What makes oats a perfect breakfast cereal

steel-cut-and-rolled-oatsOat was actually discovered as a weed in barley and wheat crops in late prehistoric period. So what was being fed to horses and poultry came to be used extensively used by humans when we realized its profound health benefits attributable to its fiber quality and quantity. Its overall nutritional composition is very similar to that of barley. Barley can be considered as a desi equivalent of oats but  remains an underdog to less aggressive marketing and research by natives.

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Utilizing the waste to the fullest- wheat bran

In continuation with our post on best out of waste, we present to you – Wheat bran! Wheat is the second highest consumed grain in India after rice. The bran fraction of wheat is rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin B6, thiamine, folic acid and vitamin E and some phytochemicals. These multiple nutrients are available only when we utilize or retain the bran layer of the wheat instead of milling it to produce the refined wheat flour being used rampantly in processed foods. Read More »

Decoding lipids – The good, bad and ugly

The lipid profile throws some numbers and jargon at you that are often confusing. The total cholesterol is still understandable but we often think what is LDL and HDL. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol or simply the one that clogs the arteries supplying oxygen to vital organs causing heart diseases and stroke while the HDL is good cholesterol which carries the excess cholesterol to the liver for excretion. So, obviously LDL should be low and HDL should be high. The total cholesterol reflects a sum of LDL and HDL cholesterol and although maintaining normal range is important, within the total – the ratio of HDL should be higher than LDL. We can call total cholesterol as the ugly one as high numbers are not appreciated as they hardly ever due to an elevated HDL. Read More »

Significance of Preventive healthcare

Preventive healthcare essentials
Preventive healthcare essential for a healthy life

As we age our responsibilities, expectations and demands increase. The age between 30 to 50 years is supposed to be the most productive age for most and also the most demanding. Its paramount that we keep ourselves fit to be able to cope with the pressures of life. Most of the studies across the world indicate that the incidence of life style diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension has been growing at an alarming rate. Burden of these diseases has adverse effects both financially and emotionally on the individual and his family. The only cure for these is prevention.

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