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9 Foods You Should Avoid Eating After Age 30

Forty’s the new 30, huh? Well, if you keep eating these foods, your 40-year-old self will look like it’s 50.

Some of these foods have been found to increase wrinkles, induce obesity, shut down organ functions, and make you sick. Take a look and start cleaning out your kitchen of these foods today.

1. Canned Soup

We know, we know — chicken soup for the soul, right? Well, not if it’s canned. A cutting-edge study published in 2013 found a connection between high blood pressure and skin aging.

Compared to their older-looking counterparts, female study participants with fewer wrinkles also had lower blood pressure. U.S. guidelines call for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, but many popular cans carry 40 percent of the day’s recommended salt intake in just one serving.

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1. Canned Soup

We know, we know — chicken soup for the soul, right? Well, not if it’s canned. A cutting-edge study published in 2013 found a connection between high blood pressure and skin aging.

Compared to their older-looking counterparts, female study participants with fewer wrinkles also had lower blood pressure. U.S. guidelines call for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, but many popular cans carry 40 percent of the day’s recommended salt intake in just one serving.

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So what to eat instead? Hmmm, try homemade soup, there’s an idea.

2. Diet sodas

Stop thinking that dark sodas are worse for you. Both are pretty bad. Drinks like Mountain Dew and Fresca may look less chemical-filled than cola because of their lighter hue, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Instead of caramel coloring—the chemical that makes Coke brown—Diet Mountain Dew and Fresca are colored with brominated vegetable oil, a chemical used in rocket fuel and flame retardants.

It has been shown to have negative effects on thyroid hormones and fertility, a primary health concern of people in their 30s. Added chemicals like BVO can contribute to internal inflammation, which has been linked to obesity.

3. Sugar-Free Snacks

Think you’re doing better by eating “sugar-free?” Think again. If you’ve become thicker around the middle since turning 30, it may be a sign that your liver isn’t functioning optimally.

Avoiding toxins like artificial sweeteners will help the vital organ work more efficiently, and in turn, slim your middle. To jump-start the detox process, kick foods made with fake sweeteners (like sugar-free gum, candies, and snacks) to the curb and go for low sugar or things made with real/raw sugar.

4. Salami and Hot Dogs

Men, pay special attention to this: A 2014 study published in the Journal Epidemiology found an association between eating processed meats like salami and hot dogs to lower sperm count.

And interestingly enough, the meat’s saturated fat content—a nutrient previously associated with poor sperm quality—wasn’t to blame. For a safe bet, limit the amount of processed meat you consume.

Try to get all-natural and grass-fed, both of which limit the number of hormones you’re eating.

5. Microwave Popcorn

In it’s purest form, popcorn is a healthy snack filled with energizing whole grains. But some food companies have managed to transformed something wholesome into something harmful to our health.

Pop Secret’s Butter Popcorn, for example, has five grams of trans fat per serving—that’s more than double the government recommended daily limit to clog your arteries.

Trans Fats are particularly important to avoid as people get older because the risk of heart disease increases with age. For a healthier snack, go old school and pop your corn kernels on the stove.

6. Packaged Soy Sauce

Puffy, dark circles under the eyes tend to become more pronounced with each passing birthday—and being dehydrated makes matters even worse.

To wake up looking refreshed, steer clear of moisture-sucking salty foods like soy sauce (think of all those nights you had Chinese food takeout and used soy sauce packets on it). A mere tablespoon of the stuff has a whopping 879 milligrams of sodium!

7. Coffee Creamer

Coffee creamers contain titanium dioxide, an ultraviolet radiation blocker that doubles as a whitening agent. Besides conventional creamers, it’s also found in so-called ‘healthy’ bottles like So Delicious’ coconut milk-based varieties.

The additive has been proven to cause liver and tissue damage in mice, and may also have health implications in humans, according to a recent review of the chemical.

Coffee creamer is also typically packed with trans fats, often hiding under its lesser-known name: hydrogenated oil. Many of Coffee Mate’s and other coffee creamer products have this ingredient that has been shown to diminish memory in adults under 45 years old.

8. Protein Bars

While younger folks might be able to get away with skipping breakfast or simply eating a starchy ‘weight loss’ cereal or bar, research suggests that eating 20 to 30 grams of protein at each meal is ideal—especially as we age.

Aside from its high sugar count, many protein bars only pack 10 grams of protein, which won’t do much in terms of keeping you full and satisfied until lunch.

