Dieting is not simply about cutting down calorie intake. A new study by Spain-based researchers, published in the journal Lancet, revealed consuming more "good" fats can be helpful in losing a little weight and lowering cholesterol.
The participants of the study were composed mostly of people who were overweight and had either type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure or were smokers. They were grouped into three groups. The first and second groups were asked to follow an unrestricted Mediterranean diet, which did not include foods and beverages that have been highly associated with long-term weight gain such as fast foods, sweets, butter, red meat/processed meat and sugar-sweetened beverages. The said, however, include vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and whole grains. Also, the first group had to cook all the foods using olive oil while the second group had extra nuts on their diet. Meanwhile, the third group were told to avoid all dietary fat.
In a span of three to five years, the first two groups revealed better results in reducing a little weight and keeping the weight off than the third group, who had seen little difference. Also, the second group who consumed more nuts saw the least increase in waist size. more >>
A number of recent refugees who converted to Christianity in the United Kingdom are protesting their denial for asylum, after authorities said they could not prove the authenticity of their Christian faith by answering basic Bible questions, such as reciting the 10 Commandments.
BBC News reported on Sunday that an all-party parliamentary group on international religious freedom is standing up for these converts, arguing that asking Bible trivia to prove one's faith is unfair and does not really determine what a person believes.
One man identified as Mohammed, an Iranian convert to Christianity, said that he applied for asylum in the U.K. after he fled persecution back home, but his application was denied after a failed interview. more >>
While NASA has just been planning to launch its first robotic mission to land and gather samples on OSIRIS-REx, Luxembourg is already eyeing to pursue a space mining industry on the asteroid.
According to Ars Technica, on Friday, Luxembourg has announced a bid of 200 million euros to fund the country's spaceresources.lu. The said initiative will see Luxembourg going towards becoming "one of the top 10 space faring countries in the world."
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, alongside Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, Former ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and former NASA Ames Research Center Director Pete Worden, made the announcement at a press conference. Bettel said that the initiative will bring forth a new law that will legalize the space mining venture. The law is expected to take effect in 2017. more >>
Pope Francis issued an edict Saturday on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, which says bishops and other senior officials of the Catholic Church who fail to take action against paedophile priests can be removed from office.
"The Church, like a loving mother, loves all her children, but treats and protects with special affection the smallest and most helpless," the papal decree says, according to AFP. "It is a task which Christ Himself entrusted to the entire Christian community as a whole."
The edict contributes to existing norms in place with regard to abuse cases, according to Catholic News Agency, which said the text has two main features, that a bishop can be guilty of lacking in diligence even in the absence of "grave moral culpability on his part" and that "it is sufficient for the lack of diligence to be grave" for a bishop to be removed from office" in cases pertaining to the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. more >>
The Christian parents of five children, who were seized by Norwegian child services seven months ago to "prevent" them from being "indoctrinated" with Christianity, will soon be reunited as the authorities have agreed to return the custody of the remaining four kids to the family.
"We thank you all for your love, support, prayers, and active participation in the reunification of this family. May God richly bless you and repay you for all you have done to bring this family back together," says a statement from the Romanian Pentecostal parents, Marius and Ruth Bodnariu, who have been living in Norway for more than a decade, according to Romania Insider.
The genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during Wold War I, many of them Christians, has been recognized by the German parliament in a move that prompted Turkey to recall its ambassador in anger.
BBC News reported on Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recalled the country's ambassador from Germany and has threatened further action.
"We will do whatever is necessary to resolve this issue," Erdogan said. more >>