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  • Must-Have Foods For New Moms

    20.09.2017 | New mothers need to take proper care of their dietary needs after delivery. Eating nutritious food throughout the day will help boost your energy levels, say experts.Poornima Shankar, Nutritionist, The Himalaya Drug Company, and Sheela Krishnaswamy, Bengaluru-based Diet, Nutrition, and Wellness Consultant, says new mothers should avoid eating foods that are heavily spiced.* Post pregnancy, nursing mothers need 74 grams of protein per day in addition to their other daily nutrient necessities. Good quality proteins can be consumed through the inclusion of lean meats, fish, eggs while for vegetar, nuts, seeds, dairy and legumes along with rice, wheat, millets, or any other cereal provides complementary proteins that meet your daily protein needs. * Calcium needs increase by about 600 mg per day and dairy products like curd, buttermilk, milk, paneer, and cheese, as also ragi, dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, soybean, etc can help you in meeting these additional needs.  * Mothers need about 500-600 kcal extra per day while breastfeeding their babies as energy is required for producing milk. The quickest and best source of energy is carbohydrates, which helps you produce milk for your newborn baby. Maintain blood sugar levels by not consuming excess sugar to gain energy.  * Whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat, millet rice, brown rice, barley, and Dalia provide energy with high fiber that helps in having a healthy gut, keeping your lipid levels in check and reducing the risk of weight gain. * Vegetables and fruits should have an important place in your post-delivery diet. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients which are essential for you and your baby. Ensure you take fruits and vegetables that are not contaminated by pesticides.  * Ghee, which is clarified butter, can be used in small amounts. Vegetable oils contain unsaturated fats that help control your cholesterol levels rather than increase them, unlike saturated fats. Olive oil and canola oil are rich in monounsaturated fats which help to not only reduce the LDL (bad cholesterol).

  • Stay healthy with different types of diet food

    28.07.2017 | Diet food contains fewer calories, and serves as a healthier alternative to conventional snacks such as potato chips, burgers and other fast food. Some diet foods are full of antioxidants, essential nutrients. Chidva, chickpeas, sabja (sweet basil) seeds and coconut water are some of the easily accessible options, say experts.Experts at salebhai.com have listed some of the healthy diet snacks and food that could be consumed on different days of the week. * Mondays: Diet chivda is a mixed snack popular across India and served with hot beverages. It is made of ingredients such as flattened rice, dried peas, raisins, and so on. Available in different combinations, diet chivda is an excellent healthy treat as most of the ingredients are either dried or baked, and contain little to no oil or fat.* Tuesdays: While fried potato chips top the list of unhealthy foods in the world, its diet version is the opposite, without compromising on taste. Diet potato chips are mostly baked and use little to no oil, and make for a yummy snack between meals.* Wednesdays: Chira (flattened rice) is the main ingredient in poha, chira. When lightly roasted, it can be mixed with various spices and consumed as a healthy snack throughout the day.* Thursdays: A container of masala chickpeas packs several vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and protein, keeping one fuller for longer. * Fridays: Quinoa has become popular over the years both as a superfood and a versatile ingredient. Native to South America, it is prepared by being boiled in water. The nutrient-rich grain is mostly consumed as part of a salad, but there are treats such as quinoa puffs that are equally healthy and delicious.* Saturdays: A favourite among gym goers and fitness aficionados, muesli or granola bars are the perfect choice that also boost the metabolism. A great alternative to candy bars, they can satiate anyone's sweet tooth or sudden cravings without any adverse effects to health. Muesli bars are made up of refined flour, hazelnut, cashew, almond, dark chocolate, honey, oats, butter, and sugar.* Sunday: Although a new entrant in the list of healthiest foods, kale chips have quickly become one of the most tried new ingredients in the global food market. A close cousin of the cabbage family, kale has a high fibre content and low calories, making it a great diet food._*_Inputs by Rashida Sidhpurwala, consulting Nutritionist at UrbanClap, website for lifestyle services: * Curd: For all those who suffer from constipation, gas and acidity, this one is an absolute must have on a daily basis. However the curd must be set at home. This allows the essential fats, the vitamin D and the vitamin B along with the B12 to be retained. Curd strengthens the intestines, reduces acidity attacks and keep the bloating down.* Cucumber: An alkaline body will have the best metabolism and will stay away from manifesting or developing diseases so make sure to include this super hydrating vegetable everyday.* Sabja seeds: Not just a quick detox but an instant cooler and bloating reliever. * Cinnamon: This spice has a plethora of benefits that include super anti inflammatory power and reduction of arthritic pain. Not only does it help curb Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and blood sugar levels drastically but chewing a small piece of it also helps keep sweet cravings at bay.* Coconut Water: This is not just thirst quencher but has the perfect balance of sodium and potassium to give the skin a baby fresh look. It is also a well known reliever of cramp and migraine during PMS trouble.* Jowar: This grain is rich in vitamin B1, iron and fibre. It can help pick up the rate at which the body is burning fat.

