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How To Read A Food Label

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What is a food label? Packaged food contains a label on it which states the nutritional information or facts about the food ingredients and items used in the product, this is a food label. It also includes the serving size, number of calories per serving etc. It helps us in choosing the food item based on the nutritional information mentioned on it. Importance of reading a food label Food labels help us to choose and compare the food items wisely as per their ingredients and contents such as amount of sugar, fats, cholesterol, protein, vitamin etc per serving of food. […]

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How Important Are Family And Peers In Developing Food Habits

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Family is the most important bond in human life. The presence and contribution of a family in one’s life is immense. Parents play the role of the provider and protector till the child doesn’t become capable of doing so on their own. Family i.e. Parents, Siblings, Cousins and Grandparents etc is the first teacher we have, as we see and learn good things from them, which maybe about life’s lessons or regarding our health and nutrition. Eating habits are learnt from observing and seeing the surrounding and people we are often associated with. For a child, the beginning of learning […]

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HOW TO SAFEGUARD OURSELVES AGAINST OSTEOPOROSIS

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What is Osteoporosis? It’s a slow progressive condition and develops over the years, where the bones become brittle and weak and may break from even minor bumps, jerks or a fall. This disease causes loss of bone density (strength and mass of bone) and increases the risk of fractures. It is a common problem in India mostly with the elderly and women after menopause, with more than 10 million people suffering from it. Causes A low calcium diet is one of the foremost causes of osteoporosis. In women after menopause, low estrogen levels increase the risk of bone loss rather […]

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Obesity In Children – An Overlooked Problem

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Childhood Obesity is rampant and extremely common nowadays. It causes numerous health and mental issues in children and affects their overall performance and well being. Obese children grow into obese adults without proper care and guidance, putting them at risk of heart and lifestyle diseases, diabetes etc. Causes of Obesity in children Children become obese / overweight due to various reasons such as unhealthy eating habits due to advent of junk/fast food culture, lack of physical activity and more of screen time due to video games, computer, television and mobile, genetic factors etc. It is usually not a hereditary problem. […]

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Breast Cancer: Be Aware Be Protected

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Breast Cancer is the most commonly caused cancer among women. With this concern, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated worldwide in October, to raise awareness on this disease, its research and education. Breast Cancer is a type of cancer in which the breast cells grow out of control. The cancer usually starts from the lobules or breasts ducts (glands that produce milk) to the adjoining tissues and a lump or swelling is felt in the breasts and the area around the nipple changes. The tumor can be detected by self-examination or by an x-ray machine. Early diagnosis, screening and treatment […]

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Fight Obesity This World Obesity Day

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11th October is celebrated as World Obesity Day and I thereby write this article to help people fight with their obesity and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is increasing at an alarming rate not only in adults but is also a concern in children and has become a worldwide epidemic. Obesity in layman terms simply means increased weight with respect to height or excess body fat of a person which leads to many negative effects on one’s body and mind leading to deteriorating mental and physical health. BMI (Body Mass Index) is used to measure the obesity of a person, […]

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HEALTHY FOOD ENVIRONMENT- AN UNKNOWN BLESSING

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What is a food environment? “It is anything where a person connects to fulfill his food needs, like the physical food which we consume in our diet, the stores or markets from where it is procured etc. It includes the people around us as well as all the people connected in obtaining the same from”. Healthy Eating Family and peers are the closest human bonds we have as individuals and their presence alter our food habits for good or bad. Healthy food eating habits are taught and incorporated within us from an early age by our parents and as we […]

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MAKHANAS – A BOON FOR HEALTHY SNACKING

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Makhanas are commonly known in English as Fox nuts or Lotus seeds, and are a part of the lotus flower. They are a healthy snacking alternative and can be eaten in Indian fast also. It’s used to make gravies/curries and also in many kinds of sweets. They have many health benefits and help in weight loss, diarrhea, insomnia and has anti-aging properties. It’s easily available in markets and can be easily preserved in an air tight container. Nutrient Value Makhanas are high in fiber and provides easy satiety. It also enables weight loss as its low in calories. It helps […]

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Goodness of Almonds

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Almonds are one of the most nutritious and healthy nuts consumed all over the world. They are also considered the most beneficial snacking item due to its fat, fiber and protein content which provide greater satiety. Almonds can be consumed by adults and children alike. It is said to boost memory along with various other health benefits. It is also beneficial for healthy skin and lustrous hair and is considered as a super food. Nutrient Content Almonds are 4% water, 22% carbohydrates, 21% protein, and 50% fat. Per 100 grams almonds contain 576 calories. They are a rich source of Vitamin E, Calcium, Niacin, Riboflavin […]

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Fasting or Feasting During Shravan

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Month of August observed as peak of Monsoon season brings Shravan which is the 5th month as per Hindu calendar. Shravan month contains lot of rituals and religious festivals. Fasting is usually a part of ritual since years and is followed widely with a view that our digestive system is sluggish during monsoon. Fasting or “Upavas” was initially started with a view to spend fewer hours in cooking and spending maximum time in reciting Prayers of God. Fasting in monsoon also acts as a good detox and helps to cleanse your body. Unfortunately, fasting has changed to feasting over the […]