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Blog Topic : Learn about SUGAR in Nutrition, its scope and effects on your health Chemically and in simple layman language sugar is basically simple form of carbohydrate. Sugar is basically compound known as Glucose. Its derived from various sources like sugarcane, milk, fruits etc. This blog discusses on SUGAR in Nutrition and its effects on our day to day eating habits and, not sugar commonly known as a disease and the ways of detection of medical condition due to imbalance in blood sugar levels. Sugar in blood is not a disease but, imbalance of sugar in blood can cause metabolic diseases. Why Sugar is important Nutrition..? The compound Sugar in our food is instant source of energy for body and the only simple form of fuel for our brain as Glucose and, an alternate source of energy for other organ systems and muscles. The brain needs glucose to burn and use it as single and only source of energy and, actually brain is a very sensitive and important organ which needs instant energy to keep it up and working. What happens in body systems when sugar is consumed in excess? Sugar is the trigger to most of the normal medical condition or metabolic diseases an adult faces in present times but sugar is indispensable when it comes to sweetening your drinks and desserts. When consumed outside limits of moderation it causes Glucose imbalance in body, commonly known as High blood sugar. We all know that packaged sugar is available in 2 marketed packs types - White and Brown . The White one is majorly used while Brown is a little more not as a usual / daily routine. If not administered in monitored proportions or high intake of dietary sugar is not only harmful for adults, but can pose severe threats to the health of a child and teenager as well. When consumed outside limits of moderation it causes Glucose imbalance in body. See below points on how sugar affects your body: 1. Sugar can lead to a fatty Liver: Fatty liver is a troubling issue faced by many across the globe. It is wrong to think only alcoholics are subjected to fatty liver health condition. People who exercise little and consume huge amounts of fructose are also exposed to the threat of this disease. When a person doesn't do enough to burn up the existing amount of glycogen in his or her liver and take in fructose repeatedly, the liver turns that fructose into fat and thus impairing ones liver capabilities to a great extent. 2. Sugar may make you resistant to Leptin: Leptin is a hormone released by your fat cells. The hormone is particularly necessary as it sends signals to your brain telling it you are full and won't be requiring any more food. Fat people have more number of fat cells and thus additional Leptin too. The Leptin becomes inactive due to the effects of high blood triglycerides and insulin, both of which counter its functioning. 3. Sugar is addictive and there lies the key to temptation: Sugar is enormously addictive. If you like sweetened products, you will find it hard to resist your cravings for cakes, cookies or chocolates. Sugar accelerates dopamine secretion; this hormone makes a person feel good. Dopamine is the hormone released on the consumption of drugs such as cocaine. Researches reveals sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. 4. Calories in sugar are not balanced out with any mineral or vitamin: Because of its lack of nutrient value, sugar is said to have empty or free calories. Food items rich in sugar tend to make a person lethargic and slackened while depriving them of essential minerals and vitamins. It is therefore, best to not allow children to have pastries, chocolates or puddings in excess. 5. Sugar leads to extensive tooth decay: Sugar can accumulate on your teeth if you are having too many sweetened food items. This causes your teeth enamel to wear away, making it more prone to cavities and dental caries. 6. Regular excessive consumption of sugar can cause dehydration and is known for causing puffy eyes and dry skin: The dehydration of skin leads to formation of dark circles under your eyes and, if you try reduce your consumption of sugar by half it will help you in rejuvenating your skin. 7. Excessive sugar consumption has always been linked to inflammation of skin and as a result it causes rashes and redness on skin:Even the most basic form of dermatitis or skin infection is attributed to excess consumption of sugar, specially from sources such as sweetened carbonated beverages, etc. Also, processed foods should be completely removed from diet as they contain lots of sugar. The excessive consumption of sugar is known to cause