  • Junk food linked to father's education, income?

    26.07.2017 | The next time you see children gorging on junk food, don't blame the mothers. Instead, blame the father's education and high income.This is the finding of Nafis Faizi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at the Aligarh Muslim University.In a research paper jointly authored with Arzi Adbi, a Doctoral Student of Strategy from Singapore, and Chirantan Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, the paper questions the widely held view that mothers are to blame for kids' junk food.The authors say that junk food intake decreased with mothers' education but went up with father's educational status and income. The more wealthy and more educated fathers are, more likely they will feed children with junk food. The research counters the argument that new-generation mothers have become lazy and so feed two-minute noodles and other junk food to children.Faizi pointed out that paternal factors play a big role in adolescents' health outcomes. He added that findings of his research suggest that the junk food intake of adolescents show a decrease with the mother's education but increase with the father's education. 

  • SP leader shot dead in Uttar Pradesh

    22.05.2017 |  A Samajwadi Party (SP) leader was gunned down by unidentified bike-riding assailants in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Monday.A passerby suffered a gunshot injury in the Sunday night incident. It took place near Balak Baba Mathia on the Lalganj-Gopalpur road, the police said.Sumer Singh was on his way to a pre-wedding function along with his friend Chunnu Misra when the assailants shot him in the head. The injured passerby was identified as Bhutaili Yadav. Singh was a former district secretary of the SP and his wife Sunita Singh is a gram pradhaan (village head).The police reportedly reached the crime scene after several hours which caused an angry mob to raise anti-police and anti-government slogans.

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  • Must-Have Foods For New Moms
    Must-Have Foods For New Moms

    20.09.2017 |New mothers need to take proper care of their dietary needs after delivery. Eating nutritious food throughout the day will help boost your energy levels, say experts.Poornima Shankar, Nutritionist, The Himalaya Drug Company, and Sheela Krishnaswamy, Bengaluru-based Diet, Nutrition, and Wellness Consultant, says new mothers should avoid eating foods that are heavily spiced.* Post pregnancy, nursing mothers need 74 grams of protein per day in addition to their other daily nutrient necessities. Good quality proteins can be consumed through the inclusion of lean meats, fish, eggs while for vegetar, nuts, seeds, dairy and legumes along with rice, wheat, millets, or any other cereal provides complementary proteins that meet your daily protein needs. * Calcium needs increase by about 600 mg per day and dairy products like curd, buttermilk, milk, paneer, and cheese, as also ragi, dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, soybean, etc can help you in meeting these additional needs.  * Mothers need about 500-600 kcal extra per day while breastfeeding their babies as energy is required for producing milk. The quickest and best source of energy is carbohydrates, which helps you produce milk for your newborn baby. Maintain blood sugar levels by not consuming excess sugar to gain energy.  * Whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat, millet rice, brown rice, barley, and Dalia provide energy with high fiber that helps in having a healthy gut, keeping your lipid levels in check and reducing the risk of weight gain. * Vegetables and fruits should have an important place in your post-delivery diet. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients which are essential for you and your baby. Ensure you take fruits and vegetables that are not contaminated by pesticides.  * Ghee, which is clarified butter, can be used in small amounts. Vegetable oils contain unsaturated fats that help control your cholesterol levels rather than increase them, unlike saturated fats. Olive oil and canola oil are rich in monounsaturated fats which help to not only reduce the LDL (bad cholesterol).

  • Stay healthy with different types of diet food
    Stay healthy with different types of diet food

