Monday, August 30, 2004

Of Body fat and Antioxidants

It's been a weekend of health tests, well, kind of anyway.

On Saturday, YM and I found a funky weighing machine that would measure your body fat density. This is not to be confused with the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is the local way of calculating how fat you are- weight in kg/ sq of height in metres. The BMI is highly inaccurate because it doesn't take into consideration muscle being heavier than fat, so people with high muscle tone and density end up with high BMIs. It was a lot of fun with being able to key in your height and your age and gender and it magically calculates how much fat your body actually has. I remember how skinny people in college used to be really upset that their fat densities were really high. These are the people that like the BMI better.

Then yesterday, my sister in law did an antioxidant measurement test on all of us. Apparently for someone who only takes folate and no other multi vitamin thingy, I've got a really high level of antioxidants in my body. Dan and Mark seem to be in the region of people who eat about a leaf of veg a day. My other brother had a really high reading but then again, he spends a huge amount of money on multivitamins every month.

So, I'm low fat and high in anti oxidant levels. All that fruit in the morning really does help, although I swear the papaya is making my hands turn orange from all the carotein and my mother keeps being ominous about how my liver cannot process so much carotein. Apparently, as an infant, she fed me so much carrot porridge my liver went on strike and turned green. Hee.

Now, the question is whether to buy the weighing machine. I also want to buy the steamer and some water jugs. Strange, I've never hankered to do domestic shopping before. Something's wrong with me!

Ondine tossed this thought in at 09:19

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At 12:35 pm Blogger J. said...

when i was a baby my parents fed me so much papaya and so much carrot that my palms and the soles of my feet turned orange...

good to know i'm not the only one. -grin- and it's left me with an enduring affection for papaya...and oddly enough not for carrots. not at all.


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