Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Researchers say avocado can suppress hunger

A new study released by the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Institute of Technology suggests that meals that include fresh avocado as a substitute for refined carbohydrates can significantly suppress hunger and increase meal satisfaction in overweight and obese adults.
As rates of obesity in the United States continue to rise, the findings from Illinois Tech suggest that simple dietary changes can have an important impact on managing hunger and aiding metabolic control.
The new research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients, assessed the underlying physiological effects of including whole and half fresh Hass avocados on hunger, fullness, and how satisfied subjects felt over a six-hour period.
Researchers evaluated these effects in 31 overweight and obese adults in a randomised three-arm crossover clinical trial. These dietary changes were also shown to limit insulin and blood glucose excursions, further reducing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease by adding healthy fats and fibres into a regular daily diet.
“For years, fats have been targeted as the main cause of obesity, and now carbohydrates have come under scrutiny for their role in appetite regulation and weight control,” said Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD, director of the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Tech. “There is no 'one size fits all' solution when it comes to optimal meal composition for managing appetite. However, understanding the relationship between food chemistry and its physiological effects in different populations can reveal opportunities for addressing appetite control and reducing rates of obesity, putting us a step closer to personalised dietary recommendations.”
The research found that meals including avocado not only resulted in a significant reduction in hunger and an increase in how satisfied participants felt, but also found that an intestinal hormone called PYY was an important messenger of the physiological response.

Maxi Priest, The Carpenter Who Built His Music Career On Hardwork

Music is a way of life, and being a musician is also seriously a way of life because once any momentum of success within the business is gathered, it can overwhelm and control your life,” Maxi Priest told The Gleaner.
As a young man, Maxi Priest worked as a carpenter and was provided with a built-in audience at the construction sites on which he worked.
“I remember being on a building site and singing while the man dem ah shout out, ‘Shut up and do the work, nuh man,’ and never listening because my music finally start play pon radio. It moved from being ‘shut up’ to giving me ratings,” he said.
It was the beginning of the impressive résumé that the United Kingdom-based entertainer would build. He has performed across the globe and has worked with some of the biggest names in reggae and jazz and blues; has released 10 studio albums, two of which, Fe Real and Man With The Fun were nominated for Best Reggae Album in 1993 and 1996, respectively; and has produced many other chart-topping singles throughout his career.
“I have had the honour and pleasure to work with the greats like Dennis Brown, John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Third World, the great Bunny Rugs, Burning Spear. All these veterans now bear witness to the evolution of the reggae sound – an evolution of my own sound, as well,” Maxi Priest shared.
He added: “That first record that ever went out on radio, a song called Hey Little Girl back in 1980 or 1981, I can honestly admit that I would probably duck if I heard it, but that was my beginning, and I am blessed to have had that. I have experienced the hard toil in the day on a site to building boxes and working with a sound system at night and doing private jobs on the weekend to get to where I am.”


The Close To You singer said that entertainers of the younger generation should never think that it is not worth the struggle to work or even study while trying to progress in the music business. “I have been going into the studio and setting up drum kits and all that kind of stuff and creating music from live instruments to the transformation of computer to working with computer and live music together. As a young man trying lyrically and performance-wise, you are your own biggest critic,” he said.
He said that the best approach is to take the resources that are available and start creating from there.
“There are a lot of people with good material but constantly sing that they are waiting on something to give them the push. My advice is to start. Don’t wait to start because there is nothing better than having an audience grow with you,” he said.
“Music lovers want to grow with an artiste and feel like they are part of the journey or part of the growth. First thing artistes need to realise is that we somewhat belong to the audience … . I always say, without them, who am I?”
Last year, Maxi Priest warmed hearts with a lovers’ rock hit titled Rock Steady Love, which blends elements of modern pop and R&B with classic reggae. He is currently primed and ready for the release of another studio album called It All Comes Back to Love, before the summer ends.
The international entertainer is set to perform at the concert series dubbed ‘Singers in Action’ in the Tri-State Area on Sunday, August 4 in Brooklyn, New York, at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. A week later, on Saturday, August 10, he performs at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Presented by Jammins Entertainment, the concert series will also feature singer Beres Hammond and rising superstar Romain Virgo.
“As the old saying goes, ‘Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it’, and with music, once an aspiring entertainer has been accepted in it, he or she has to be prepared for all that comes with it. It is a unique business, and it can dictate your movements, as well.”

