What’s your new year resolution for 2016?

Every New Year ushers in hopes for newer opportunities, happiness and success. On the New Year’s Eve, most of us do set some resolutions or list of things to do in the coming year. Often, these are forgotten the very next day but somehow our brain subconsciously registers them. The best way to make sure…

Factors that influence emotional eating

What are the factors that lead you to eat emotionally? Is it stress?  Or just that “you feel like it”? Or you happen to have access to unlimited food at a party or buffet? In our earlier blog post we had a look at some aspects of emotional eating. Here, we’ll look into some reasons that…

Emotional eating – Are you a moody foodie?

Are you a moody foodie? Emotional eating is related to unreasonable and excessive consumption of energy dense foods (“comfort” or junk foods) in the absence of hunger. ‘Hunger’ is defined as the physiological (bodily) need to initiate food consumption while ‘appetite’ is the psychological urge to consume a specific type of food. Experts estimate that…

High on alcohol or high on life – Choice is yours!

In a survey conducted by the Social Development Foundation of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) amongst 2000 teenagers (15-19 years old) in cities like Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Patna, Pune, Delhi, Chandigarh and Dehradun, it was noted that liquor consumption was most prevalent in Delhi and Mumbai followed by…

Prebiotics – Need to feed the friendly intestinal bacteria!!

What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are the group of foods that are not digested by our body and enter the large intestine as such where they are used by the good bacteria as source of energy. Scientists define them as “a selectively fermented ingredient that allows specific changes, both in the composition and/or activity in the…

5 lesser known benefits of drinking green tea

Tea is one of the most common drinks in India. Cost wise it works out to be quite cheap, but activity wise it’s one of the richest source of powerful antioxidants due to the presence of different groups of Polyphenols. In contrast, in Western society the most popular beverage is coffee, but coffee does not present the…

Health benefits of the elusive red dragon

Red pitaya is often known as the red dragon fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus). Betacyanin is a pigment that is responsible for the red-purple color of the fruit. It has a mildly sweet taste and contains several health benefits. It  has been comprehensively researched for its antioxidant potential especially the polyphenols and betacyanin.  Here are some interesting facts about red…

Tips to stay healthy during winters

It’s that time of the year again! The mercury has dipped and the winters are here. So is the time to pamper yourself with some good food, snuggling yourself inside the blanket, celebrate the festivities, and of course, make new year resolutions (which often centers around living a healthy life!). Winters are also the time…

6 reasons to increase intake of probiotics

Pro-biotic is living microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. They are also called “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria”. Probiotics have been defined as live microbial feed supplements that beneficially affect the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance. Most often, the probiotic bacteria’s come from…

Health benefits of bitter gourd

  Bitter gourd , also called Momordica charantia (MC) or bitter melon , is a member of the cucerbitaceae family, a perennial climber and is characterized by warty-fruit like gourds or cucumbers. The white to green unripe fruit changes to yellow as the fruit ripens.The fruit has a characteristic bitter taste, which becomes more pronounced…

5 reasons why you should consume Okra!

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench, Family: Malvaceae) is also known as lady’s finger, bhindi and gumbo. It is a tall-growing vegetable that traces its origin from ancient Ethiopia (Abyssinia) through to Eastern Mediterranean, India, the Americas and the Caribbean. People often have love-hare relationship with okra. Some can’t stand the sight of it, while some…

5 exceptional health benefits of tomato paste over whole tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich source of many nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, excellent vitamin C, folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, chromium, choline, zinc, and phosphorus. usually tomatoes are used in the puree form for making curries or gravies for vegetables, pastas, stews , etc Tomato paste is produced by simmering…