    28.07.2017 |Diet food contains fewer calories, and serves as a healthier alternative to conventional snacks such as potato chips, burgers and other fast food. Some diet foods are full of antioxidants, essential nutrients. Chidva, chickpeas, sabja (sweet basil) seeds and coconut water are some of the easily accessible options, say experts.Experts at salebhai.com have listed some of the healthy diet snacks and food that could be consumed on different days of the week. * Mondays: Diet chivda is a mixed snack popular across India and served with hot beverages. It is made of ingredients such as flattened rice, dried peas, raisins, and so on. Available in different combinations, diet chivda is an excellent healthy treat as most of the ingredients are either dried or baked, and contain little to no oil or fat.* Tuesdays: While fried potato chips top the list of unhealthy foods in the world, its diet version is the opposite, without compromising on taste. Diet potato chips are mostly baked and use little to no oil, and make for a yummy snack between meals.* Wednesdays: Chira (flattened rice) is the main ingredient in poha, chira. When lightly roasted, it can be mixed with various spices and consumed as a healthy snack throughout the day.* Thursdays: A container of masala chickpeas packs several vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and protein, keeping one fuller for longer. * Fridays: Quinoa has become popular over the years both as a superfood and a versatile ingredient. Native to South America, it is prepared by being boiled in water. The nutrient-rich grain is mostly consumed as part of a salad, but there are treats such as quinoa puffs that are equally healthy and delicious.* Saturdays: A favourite among gym goers and fitness aficionados, muesli or granola bars are the perfect choice that also boost the metabolism. A great alternative to candy bars, they can satiate anyone's sweet tooth or sudden cravings without any adverse effects to health. Muesli bars are made up of refined flour, hazelnut, cashew, almond, dark chocolate, honey, oats, butter, and sugar.* Sunday: Although a new entrant in the list of healthiest foods, kale chips have quickly become one of the most tried new ingredients in the global food market. A close cousin of the cabbage family, kale has a high fibre content and low calories, making it a great diet food._*_Inputs by Rashida Sidhpurwala, consulting Nutritionist at UrbanClap, website for lifestyle services: * Curd: For all those who suffer from constipation, gas and acidity, this one is an absolute must have on a daily basis. However the curd must be set at home. This allows the essential fats, the vitamin D and the vitamin B along with the B12 to be retained. Curd strengthens the intestines, reduces acidity attacks and keep the bloating down.* Cucumber: An alkaline body will have the best metabolism and will stay away from manifesting or developing diseases so make sure to include this super hydrating vegetable everyday.* Sabja seeds: Not just a quick detox but an instant cooler and bloating reliever. * Cinnamon: This spice has a plethora of benefits that include super anti inflammatory power and reduction of arthritic pain. Not only does it help curb Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and blood sugar levels drastically but chewing a small piece of it also helps keep sweet cravings at bay.* Coconut Water: This is not just thirst quencher but has the perfect balance of sodium and potassium to give the skin a baby fresh look. It is also a well known reliever of cramp and migraine during PMS trouble.* Jowar: This grain is rich in vitamin B1, iron and fibre. It can help pick up the rate at which the body is burning fat.

  • Junk food linked to father's education, income?
    Junk food linked to father's education, income?

    26.07.2017 |The next time you see children gorging on junk food, don't blame the mothers. Instead, blame the father's education and high income.This is the finding of Nafis Faizi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at the Aligarh Muslim University.In a research paper jointly authored with Arzi Adbi, a Doctoral Student of Strategy from Singapore, and Chirantan Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, the paper questions the widely held view that mothers are to blame for kids' junk food.The authors say that junk food intake decreased with mothers' education but went up with father's educational status and income. The more wealthy and more educated fathers are, more likely they will feed children with junk food. The research counters the argument that new-generation mothers have become lazy and so feed two-minute noodles and other junk food to children.Faizi pointed out that paternal factors play a big role in adolescents' health outcomes. He added that findings of his research suggest that the junk food intake of adolescents show a decrease with the mother's education but increase with the father's education. 

  • SP leader shot dead in Uttar Pradesh
    SP leader shot dead in Uttar Pradesh

    22.05.2017 | A Samajwadi Party (SP) leader was gunned down by unidentified bike-riding assailants in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Monday.A passerby suffered a gunshot injury in the Sunday night incident. It took place near Balak Baba Mathia on the Lalganj-Gopalpur road, the police said.Sumer Singh was on his way to a pre-wedding function along with his friend Chunnu Misra when the assailants shot him in the head. The injured passerby was identified as Bhutaili Yadav. Singh was a former district secretary of the SP and his wife Sunita Singh is a gram pradhaan (village head).The police reportedly reached the crime scene after several hours which caused an angry mob to raise anti-police and anti-government slogans.

  • Nearly 40% of food in US goes waste: Study
    Nearly 40% of food in US goes waste: Study

    15.05.2017 |Nearly 40 per cent of the food is discarded in the US at the retail and consumer levels, say researchers who found that much of it is nutritious.The findings showed that large amounts of key nutrients like 1,217 kcal, 33 g protein, 5.9 g dietary fiber, 1.7 mcg vitamin D, 286 mg calcium, and 880 mg potassium per capita per day ended up in the landfill in 2012, even as millions of Americans go hungry or don't get enough of these nutrients. While some of the food that gets squandered is not consumable, much of it is, including nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, seafood and dairy products that are wasted at disproportionately high rates, the researchers said."Huge quantities of nutritious foods end up in landfills instead of meeting Americans' dietary needs," said lead author Marie Spiker, from the Johns Hopkins University in the US. "Our findings illustrate how food waste exists alongside inadequate intake of many nutrients," Spiker added.For the study, reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the team used the US Department of Agriculture's Loss-Adjusted Food Availability data on 213 commodities to calculate their findings.They found that the typical American diet is not providing the recommended intakes of certain nutrients including dietary fiber; calcium; potassium; and Vitamins A, C, D, and E. Moreover, In 2014, 14 per cent of American households suffered from food insecurity and an additional 5 per cent experienced a shortage of resources that forced them to skip meals or reduce their food consumption. At the same time, it is estimated that 31-40 per cent of the post-harvest food supply is discarded, the researchers said.The study highlights the need for diverse interventions including standardised date labelling (use by, sell by) and consumer education, so that people can utilise the nutrients instead of throwing them in the trash can.