If you typically reach for a bar like this, swap it out for a quick homemade meal of boiled or scrambled eggs in light butter or olive oil and whole-wheat toast.

You can try homemade protein shake or real (not ‘non-fat’) yogurt with granola.

9. Margarine

I’ve been saying this for years. Remember those cheap brown tubs of butter-like substances growing up?

Butter alternatives like margarine are often made with partially-hydrogenated oils, one of the most common trans-fats.

You may have heard that this type of fat is linked to heart disease, but what most people don’t know is that it may also accelerate the skin’s aging process by making the skin more vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation.

When the skin gets damaged by the sun, it breaks down the skin’s elastin and collagen.

But now some butter substitutes are advertising non-trans fat products.

But that’s not all, studies have also found that eating margarine can cause chronic inflammation, which may also accelerate wrinkle formation.

Stick to the real thing–just don’t eat a lot of it.

Source: Dr. P. Gould from BlackDoctor.org (BDO).

Nine (9) Foods To Avoid At Night Or You Loose A Good sleep

Have you been struggling to get a decent night’s sleep?

Finding it hard to sleep? Your late night trips to the fridge could be to blame.

A midnight snack can be tempting if you’re feeling peckish before bedtime – but it could lead to a restless night’s sleep.

Some of your favourite foods might be full of nutrients, but eating them late at night means your body will have to work harder to digest them rather than slowing down, ready to sleep.

A bad night’s sleep can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and make it difficult to concentrate.

Our grandmothers and mothers all warned us about eating cheese before bed, but did you know things like peppermint, white bread and celery might also affect your sleep?

A spokesman for Testogen said: “Everyone knows how important a good night’s sleep is to help body recovery and aid mental health.“It’s easy to forget, but what you eat does affect your sleep.

“As tempting as a sneaky midnight snack could be, you’ll probably regret it later.“

Here Are Nine (9) Foods That Could Be Keeping You Awake in The Night:

1. Pasta

Pasta is a carbohydrate, a source of slow-release energy. Great for the daylight hours, but not so good if all this energy is released exactly when you should be sleeping.

2. Peppermint

This can trigger heartburn, leading to a very uncomfortable night’s sleep. It may be prudent to turn down the offer of after-dinner snacks.

3. Dried fruit

The fibre found in dried fruit will put pressure on your digestive system, with sugar – regardless of it being natural – being a big no-no before bed.

4. Chocolate

The caffeine in chocolate means it could give you a restless night’s sleep.

Chocolate is a huge caffeine source which will leave you tossing and turning all night. It’s similar to drinking a big cup of coffee before you try to sleep.

5. Spicy food

You also need to avoid eating spicy foods before going to bed.

6. Celery

The water content of celery could mean you’re making trips to the toilet all night, which isn’t condusive to a good night’s sleep.

7. White bread

As tasty as toast may be, white bread is full of processed sugar, meaning you’ll be feeling wide awake after a late evening snack.

If you don’t want to completely give up bread before bed, opt for the safer brown version.

8. Sugary cereals

Cereal could be keeping you awake

Cereal is surprisingly sugary, which is why it’s great in the mornings to start your day. Lots of us will confess to devouring a bowl as a snack at night too. But that energy boost isn’t helpful when you’re about to go to bed.

9. Cheese

It turns out there’s something in those old wives’ tales after all. There’s a chemical in cheese called tyramine which causes your brain to work harder than it should, making it harder to turn off and enjoy some sleep.

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Breakthrough As Scientists In Nigeria Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine

Recent report in Nigeria confirmed that some Scientists in Nigerian universities under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group yesterday announced the discovery of a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19.

Addressing a news conference at Adeleke University in Ede, Osun State, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, leader of the team, said the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans.

Kolawole, a specialist in Medical Virology, Immunology and Bioinformatics at Adeleke University however said the vaccine would also work for other continent when unveiled.

He said the study, which led to the discovery of the vaccine, had enjoyed initial funding by the Trinity Immunodeficient Laboratory and Helix Biogen Consult, Ogbomosho, to the tune of about N7.8 million.

Kolawole said the group had been working extensively by exploring the SARS-CoV-2 genome from African countries to select the best possible potential vaccine candidates.

He said after trying out some selected processes of vaccine development, the researchers had been able to choose the best potential vaccine candidates for the SARS-CoV-2 and had made the possible latent vaccine constructs.

On how soon the unnamed vaccine would be unveiled to the public, Kolawole said that it would take a minimum of 18 months.

According to him, this is because a lot of analysis and studies as well as approvals by medical authorities were still required.