WASHINGTON From caramelised zucchini bites to candied crickets, scientists have come up with a foolproof way to encourage healthy eating - don't call it healthy. Convincing people to eat plant-rich diets, avoid junk food and care about nutrition is seen as critical to global human health and tackling climate change, which itself threatens droughts and extreme weather that disrupt food supplies. Poor diet has now overtaken smoking as the world's biggest killer, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study, causing 20 per cent of deaths globally in 2017. But behaviour and environmental sciences experts said coaxing rather than coercion helped to get people to eat better - and language was key to change habits along with tax incentives, posting calories and other more subtle approaches. "You can't just yell facts at people and say, 'Here's a graph, here's a chart'," said Ms Kate Marvel, a scientist with the US space agency Nasa, where researchers also study climate change and … [Read more...] about Does food by any other name taste as good?
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But while most are spending their time in air-conditioned bliss, Thai consumers are beginning to understand the importance of maintaining health and wellness in their daily lives. According to a Nielsen survey, 90 per cent of Thai consumers say that they drink healthy beverages regularly and more than 80 per cent consume healthy food. “With the change in macro factors, be it an ageing population, environmental issues, urbanisation or higher penetration of internet and mobile adoption, consumers are becoming more discerning in their product choices, especially when it comes to healthy offerings,” said Viraj Juthani, director of Nielsen Thailand. This is also the case for Bangkok’s modern office workers, who now believe health and wellness facilities are as important as their office’s location when considering a job. And yet for many Thai workers, it is difficult to find the time to stay fit and healthy, especially during the summer. With heart disease … [Read more...] about Staying healthy in the heat
By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Mon., April 29, 2019 I never know how often to wash my hair. I’ve read that it’s good to skip as many washes as possible, but my hair has a tendency to get quite limp after a day or two, maximum. I often resort to wearing it up or using dry shampoo to try to prolong my style, but I’m wondering if I should just wash it every day to freshen it up. Will that actually damage my hair? — Shelley, Oakville There is a good chance this question is also scrawled on the wall of a cave somewhere — painted in symbols by primitive man — because it seems like one of the most fundamental queries asked over and over again by humankind. (Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the topic does garner over 122 million hits when Googled online, so it seems clear we’re searching for an answer.) I, myself, engage in variations of this conversation several times a day. I have to carefully schedule when I … [Read more...] about Ask The Kit: Do I really need to wash my hair every day?