Health Promotion Newsletter Issue No.25

9 Sep


Hello everyone,
I hope everyone has been enjoying the scorching hot summer even though it only arrived in the middle of July. I am sure that many of you have taken this opportunity to go to the beach, hang out with friends and do a lot of outdoor activities that you enjoy.

This month I just wanted to give you a few highlights of what is going on in the support program:

  • Friday, September 18, 2015, we will have our micro workshop on the topic of P.H.A. stories. Our peers will be sharing their personal stories of life experience including their successes and challenges on their journey through life. I have to applaud the speakers for their strength, bravery and courage to disclose their stories and trials and tribulations. This workshop will be in a comfortable setting which will allow you to ask questions and hopefully through the stories told we can support one another.
  • Friday, October 23, 2015, our final macro workshop for the year on the topic of HIV and Drug Interaction. We will welcome back our presenter Dr. Alice Tsang, Director of the Pharmacy Department of the Immune Deficiency Clinic at the Toronto General Hospital. She will be covering the latest HIV medications developments, side effects and drug interactions in HIV medications. Please keep an eye for your invitation from your support staff.
  • On October 18, we will be having our fifth annual Scotia Bank 5k run/walk fundraising event. This year the support team name is “Remembrance of Heroes”. I am sure that in each of your lives, you have had a personal hero infected or affected by HIV. Our goal this year for our team is to raise $5000.00, I encourage you all to ask your family, friends and colleagues to open up their hearts and wallets to support this very meaningful cause. At the same time, I invite you all to come out and join us on the day which promises to be great fun! All monies raised by this team will go directly back to the support program. If you need more information, on how to get involved, please contact your support staff.

Since this summer has been hot and humid, as individuals we are supposed to drink a lot of water to keep our bodies hydrated. However, I am not the type who likes to drink a lot of water so it was suggested to me by my naturopathic doctor, that I drink coconut water as a substitute for regular water. I would like to share the following link with you if you think this is something you might like to explore.

Please keep enjoying the rest of the summer!
Best Regards,
Kenneth Poon – Health Promotion Worker

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Is your Coconut Water a source of hidden sugar?

by Sarah Wilson May 7, 2014


In a coconut shell… Yes.
There is in fact sugar in coconut water.
All coconuts contain sugar. How much they contain depends on the type of coconut and its age. Something to note though, even the coconuts with the higher levels of sugar still only contain around 2.95ml of sugar per 100ml, which is not a lot. (It’s best to stay under 4.7ml of sugar per 100ml.) Of course, a bottle of coconut water — which is how most of us get our coconut water — is generally about 300ml. So. In one bottle there can be up to 9g of sugar, which is a little over 2 teaspoons.

But how much of that is fructose?

Well. Not so much. And this is what counts. A Brazilian study found the sugar content of an average baby coconut to be made up of:

  • Glucose 50%
  • Sucrose 35%
  • Fructose 15%

So fructose makes up a maximum of 32% of the total sugars (remember: sucrose is 50/50 fructose and glucose), and often a lot less (depending on the age of the coconut).

All of which means that when you look at that total sugar value on the label, it’s a little misleading. Unlike Coke or fruit juice, in which half (or more) of the sugar content is fructose, coconut water’s sugar content is mostly glucose (which is fine, metabolically speaking).

Can we still drink it?

Yep. Go for it. The amount of fructose is minimal. But do check the label, and think about keeping your intake to about 200ml (a small cup). Oh, and don’t drink the favored ones … the fruit pulp turns it into a fructose fusion!

If you’re buying a coconut, go for the younger ones.

The concentration of sugars in the water of a coconut increases in the early months of maturation. This process slowly falls back again at full maturity of the coconut. But, as the coconut ages, there’s less water. So, if you’re buying a whole baby (green) coconut, pick a fresh one between 4 – 6 months, if you have the choice.

Do you drink coconut water? Any particular recipes you love?
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