imbalance in the body and results in the secretion of insulin hormone and IGF-1. It causes the sebum gland on your skin to become over productive and results in excess secretion of oil, which leads to clogging of pores and in turn aggravates acne. Reducing the intake of sugar will have a significant impact and will help in reducing acne. While sugar is known to cause many ailments of the skin, such as hyper pigmentation or discoloration of the skin, very few people know that it can also cause wrinkles on your skin. Sugar consumption can lead to a process known as glycation, which is the binding of protein with blood sugar, which then results in the formation of excessive collagen thus, making your skin brittle. Excessive consumption of sugar has been linked to inflammation of the skin mainly contributing to skin diseases such as psoriasis. When blood glucose level rises in the body due to excessive consumption of sugar, it disrupts the absorption or the flow of oxygen into the skin thus, reduces antioxidants and causes inflammation. Reduced intake of sugar will reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. What is a more natural form of sugar, White or Brown .? There are 2 forms of sugar available in marketed packs the WHITE and, the BROWN colour sugar. There is manufacturing difference between brown sugar and white sugar and lets try to understand here. The usual process of manufacturing sugar involves extracting the juice from sugar cane, which then is centrifuged to form finer granules. Unlike white sugar, brown sugar goes into some more steps in processing brown sugar to be blended with molasses. Blending with molasses enhances the natural constituency of the sugar, this minimal processing step that goes into making brown sugar enhances its nutritive value. Advantages of brown sugar over white sugar : As brown sugar is granulated sugar with molasses, so it contains greater amount of minerals and consequently is recommended over white sugar. Brown sugar has decent quantities of calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Molasses, being a more natural constituent, so it scores over health benefits in comparison to white sugar. While white sugar includes synthetic flavors which may cause further damage to your health. As against this, brown sugar is slightly more beneficial. Compared to white sugar, brown sugar supplies a fairly reduced amount of calories. Brown sugar has more health enzymes than plain sugar. Healthy food habits one can take care in consumption of sugar : Sugary foods are temptation giving and are addictive ! The first thought that comes to your mind when you see a chocolate pastry or a strawberry cheesecake is an immediate urge to eat it. However, these foods are filled with excessive empty calories and unhealthy fats that do not contribute positively to your health in any manner whatsoever. Basically, you need to control those taste buds in order to remain healthy and moderation is the key to keep control over excessive consumption. As some examples here are some common foods that may be enjoyable but are surprisingly bad for you: 1. A chocolate cookie is something that you would love to eat anytime. These cookies are delicious to eat and thus, very difficult to stay away from. They contain calories in large amounts which are mainly from simple carbohydrates. They tend to raise your blood sugar immediately, thus leading to fat accumulation. 2. Ice creams are high in calorie content and fat. Most of the calories are from simple sugar and saturated fat that raise your risk of heart disease. Regular consumption of Ice creams increases body weight in no time. Some messages by World Health Organisation (WHO, International ) - - Reduced consumption of sugary drinks means lower intake of free sugars and calories overall, improved nutrition and fewer people suffering from overweight, obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Free sugars refer to monosaccharides (such as glucose or fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) added to foods and drinks by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices, and fruit juice concentrates. - Consumption of free sugars, including products like sugary drinks, is a major factor in the global increase of people suffering from obesity and diabetes, says Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO Department for the Prevention of NCDs. - Nutritionally, people dont need any sugar in their diet. WHO recommends that if people do consume free sugars, they keep their intake below 10% of their total energy needs, and reduce it to less than 5% for additional health benefits. This is equivalent to less than a single serving (at least 250 ml) of commonly consumed sugary drinks per day, says Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. - According to the new WHO report, national dietary surveys indicate that drinks and foods high in free sugars can be a major source of unnecessary calories in peoples diets, particularly in the case of children, adolescents and young adults. * Source of information is WHO website
