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Some facts on healthy eating

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  • Natural fast food is good for health.
  • Examples of natural fast foods are milk, dry fruits and fruits.
  • Artificial fast food or junk food is bad for health.
  • Junk food contains refined sugar, bad fats and trans fats.
  • Trans fats reduce the amount of good cholesterol and raised the levels of bad cholesterol in the body.
  • Soft drinks, if taken more than one in a day, are harmful to the health.
  • Sweets contain more than 30% sugar and are harmful to the body.
  • White sugar, white maida and white rice should be avoided.
  • Jaggery is better than sugar.
  • All girls should eat jaggery and white gram once a week.

Some tips to keep obesity under check

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  1. Skip carbohydrates once in a week.
  2. Combine a sweet food with bitter food (for instance choose to cook aloo methi over aloo matar).
  3. Consume bitter green items in foods such as karela, methi, palak, bhindi, etc.
  4. Do not eat trans fats.
  5. Do not consume more than 80 ml of soft drink in a day.
  6. Do not consume sweets with more than 30% sugar.
  7. Avoid maida, rice, and white sugar.
  8. Walk, walk and walk…

Follow a healthy diet for a healthy heart

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  1. Diet should be low in sodium and no person should consume more than 6 gm of sodium chloride in a day.
  2. Consumption of trans fats, which is found in hydrogenated oils or vanaspati ghee, should be minimal as they are bad for the heart and reduce the good HDL cholesterol and increase the bad LDL cholesterol.
  3. A person should avoid eating out as much as possible since the food in most restaurants and hotels has high amounts of trans fats and is generally bad for the heart
  4. Refined carbohydrates like white bread, white flour, white rice and refined sweetened cereals and white sugar should be avoided and replaced with options like whole grain flour, healthy green cereals and oat meal.
  5. Any sweet item containing more than 10% sugar should be limited. On an average the sugar content in soft drinks is 10%, Indian sweets contain 30-50% sugar.

Traditionally, we recognize Raksha Bandhan as a bond of love between a brother and a sister. Rakhi is synonymous with purity of the relationship. The tying of the rakhi also denotes the brother’s vow to protect his sister. The Raksha Bandhan festival represents the spirit of fraternity. It is a traditional way to celebrate the unconditional love between siblings. The word ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘Bandhan’ signifies bondage. Rakhi is a sacred that sister ties on her brother’s wrist to protect him from all types of negativity in life. The brother also vows to protect his loving sister by offering her a suitable gift. This festival that glorifies precious emotions of love, care and affection Give your sister the precious gift of good health on this Raksha Bandhan. Gift her a health checkup package. Share love not sweets. Sweets are rich in trans-fats and refined carbohydrates. Trans-fats increase LDL or the bad cholesterol and lower HDL or the healthy cholesterol and increase the risk for diseases like heart attack. Sweets that are made of hydrogenated fats are rich in trans-fats. Also, do not gift chocolates as they are rich in refined sugar and saturated fats. They can be harmful to the health. Chocolates can increase the chances of fatty liver, abdominal obesity and metabolic syndrome. Give dry fruits, jaggery chana, sattu, fruits instead of sweets, chocolates and cookies. All women needs iron an proteins. Jaggery is high in iron and chana (black gram) in proteins. Sattu is the natural healthy fast food and good for the health. Fresh fruits are health friendly. One should eat atleast 3-5 servings of fruits every day, Dry fruits are protective as they have high contents of natural vitamin E. The views and opinions expressed in the text are entirely my personal views.

Stay away from saturated and transfats

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Saturated fats are found in red meat, milk and other dairy foods and coconut and palm oils. Trans fats are a byproduct of the chemical reaction that turns liquid vegetable oil into solid margarine or shortening and that prevents liquid vegetable oils from turning rancid. Trans fats boost LDL as much as saturated fats do. They also lower protective HDL, rev up inflammation and increase the tendency for blood clots to form inside blood vessels.

Stay away from saturated and trans fats

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Saturated fats are found in red meat, milk and other dairy foods and coconut and palm oils. Trans fats are a byproduct of the chemical reaction that turns liquid vegetable oil into solid margarine or shortening and that prevents liquid vegetable oils from turning rancid. Trans fats boost LDL as much as saturated fats do. They also lower protective HDL, rev up inflammation and increase the tendency for blood clots to form inside blood vessels.