early to prepare for not just a comfortable retirement, but good financial health in general.
  • Your 30s --- Mid-Career --- After working and saving for a number of years, you’re likely to buy your own house to settle in. Buying a house is a big financial commitment, but this amount can be supported with the use of CPF housing grants or loans. Do your research and find out which ones you are eligible for to help ease the cash outlay required in paying for your house.
  • Your 40s to 50s --- Pre-Retirement --- Your retirement years are fast approaching, and this is the time to keep a closer eye on your CPF accounts. Check your account balances and assess how prepared you are for your desired retirement.
  • Your Golden Years --- Before you embark on your retirement, there’s one final order of business. Learn about the 3 different CPF LIFE plans – the Standard Plan, Basic Plan, and Escalating Plan – and opt for the one best suited to your needs.


Zodiac Killer message decoded

After more than 50 years

A team of volunteer codebreakers has cracked a mysterious cipher sent more than 50 years ago to a newspaper by the San Francisco serial killer who called himself the Zodiac, the FBI said on Friday (Dec 11).

The Zodiac Killer - who was never caught - shot or stabbed seven people in the San Francisco Bay Area over the course of about year in 1968 and 1969, killing all but two of them. During his murderous spree, he sent a series of terrifying letters to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.

Some of the notes were in code, including a particularly complex missive with 340 characters that became known as the 340 cipher.


What comes to mind when you think of Seletar?

Neighbourhood guide: What to eat in Seletar?

If the words Seletar Airport and Upper Seletar Reservoir popped up — you’re not the only one. As one of Singapore’s most undiscovered neighbourhoods, the former rubber plantation estate has seen a number of hidden restaurants and eateries pop up over the years to inject some life into the hood.

Don’t get us wrong, the area isn’t looking to become the next Dempsey — it still maintains an air of rustic charm with its wetlands and idyllic cycling routes — its dining spots are a brilliant addition to the quaint space.

The 5 must-eat restaurants and eateries to dine at when you’re in Seletar:
  • The Summerhouse
  • Di Wei Teochew Restaurant
  • Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe
  • Wheeler’s Estate
  • 5 by Sans Facon


“I Married A Man Who Only Has 5 Years To Live”

Lydia* knew that the man she loved had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but she agreed to marry him anyway

When I met Joshua* at a fundraising event, I knew right away that I wanted to be with him. Just in those first 20 minutes of talking to him, I could see what a caring, compassionate and thoughtful man he was. He obviously felt the same way about me, too, because he invited me out for coffee the next day.

I couldn’t wait to meet Joshua again. He was attractive, seemed intelligent and had a heart of gold. I could sense a special connection between us.

During our coffee date, we got to know each other a little better. We talked about his work as a school counsellor, my job as a teacher, our families and our hobbies. I was thrilled to have met someone with a similar background to mine and who shared so many things in common with me. We met up twice more after that. After the third date I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

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Trump's Mexican Wall vs China's Great Wall

The Great Wall of China

US-Mexico border wall
Fences already run along stretches of the US-Mexico border

President Trump has called the situation at the southern border a "crisis" and insists a physical barrier is needed to stop criminals crossing into the US. His critics say he has manufactured the border emergency.

A Pentagon statement said acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan had "authorised the commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1bn in support to the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol".

The statement cited a federal law that "gives the Department of Defence the authority to construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of federal law enforcement agencies".

Trump wall

The Trump wall, commonly referred to as "the wall", was an expansion of the Mexico–United States barrier during the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump. Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called for the construction of a border wall. He said that, if elected, he would "build the wall and make Mexico pay for it". The president of Mexico at the time, Enrique Peña Nieto, said that Mexico would not pay for the wall.