Red Amaranth • Consumed in the form of soups, salads, dals, curries and semi-dry dishes with rice • Its one of the best source of vitamin K & Proteins • Its also a rich source of vitamins C & E, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphours & potassium • Its calcium content is more than milk which makes it a super food for lactose intolerant, helps reduce risk of osteoporosis • Also good for pregnant & lactating women’s Kokum Fruit extract • Consumed as sherbet, solkadi, syrups & added to fish curry • This super berry is nutrient packed with nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, anti-oxidants & low in fat & calories • This tangy fruit’s active ingredient, garcinol is an anti-oxidant with anti-carcinogenic properties • Helps in diagestion, relifes flatulence & heat strokes • It’s a natural & effective food preservative Coconut water • Helps replenish lost fluids in the body due to dehydration • 100ml of water contains 250mgs potassium & 105 mg sodium • Its low cal& fat –free with the benefit of simple sugars, electrolytes & full of essential minerals which makes for a good and healthy weight loss beverage Bitter Gourd / Karela • This summer produce is a natural remedy for liver • Also helps in stabling blood sugar level • Helps to increase cellular uptake of glucose and improves glucose tolerance • It contains a phytonutrient -polypeptide-P that has been called a plant insulin & is known to lower blood sugar levels Pumpkin / Kaddu or Petha • Best consumed as curry, stir-fry, raita & desserts • Rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins • Benefits organs like stomach, spleen & pancreas • Natural sweetness helps keep blood sugar stable • Helps repair skin tissues as it a good source of beta-carotene • 100gms of pumpkin seeds have 559 calories & 30 gms protein Bottle Gourd / Lauki or Doodhi • Promotes Weight Loss • Cures tummy troubles - Helps Digestion And Treats Constipation: its benefits are realized in aiding constipation, acidity, diarrhoea, easy bowel movement, • Provides Cooling Effect • Treats Urinary tract infection / problems • Treats Sleeping Disorders : Bottle gourd contains a good amount of choline – a kind of neurotransmitter that helps in improving the functions of the brain and helps in preventing stress, depression and other mental disorders. • Replenishes Loss Of Water Content • Keeps The Heart Healthy • Reduces Inflammation Of Liver Caution : Bottle gourd juice should always be consumed fresh. Peel and gourd and try a bit of flesh before blending, it shouldn’t taste bitter. If it does, discard it. Also, it is advised to have bottle gourd juice alone and not mixed with other vegetables. However, you can add amla, ginger, fresh mint leave and some rock salt to spruce up the flavour.
Continued Part -2 ….. Blog Title : Refine your habits and sleep like a baby!! How to improve the quality of your sleep? 1. Put your smartphones aside: Make it a thumb rule to keep all your internet supporting devices outside your bedroom(or on airplane mode, if they serve as your alarm clock too), at least 1-2 hours before you would like to doze off and the sleep angel would definitely show up on time. 2. Read a book: Pick up your favourite book (even a less interesting one would work) and within 30 minutes, your mind will start feeling lighter. A research observed that half an hour of dedicated reading greatly reduces stress levels which in turn flushes out all the negative thoughts, thus relaxing the mind. 3. Exercise regularly: Besides exhausting your body, exercise also releases happy hormones which help reduce stress and calm your mind. 4. Avoid late and heavy meals: Dinner should always be kept light and the gap between the last meal of the day and bedtime should be at least 1-2 hours. 5. Take wise Naps: Take small day naps, not too close to your bedtime in order to use them just as power boosts. 