The Music Diaries | The Rock Steady Era

Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, and Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert were mentioned in last week's article as being largely responsible for placing reggae music in the international spotlight. Consequently, a few weeks ago, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) included the genre in its list of cultural treasure that must be safeguarded. Two of these gentlemen Hibbert and Marley - also had seminal links with the rock steady genre from which reggae evolved, while Cliff had virtually transitioned from ska to reggae, without any rock steady song of note. Marley, for his part, enjoyed the most lucrative period of his pre-Island Records days with a series of extraordinarily popular rock steady hits at the end of 1966. This, on the heels of his return from Delaware in the United States, after frustrated by meagre remuneration from Studio One, he was driven to make the move to 'greener pastures' shortly after marrying Alpharita Anderson (Rita Marley) in February of that year. While working at odd jobs in Delawre, Marley had dreams of regrouping the Wailers there and suggested that his two friends join him. The suggestion, however, fell on deaf ears, and The Gong, as Bob is sometimes called, was back in Jamaica by year end with new ideas on the way forward for the group.
Becoming their own independent producers, establishing their own record label (Wail 'n' Soul 'm'), and writing two songs while overseas, headlined the ideas that Marley had for his renewed thrust for the advancement of the group. Bunny and Peter were previously thinking along the same lines, and so with a unified stand, they approached Studio One boss Clement Dodd, for paid studio time as independent producers to record the two songs (an unprecedented occurrence in the history of Studio One). The songs recorded were the rock steady pieces Freedom Time and Bend Down Low. The latter became a big seller and placed the group on firm financial footing. Moving from Studio One to West Indies Records in 1967, the group again recorded in a rocksteady style. Those who were around at the time may never forget the sweet tune that came from Nice Time, Hypocrites, Mellow Mood, Bus Them Shut, Stir It Up, Don't Rock My Boat, and Thank You Lord. Backed by some of the best musicians in the land Jackie Jackson on bass; Hugh Malcolm on drums; Gladstone Anderson on piano; Lyn Taitt on guitar; Johnny Moore on trumpet; and Vin Gordon on trombone - the Wailers indulged in a prayer of thanksgiving on the last cut as they sang:Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, who missed most of the rock steady era owing to his incarceration at the Richmond Farm Prison for marijuana possession, was released just in time to record the rock steady piece - 5446 Was My Number for Beverley's Records in 1967. According to Hibbert, he wrote the song while in the correctional centre not only to reveal some of his experiences there, but to prove that he was innocent. The song, which is ranked among the best that the early rock steady and reggae era had to offer, remains Toots' signature recording and his biggest hit ever. Other artistes of note that had seminal links with rock steady were Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Dobby Dobson, Hopeton Lewis, Bob Andy, and Marcia Griffiths. The groups The Melodians, The Techniques, The Paragons, The Gaylads, The Jamaicans, and The Heptones belonged to an exclusive fraternity of three-part harmony singers that ruled the rock steady era in 1967 and '68. The Melodians (Brent Dowe, Tony Brevett, Trevor McNaughton), were well known for the hits Swing And Dine, Little Nut Tree, and You've Caught Me Babe. The Techniques, consisting of Winston Riley, Bruce Ruffin, and Pat Kelly, hit hard with You Don't Care, There Comes A Time, and Man Of My Word. The Paragons, with John Holt, Tyrone Evans, and Howard Barrett, had hits like Happy Go Lucky Girl, Only A Smile, The Tide Is High, and Talking Love. The Gaylads, who sang on the enduring hits Hard To Confess, That's Life, and Love Me With All Your Heart Girl. The Heptones exploded in the rock steady era with Party Time, Pretty Looks Isn't All, and Book of Rules. And surely, we could never forget the Jamaicans larger-than-life recording of 1967 - Things You Say You Love, You're Gonna Loose.

Beres gets in the Groove Thursday, July 04, 2019

Lovers' rock king Beres Hammond once again proved he is one of the best live performers in Jamaica
, delivering his best at the ninth annual Groovin' In The Park Festival, held at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York last Sunday. This was Hammond's fourth appearance there and he ensured fans got their money's worth. Taking the stage after a scorching performance from Sizzla, Hammond was equal to the task and for more than an hour, mesmerised fans with hit songs like One Step Ahead, Can You Play Some More, Come Back Home, Step Aside, What One Dance Can Do, She Loves Me Now, Stay Longer, Putting Up Resistance, and No Disturb Sign. Sizzla set the pace with his catalogue of classic roots songs that included Why Should I, Nothing In The System, Good Ways, and Woman I Need You. He upped the ante with Mash Dem Dung, African Woman and Just One of Those Days, before closing with Praise Ye Jah, which left patrons screaming for more. The highly-anticipated appearance of veteran British broadcaster and sound system selector David Rodigan, did not disappoint. The BBC 1Xtra radio host took fans on a musical odyssey through ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall, reeling off standards like Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop, The Abyssinians' Sata Masa Gana, Ras Karbi's Jamaica I'll Never Leave You Again, Super Cat's Don Dada and Buju Banton's 'Driver A', which earned frenzied response from fans. Midway his set, Rodigan was joined by Alphonso Castro who displayed his dancing skills on The Wailers ska hit, Love and Affection. By the time Rodigan invited long time sparring partner Barry “Barry G” Gordon on stage for a brief sound clash, the atmosphere was electric. It was almost 35 years ago that they first engaged in a clash in the United States. On that winter night in Brooklyn, Rodigan and Barry G captivated fans with original dubplates. They evoked similar response at Groovin' as they threw down dub plates like Golden Hen, Pumpkin Belly and Ring The Alarm by Tenor Saw; Trash and Ready from Super Cat and Leroy Smart's Without Love. < Powerhouse R&B singer and mother-to-be Keyshia Cole's delighted fans with Heaven Sent and Can't Raise A Man. Other strong performances came from Third World, who had fans jamming to Now That We Found Love, 96 Degrees in The Shade, Try Jah Love and their new Jr Gong-produced single Loving You is Easy. Michael Bolton, the final performer, made his second appearance at Groovin In The Park, and lived up to his billing. He charmed fans with a litany of ballads; his soulful voice on Stand by Me, You Don't Know What It's Like, Sitting on the Dock of The Bay and How Am I Supposed to Live Without You had lovers wrapped in each other's arms.

