Handling Hypertension

How will I know if I have hypertension? Consult your doctor. It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If blood pressure is more than 140/90 mm/Hg on at least 3 occasions, you have hypertension. My BP is 160/86 and I don’t feel anything. When should I follow up? It is recommended that…

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Decoding claims in food labels?

What are those words in labels like low, free, less, zero… ? Words alerting us on the nutritional value of the food item High, Rich In or Excellent Source means one serving of the food has 20% or more of the daily recommended value for a given nutrient. Less, Fewer or Reduced means that the food…

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Your Just Desserts: What’s in your Sweets?

It’s not true that diabetics and hypertensives can no longer indulge. The keyword is moderation. For your sweet tooth, choose moderate amounts of sweets and modified-fat desserts (low in saturated fat). For example, reach out for fruits, low-fat or fat-free fruit yogurt, fruit ices, sherbet, angel food cake, jello, and low-fat ice cream. Bake your…

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Heart Health: What’s in your Dinner?

If your dinner consists of these three dishes, beefsteak with fried eggplants, Pinakbet, Bagnet with fried eggplants, realize that they all have one thing in common. Their preparation used cooking oil. Bagnet and beef steak were both fried. One more deeply than the other. Pinakbet was sautéed or stir fried. Your cooking method will help…

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