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Cholesterol: The Silent Killer

21 Mar, 2013 0 comments All life areas

We’ve probably heard about it at one time or another; at the doctor’s, in advertisements, or read it in magazines and at the side label of a food product. But what exactly is cholesterol? Simply put, cholesterol is a fat like substance that is produced by the liver and is found in foods such as red meat, eggs, and dairy products. For the most part, cholesterol is healthy to our bodies, as it used to create hormones and cell membranes.

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10 Exotic Foods You Must Try

23 May, 2012 0 comments All life areas

Eating foods that look totally unfamiliar is something a lot of people dread; how do you know that you’re in for a culinary treat and not a gustatory disaster? If you’re the kind of person who is open to adventure and especially if you have a desire to travel, try to open your mind to some of the unfamiliar dishes that you will find along the way. It’s also important to remember that every country in the world has its own rich culinary heritage and ‘exotic’ food is really just food that is unfamiliar to you–sushi would not be considered ‘exotic’ in Tokyo, but hamburgers might!

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Understanding the Basics of the Food Pyramid (Part 2)

12 May, 2012 0 comments Health

While the concept of a food pyramid originated in the United States, it has increasingly been welcomed and even strongly endorsed by health departments all over the world. What makes the food pyramid tick with people world over is its simplicity and focus on nutrition in a way that can be adapted to the needs of populations everywhere. In India, the food pyramid and dietary guidelines for Indians are issued by the National Institute for Nutrition along with a web initiative under the Centre for Chronic Disease Control. Given the diversity of a country like India, there will naturally be variations in the recipes, diet and food ingredients found in different parts of the country. The food pyramid has been adapted according to regions of India by the CCDC, and is based on the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) designed food pyramid.

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Understanding the Basics of the Food Pyramid (Part 1)

29 Apr, 2012 0 comments All life areas

The food pyramid is one of the most basic sources of information about the essentials of a balanced diet, calorie intake and the food groups one must focus on to maintain health and fitness. From the very first health classes in school, we’ve heard a lot about this pyramid, but not many of us know its practical applications in our lives. Unless we visit a professional dietician, who gives us an ideal diet depending on our body weight and additional requirements, we don’t really have a mapped out diet plan for ourselves ready to give us clues. Well, guess what? The food pyramid is exactly that – a generic diet plan. Taking an average sample from the population it is designed to serve, the pyramid gives us the ideal helpings of each food item, complete with portion sizes and number of calories present in each food item., as a quick reference guide to our nutrition doubts. Health departments all over the world have devised their own food pyramids to serve the needs of their populations based on the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) designed food pyramid. Let’s have a closer look at what this pyramid does:

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Nutrition Tips when Eating Out

01 Feb, 2012 0 comments All life areas

Dining out at a restaurant or grabbing lunch at a fast food joint can easily add extra calories to your diet and hit your health and fitness regime. We all tend to splurge while eating out and count it as a break from our usual eating habits, however, if you’re one who eats out a lot or buys lunches at your workplace, then you might want to stop and rethink. Most of the food we eat outside, no matter how healthy it might seem, has hidden calories which perhaps only show the next time you try your favorite pair of jeans on again. Smart eating is not difficult if followed on a regular basis; it’s all about eating right, not eating less. Now, if you want to avoid eating a day’s worth of calories in one go at your favorite restaurant, here are a few tips on keeping your taste buds happy when eating out, while maintaining a check on the calorie meter:

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