In January 2017, Trump signed Executive Order 13767, which formally directed the U.S. government to begin wall construction along the U.S.–Mexico border using existing federal funding. After a political struggle for funding, including an appropriations lapse resulting in a government shutdown for 35 days, and the declaration of a national emergency, construction started in 2019. The U.S. built new barriers along 455 miles, 49 miles of which previously had no barrier. Much of the remainder consists of 30-foot-tall steel fencing where previously there had been smaller fencing to deter automobiles. Additionally, a private organization called We Build the Wall constructed under five miles (8.0 km) of new wall on private property near El Paso, Texas, with Trump's encouragement.

On January 20, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden terminated the national emergency and halted construction of the wall.


Spring Equinox 2021 春分 Chūnfēn

Spring Equinox – Vernal Equinox

The Vernal (Spring) Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. On the equinoxes the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not quite.

The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north and vice versa in September.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Vernal (Spring) Equinox marks the first day of astronomical spring. There's also another, more common definition of when the seasons start, namely meteorological definitions, which are based on average temperatures rather that astronomical events.

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Remote spot in Singapore: Inside the Istana

An immersive guide to the President's official residence

Before the Istana was the Istana, it was known as the Government House. And 150 years ago, plans were being made to construct it at its current site, which used to be a nutmeg plantation.

It was not far from Fort Canning, where the first Government House was built, then torn down.

Public Works Department chief engineer John McNair was tasked with designing the new Government House. His plans went through two rounds of changes before a third set of blueprints was finally approved when it featured a big enough building.


From “Count on me Singapore” to “Count on me India”

Update 21 Mar 2021: Indian composer withdraws claims to Count on Me, Singapore, apologises for ‘confusion caused’
Mr Joseph Mendoza, an Indian composer, has withdrawn all claims relating to the song We Can Achieve, which is nearly identical to the national song Count on Me, Singapore. (Photo: Facebook/Joey Mendoza)

An Indian composer who said he wrote the song We Can Achieve – which is nearly identical to national song Count on Me, Singapore – has withdrawn his claims and apologised for the “confusion caused”, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) said on Sunday (Mar 21).

Mr Joseph Mendoza earlier claimed that he composed We Can Achieve in 1983, three years before the creation of Count on Me, Singapore, after footage of a performance of the former went viral.

The lyrics of We Can Achieve are the same as Count on Me, Singapore, apart from the substitution of “India” or “Mother India” for “Singapore” and a minor difference in one of the verses.

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth - MCCY 4 hrs

Mr Joey Mendoza had earlier claimed that he wrote “We Can Achieve”, a song that is practically identical to “Count on Me, Singapore” (the “Song”), in 1983.

This is untenable, given that Mr Hugh Harrison wrote “Count on Me, Singapore” in 1986.

There is not only contemporaneous evidence to support this, but also first-hand accounts such as those of Mr Jeremy Monteiro, a well-respected Singaporean musician who has himself been involved in the making of several national songs. Mr Monteiro has confirmed that he was together with Mr Harrison when the Song was developed, and saw its evolution.

“Count on me Singapore” now changed to “Count on me India”

Netizens have found a plagiarised version of the Singapore National Day Song ‘Count on me Singapore‘. The altered song titled ‘We Can Achieve‘ is now used as a patriotic song in India.

“We have a goal for Mother India/ We can achieve, we can achieve” this lyrics are written, copying the lyrics from the 1986 Singapore National Day song.

However, every mention of ‘Singapore’ was replaced with “India”. The song title was also changed to “We can achieve” instead of the familiar ‘Count on me‘

Indian man says he can send MCCY videos of 2 women from orphanage who claim they learnt to sing 'Count On Me India' song
A patriotic Singapore song, Count On Me Singapore, has been turned into Count On Me India

Joseph Conrad Mendoza, the Indian man credited for writing a song, We Can Achieve, that sounds exactly like Count On Me Singapore, has replied to Singapore's Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).

He said in his reply to MCCY that he can send videos of children at an orphanage "testifying that they've learnt the song" as they sang it in 1983.

The two videos were described by Today as consisting of two women who said they remember learning the song that Mendoza composed. One of the woman said she was in the Bal Bhavan Orphanage from 1976 to 1989. The other woman said she was in the orphanage in 1983.