6. Change the atmosphere of the room: Bright lights, loud noises and too much outdoor and indoor activity signal the feeling of daytime to our body. So, dimming the lights, playing some calming music and shutting all other activities before going to bed would notify the body about sleep time. The air of the room should feel and smell fresh. Many studies suggest as compared to outdoor air, closed indoor air quality is more poor in may household due to many reasons. In polluted areas or densely populated areas it is evident that natural resources are divided more like forest / green cover, natural water resource etc.. is less in availability per person. So try to plant trees and ornamental plants outdoor and indoor and its advisable to use a air purifier device to help breath good quality air at least 8-10 hours in a day when your family is sleeping in a closed room. 7. Chamomile tea: Some studies reveal that along with plethora of benefits like rich in antioxidants, aiding in digestive issues, headaches and to counteract on bacterial infections. Chamomile tea helps reducing insomnia too. So, never heard about Chamomile Tea.? try it It’s really very effective and its a pleasant herbal aromatic infusion and easily available at any superstore or online grocery store. What to do when even changing habits doesn’t work? Aromatherapy: This form of therapy uses various aromatic oils, including essential oils to improve the patient’s psychological and physical health. Though there is not much evidence, yet it is believed that the fragrance of a few extracts, such as lavender and chamomile are useful for better sleep. Pranayama: This form of Yoga involves specific breathing exercises and meditation practices that give very good results in calming the mind if practiced regularly. Since a calm mind is free of stress and anxiety and full of positive hormones, practicing pranayama daily undeniably improves overall health including sleep as well. Hot water bath: The warm water increases the body temperature slightly while stepping out of the shower brings it down quickly, which naturally readies the brain for sleep. According to a small 1985 study, a warm water bath before bed not only helps in sleeping quickly but also improves the quality of sleep. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT): If needed, your doctor or sleep specialist can suggest you CBT. It helps you change actions or thoughts that hurt your ability to sleep well. The therapist will assist you in developing habits that promote a healthy pattern of sleep, like teaching you how to maintain a sleep journal and may be by making some changes in some of the “before going to bed” activities. Hypnotherapy: This relatively new form of therapy, practiced with the help of a hypnotherapist, gives an insight about the real internal issues that may not be consciously known to the person and are hampering with a good night’s sleep. Through Guided Meditation and Progressive Relaxation, the therapist helps the individual to relieve the mental stress and anxiety, thus bringing the mind to a relaxed and a peaceful state. A combined effort to consult with Professional experienced Dietician and Physchologist and Hypnotheraist will help more to give the healing touch as per longevity and impact of sleep issue you realize over a period of time. A family physician may not be aware of the trending and contemporary ways to treat without medicines. Your body has the power to heal itself so medicines should be the last choice to help out. I hope you liked and learned from this Sleep series of blog, part-1 & 2 and figured out deeper insights to help complete the loop of information. Stay tuned to watch out more blogs topics on contemporary topics on wellness to help you live well and shift the mindset from medical care to wellness and self awareness to know and treat your body well. If you like reading please share this blog with your friends and known to’s, thank you ! We are happy to address any Qs you may have :) Contributing Authors :- Priyanka Khandelwal Professional Nutritionist/ Dietician Diet Planet - The Online Diet Clinic web: www.dietplanet.co.in Call & whats app: +91-8130136350 Charu Agarwal Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Hypnotherapist (California Hypnosis Institute, USA) Call & whats app: +91-9717193558 Pooja Kolambe Freelance Councellor, Educational Psychologist and, access bars practitioner Whats app - +91-8886347733
A Good Night Detox Juice –Recipe Benefits – High in antioxidants, Amino acids, Improves digestion & Works best for tummy fat reduction Ingredients - • Cucumber with skin -1 • Ginger - 1 big pc. • Coriander leaves - 1 handful • Lemon - ½ pc. • Water - ½ Cup Method – • In a mixer grinder mix all ingredients and grind well to paste like consistency. • Strain the paste to extract juice and drink at BED TIME  Priyanka Khandelwal’s Diet Planet – the Online Diet Clinic is just a Click away to help you !!!
