Modern day refining strips the oil of its natural goodness

Refined vegetable oils have dominated the market since last 40 years . Oils and fats have earned a very bad reputation through this time since their consumption is directly correlated with increased risk of heart diseases and cancer. Refining of oil is a very rigorous process involving use of several machines and chemicals. Refining  is…

4 ways to modify pasta sauces to make them more healthy

  Pasta is a dish loved by many and is gaining more popularity in India, where it’s consumption was traditionally limited to a select set of people. At the same time, pasta is an interesting dish as it can allow you to experiment with different flavours, textures and colours. While you have made the shift to whole…

Fatty tissue that can help burn calories

  Did you ever think that fat could itself help burn extra calories. Fat in excess of the body’s need is used to produce heat by what is called as the brown adipose tissue. This can be one of the most promising natural ways to avoid excess fat deposition. But unfortunately this brown adipose tissue…

Healthy makeovers for unhealthy recipes

The traditional sweets prepared at home on festive occasions is definitely a comfort food that you cannot let go?  Delicious as they may be with lots of mawa, ghee and sugar , it can contribute to large amounts of calories. But before you consider totally crossing it off the menu, we propose that there is…

6 hours running to burn calories of the biryani meal

A typical friday or a weekend lunch for many hyderabadis is spent with either colleagues, friends or family and the preferred dish on the menu is the “all time favourite hyderabadi chicken biryani!”. It’s often accompanied with a soft drink and a dessert – again the hyderabadi favourite “double ka meetha”. For a hardcore biryani…

Hula Hoops can be a fun workout!

Did you know that you can burn upto 150 calories with 30 minutes of hula hooping. It provides benefits similar to that accrued from low impact aerobic activities such as salsa, belly or swing dancing. Also available now are the weighted hula hoops which can increase the cardio effort while hooping. The Department of Health…

Stay away from the blue light at night

Recent research has shown that reading from tablet, phone or laptop before bed not only makes it harder to fall asleep, but may actually even reduce your level of alertness the next day. Poor sleep can contribute to the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Blue light from gadgets increases altertness during the day

Light plays a very vital role in human health as it influences hormone secretion, heart rate, alertness, sleep propensity, body temperature, and gene expression. The perception of light includes glare and brightness which are functions of wavelength. The short wavelength of blue light makes it the most energy efficient light for humans as it is…

Benefits of breastfeeding for baby and mother

Infants in developing countries often suffer from infections (ear, throat, stomach) due to lack of proper knowledge about correct time of initiation and duration of breastfeeding. In developed countries, decreasing breastfeeding practices result in increased food allergies such as lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity, peanut allergies, etc. Breast cancer incidence is also increasing rapidly and one…

Breastfeeding can reduce risk of obesity in children

 14.4 million children in India are obese (World Obesity Federation) and the cases of diabetes among children are also rising at alarming rate. Studies have shown that these numbers could reduce of babies are breastfed unto 2 years of age instead of being given formula. Exclusively breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight at…

Lutein rich vegetables can prevent age-related decline in brain function

Recent evidence shows that lutein can help save your brain tissue from degradation and in fact boost learning and memory. All this while ,we knew that lutein is beneficial for maintaining good vision. But, study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign among middle-aged participants showed that those with higher levels of lutein had neural…

Stand up and move from that desk

Taking short breaks from sedentary activities can go a long way in preventing diseases.  It could be simple activities like standing up while talking on the phone, walking at a normal pace for 2–5 minutes each hour , especially after lunch, walking up to your subordinate to talk, etc. A variety in actions performed by…