Indian composer says in reply to MCCY that 250 children are ‘living proof’ of his song

The Indian composer at the centre of a controversy involving a Singapore National Day song told TODAY that he has replied to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) on the matter and that 250 children are “living proof” that he was the original composer of the song. Mr Joseph Conrad Mendoza, who emailed a copy of his reply to TODAY, told the ministry that he can send recently taken videos of people who were children at an orphanage singing it in 1983, “testifying that they’ve learnt the song”. He also asked for MCCY's suggestions on what he should do in this situation.

On Thursday (March 18), Mr Mendoza sent TODAY two videos of two different women, one who said that she was in the Bal Bhavan Orphanage from 1976 to 1989 and another who said that she was in the orphanage in 1983. Both said that they remember learning the song that he composed. “I am not interested in any court or to justify anything… I don't earn anything out of this,” he wrote in an email to TODAY, adding that he had not heard from Mr Harrison.

In a Facebook post earlier on Thursday, MCCY said that the Singapore Government holds the copyright to the music and lyrics of Count on Me, Singapore. The ministry is “puzzled” by Mr Mendoza’s claim that he wrote the original version of Count on Me, Singapore, and has asked him to substantiate his claims.

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth - MCCY 52 Min

We are aware that a song titled “We Can Achieve” that bears striking similarity in tune and lyrics to our national song “Count on Me, Singapore” has been circulating on the internet. The Government holds the copyright to the music and lyrics of “Count on Me, Singapore”.

Pauline India has since publicly acknowledged that “We Can Achieve”, which was produced in a CD in 1999 and made available on their platforms, appears to have been substantially copied from “Count on Me, Singapore”. Pauline India has also clarified that they were unaware “Count on Me, Singapore” had been Singapore’s national song since 1986. They have since apologised and removed the song from their platforms.

Whilst “Count on Me, Singapore” is one of our most beloved national songs, we are also happy that it seems to have been well appreciated in India, with the video showing teachers and students in a school performing the song, and expressing their love for their own country.  We do not think any ill will was intended either by Pauline India or the school, and have accepted the apology.

Arising from this, a Mr Joey Mendoza has asserted that he wrote “We Can Achieve” in 1983, before “Count on Me, Singapore” was created in 1986.  Given that the two songs, and their lyrics, are practically identical, and that we hold the copyright to “Count on Me, Singapore”, we are puzzled by this claim.  We have thus contacted Mr Mendoza to invite him to substantiate his claims.  We are still waiting for his response.

The Online Citizen Asia 21 hrs

"It's insulting to me that out of all the compositions in my life, that this one I will choose, somehow, magically, find out about it in 1986 before the internet in one day when I flew from Hong Kong to Singapore," said Hugh Harrison, composer of 'Count on me Singapore'.

Joseph Mendoza has claimed that he composed the song 3 years before Singapore released its version during the National Day celebrations in 1986. Speaking in CNA interview, he claimed that his version inspired by 'You Are My Sunshine'.

Earlier, Mr Harrison wrote on his YouTube Channel saying that Mendoza has “illegally” repackaged the Singapore national song. ‘Count on Me Singapore’, was composed by Hugh Harrison, arranged by Jeremy Monteiro and performed by Clement Chow. The song was commissioned by the then Ministry of Culture in the mid-80s and is now owned by the Singapore government. The 2 songs are almost the same except for the words “India” or “Mother India” replacing the word “Singapore”.


The original composer of the song, Count on me Singapore, has hit back at Joey Mendoza who tried to take credit for composing the song, We Can Achieve.

In a comment in Youtube, he stated that the English written by Joey Mendoza is rubbish.

Here is what he stated in his post.

