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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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Bali, India, Italy: Your Search for Love and Freedom can begin at Home

02 Oct, 2012 0 comments Health

Elizabeth Gilbert’s memorable memoir Eat, Pray, Love is the story of a woman’s search for love and freedom miles away from her home, in foreign lands. While the desire to travel and be like Gilbert might be hidden in all of us, not everyone can afford the time and resources to head anywhere. But that doesn’t mean the search for love and freedom stops there, on the contrary home is the best place to begin. The idea rests on the understanding that the place we live in is invariably the closest, more or less most comfortable environment available and plays a key role in shaping our lives. This is not an epic journey on the road of self-discovery we’re talking about. It’s very much rooted in our daily lives as ordinary people. It’s about taking on life right from where it begins – your home.

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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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