Blog : Benefits of Veg produce - Lotus stem or Kamal kakdi and delicious recipes Lotus stem or Kamal kakdi, is (most of the times wrongly called as lotus root) very popular vegetable in India. This lotus stem is loaded with full of micro and macro nutrients and has some tremendous health benefits. The nutritional value of lotus stem is pretty impressive. It is rich in calcium, iron, fiber and many important minerals like zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper, etc. It is also loaded with Vitamin B, Vitamin E, vitamin K etc. Here is brief Nutrition profile in this vegetable: 100 grams of lotus stem contains • Energy ~74 CALORIES ONLY. • 17 grams of CARBOHYDRATES • 2.5 grams of PROTEIN • 0.39 mg of ZINC • 0.261 mg of POTASSIUM • 0.1 grams of FAT • 1.16 mg of IRON • 5 grams of FIBER • 40 mg of SODIUM • 44 mg of VITAMIN C • 0.25 mg COPPER • 23 mg of MAGNESIUM • 556 mg of POTASSIUM Benefits - Helps to reduce cholesterol - Fibre rich so Improves digestion - Helps to lower blood pressure - Helps to boost the immunity system - Helps to prevent some forms of cancer - Balances your mood - Helps to relieve depression - Helps to maintain the proper enzymatic activity in your body. - Helps in Weight loss as low in calories and fat - Helps in curing constipation as high in fiber content, highly recommended for pregnant women. - Helps in maintaining lustrous hair, skin and nails There you have it, an opportunity to experiment with this versatile vegetable and cook something sensational in sides as starters or main course. After knowing about all its health benefits, you now have no excuses left for not including it in your Daily Menu. You can google many recipes from chaat, snacks to curries on how to use this well known veg in Indian conventional kitchen wisdom way OR modern style cooking. So next time you are out on a restaurenting affair do search for lotus stem recipe on the menu as a healthy and of course tasty choice. Wondering how to use it? Here, we have our best way to go for the tried and tasty recipes right in front of you to try and relish the nutrient dense dishes even when you are thinking on maintaining healthy weight or working on a weight loss diet plan Lotus stem curry Ingredients (1 cup = 250 ML) • 1 tbsp ghee/clarified butter • 1 bay leaf / tej patta • ½ tsp turmeric / haldi • 1 tsp jeera / cumin • 1 inch ginger finely chopped • ½ tsp coriander powder • 1 green chilli slit • 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder / lal mirch powder • 200 gms boiled and sliced • 1 cup water • 1/2 cup curd/yogurt whisked • ½ tsp salt • ½ tsp garam masala powder • 2 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped Instructions 1. Wash and peel the lotus stems. Cut them into thin slices. Put the lotus stem slices in a pressure cooker and add 1 cup water. Cook till they are soft. I cooked for one whistle on high heat and 2 on low heat. 2. In a thick bottomed kadai heat ghee and sauté 1 bay leaf and 1 tsp jeera till they aromatic. 3. Further add 1 inch ginger, 1 green chili and sauté well. 4. keeping the flame on low add ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp chilli powder, ½ tsp coriander powder and sauté for 30 seconds. 5. Furthermore add 1 cup water and 1 cup whisked curd. 6. Stir continuously on low flame till the curd combines well. 7. Stir well keeping the flame on low else there are chances for curd to curdle. 8. Now add boiled and slices lotus stem/Kamal kakdi. 9. Mix well, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or till absorbs flavor. 10. Now add ½ tsp garam masala powder, Salt to taste and 2 tbsp coriander leaves. Mix well. 11. Finally, serve along with hot steamed rice or roti. Starter recipe - Fried Lotus Stems with Chutney Recipe Ingredients of Fried Lotus Stems with Chutney For Lotus Stems: • lotus stems - finely sliced • Oil - for deep frying • salt - to taste For Walnut Chutney: • 4 tsp curd • 1 cup hung curd • 7-8 walnuts • Pinch of Kashmiri red chilli powder • Salt - to taste For Mooli Chutney: • 2 tsp curd • 1 cup hung curd • 3-4 Tbsp grated mooli • Pinch of Kashmiri red chilli powder • 1/2 tsp green chillies - chopped • 1/2 tsp roasted jeera powder • Salt - to taste How to Make Fried Lotus Stems with Chutney For Lotus Stems: Heat oil in a vessel and deep fry the stems till crispy brown. Take them out onto tissue paper to remove excess oil. Sprinkle salt over it and serve hot. For Walnut Chutney: Grind the walnuts with two tsp of curd in a blender to make a walnut paste. Add the paste to the hung curd with two tsp more of the regular curd. Mix it all together. Then add the chilli powder and salt. Mix again and serve as a chutney or dip. For Mooli Chutney: Mix the two curds together in a bowl. Add the mooli, red chilli powder, green chillies and salt. Mix it all together and sprinkle the roasted jeera powder over and mix again. Serve as a chutney or dip. STAY TUNED TO THIS FB PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WEALTH ON KNOWLEDGE ON HEALTH & WELLNESS AND, CONVENTIONAL WISDOM FROM INDIAN KITCHENS. I like to be poked on my Clinic fb page here :) I am happy to help answer any Q’s you may have to lead a Healthy Lifestyle!!!
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