Junk Food At Schools Under FSSAI Scanner


The food regulatory authority of India, FSSAI has now brought Junk Foods under its scanner, and issued a list of guidelines to all the schools over its website. As per the drafted guidelines, country’s top food regulator is set to restrict consumption and availability of junk food in schools. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft guidelines on availability of wholesome and nutritious food in schools to control junk food consumption among children. (Official PDF Here)

Under the draft guidelines, which were first submitted to the court last year, food high in fat, salt or sugar will not be sold within 50 metres of a school’s premises.(Business Insider)

No Junk Food In Schools Now On

The objective of releasing this document is to provide wholesome, nutritional, hygienic and safe healthy food to the students across the 14 lakh schools in India. The lack of availability of balanced diet, nutritional food, awareness about food safety coupled with lack of physical activity among the school kids is the main central cause of many health related issues among school kids.

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A healthy lifestyle is cornerstone of good health, physical fitness, energy and reduced risk for disease. It is based on the choices one makes about his or her daily habits. Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are the foundations for continuing health lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle includes diet based on balance, variety and moderation coupled with regular physical activity commensurate with one’s age, gender and body constitution. As  per  “Dietary Guidelines  for  Indians,  2011”   by National  Institute  of  Nutrition  (NIN),  a balanced diet is one which provides all nutrients in required amounts and proper proportions. It should provide around 50-60% of total calories from carbohydrates, preferably from complex carbohydrates, about 10-15% from proteins and 20-30% from both visible and invisible fat. In addition, it should provide other non-nutrients such as dietary fibre, antioxidants, which bestow positive health benefits.

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Childhood  obesity

Childhood  obesity  is one  of  the  most  serious  public  health challenges  of the  21st  century. Overweight children are likely to become obese adults. As per WHO, about 44% of the diabetes burden and  23%  of  the  CYD  burden  is attributable to  overweight  and  obesity.  Overweight children are more likely than non-overweight children to develop insulin resistance, hyper­ insulinemia, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age, which in turn are associated with a higher chance of premature death and disability”.

Diabetes and pediatric metabolic syndrome

Type  2 diabetes   which  is very  common  in adults  is now  increasingly   being  reported   in children. The  leading  risk factor  for kids  is being  overweight,   often  connected   with an unhealthy  diet  and lack of physical  activity.  According   to a study  done  by  Dr Anoop  Mishra  et alan   post  pubertal Indian  children,   67%  males  with  high  BMI  were  found  to have  insulin  resistance  while  overall prevalence   was  about   22%   in  males   and  36%   in females IS.    As per the Diabetes Atlas 2006 published by the International Diabetes Federation, the number of people with diabetes in India is around 40.9 million and is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025 unless urgent preventive steps are taken.

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Guidelines Drafted by FSSAI

  1. Restrict  / Limit  the Availability  of most common High Fat Sugar and Salt (HFSS) Foods in Schools and area within 50 meters.
  2. Develop  a  Canteen   Policy  to  provide   Nutritious,   Wholesome  and  Healthy   Food  in Schools.
  3. Regulate  Promotion  of ‘HFSS  Food’ among School Children.
  4. Food  Safety  and  Standards   Authority  of India  should  consider  reviewing  the Labeling Regulations  to enable disclosure  of all Relevant  Information.
  5. Establish  Stringent  Limits for Unhealthy  Ingredients.
  6. Encourage  Physical Activity by School Children.

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Herbs to Detoxify Lungs : Quit Smoking


Smoking is injurious to health, and may cause cancer!

We all know about the above statement, but still, that moment of brain-numbness and the “stress-free” couple of seconds pushed us into this vice at one juncture of life. And at some point of time, every smoker decides to quit. When the lungs can’t keep up and we realize that we can no longer sustain our cardio, with as much stamina as we used to have before we started smoking.

Here is something that can help detoxify your lungs, and help push clean air to blood to stay healthy; (source) a list of 5 herbs that can clean up the lungs!