  • 27 IS militants killed in Iraq airstrikes
    27 IS militants killed in Iraq airstrikes

    15.05.2017 |At least 27 Islamic State militants were killed in airstrikes by international coalition against IS posts in the IS-held areas in Iraq's western province of Anbar on Sunday, an Iraqi army source said.According to intelligence reports, the US-led coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike on an internet cafe used by IS militants as a headquarters in the town of al-Qaim near the border with Syria, leaving some 20 of them killed, Nouman al-Zoubaie, commander of the army's 7th Division, Another airstrike destroyed an IS post in the city of Aana killing six militants, Zoubaie said.In addition, an international airstrike bombed a booby-trapped vehicle and killed its driver, he added.In a separate incident, a booby-trapped car detonated at a busy intersection in Karrada district in central Baghdad, leaving a civilian killed and five others wounded, a local police source  on condition of anonymity.The airstrikes in western Iraq and Baghdad car bombing came as the Iraqi security forces, backed by anti-IS international coalition, are carrying out a major offensive to drive out IS militants from their major stronghold in the western side of Mosul in northern Iraq.

  • Why no action against BJP, Congress for Vedanta funding, Centre asked
    Why no action against BJP, Congress for Vedanta funding, Centre asked

    22.03.2017 |The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response from the central government on a contempt plea that alleged that the government had failed to act against the Congress and the BJP for accepting foreign funding.Justice Manmohan issued a show cause notice to the Union Home Secretary on the contempt plea filed by NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The court posted the matter for next hearing on July 20.On March 28, 2014, the court held both the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Congress guilty of receiving foreign funds from Vedanta Group subsidiaries in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).The court on Tuesday asked the government and the Election Commission to act against the two political parties within six months.Advocate Pranav Sachdeva appearing for ADR told the court that even after the lapse of three years of the court's order, the government had not taken any action."Since there has been wilful disobedience on the part of the respondent (government) in compliance with the impugned order, respondent is liable for contempt of the court and contempt proceedings should be initiated against the respondent," said the plea.The court held that UK-based Vedanta Resources is a foreign company within the meaning of the Companies Act, 1956, and therefore, the firm and its subsidiaries -- Sterlite Industries and Sesa Goa -- are a foreign source as contemplated under the act.

  • Frequent dining out may dent your food budget
    Frequent dining out may dent your food budget

    22.03.2017 |Do you frequently have meals at a restaurant? Beware, you may struggle to control your food budget since people who dine out frequently tend to underestimate the money they spend on eating out, a study led by an Indian-origin researcher has showed.Rather than make people smarter consumers, frequent eating out may be associated with their inability to impose mental constraints on buying, said Amit Sharma, Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania State University in the US.Mental budgeting may cause some of the overspending habits of out-of-the-home diners, Sharma said.In the study, appearing in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, participants increased their mean personal dining-out budget from a little under $18 in week one to about $55 in week two.The mean family dining-out budget raised significantly from around $33 in week one to $41 in week two."When people reported their dining-out budget for the second time during the experiment, it was significantly higher than what they stated at the first time," Sharma said.The numbers were particularly significant for workers who eat lunch at restaurants or convenience stores."... obviously, they thought they would spend less in a week, but as the week progressed they realised they were spending a lot more and they rationalised that increase," Sharma explained."We tend to discount the future more than we should and, therefore, place higher value on current consumption," said Sharma.

  • Brains of obese people wired to crave fatty foods
    Brains of obese people wired to crave fatty foods

    02.03.2017 | The brains of obese people could be "wired" to seek out fatty foods, Australian scientists have found.Researchers from the Bio-Medicine Discovery Institute at Melbourne's Monash University are investigating the messaging system between the brain and the body with hopes of discovering the neurological cause of obesity, "There is no question the brain is the key site regulating appetite and obesity," associate professor Zane Andrews from Monash told Thursday."There are a number of genetic mutations that increase the risk of obesity and the majority are located somewhere in the brain."Andrews said his focus was on brain cells responsible for sensing hunger that also influenced motivation and reward.He said that early results indicated that the brains of obese people were not sending messages to tell the body that they already have enough energy stored.Andrews' team has identified that part of the problem could form while the brain pathways are forming during childhood, with children who are rewarded for good behaviour with sweet treats, forming an association between sugar and feeling good.The team has been able to delete an enzyme in mice that plays an important role in stopping the brain from sending messages that the body is still hungry."What we think is the problem in obesity is that those cells are not receiving or sensing the signals to say the person is full so they keep firing, causing people to continue eating," Andrews added.

