February 27th, 2014

Be Smart to Choose Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately our local markets carry variety of both fresh as well as contaminated fruits and vegetables. At times fruits and veggies get affected by harmful bacteria that are present in the soil or water where produce grows, while sometime these become contaminated during preparation or storage. In any condition eating contaminated produce (or fruit and vegetable juices made from contaminated produce) can lead to food borne illness like food poisoning. Therefore in order to bring home the most nutritious fruits and vegetables we must stay aware about the time when different fruits and vegetables are in season and what to

June 5th, 2013

Summer Cooler Cucumber

Ever wonder how to beat the scorching summer heat? Remember humble crunchy cucumber! Yes, to remain hydrated throughout the summer splurge on cucumber. Geetu Amarnani, a Mumbai Based Nutrition speaks how this this wonderful, low calorie vegetable indeed has more nutrients to offer than just water and electrolytes. Also read to explore few more benefits of Cucumber. Hydrates you. After the activity or during the summer, the body perspires profusely which can lead to dehydration. Consumption in the form of juice or cucumber into small pieces to help meet the needs of body fluids. Helps body to get rid of toxins. Nearly 90% part of the cucumber is water. This helps to remove body toxins and

April 23rd, 2013

5 Fruits That Boost Immunity in Summers

Fruits and vegetables are at their nutritional peak during their prime growing season. And summer is a great season to enjoy delicious seasonal juicy fruits that not only satisfy your sweet taste buds but also provide maximum nutritional benefits to us. Here are five top must have summer fruit and their health benefits Watermelon – Juicy and sweet, this summer fruit not only helps to quench the thirst but is also a good source of beta carotene, vitamin C, pectin, lycopene, potassium and iron. True to its name watermelon has extremely high water content and a crumbly and subtly crunchy flesh which makes it a favourite thirst-quenching fruit. Enriched with lycopene, Vitamin A and C,

April 18th, 2013

You Should Eat Crispy Cabbage

Cabbage, a sturdy, strong and leafy vegetable is hardy and easy to grow, and healthy and hearty to eat. Geetu Amarnai, a Mumbai based Nutritionist tells you some astonishing health benefits of this green crispy vegetable. Read on. Yes, this fresh, dark green-leafy cabbage is not only healthy to look but is also incredibly nutritious containing a high content of vitamin punch and other minerals. However, the most important thing is it is very low in fat and calories with 100 g of leaves holding just 25 calories. So it is a boon food for those looking to shed off those extra pounds without starvation. Besides this, it also contains an adequate amount of minerals like potassium, manganese,

February 10th, 2012

Eat Well To Age Proof Your Health

AGEING is a subtle and quiet process. While a lot of age related changes are predictable and acceptable, every change shouldn’t be discounted by attributing it to ageing. But yes, food wise you should behave sage because as you age your body dose not have same potential to assimilate nutrients from foods. So we need to eat well age well. My Health Guardian drops down 11 mantras to safeguard your health with right food habit.  1. Eat a balanced diet that includes raw vegetables, fruits, grains seeds and quality protein such as fish and soy. Consume less of animal protein. 2. Consume four or five small meals daily. 3. A low calorie diet is essential to maintain good health. Eat only

August 17th, 2010

Corn Comfort

Monsoons are incomplete without the company of roasted corn, popularly known as bhutta.  Whatever way you decide to have corn—steamed, sautéed, roasted, flaked, popped or in soups–this much is for sure that they are going to tantalize taste buds and deliver nutritional punch too. An important food plant that is native to America, corn is thought to have originated in either Mexico or Central America. Read ahead to know more about this once upon a time wild grass—teosinite’s metamorphosis in the coveted corn of today. Trivia  Farmers grow corn on every continent except Antarctica.  One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of Coca-Cola.  There are about 800

March 17th, 2010

Juicy Watermelons

There is more to summer than muggy afternoons and parched throats. Summer offers unique bounty of fruits, like—mangoes, melons, litchis and watermelons. True to its name watermelon has an extremely high water content, approximately 92%, giving its flesh a crumbly and subtly crunchy texture and making it a favourite thirst-quenching fruit. In the capital during the months of summer you can see giant green melons sitting pretty on the sidewalks, perched one on the top of another in neat rows. As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, the watermelon is related to the cantaloupe, squash and pumpkin, other plants that also grow on vines on the ground. History–Originating in Africa,

March 17th, 2010

Capsicum Crunch

This time of the year gourd family, bottled, ribbed and ridged, dominates the vegetable market. To make matters worse, they are extremely high on nutritional quotient and guilt gnaws you each time you avert their stare while looking for more options. Capsicum—the curvaceous, crunchy veggie not only rescues us from the gourd fare but also adds fire, zest and colour to your culinary skills. Besides the well-known, green-coloured capsicum, there are other kinds too, in richer hues, like—yellow and red. Latino link Like other relatives of the chilly family, capsicum originated in South America with seeds of a wild variety dating back to 5000BC. It was Christopher Columbus who discovered

March 17th, 2010

Cool and Melony

 Cantaloupe–a fruit with a fascinating name, refreshingly rich flavour and aroma is a dieter’s delight and an antioxidant powerhouse. The fruit derives its name from the ltalian papal village of Cantalup, where it was first cultivated around 1700 A.D. It belongs to the same family as the cucumber, squash, pumpkin and gourd, and like many of its relatives, grows on the ground on a trailing vine. What’s in a name? Cantaloupes are also referred to as a netted melon because it has a rib less rind with a distinctive netted skin. Inside of the melon there is a hollow cavity that contains seeds encased in a web of netting. Cantaloupe is also known as rock melon and muskmelon in

March 17th, 2010

Pear Panache

Sink your teeth in a pear and the taste of soft buttery flesh with somewhat grainy texture overwhelms your palate. Pears are one of the oldest cultivated and beloved fruits. Greek poet Homer lauds pears as “gift of the gods.” Pears are members of the rose family and related to the apple and the quince. Pears generally have a large round bottom that tapers towards the top. Depending upon the variety, their paper-thin skins can either be yellow, green, brown, red or a combination of two or more of these colors. Like apples, pears have a core that features several seeds. Nutritional profile    Pears are an excellent source of fibre. An average pear provides 6 grams, which amounts to

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