HALAL CONSUMER
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Winter 2012
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PROTEIN FOR SENIORS
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Eggs are an excellent source of protein — easy
on the pocket and on the environment too, given
the gallons of water and feed required to produce
every ounce of meat. They are also a low sodium
food. According to Dr. Mitch Canter at the Egg
Nutrition Center in Park Ridge, IL, “A Harvard
School of Public Health study found no relation-
ship between egg consumption and cardiovascu-
lar disease in a population of over 117,000 nurses
and health professionals followed for eight to
fourteen years.” The study found no difference in
heart disease relative risk whether study partici-
pants ate less than one egg a week or more than
one egg a day.
“During the aging process muscle mass is lost and
we become less effective at preserving and build-
ing muscle tissue,” says Marcia D. Greenblum MS,
RD Senior Director, Nutrition Education, Egg Nutri-
tion Center. “The Recommended Daily Allowance
(RDA) for protein is set at the level for preventing
deficiency rather than for optimal health. I think
this becomes extremely important for seniors, who
in the past were told to avoid high fat foods and
in doing so turned away from some of the most
valuable protein sources like eggs. Eggs provide
a complete nutrient package that can contribute
to health throughout the lifecycle.” 
Christine Steele, Ph.D., Director of Science, Innova-
tion and Education at Abbott Nutrition suggests
whey protein. “Nutrition is critical for older adults
to support healthy muscle, organs and immune
function to help defend against age-related condi-
tions and illnesses. Yet, many adults don’t eat an
adequate diet and consume all the essential nutri-
ents and protein needed,” says Steele. “Whey pro-
tein is a high-quality, easily digestible protein that
can help adults maintain or rebuild muscle.” (see
related article:
Whey to Go
) A majority of Abbott
Nutrition products are IFANCA halal certified and
carry its Crescent-M  halal certification symbol.
Greek yogurt, a great source of protein, has been
flying off grocery shelves but given its high fat
content it is better to choose low-fat, low-sugar
and fat-free versions. If it is sweetened with sugar
or any other sweetening agent, it is not doing you
any favors. If you have meager milk allergies, its
high levels of casein may not suit you.
MEANINGFUL COMPANIONSHIP
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According to a six year Health and Retirement Study published
in June 2012 in the
Archives of Internal Medicine
, “loneliness
in older people can predict declines in health and an increased
risk of death”. While those who lived alone were at greater risk,
participants in this study included those with sizable social
networks and those who were married or living with others but
who still self-identified as lonely.  According to the Quran,
“Ver-
ily, in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest.”
(13:28) The
best solution for loneliness, of course, is time spent strengthen-
ing one’s relationship with God, establishing regular prayer,
reading the Quran and serving His people — the needy, the
wayfarer, the orphan. While discussing issues with others opens
the door to getting help that you may not know is available,
the Quran also emphasizes being
“...firm or patient in pain or
suffering, and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such
are the people of truth, the God fearing.”
(2:177). The Prophets,
peace be upon them, are our role models. As Prophet Jacob said,
“ I only complain of my grief and sorrow to God, and I know from
God that which you know not.”
(12:86). God, after all, promises
“…verily, with hardship, there is ease.”
(94:5). We have to view
trials and tribulations as opportunities to earn His blessings. Fi-
nally, being grateful to God is important. God has pledged that
“...if you are grateful, I will add more favors unto you.”
(14:7). 
Companionship with likeminded individuals, or those in the
same boat as oneself, are other ways to lift the shroud of loneli-
ness. Featured as a ‘Remarkable Woman’ by Chicago Tribune
newspaper in September 2012, founder Dr. Talat Khan is the
inspiration behind American Association of Retired Asians
(
AARA). The organization focuses on
the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the under-
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