  • Want to avoid overeating? Eat slowly, maintain food journal
    Want to avoid overeating? Eat slowly, maintain food journal

    20.02.2017 | With long working hours in office, one ends up eating without a check on the quantity and this results in more intake of food. By eating slowly, choosing satisfying food and maintaining a food journal you can stay away from overeating.* Sonia Narang, nutrition expert of Oriflame India, shares things that work best to avoid overeating.Eat slowly. Chew every bite of your food properly. This is to slow us down when we eat. Research led by Mark Gold, MD at the University of Florida at Gainesville, US, has shown it takes 12 or more minutes for food satisfaction signals to reach the brain of a thin person, but 20 or more minutes for an obese person. Eating slowly ensures that these important messages have time to reach the brain.* Be aware. Remain focused and aware of what you are eating. Usually overeating happens when you are concentrating on the things around you other than on the food, like reading newspaper or watching TV. The brain probably can't register what is being put in the mouth and the pattern of eating, and then overeating continues. * Make the first bites count. It is believed that maximum food enjoyment comes in the initial bites. After a few bites, taste buds start to lose their sensitivity to the chemicals in food that make it taste good. Satisfy your taste buds by really savoring those first few bites. This may help you stop eating when you're physically comfortable.* Keep up appearances of your food. Use a smaller plate and pay more attention to the presentation of a meal. This can increase your awareness of the food in front of you and help you stop eating when you are comfortable.* Choose satisfying foods. Steer away from foods that give you a lot of calories for very little volume, such as milk shakes, cheese, and chocolate. The higher the fiber, protein, and/or water content of a food or meal, the more likely it is to be satisfying in your stomach without going overboard on calories.* Maintain a food journal. This will help you identify your trigger points, your emotional eating and overeating. Writing it with the timings and portions will help you assess and win over those issues.* Drink 10-12 glasses of water every day. Water keeps your system hydrated. It's a no calorie liquid and will make you feel full physically. The chances of overeating can reduce significantly if you drink a glass of water every one hour.* Get good sleep. Sleep deprivation is a stress by itself for the brain. Brain releases Cortisol, a stress hormone, when it does not get proper sleep. This leads to overeating. A sound sleep does a good repair of all the cells and tissues. Gives you better concentration.* Get some exercise. A workout done for 30 to 45 minutes' releases feel-good factor. You no longer depend on food only to feel good, hence the chances are that food is considered solely for nourishment and not as reward or solace.

  • This Chinese New Year, relish some authentic dishes
    This Chinese New Year, relish some authentic dishes

    26.01.2017 | With the Chinese New Year round the corner, as restaurants serving Chinese cuisine are gearing up for the celebrations, some mouth-watering dishes were discovered at the Jasmine at Hotel The Royal Plaza.The restaurant, which is well-known for its Schezwan and Cantonese Cuisine, has come up with dishes like Mandarin prawn, Beijing duck rolls, diced chicken in chilly coriander and onion cake, among others, which form the signature elements of the chef's crafted menu.For starters, while my taste buds were more than satisfied with the juicy Mandarin prawns and onion cake. However, the Beijing duck rolls and diced chicken in chilly coriander could not tinglee my taste."We add flavour of stock like fish stock for fish dishes, chicken stock for chicken items and vegetable stock for special vegetable dishes. Also, some flavored oil is also used in our cuisine," Atul Shanker Mishra, Executive Chef, Hotel The Royal Plaza told .The beginning seemed to be usual, but I was still hopeful.How can we forget to mention dumplings when it comes to authentic Chinese? The mushroom corn dumplings were the ones I preferred, not being a huge fan of brocolli (the restaurant serves brocolli and sesame seed dumpling), and it came up to my expectations.In the Dim Sum basket was served prawn coriander and spicy chicken ginger, which could be paired with different flavoured soups and also special Jasmine Tea.In the main course, the dish that caught my eye was the braised lobster in black bean sauce. Amazing as the ingredients sounded, that included lobster pieces, garlic, black beans, some vegetables, chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, oil and cooking wine, and usually served with either steamed white rice or rice vermicelli, the dish turned out to be as delicious as I was expecting.Apart from that, sliced lamb kung pao, fried chicken in hot bean sauce were wonderful. Also, there are many options available for vegetar, who can go for tofu with chilli bean sauce and stir fried pok choy with black mushroom which can be served with steamed jasmine rice or home-made noodles."We have a lots of options available for vegetar like, fry corn herbal salt in golden basket, green vegetable soup, mushroom corn dumpling, broccoli sesame seed dumpling, tofu with chilly bean sauce, Stir fry Pock Choy with black mushroom, Stir fry Chinese green Mushroom in sweet and sour sauce, assorted vegetable with dry red chilly," the chef added.The quality of food served was moderate, but I found the service of the restaurant not up to the mark. A little bit of "extra patience" was required as it took a bit more than the usual time to being served the ordered dish. Improving their service will add to the value of the establishment.One thing which you will surely fall in love with is Jasmine special home-made ice-cream, which comprises coconut milk, jaggery and other flavours.The chef also mentioned that the Chinese relish with few lucky foods every New Year, such as fish dumplings, spring rolls, tangyuan (sweet rice balls), good fortune fruit, Niangao (moon cake) and longevity noodles.

