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Now I know how the British folks decode the Indian cooking! But then looking at the picture, how would a dumb blonde know, which ones for which one? I mean which one is really hot??

Folks you need more research!!


Has that first hint of summer started upsetting your eating timetable? If yes, then here are a few tips that will help you beat the heat healthily.

Stick to what experts say
Naresh Kumar, an aromatherapist and naturopath, says, “What to eat and what not to depends on the physiology of the body. But in summers one should have a healthy diet because due to sweating body becomes dehydrated and also loses a certain amount of oil and essential minerals.” So what should one do to build up the best of energy levels during summers? “The intake of liquids should be increased. Emphasis should be put on eating more green vegetables, especially spinach, as it’s rich in vitamin A and C — which provides antioxidant protection.”

Pinki Kumari, a nutritionist, says, “In summers one should drink as much water as one can, to avoid dehydration in the body” But there are people who don’t feel like having their meals because the intake of water gives a feeling as if their stomach is full. “Well! In that case one can switch to have buttermilk, lemon juice, nariyal-pani in between meals,” explains Pinki.

Dr Seema Malik, managing director, Eleganza, says, “Summer is the time when your appetite reduces, so I think one should experiment with the recipes. If you don’t like curd, make raita. Fruit salads, shakes, have food rich in proteins. Eat cool things in summers like watermelon.”

What to say ‘no’ to:
* Dieticians and nutritionists maintain that one should avoid having high calorie food as it’s difficult to digest and also it may make one feel nauseating.
* Avoid having aerated drinks.
* One should not have ice-cold water as it tampers with the body temperature [which is high] and will leave one feeling acidic, and in some cases a sore throat.
* Most importantly one should never skip a meal during summers, dehydration being the major factor.
* Avoid alcohol as it leaves your body parched.

Source : Hindustan Times

Scientists have stumbled on a basic property of preservatives that might extend the shelf life of vaccines, food and library books – and save money while doing it.

Besides jams, sugars are often used to preserve pharmaceuticals and similar biological materials. There are a number of mechanisms involved, but recently the local stiffening of the preservative was identified as a factor that can increase shelf life. Basically, stiffening decreases ‘rattling’ of the fluid’s molecules and stabilises the product, because these motions are intimately involved in spoiling – for instance, in the protein degradation processes that lead to the loss of biological function.

Several years ago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) team discovered the practical importance of high-frequency molecular rattling for protein preservation. But while sugars and other preservatives such as salts have been used since ancient times, the prediction of how well a preservative works for a specific material has remained more an art than a science, said a NIST release.

However, the NIST method “should remove much of the guesswork in determining the best way to protect a particular commodity,” said Jack Douglas of Polymers Division, NIST.

1492148910_3b8bb18992When you feel like eating something, what comes to mind first? For me it’s the purely the taste. Then my inner-brain kicks in and thoughts of portion size, calories, fats, & sugars, slowly convince me to make a smart choice.

Weight gain aside, I would rarely think of any other complications or side effects the food may cause. Side effects are attributed to medications or medical procedures, but not food, right? Well, guess again. Turns out, the food we eat may also cause side effects. Some side effects are serious, some are disturbing, and some may put you into embarrassing situation.

Here is a list of 10 common side effects caused by the food we eat:

  1. Body Odor. Researchers found that red meat consumption negatively influences on body odor.
  2. Acne. Foods that are high in saturated fat and trans fatty acids increase the sebum production in the body, which in turn increases acne. Researchers suggest that there is a positive association between milk consumption and acne.
  3. Allergy. Allergy is a number one foods side effect. In theory, any food can cause an allergy. But in fact there are 8 foods to blame for 90% of allergic reactions to food: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (including Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts), fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.
  4. Candidiasis (Yeast infection). Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the normal yeast in the body, so foods that affect the yeast levels may contribute to a yeast infection. These foods are: sugars, vinegar, starches, refined carbohydrates, yeast and yeast containing products.
  5. Heartburn and Acid Reflux. There is a relatively long list of foods that cause heartburn. Some foods cause the lower esophageal sphincter – a muscle that helps to keep stomach contents out of the esophagus – to become weaker, and some cause the stomach to produce more acid than usual. Both of these problems can increase acid reflux. Most common food triggers for heartburn are citrus fruits, fried and fatty foods, vinegar, tomatoes, chocolate.
  6. High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia). Cholesterol is found mostly in animal foods. Consumption of cholesterol-rich foods can elevate blood cholesterol level, which may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol foods are: brains (beef, pork, lamb), eggs, organ meat (liver, kidneys, spleen).
  7. Kidney stones. People whose diets are high in animal protein and low in fiber and fluids may be at higher risk for stones. Several studies have shown that increasing dietary calcium and restricting salt, animal protein, and foods rich in oxalate, such as rhubarb, spinach, cocoa, nuts, pepper, and tea, can help prevent calcium oxalate stones from returning.
  8. Memory and Cognition Impairment. Among older adults whose diets are high in saturated fats and trans fats, a high intake of foods containing copper may cause a fast decline in their ability to think, learn, and remember, according to the study from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The research studies have linked fat intake, especially that of saturated and trans fats, to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive difficulties.
  9. Edema and Water Retention. Foods high in salt, sodium or sugar may cause the body to retain considerable fluids and worsen edema. The body needs a constant concentration of salt in its tissues. When excess salt is taken in, the body dilutes it by retaining fluid.
  10. Migraine and Headache. Foods may trigger not only migraine but also tension type headache, which feels like tightening of a band around the head, making the whole head ache. Foods cause headaches by affecting the brain chemistry or changing the size of blood vessels. Certain foods cause headache in most vulnerable people because of their high content of the amino acids tyramine and phenyethyamine. The tyramine increases blood flow to the brain, which can lead to a headache. Common headache food triggers are aged cheese, beer, red wine, chocolate, nitrite-containing foods.



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