Health

Is popcorn healthy?

In its purest form -- that is, plain air-popped kernels -- it's a healthy, whole-grain, antioxidant-rich snack food that comes at a pretty low-calorie cost for those who like to mindlessly nibble: A three-cup serving of air-popped popcorn has only 93 calories, 1 gram of fat and close to 4 grams of fiber.

But movie theater popcorn, which is popped in coconut oil before salt and a "buttery topping" are added, is a distant cousin to its more clean-living relative.

Intense cleanse, weight loss, kick-start: Will a detox diet really rid your body of toxins and make you healthier?

Promising to rid your body of the "toxins" resulting from poor diet and lifestyle, the claim is these diets will leave you cleansed and revitalised — and perhaps a few kilos lighter to boot.

But do these programs, which often involve consuming expensive powders and potions, really do anything to improve your health?

What to eat before, during and after a workout

So what do nutritionists recommend to munch on? It turns out that quality carbohydrates are important pre-workout and lean proteins post-workout, experts say.

What to eat before exercise

Before you exercise, eat carbs, but not too much, said Nancy Cohen, a professor in the department of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Goosebumps may hold key for skin cancer, baldness and burns treatment

But new research shows that we may have been underestimating the role of the humble goosebump.

Professor Rod Sinclair, dermatologist at the University of Melbourne, explained he had been "following a hunch" that goosebumps were not just an evolutionary by-product.

It turns out that Professor Sinclair's hunch may have been on track, as his new research shows the "goosebump muscle" could hold the key for skin cancer, baldness and burns treatment.

"As we do more research we find that nothing is for nothing. It's almost as though there's a grand design to the body.

Churches thanked for their contribution to development

The PNG Council of Churches has seven main line churches and 16 affiliated bodies.

Minister for National Planning Charles Abel thanks all the churches on behalf of the Government as the churches represent the number one partner for Government particularly in education and health.

Abel stressed that the Government relies heavily on churches through education and health which is a fantastic partnership and they’re working to improve this engagement.

Want to avoid looking like Santa this festive season? Here are some ways to avoid a holiday blowout

It's no wonder the festive season is a peak time for weight gain many of us spend the entire year ahead trying to reverse.

Your guide to drinking responsibly during the silly season

For most of us, it's a time to relax and unwind — and sometimes an opportunity to indulge in booze.

"It's common knowledge that many people up their alcohol intake over the summer period," psychologist and public health expert Dr Bosco Rowland said.

It is, after all, the season to be jolly.

But according to Dr Rowland, it's also a timely reminder of the dangers of excessive drinking, and why it's important to drink responsibly.

How much is safe to drink?

Processed meat 'could be bad for asthma'

Consuming more than four portions a week is a risk, suggests the study of nearly 1,000 French people, published in the journal Thorax.

The researchers believe it could be a preservative called nitrite used in meats such as sausages, salami and ham that aggravates the airways.

But experts say the link has not been proved and more investigations are needed.

Rather than worry about one type of food, people should be eating a healthy and varied diet, they advise.

Bring the cancer facilities to PNG!

There may come a time when you, or someone close to you, will be told that the only option now is to go to the Philippines or Australia or Singapore. 

When faced with reality, only those who can afford are flying abroad for cancer diagnosis and treatments while even more remain in the country and lose the battle.

Project manager of PNG’s Walk the Talk against Cancer, Barbara Toiya, says the real need now is to bring in the cancer facilities.

This should be ultimate goal in PNG’s fight against cancer.

What to give yourself this Xmas…

A one week movie-marathon at the cinema? A tattoo? Holiday get-away? Well ok, maybe that handbag that keeps saying “hi” every time you pass the shop; not literally though.