  • What triggers people to eat more
    What triggers people to eat more

    12.01.2017 | Regular intake of a "western diet" -- consisting of foods that are high on sugar and fat levels -- is behind an alarming rise of conditions such as overeating and obesity, researchers warned.However, according to the study, the increased "peripheral endocannabinoid signalling" in the western food is the key factor that triggers an anxiety in the people to eat more. The endocannabinoid system -- located throughout the mammalian body, including the brain and all peripheral organs -- helps in many aspects inside our body with major functions related to intake of food, balancing the energy and reward. Endocannabinoids are the signalling molecules present inside this system.The findings showed blocking the actions of these endocannabinoids can lead to normalisation of food intake and meal patterns, thus help in the treatment or cure of overeating and obesity."Our research shows that targeting cannabinoid receptors in the periphery with pharmacological inhibitors that do not reach the brain holds promise as a safe therapeutic approach for the treatment of overeating and diet-induced obesity," said lead author Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside."This therapeutic approach to targeting the periphery has substantial advantages over traditional drugs that interact with the brain and cause psychiatric side-effects," DiPatrizio added.Using a mouse model, the team fed a group of mice on a western diet for 60 days and another who was kept on a low fat or sugar diet.The results revealed that the mice group on the western diet displayed 'hyperphagia' with increased weight. These also had the tendency to intake larger amount of food with the habit of consuming more calories at a higher pace."These hyperphagic responses to western diet were met with greatly elevated levels of endocannabinoids in the small intestine and circulation," DiPatrizio said, adding that further research is necessary to identify whether similar mechanisms drive obesity in humans.The study appears in the journal Physiology and Behavior.

  • Fast food picks for people with diabetes
    Fast food picks for people with diabetes

    21.12.2016 |It is important for people suffering from diabetes to be selective while picking up fast food items to munch on, says an expert.Amarjeet Singh Bhatia - Chief Medical Officer at Doctor Insta (a telehealth app), lists some fast food picks for diabetics. * Pizza- Pizza is one of the best choices for people suffering from diabetes. Just make sure that you order a tortilla and top it with vegetables rather than extra cheese and high fat meals.* Burgers- Instead of burgers with double or triple patties, go for single burgers. Also, one needs to keep in mind that you opt for chicken, turkey or veggie burger.* Muffins- If you want to start your day with a morning pastry, you can surely go for muffins but one needs to keep in mind that those muffins must be low fat. Low fat muffins are easily available in the market.* Pancakes- Pancakes aren't off-limits if you can use sugar-free syrup and go easy on butter. Whole-grain choices can help stabilise blood sugar levels and are more nutritious as well.* Chicken sandwich- A diabetic can enjoy a grilled or broiled chicken sandwich with vegetables or a side salad and you've got your nutritional base covered. 

  • Sleep disorder drug could help food addicts lose weight
    Sleep disorder drug could help food addicts lose weight

    14.12.2016 |A drug used for sleep disorder could also reduce the impulse for food, thereby helping food addicts to lose weight, a study says.The researchers discovered that a drug called Modafinil, usually used for narcolepsy, shift work disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness, can reduce impulsivity and thus food addiction."We found Modafinil, which is already on the market, did reduce people's impulsive behaviour," said Ivo Vlaev, Professor at University of Warwick in Britain.Impulsive behaviour is an important factor that could lead to to food addiction."It has been shown to reduce impulsiveness in a variety of disorders such as alcohol dependence, schizophrenia and ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). Food addicts suffer from the same neurobiological conditions so we believe it will help food addicts as well and our initial tests have backed up that theory," Vlaev noted.This could have important implications for people who are obese. "There is mounting evidence to show that there is a substantial number of obese people who are food addicts because they have an inability to control their impulsive actions and this drug has shown it can give them more control, which will help overweight people lose weight and so improve their health," Vlaev said.Food addicts have also been found to have a deficiency in a certain type of dopamine so that their sense of reward and pleasure is diminished, thus they have to eat more to reach the same level of pleasure as anybody else.The drug, which is sold under a wide variety of brand names around the world, was one of two drugs tested by researchers, the other being Atomoxetine. Both drugs have been used for impulsive conditions, including ADHD.In a paper published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the scientists conducted a series of trials on 60 men aged between 19 and 32, with 20 taking a placebo, 20 Atomoxetine and 20 Modafinil.The tests revealed that those who had taken Modafinil had a significantly reduced level of impulsiveness, whereas Atomoxetine produced no difference compared to the placebo group."Modafinil was found to have an effect on impulsivity in healthy individuals and so would be able to have an even bigger effect on food addicts, who are lacking in certain types of dopamine," Vlaev said.