Hugh Harrison

To all those who have made me aware of this situation regarding the illegal repackaging of Count on me Singapore as We Can Achieve by one Joey Mendoza in India, please be aware that I have written to both Joey and the executive of Pauline Communications in Mumbai requesting that certain actions be taken to address Mr Mendoza's false claims to be the original creator of this song. I will let you know if and when I get a reply and how I intend to respond should corrective action not be forthcoming. Thank you all for your kind words and support. Sincerely, Hugh Harrison

Indian composer takes credit for ‘Count on me India’ song
He says he wrote his song in 1983 and didn't know about the 1986 Singapore song

Pauline Communications, the company that apparently plagiarised the Count On Me Singapore song, has taken to social media blaming the Indian composer for the entire saga.

In a Facebook post on Sunday (Mar 14), they wrote: “We would like to inform you that we had produced this song with the help of Mr Joey Mendoza who sold the copyright of the lyrics and music to us, claiming he owned it.”

The company added that they were sold the copyright in 1999 when they produced a CD titled” We Can Achieve”.


Pauline India 14 March at 04:43

It has come to our notice that the Song “We Can Achieve” in CD (1999) “We can Achieve – Inspirational Songs for Children and All” by Pauline Communications has some copyright issues with regard to the lyrics and music of the same. It seems that it has been copied 99 % from the Song “Count on Me Singapore”. Song and Lyrics by Hugh Harrison and sung by the Singaporean Clement Chow in a TV programme.

We would like to inform you that we had produced this song with the help of Mr. Joey Mendoza who sold the copyright of the lyrics and music to us, claiming he owned it. This was in 1999, when we brought out the CD “We can Achieve. We were not even aware, that this song has been the National Day Song of Singapore since 1986. We had uploaded it on SoundCloud in 2012 in the album “We stand United” which was a collection of patriotic songs from our various CDs produced by Pauline Communications, India.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused and sentiments hurt.

Mumbai composer embroiled in copyright dispute over Singapore’s national song

In a statement to the media on Tuesday, Joey Mendoza claimed that 250 orphans had performed the song in 1983 after he had written it while teaching music at the Bal Bhavan orphanage in Mumbai, where he is based. He also claimed that the original tapes of his composition were swept away in the 2005 Mumbai floods. “The only living proof I can offer you are the 250 orphans who first learnt it in 1983 and all the orphans at Bal Bhavan in the successive years too,” said the 58-year-old, who claimed he was a graduate of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. He sold the rights to the song to a Christian book and record store, Pauline India, and recorded the song in 1999. Although Mendonza acknowledged similarities between the two songs, he insisted that there was no way he could have known about “Count On Me Singapore” as there was no Internet in those days.

“Count on Me Singapore” composer Harrison responded on Wednesday in the YouTube comments of the song: “The fact that he (Mendoza) is claiming now in 2021 that he is the original creator of the song, implying I copied the song from him, is a direct attack on my integrity and professionalism and for that he could be sued for slander and/or libel. “As it stands now, I have written him and given him the opportunity to rescind his claim and am awaiting his response,” The Straits Times quoted Harrison as saying.

The Facebook page of Singapore’s Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) has also weighed in: “This is one of our most beloved and recognised national songs, we are happy that it seems to have struck a chord with people in India as well.

Count on me, Singapore: Our 1986 NDP song? Or did India’s Joey Mendoza compose it in 1983?
Confusion arose: Was song composed in Singapore in 1986, or in India in 1983?

Amidst the flurry of comments here, there, everywhere, there was one comment on Youtube that had caught some attention.

Someone by the name of Caroline Duia claimed that our “Count on me, Singapore” song is not an original song. She suggested that the Indian version of “We can achieve’ is the original instead. She claimed that the song was first composed by a Joey Mendoza back in 1983.

For the record, Singapore’s version of “Count on me, Singapore” was actually our National Day Parade theme song for 1986. The song itself, released in 1986, was supposedly composed by Canadian Hugh Harrison, and sung by singer-songwriter Clement Chow.

