5 steps to make your food safer!

  We often hear the cases of food poisoning and health issues which can be attributed to the food we consume. Many of them arise out of seemingly healthy food. Despite precautions there are often some gaps remaining which can cause several health issues. How can you make your food safer? Here are some steps!

Should you go vegan today?

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…

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…

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…

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…

How MSG is ruining your health?

  Monosodium 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…

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…

What are the sources of harmful trans fats?

In our earlier post we had a look at how trans fats can cause adverse effects on our health. In this post we’ll look at sources of trans fats – visible as well as invisible. There are two main sources of dietary trans fatty acids. Naturally occurring trans fat is found in small amounts in…

Man-made deadly trans fats!

“You shouldn’t need to be a chemical engineer to buy healthy food,” said Steen Stender, a cardiologist from Copenhagen University Hospital who kick-started a now global revolt against the addition of harmful fats to our daily diet.   The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 5,000 Americans a year die of heart disease…

Artificial Fructose – The sweet sugar with bitter consequences

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has found its way into most of our processed products on the shelf disguised under different names such as corn syrup, glucose syrup, fruit fructose, etc.  Evidence suggests that this commercially viable sugar source is one of the leading causes for the epidemic of obesity in the United States, especially…

Choose your cooking oil wisely

Cooking oil is something that we use almost daily, and it can impact our health – both in positive as well as negative ways. One type of oil may not provide all the fatty acids in the desired ratio. Fatty acids of primarily of 4 types and out of these 2 are beneficial while the…

What is our body’s fat requirement?

Fat is the most energy dense nutrient with 1 gm providing around 9kcal of energy. This has very important role to play and cannot be ignored or eliminated. However, most of us overuse this nutrient on a daily basis. Total recommended fat intake is around 30-35% of total calories. For e.g. In a 1500 kcal diet,…