  • Handful of nuts daily cuts risk of heart disease, cancer
    Handful of nuts daily cuts risk of heart disease, cancer

    05.12.2016 |Eating at least 20 gram of nuts a day -- equivalent to a handful -- can reduce the risk of a wide range of diseases including heart disease and cancer, new research has found.Handful of nuts daily can cut people's risk of coronary heart disease by nearly 30 per cent, their risk of cancer by 15 per cent, and their risk of premature death by 22 per cent, the study said.The study included all kinds of tree nuts, such as hazel nuts and walnuts, and also peanuts -- which are actually legumes. The results - published in the journal BMC Medicine - were in general similar whether total nut intake, tree nuts or peanuts were analysed.What makes nuts so potentially beneficial is their nutritional value, said study co-author Dagfinn Aune from Imperial College London."Nuts and peanuts are high in fibre, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats -- nutrients that are beneficial for cutting cardiovascular disease risk and which can reduce cholesterol levels," Aune said. "Some nuts, particularly walnuts and pecan nuts are also high in antioxidants, which can fight oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk," Aune explained.The research team analysed 29 published studies from around the world that involved up to 819,000 participants, including more than 12,000 cases of coronary heart disease, 9,000 cases of stroke, 18,000 cases of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and more than 85,000 deaths.While there was some variation between the populations that were studied, such as between men and women, people living in different regions, or people with different risk factors, the researchers found that nut consumption was associated with a reduction in disease risk across most of them."Even though nuts are quite high in fat, they are also high in fibre and protein, and there is some evidence that suggests nuts might actually reduce your risk of obesity over time," Aune said.The study also found that if people consumed on average more than 20 gram of nuts per day, there was little evidence of further improvement in health outcomes.

  • Creator of the 'Big Mac' dies aged 98
    Creator of the 'Big Mac' dies aged 98

    01.12.2016 | The creator of fast food chain McDonald's famous burger, the 'Big Mac', has died aged 98 at his home in United States, media reports said.Michael James Delligatti, a McDonald's franchisee, invented the burger while running his restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1967, After labouring for two years to get the right combo for his 'special sauce', Delligatti introduced the seven-ingredient sandwich with two beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.His invention was almost rejected by McDonald's, which was happy with its traditional meals of hamburger, fries and a milkshake. The firm relented and it was made available nationwide the following year.Today McDonald's sells 900 million Big Macs worldwide in a year. The burger can be found in more than 100 countries.Delligatti went on to own 48 McDonald's restaurants in western Pennsylvania, making him one of the company's largest franchise holders.In a statement released through McDonald's, his family said he was a "spirited and generous philanthropist" who helped refugee families get treatment for their children. Delligatti also served as sergeant in the US army in Europe during the second world war.McDonald's paid tribute to Delligatti, calling him a "legendary franchisee" who made a "lasting impression".He is survived by his two sons, his wife Ellie, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Protein-carbohydrate combo good for gut health
    Protein-carbohydrate combo good for gut health

    27.11.2016 | Dietary combination of protein and carbohydrate may help promote good gut health as such a diet encourages cooperation between ourselves and bacteria in our gut, suggests new research."There are many different diet strategies that claim to promote gut health, and until now it has been very difficult to establish clear causality between various types of diet and their effect on the host's microbiome," said led author Andrew Holmes, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in Australia."This is because there are many complex factors at play, including food composition, eating pattern and genetic background," Holmes said.In this study, the researchers found that the availability of intestinal nitrogen to microbes in the gut plays a key role in regulating interactions between gut microbes and their host animal."This research really lays the groundwork for future modelling by setting out the rules for a general model of how diet shapes the gut ecosystem," Holmes said."The simple explanation is that when we eat in a way that encourages cooperation between ourselves and bacteria we achieve a good microbiome, but when we eat in a way that doesn't require cooperation this lets bacteria do whatever they want -- and mischief can ensue," Holmes explained.Despite the huge diversity of gut bacteria, two main response patterns emerged in the study -- microbe species either increased or decreased in their abundance depending on the animal's protein and carbohydrate intake."The largest nutrient requirements for our gut bacteria are carbon and nitrogen in the foods we eat. As carbohydrates contain no nitrogen but protein does, the bacterial community response to the host animal's diet is strongly affected by this diets' protein-carbohydrate ratio," Holmes said."The fact that this same pattern was seen across almost all groups of gut bacteria indicates that the makeup of the microbial ecosystem is fundamentally shaped by a need to access nitrogen in the intestinal environment," Holmes added.This new research -- published in the journal Cell Metabolism -- is the latest in a series stemming from a study in which 25 different diets composed of different amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat were systematically varied in 858 mice.The researchers said their new model suggests that while high-carbohydrate diets were the most likely to support positive interactions in the microbiome, such benefits were relative to the protein intake of the host animal.

