Archive for April 19th, 2013

What’s in a spoonful of rice?

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Although rice is one of the most widely consumed grains in the world, off-late it has come under attack for being fattening or starchy. Let’s take a look at the nutritional content of rice.

Rice to the occasion

From biryani to dosa, risotto to sushi, rice is eaten in so many wonderful ways around the world. It is, after all, a staple for more than half of the world’s population. Principally consumed in Asia, rice provides 20% of the world’s energy supply, while wheat supplies 19% and maize 5%. In India, rice eating regions include eastern India – Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, West Bengal; Central India – Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand; and Southern India – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka.


Fitness Q&A: Tips to lose weight

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Fitness expert, Namita Jain answers readers’ questions on fitness. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Thursday.

This week’s answers:

Dear ma’m, i’m Myesha from Dhaka, Bangladesh. My age is 21, height 5 feet 1.5 inch and my weight is only 36 kg. Its highest range is 39 kg. This 36-39 range has been fixed for me since last 5-6 years! My physical structure looks very,very,very bad because of my thinness. I usually take healthy and delicious food daily. But it actually doesn’t work for me. Now please, please, please give me a solution of having a perfect and beautiful body according my age.

Dear myeshafarzana,

I suggest you consult a physician to rule out any medical concerns. Many
people have trouble gaining weight. It is not a good idea to eat mega-meals at fast food joints or high- in- fat foods to gain weight. An effort like this will increase your body fat, putting you at risk for health problems. Rather work on improving the quality of your diet. Focus on eating healthy, growing strong and staying fit. Try eating five to six small healthy meals per day. Include 2 to 3 servings of fruits and vegetables in the day. Drink juice and smoothies made with milk, nuts and fresh fruit. Snack on dried fruit and banana and high-fiber savories.


Top 10 naturally cooling foods

Friday, April 19th, 2013

As the mercury soars across the country, we have for you 10 naturally cooling foods that’ll help your body cope with the heat and stay healthy.

It’s hot out there! As we reel under the intense summer heat, most of us try to avoid going outdoors and stay cool indoors instead. Another good way of staying comfortable is by consuming foods that are naturally cooling. Try these delicious options to beat the heat.

Naturally cooling foods

1. Coconut Water


The king of fruits – Mango

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Mango season is here and how! You’ll spot this luscious-looking fruit on almost every street corner. Read on for the good, the bad and the ugly of this summer delicacy.

They can be eaten raw or ripe, these mangoes! Called the king of fruits, it’s one of the most popular fruits found in umpteen varieties such as Raspuri, Badami, Malgoba, Alphonso. Native to our country, mangoes are now cultivated everywhere from California to Mexico, from the Caribbean to Africa, Australia and China.

The yummy health-booster


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