In Diet On 06 November 2018
Honey - The name honey itself is so soothing !! as it has immense health benefits. The golden liquid is just a heavenly appearance of one knows it's benefits. Honey is produced by honeybees from nectar of flowers & stored in comb. The flavour of honey depends on the type of nectar. Honey contains large quantities of fructose- 38 % and glucose = 31 %. Sucrose = 2% is basically the table sugar which we commonly use in our homes ....sweet tooth !! Honey has the capacity to retain water and so cakes, brownies, candies made with honey remain moist for a longer period as compared to the confectionaries prepared using other sweeteners. Science of medicine highlights many vital benefits of honey as it is good for skin .....2 tsp honey + 1tsp vinegar + 2tsp rosewater mix well & apply on the face it really hydrates the skin leaving it as soft as baby's skin ....!! Honey has natural sugar content so there is no harm in using in your daily diet. It also acts as a natural detoxification of body as it has many anti oxidants...now you might be wondering what are anti oxidants? ...they are basically substances which interfeares in free radical chain mechanism involved in lipid peroxidation. These antioxidants helps to prevent proliferation of carcinogenic substances in the body leaving your body healthy & free from harmful toxins. Taking 1tsp honey with warm water early morning on an empty stomach helps to reduce weight & also rejuvenates your body. It has a beneficial impact on the immune system to fight against viruses & bacteria.... So....what are you thinking ?? Start honey intake regularly in your diet & experience the magical benefits....soon :) Stay healthy & Happy !!
In Diet On 14 January 2019
This mixed veg juice is a health drink packed with Vitamin A andvitamin C which can give you glowing skin and healthy eyes. The power drink will keep you full with its rich fibre content and only add 50 calories which makes it excellent for those looking to lose weight. Ingredients: 1 carrot 2 small tomatoes 100g bottle gourd 1 medium beetroot Â½ lemon juice Few mint leaves Salt and chaat masala to taste Method: Juice the carrot, tomato, bottlegourd, beetroot and mint in the juicer. Add lemon juice, salt and chaat masala. Serve chilled.
In Diet On 14 January 2019
The first and the most inevitable ingredient of any dish is the oil that you cook it in. It is used in almost all your daily meals, even in salads. But do you pay fine attention to find out which one will make you unhealthy and which one is best for you? If not, it is time to start right away. Here's a guide to pick the healthy cooking oil. Oil basics Oils contain three types of fatty acids saturated (SFA), polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). Saturated fats remain solid at room temperature and can therefore tolerate high temperatures. Poly- and mono- saturated fats on the other hand, are liquid at room temperature and oxidise easily. Every oil has a smoke point i.e. the temperature at which it starts to burn, producing harmful chemicals. Depending on the type of cooking one has to do, they should select an oil with a low or high smoke point. Another important thing is the omega-6 and omega-3 ratio in your oil as some omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. According to researchers, the ideal ratio should be between 2:1 to 4:1. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) an ideal oil is one which has SFA:MUFA:PUFA ratio of 27-33%:33-40%:27-33%. How to choose your oil? Says dietician and nutritionist Nausheen Shaikh , While choosing a cooking oil, make sure you check the label behind to ensure that the oil has low saturated fats (less than 2g for every 10g), zero trans fats and higher amount of MUFA and PUFA â€” but PUFA should be lesser than MUFA. This is because MUFA and PUFA increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol whereas saturated and trans fats increase bad cholesterol thereby increasing chances of heart attacks.â€™ Monosaturated fats increase the HDL and decrease LDL and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oils that contain high amount of polysaturated fats are unstable and should be avoided. If you plan to stir fry, sear, deep fry or do high-heat baking, then choose a cooking oil which can withstand it, an oil with a high smoke point. An oil with a low smoke point can be used for steaming, stewing and as a salad dressing. Whats good for cooking Indian cuisine? According to Nutritionist since Indian food is generally cooked at high tempreture hence the oil should have a high smoke point so that it does not breakdown easily and give bad odour. Oils with higher smoke point are sunflower, safflower, soybean, rice bran, peanut, sesame, mustard and canola oil. Olive oil has a medium smoke point hence cannot be used to very high temperature cooking. It is best for sauting and salads, adds Nausheen. She suggests using a blend of oils to get all the essential fatty acids. Rice bran + olive oil or rice bran + sunflower/safflower oil are a few combinations. You can choose any brand which has ready blends or use two oils separately or rotate the oils every two months. Myths about cooking oil Neha busts is that one should choose a vegetable oil low on cholesterol. The fact is vegetable oils are made from plants which do not contain cholesterol. Hence marketing vegetable oil as low cholesterol is a mere gimmick. Know your cooking oils- Vegetable oil - It is the most commonly used cooking oil and is good for frying. It is a mix of different types of oils like sunflower, soybean, etc. Sunflower oil - This oil is low in saturated fat and has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 39.4:1. It is also a good source of vitamin E. Rice bran oil - It has a high smoke point. It contains a component called gamma oryzanol which has cholesterol lowering properties by decreasing cholesterol absorption and increasing cholesterol elimination. Olive oil - It has different varieties like extra virgin, virgin, refined, etc. Extra virgin is very healthy as its 70% fats are MUFA but it has a low smoke point and a strong flavour. Two very important compounds that promote heart health Omega 3 and oryzanol are present in Saffola Active Oil. Made with rice bran and soyabean oil, it also contains vitamin E. Both these oils are good for cooking and lower cardiovascular risk factors along with other several health benefits. To know more about healthy oils click here