250 orphans are ‘living proof’ my song came before ‘Count On Me Singapore’: Indian composer
An Indian composer accused of copying a patriotic Singapore anthem is sticking to his claim that he was the tune’s original author

Days after Singaporeans discovered what seemed to be an Indian remake of 1986’s Count On Me Singapore, songwriter Joey Mendoza, whose real name is Joseph Mendonza, responded to copycat accusations in a statement to Coconuts last night, saying he wrote his song, We Can Achieve, three years earlier. Who could prove the truth of his claim? Two-hundred-and-fifty people, Mendoza said.

“The only living proof I can offer you are the 250 orphans who first learnt it in 1983 and all the orphans at Bal Bhavan in the successive years too,” the 58-year-old said, referring to an orphanage in Mumbai.

After We Can Achieve was recorded and released on cassette in 1999, Mendoza said he was only paid INR2,000 (S$37 or US$27). The original tapes, he said, were swept away in the 2005 Mumbai floods.

Singapore and India CECA
WP’s Jamus Lim points out reasons why CECA benefits India more than Singapore

Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) Jamus Lim took to Facebook on Friday (19 March) to pen down reasons why the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) offers more gains for India rather than Singapore.

During WP’s recent house visit at 326C Anchorvale Road, he met a resident who voiced his unhappiness towards the CECA. “Since its conclusion in 2005, there has been much sturm und drang about the merits of the CECA deal between Singapore and India. These have focus principally on the sense—one shared by Mr Singh—that the deal has been unfair for Singaporean workers, and has led to both a flood of Indian nationals, alongside a loss of local opportunities,” said Mr Lim.

Given that the Sengkang GRC MP is also an international economist, he expressed that he understands that trade deals are rarely “unequivocal”, and that there will often be a loser in a trade deal and that the benefits depend on conditions faced by both parties.


Planning for Your Retirement with CPF

Wonder what happens to your CPF savings when you turn 55? What is CPF LIFE and how much retirement payouts can you receive from your CPF savings?

Watch this video and learn how you can start planning for your retirement with CPF.

Check out the 3 tips here:
Tip 1 - Your CPF Savings earn good interest (00:46)
Tip 2 - Grow your retirement savings with Cash or CPF top-up (03:51)
Tip 3 - Join CPF LIFE for lifelong retirement payouts: (07:36)


People living with HIV can lead full lives

Antiretroviral drugs can suppress HIV viral load in the body, which can stop transmission. PHOTO: GSK

Upon diagnosis of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the immediate thoughts of many people living with HIV tend to revolve around a disrupted life with the chance of building a family taken away from them, and many still consider HIV infection to be a "death sentence".

However, this does not always have to be the case.

With advances in medicine to help people living with HIV manage their conditions, it is possible to suppress the HIV viral load in the body using antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which can eventually stop the transmission of the virus to others.


The 9 must-visit places at Dempsey Hill

Dempsey Hill isn’t the most accessible of dining enclaves in Singapore, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from making a trip or two over there.

The hill-top area is steeped in history. Its colonial buildings once housed British and Singaporean soldiers, then furniture shops and art galleries, and more recently a slew of upscale restaurants and eateries. Certainly, Dempsey Hill is a popular spot for expats to get away from the bustling city and have brunch in peace. Yet, this isn’t just a cafe hotspot.

After several small-scale renovations, Dempsey Hill has been welcoming new concepts. Luxury hotelier, COMO, has taken up a good amount of space for a variety of concepts such as The Dempsey Cookhouse and a refreshed Culina bistro/marketplace.

Here’s where else to eat around the area:
  • Blu Kouzina
  • Candlenut
  • Culina at COMO Dempsey
  • The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
  • Jam at Siri House
  • Min Jiang at Dempsey
  • Bincho at Min Jiang
  • Morsels
  • Open Farm Community


20 Things You’re Doing Before Noon

That Are Making You Fat

Most people believe that the bulk of harmful calories in the day are consumed in the afternoon, think: burgers, ice cream, steak, beer, and so on.