  • Easy tips to pick dips for snacks
    Easy tips to pick dips for snacks

    26.11.2016 |Pairing food with different dips can be very confusing, focus on the taste and ingredients of the dip while deciding the accompaniments, says an expert.Naresh Guglani, Corporate Chef at Del Monte, lists some simple tips to get it right.* Tandoori mayo bliss: What can be tastier than a tandoori mayo which is an exquisite blend of mayo, tandoori spices and herbs. This mayonnaise can be used as a dip for all your favourite snacks be it paneer tikka or chicken tikka.* Tartare dip fun: This vegetarian version of a classic tartare sauce is created by blending eggless mayo, chopped gherkins and parsley. It is a must-have accompaniment to fish fingers, beer-batter fried fish and chips. It also accompanies crumb-fried prawns or squids equally well. For vegetar, this dip can be paired with fried or crispy fried snacks such as potato wedges, cheese shots, hash browns.* Cheesy garlic mayo: This can be used as a dip for all baked, fried or grilled snacks like pizza, nuggets, fries, onion rings. For health freaks, lace it over steamed broccoli and asparagus and this will make a tasty snack.* Cheesy dip: Cheesy dip tastes good with fries, carrot and cucumber salad, chicken malaai kebab, sweet corn on the cob.* Mint mayo mania: Vegetable rolls made with mint mayo is the tastiest escape for anyone from that regular boredom. Create veggie wraps using tortillas, crunchy veggies and a dollop of mint mayo to have that irresistible taste. Using it as a dip with seekh kebabs, aloo tikki's will also be a surprising change to your taste buds.

  • Avocado extract in food may prevent bacterial illness
    Avocado extract in food may prevent bacterial illness

    20.11.2016 | Extracts and isolated compounds from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause bacterial illness, researchers say.The researchers found that the extracts from avocado seeds could be effective in controlling microbes that cause Listeria, a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems.In the study, the researchers from Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico compared enriched acetogenin extract (EAE) from avocado seeds with two name-brand synthetic antimicrobials.They found that the EAE presented similar listeria-properties and chemical profiles to the synthetic antimicrobials.The EAE was effective at 37 degrees celsius and at a refrigeration temperature of four degrees celsius.Avocado seeds are a waste product of the food industry, and these results offer a value-added, sustainable opportunity for manufacturers, the researchers said.Food products are usually formulated with synthetic additives that enhances the flavour so that it gives food a particular taste or smell. It may be derived from natural ingredients or created artificially.However, food still has to be safe for consumers to eat, so food scientists are looking for ways to replace synthetic additives.Since some additives are needed for food safety reasons, food product developers are faced with the challenge of developing more "natural" additives that can produce comparable results, the study said.The study was published in the Journal of Food Science.

  • Walnuts can improve mood in young men
    Walnuts can improve mood in young men

    19.11.2016 |A handful of walnuts every day can help young men happily tackle life's daily stress as this nutrient-dense snack can lead to a happier state-of-mind, suggests a new study.The researchers found a significant improvement in mood in young, healthy males who consumed walnuts every day for eight weeks."In the past, studies on walnuts have shown beneficial effects on many health outcomes like heart disease, diabetes and obesity," said researcher Peter Pribis, Professor at University of New Mexico in the US."Our study was different because we focused on cognition, and in this controlled randomised trial (CRT) we measured mood outcomes in males and females," Pribis added.The participants of the study were 64 students between the ages of 18-25. The participants were asked to eat three slices of banana bread every day for sixteen weeks -- eight weeks of banana bread with walnuts and eight weeks of banana bread without walnuts.The nuts were finely ground into the dough so the two banana breads were similar in taste and appearance. While eating banana bread with walnuts the participants consumed half a cup of walnuts daily.The mood of the students was measured at the end of each eight-week period."We used a validated questionnaire called Profiles of Mood States (POMS)," Pribis said. "It is one of the most widely used and accepted mood scales in studies on cognition. The test has six mood domains: tension, depression, anger, fatigue, vigor, confusion and also provides a Total Mood Disturbance score (TMD)," Pribis explained.The researchers found that consumption of walnuts led to a significant improvement in mood in young, healthy males."In non-depressed healthy young males, walnuts seem to have the ability to improve mood," the study, published in the journal Nutrients, said."There was a meaningful, 28 per cent improvement of mood in young men," Pribis pointed out. There are several nutrients in walnuts that could be responsible for the improved mood like alpha-Linolenic acid, vitamin E, folate, polyphenols or melatonin, the researchers said."However we did not observe any improvement of mood in females. Why this is we do not know," Pribis said.

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