  1. Mullein (Known as Verbascum sinuatum): The flowers and leaves of this plant helps soothe out the nasal passage, and has been proved very effective is problems like asthma, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. It can be consumed as tea, or used in oil/ointments, or cooked to eat. Breathing its steam can be extremely helpful as well!
  2. Lungwort (also known as pulmonaria) : This herb has been used as medicine since 1600! And this HAS to be good for your lung, because the name says so! It thins out the phlegm, thus creating an ease to breathing more clear. If you have accumulated a lot of tar in your lungs from smoking – this is the herb for you.
  3. Licorice Root: Licorice tea is a favourite beverage for all! The initial sip of the tea might not create its effect. But wait for a while, when the root does its magic and fills your mouth with overwhelming sweetness! That natural sweetener is perfect for soothing the throat. It’s great for lung detoxification as it relieves irritation. It helps loosen the phlegm in our throat to make it easier to then expel. It’s antibiotic properties kill bacteria and viruses living in our system.

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  4. Coltsfoot (also known as Tussilago farfara): It looks like little dandelion’s but be careful – when not taken properly it can be toxic. Its leaves have been used since ancient times to treat colds, coughs and other similar sicknesses. It’s effective for smokers when trying to quit. It helps the recovery of tar covered lungs from years of smoking. It loosens the mucus as it acts as a great expectorant. If you have a sore throat or dry cough it creates good relief for that kind of irritation. It can also assist in the soothing of bronchitis, colds, and even pneumonia.
  5. Indian Tobacco (also known as Lobelia Inflata): Don’t worry! The list is still about herbs that work against tobacco! Call it irony, but the tobacco, I mean the India Tobacco is known for causing reverse effects as to what smoking tobacco does to lungs.This amazing herb grows only a few times a year in North America!

    It has been used by Natives throughout time as they understood the healing properties of this plant. It has been used to treat an array of respiratory diseases long before it was used to detoxify lungs.

    Lobeline is an alkaloid that is the main source of relief in this plant. It loosens the phlegm and thins the mucus in the air passages. It’s especially helpful for more serious respiratory issues like asthma and bronchitis.

    It can be used to transition out of tobacco withdrawals in people who are smokers trying to quit. Cleanse your lungs with it by adding a small handful of leaves to a pot of boiling water. Inhale the steam coming from the water for at least 10 minutes. Repeat this twice a day when detoxing your lungs.

A sincere request to our readers! Please quit smoking now! Your life is precious!

“Ban Alcohol First”


During proceedings on Wednesday, in regard to the ban on the Nestle product, Bombay Highcourt, it was concurred that NO ALCOHOL in India has received any product approval by the food safety regulator. Yet, it is being sold without any ban.

“The first thing that you should ban is alcohol. Nowadays, even schoolchildren have started consuming alcohol. It is injurious to health and is a food product. Cigarette is not because it does not fall in the category of food products,” said Justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawalla after the counsel of food safety regulator — Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) — defended the ban on Maggi noodles saying it was injurious to health.

Technically, alcohols fall under the category of Food Products. However, the same could not be done in the case of cigarettes or any other tobacco products, as they do not fall under the above mentioned category.

The hearing on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015, was to judge whether any action taken by the government, was arbitrary or was it justified. Nestle, obviously standing against the ban said that the ban was imposed merely on the basis of suspicion. Nestle cried foul, as many labs that tested the 2-minute noodles were not even accredited.

However the defence (state) claims that the said that Nestle India was giving an “erroneous impression” by putting a “no MSG (monosodium glutamate)” label on its products. A high content of MSG became the bone of contention over which Maggi noodles was banned on June 5.

According to the Indian Express:

The court also said that it was time to put section 22 of the Food Safety Act to test. The said section deals with all such food items that are banned unless the food regulator approves it. Section 22 of the Act states: “Save as otherwise provided under this Act and regulations made thereunder, no person shall manufacture, distribute, sell or import any novel food, genetically modified articles of food, irradiated food, organic foods, foods for special dietary uses, functional foods, neutraceuticals, health supplements, proprietary foods and such other articles of food which the central government may notify in this behalf.”

–See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/maggi-ban-alcohol-should-be-banned-first-as-it-is-injurious-to-health-says-high-court/#sthash.kvC1R5yb.dpuf