04 May 2016

Limit your fast food consumption

Need another reason to limit your fast food consumption? How about phthalates? They’re a class of industrial chemicals used in making plastics and have been linked to numerous health hazards from birth defects to breast cancer and disruptions to the endocrine system. A recent study has found that people who eat more fast food are exposed to higher levels of phthalates, probably because the chemicals contaminate highly processed food by leaching out of plastic food packaging.


Live healthier

Teen angst »

Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst

Studies have linked heavy smartphone use with worsening teen mental health. But as teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out texts or watch YouTube videos, they also leave digital footprints that might offer clues to their psychological well-being.

Lifestyle changes »

Lifestyle changes helped new dad shed more than 20kg

Erik Minaya started to put on the kilos during his first year year in college. By age 24, he tipped the scale at nearly 120kg. But then he cut out fast food, replacing it with lower-carb offerings that he prepared himself.