Should you go vegan today?

should you go vegan

A vegan diet appears to be useful for increasing the intake of protective nutrients and phytochemicals and for minimizing the intake of dietary factors implicated in several chronic diseases. A vegetarian diet is associated with many health benefits because of its higher content of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and many phytochemicals and a fat content that is more unsaturated.

Here are 7 reasons why you should go vegan today!Read More »

Healthy recipe – Grilled Salmon

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a number of important roles in the body, including maintaining the health of your bones, teeth and joints, and assisting immune system function. Vitamin D can be found in foods such as nuts, oily fish, eggs, powdered milk and some fortified cereals.

Today, lets look at a healthy recipe of “Grilled Salmon”. Oily fish are good sources of vitamin D other than sunlight. grilling vs frying is a great way to enjoy fish because it eliminates use of excess fat yet imparts nice smoky flavour that goes well with fish!Read More »

The hidden harmful ingredient – Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

The hidden harmful ingredient - Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Commercial advantages of Monosodium Glutamate or MSG use to food industry includes enhanced food flavour, making processed meats and frozen dinners taste fresher and smell better, more tasty salad dressings, and less tinny canned foods. MSG has found its way into many products such as canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners, local supermarket and restaurants, in school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula. Another ingredient which is just another name for MSG is Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein.Read More »

Harmful effects of MSG

Harmful effects of MSG

Humans are born with five taste sensations: bitter, sweet, salty, sour and umami. Umami, a Japanese word that describes a meaty or savoury taste, is thought to be a fifth flavour. It is this umami flavour that is found in many Japanese foods, bacon and also in the food additive MSG. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of the common amino acid glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is naturally present in our bodies, and in many foods and food such as tomatoes and cheeses.

In 1959, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labelled MSG as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), which allows its use in food products. However, its safety remained controversial and therefore, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label.Read More »

How MSG is ruining your health?

 

how msg is ruining your healthMonosodium Glutamate (MSG) – Does this name ring a bell? 

MSG was in news recently due to the ban on Maggi – one of the most popular brands in India! Apparently, Maggi contained more than permissible levels of MSG & lead which led to it getting banned at several places in India. (It has subsequently been relaunched after it passed the requisite lab tests)

Several scientific studies on obesity use rat models before testing on humans. Rats or mice strains are not naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. For this, they make use of MSG and inject it into them at birth to create these morbidly obese creatures called the “MSG-Treated Rats“. MSG triples the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas causing rats (and humans?) to become obese. Excess circulating insulin promotes fat storage in the body and also leads to insulin resistance. This insulin resistance is the leading cause for obesity and diabetes.  No wonder these problems are manifesting at such an early age. Children are exposed to more and more processed foods these days which contain MSG in turn pushing them towards obesity and diabetes.Read More »

Should trans fats be banned in India?

Should trans fats be banned in India?

Trans fats are harmful for your health and can cause several health issues, as we have seen in the previous posts – Man made deadly trans fats What are the sources of harmful trans fats?

The AHA and WHO recommends a maximum of no more than 2 grams of trans fat per day (≤1%of total energy). There is no safe level of trans fat and that people should eat as little as possible.

In 2006, USFDA passed a regulation which made it mandatory for all food items and supplements to label the amount of “Trans fats” it contained.Read More »