Curious visitors seek answers on health issues

VISITORS attending the free health talks at the FitForLife Fair Penang 2015 had a constant stream of questions for many of the speakers.

“No. Don’t take coffee or tea with supplements. These beverages are diuretics and will make you pee. You risk flushing out water-soluble nutrients after taking the supplements. Always take with plain water,” said Blackmore’s naturopath consultant Monitar Tan to a question during her talk called The Importance of Healthy Aging’.

Another speaker, BP Healthcare nutritionist Lee Hooi Ming, gave stark warnings about hidden cholesterol.

“Food made with a lot of hydroge- nated oil such as roti canai contain a lot of cholesterol,” she said.

International Cancer Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Centre chief executive officer Dr Lim Eng Huat said in his talk on new trends in cancer treatment that non-invasive and immune- boosting therapies were becoming popular alternatives to conventional treatment.

International Medical University associate professor Dr K. Haresh Kumar warned that Malaysians’ love for white rice could lead to higher risk of diabetes.

A bowl of white rice is equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar.

“You can opt for brown rice instead or even mix barley with white rice,” Dr Haresh Kumar said.

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