Bad breath? Check the foods you eat

YOUR first level of dental care does not begin with brushing or flossing, it begins with the food you chose to eat.
It's interesting that when anthropologists are analysing what our ancient ancestors ate, they study the remains of their teeth. One simple observation could be made based on the decay or wear of the teeth — when they observe remains with wear, but no decay, they conclude that their diet consisted of meat and bones and was low in sugars. With signs of mild to extreme tooth decay, anthropologists know immediately that their diet was composed of fruits and other sugary foods.

he presence of sugary foods and drinks in our diet feed ever-present bacteria, which, when digesting and fermenting, sugars secrete lactic acid that literally dissolve irreplaceable calcium in your teeth — this process begins to take place rapidly.
I should note here that even “healthy” fruits and fruit juices have enough sugars to dissolve teeth. Sugar-free carbonated drinks contain enough sugar and acids to also dissolve teeth through erosion.
Tooth damage, without the involvement of bacteria and acidity, weakens the protective action of your saliva, making any sugar decay more drastic.

Yellow teeth
Not all yellowing is caused by pigments involved in extrinsic staining from food and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking coffee, red wine or eating dark foods, sauces, et cetera.
When sugar dissolves the white enamel of your teeth, it can become so thin that the underlying yellow dentine begins to be seen, giving your teeth a yellow or brownish appearance.
The erosion caused by sugar can also create a rough surface, making it easier for the pigments mentioned above to stain your teeth.

Translucent or see-through teeth
With extreme enamel wear, the thinning can become so severe that teeth can appear almost translucent, dull and unhealthy, as a result of losing its natural shine.

Uneven edges:
As your enamel dissolves, areas along the edge of the teeth may dissolve unevenly, creating jagged edges, ridges, cracks, and weak areas which have an increased likelihood of breaking.

Sugar can cause other issues

Bad breath
We are all aware that foods such as garlic and onions, as well as health issues such as ketoacidosis (from low-carb diets or fasting), diabetes, sinusitis, stuffy nose, and gum disease can cause bad breath.
There are several foods for which the digestive process produces an unpleasant odour by accelerating the population and activity of bacteria in the mouth. These include sugary drinks, candy, alcohol, and coffee.
Sugary drinks and foods are, as always, culpable.

Candy and sweets are clear culprits, but even sugary gum and mint candies often used to freshen breath, in the long run, create a cycle of sugar use for freshening and refreshing — all the while masking the real potential damage being done. The fresh flavour cannot counter the effects of the sugar.
Alcohol and coffee have a drying effect and reduces your breath-freshening saliva, allowing even more pungent bacteria population and activity.

Mouthwash and morning breath
Mouthwash: Incredibly, some mouthwashes will make your mouth feel fresh for a while, but contain alcohol and ingredients which can dry out your mouth — negating the helpful effects of your saliva. Try to find mouthwashes without alcohol and use sparingly, perhaps before a big date.
Morning breath: Several people living the InteKai lifestyle, who have eliminated processed sugars and refined carbohydrates from their diet, have reported waking up with breath as fresh as when they went to sleep.

Maintain and improve your dental health
Avoiding sugary and acidic foods, brushing at least twice per day, or after every meal, as well as flossing daily, cleaning your tongue, and visiting your dentist regularly, are great ways to protect your dental health and keeping your breath fresh.
Additionally, drinking water, eating foods rich in vitamin C, including coloured and green vegetables, probiotic foods, some herbs and spices, are known to help.
But beware, if you are doing all you can and you are still experiencing breath challenges, consult your physician. Bad breath can be an indication of conditions such as periodontal disease.