Well, guess what? Eating the wrong food at any time of the day can cause weight gain. This is especially true before noon, as the foods you eat in the morning generally set your eating tone for the rest of the day!

Below, we outline the pre-noon eating habits that may be making you fat! Read on to learn about what you should avoid in the morning—and then try these 30 Best Breakfast Habits to Drop 5 Pounds instead

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Can artificial sweeteners really keep us from gaining weight?

Artificial sweeteners hold the promise of satisfying your sweet tooth without the downside of excess calories, and they are increasingly used in products ranging from diet sodas and powdered drink mixes to yogurt and baked goods. But whether using them can prevent weight gain – a problem many people are struggling with during the coronavirus lockdowns – has long been an open question.

Now some studies are providing answers. Researchers have found that artificial sweeteners can be useful as a tool to help people kick their sugar habits, and that for some people, replacing sugar with non-nutritive sweeteners can indeed help stave off weight gain. But they can also have effects on hormones, blood sugar and other aspects of metabolism that some experts say are concerning, and they caution against consuming them routinely for long periods of time.

The idea we need to get rid of is that because they have zero calories they have zero metabolic effects,” said Marta Yanina Pepino, an assistant professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Our data suggests that they are metabolically active, and depending on how frequently you use them, some people can see more effects than others.”

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Should You be Having More Dairy?

Any food made from the milk of mammals is considered a dairy product. Cow’s milk is naturally packed full of nutrients and minerals to help a baby cow grow into an adult. Although most dairy products in the world are made from cow’s milk, dairy products may also feature milk from other animals, like goats.

In addition to milk, some common dairy products consumed by humans include:
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Cream
  • Butter
  • Whey protein powder
Dairy has become a hot topic in recent years. Its legacy as a healthy source of protein and calcium has been unquestioned until only recently. There have been new studies on its negative effects on health, especially in light of the growing trend favouring plant-based over animal-based sources of protein. There are also ethical concerns over the treatment of cows, as well as environmental sustainability of the cattle industry. In this article we look at the evidence supporting the health benefits of dairy products in the diet and ask: Is it worth it?

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Flu vaccines during pregnancy aren't linked to autism in children

According to a study of 70,000 kids

A comprehensive study out Monday finds no link between the flu vaccine in pregnancy and autism spectrum disorder in children.

The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed nearly 70,000 infants born across seven healthcare regions in Sweden between October 2009 and September 2010. About 40,000 of them were exposed to the influenza A (H1 N1) vaccine in utero.

The researchers from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, followed all the babies for an average of 6.7 years and found that 1% of those whose moms had received the vaccine and 1.1% of those whose moms didn't receive the vaccine had autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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International Women's Day 2021

What International Women's Day looked like around the world in 2021

‘The next one will be me.’ A performative action from @vibramujer and the visual artist Julia Bronstein, based on Jean René’s @insideoutproject. March 8, 2021, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by co-author Romina Navarro

International Women's Day celebrated on March 8 has become a day of marches for women's rights and equality throughout the world.

Although COVID-19 dampened participation in many countries, women still raised their voices on the streets on different continents, especially as the pandemic has worsened inequalities faced by women in terms of labor, household chores, and gender violence. In 2021, women and LGBTQ+ people marched against political and gender violence and for reproductive and sexual health.

Here is a wrap-up from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe on March 8, 2021, based on tweets and contributors’ photos.


Are you eating for Your Muscle Growth

Building muscle mass and definition is hard work and requires the proper diet to make it happen. When building muscle, it is necessary to eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods with the right blend of proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

When trying to build muscle, people often make the mistake of restricting caloric intake from a particular type of nutrient or restricting total calories. But muscle is the fuel your body will turn to when your calories are low. When you don't eat enough to sustain muscle growth, your body will go into starvation mode and increase rather than decrease fat stores.

If you are exercising to build muscle, there is no need to simultaneously restrict calories to lose weight. Maintain a balanced diet of requisite proteins, carbs, and fats, and your body composition will improve over time.