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Q&A Session 7: Nutrition

Questions about nutrition are answered by Master, Specialist Level 1 Dr. Huan Thi Tran – Head of the Nutrition Department at TCI Healthcare System. 

Doctor Tran Thi HuanMaster, Specialist Level 1 Dr. Huan Thi Tran – Head of the Nutrition Department at TCI

Q: What to eat when you have a sore throat?

A: When you have a sore throat, you should eat more soft foods, such as yogurt, oatmeal, soup, etc., that are easy to swallow and less likely to irritate the throat.
Foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus, orange, lemons, etc., are also a good choice as they help eliminate harmful substances caused by a sore throat reaction. Moreover, those vitamin C-rich foods also have a cooling effect that might soothe the burning sensation in the throat.

Q: Should kidney stone patients avoid bananas?

A: Bananas are very famous for their high potassium and magnesium content, both help prevent kidney stones by balancing the calcium and oxalate absorption in the body. Therefore, eating 1 or 2 bananas a day can bring a positive health effect to kidney stone patients.

Q: What are the nutritional recommendations for an over-65-year-old?

A: The nutritional needs of the elderly are different from others. Foods should have little or no added sugar, saturated fats, and sodium, and should be rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, such as green vegetables, fruits, etc. Foods should also be easy to digest. It is also better for an over-65 person to eat several small meals rather than fewer larger ones.

Q: Do slimming teas have any side effects?

A: Slimming teas are often advertised as a tool to lose weight by stimulating digestion and aiding metabolism. However, there has been no official source of health information to confirm the effectiveness and safety of any slimming tea. Many other side effects have been found instead, such as nausea, diarrhea, cramps, dehydration, loss of electrolytes, etc. Other safe options to lose weight include cutting down on sugar and starch in daily meals, having a healthy and balanced diet, and exercising.

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