PETA ad claims Beer is Better than Milk

“Got beer? It’s official: beer is better for you than milk!”. This is what a billboard sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has claimed in Madison, Wisconsin, also known as America’s Dairyland. 

Well, we knew about how Vodka is beneficial for health [Watch Video Here] but the benefits of beer were only known to dissolve stones (Did you know about Tonsil Stones?there is something called tonsil stones too!) and reduce bad cholesterol. However, PETA claims the following benefits, quoting sources like American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Harvard School of Public Health, the American Journal of Epidemiology and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association :  beer aids longevity and strengthens bones, while milk causes obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Read here: How to fight diabetes with simple lifestyle changes?

A donation of $500 was made by PETA to MADD out of goodwill after the “Got Beer?” campaign was stripped off in 2000. The campaign was halted out of respect for MADD, PETA explained. After PETA was accused of promoting beer drinking through their campaigns, the organization stated that other beverages like juices, mineral water and soy milk are also recommended by them, and asked why beer has been over-hyped.

Did you know the benefits of having fresh juice from raw fruits and vegetables?

“Had we used soda instead of beer, there would have been no media interest in the campaign, of course. PETA urges everyone, beer-drinkers included, to drink responsibly. Where milk is concerned, there’s no such thing!,” PETA stated on its website. (Source: Yahoo! News)

All Naturals For Skin Beauty

Earlier, we posted an article on Natural Remedies for Skin Problems. In continuation with the same, today we have come up with a gallery of all natural products which can be used in various forms, be it face packs, skin peels or scrubs!
What you need is turmeric, coconut oil, honey, yoghurt, aloe-vera, lemon juice, cinnamon, egg, milk and tomato!

Earlier, we posted an article on Natural Remedies for Skin ProblemsIn continuation with the same, today we have come up with a gallery of all natural products which can be used in various forms, be it face packs, skin peels or scrubs!

[Watch] Benefits of Vodka for skin

What you need is turmeric, coconut oil, honey, yoghurt, aloevera, lemon juice, cinnamon, egg, milk and tomato!

Lose Weight Using Your Gut Bacteria

Good bacteria and bad bacteria are constantly fighting! Their battle shall govern whether you will lose or gain weight!

Did you know our gut houses tons of bacteria. Good and bad both. As you are reading this post, there is a war going on between the good and the bad – some 1,000 species of bacteria are duking it out, trying to establish dominance. Why should you care? Because whether the good bacteria in your gut or the bad triumph doesn’t just decide how well you digest your dinner, respond to allergens and fend off diseases—it also helps determine how much weight you’re likely to gain. Or lose.

Beware!! Raisins, the dried form of grapes can hurt your teeth and make you put on weight!

Yes! Bacterias also govern your weight management! “Simply put, if you get the microbiome—that collection of bacteria inside you—healthy, you will lose weight,” says Raphael Kellman, MD, a New York City physician and author of The Microbiome Diet. “It’s less about eating a certain percentage of carbohydrates, protein and fat than about correcting the overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria, which is making you crave the wrong foods, triggering inflammation.”

Also Read: How can you beat Type II Diabetes? Here is how!

This is big news: There are trillions of microbes in your belly that will—if you feed them well—help you fight flab and win.

  1. Check your 2 P’sProbiotics are a type of good bacteria, similar to the ones that already reside in your gut. Ingesting these organisms aids digestion and helps change and repopulate intestinal bacteria to balance what doctors refer to as “gut flora.” Prebiotics are plant-fiber compounds, also found in food, that pass undigested through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and help stimulate the growth of good bacteria. When pre- and probiotics are combined, they become an intestinal power couple (or, in blunter terms, they kick nutritional butt).
  2. Intake Live Bacteria Fermented foods deliver probiotics directly to the gut. A cup of yogurt a day? It’s a nice start. Look for products that say “live and active cultures” on the label, and be careful when it comes to fruit-infused flavors: Some are loaded with sugar, which can feed bad bugs, so be sure to check the ingredients and aim for fewer than 15 grams per serving.
  3. Fibers is Always Good : Foods that are high in fiber help promote the growth of friendly bacteria. Case in point: In a University of Illinois study, people who ate high-fiber snack bars experienced a growth of anti-inflammatory bacteria in their bellies

    Did you know consumption of Indian Gooseberry or Amla, means consumption of the Nectar of Life??
  4. Mix Your Menu : One study showed that individuals who had a healthy weight, body mass index, waist circumference and blood sugar level were more apt to have high levels of three different types of bacteria—Firmicutes, Bifidobacteria and Clostridium leptum. What’s more, in a pair of French studies, people with diverse gut microbiomes were less likely to be obese or at risk of diabetes. Plus, their intestinal ecosystems were home to fewer pro-inflammatory bacteria. It’s easy to change up your meals: If you had salad with grilled chicken yesterday, for example, go with a fish taco or a tofu stir-fry today.
  5. Do Not Skip Meals : This one is a no-brainer. What you don’t eat is every bit as crucial as what you do add to your diet. Keep your gut flora fit by cutting back on these offenders.
    Source : Healthdotcom

But what happens if you consume energy drinks on a regular basis? Does Red Bull really give you wings?


Importance of Food Packaging

A packet of biscuit along with the evening tea, isn’t that just what you need while at work? And how we tear apart that one small packet of the popular glucose biscuit, and five different people dig into our coffee/tea mugs, with the crispy bites. But do we know how important that plastic sheet is, which has wrapped our favourite biscuit before we tore it apart cruelly!

India, on an estimate produces 300 million tonnes of food articles; food that contains grains, cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables, and meat products. For this huge industry, packaging and distribution plays a key role. The packaging lines generally occupies 50% of the food floor space while the packaging and the related areas engage about 60% of the 5 million labour force concerned with the food industry.

Packaging based on food items

  1. Jaggery and other types of gur are packed in mat baskets and leaves are difficult to pack. This requires hygienic and economical packaging, for both storage and distribution, especially in regions where the RH exceeds 86%
  2. About 30% of total production of fresh fruits and vegetables are transported in bulk packs of jute or hessian and baskets for marketing. Only less than 0.1% is pre-packaged, and efforts are being made to market more in this form, and it is likely to increase 30 folds requiring large quantities of polyethene based films and corrugated fibre board boxes.
  3. In the packaging pattern of liquid milk, a large increase in the volume of the packed milk is expected although self-vending machines are likely to be introduced due to effectiveness. Sterilized milk packed in tetrahedral and brick type aseptic packs are likely to find greater use especially in big towns and cities.
  4. With respect to bakery goods, almost all types of biscuits are either bulk packed or consumer packed, but only 30% if bread and bun are packed.

Packaging has gone through a revolution in recent years. Items are being identified for innovative packaging, making it attractive to the customers. Packaging of food stuff require high degree of protection. Besides other aspects, it should prevent spoilage, provide shelf life, retain its flavour, colour, texture, and nutritional value.

**The above article has been extracted from: Profile on Food Packaging, from Ministry of Food Processing Industries (Govt Of India), Central Food Technological Research institute (Mysore), Indian Institute of Packaging (Bombay)

Mother Dairy Bites the Dust

Just about a month back, Mother Dairy was in news for all the wrong reasons, having failed tests where it was found that the milk samples contained detergents. And now, Ghaziabad FDA has again failed some milk samples.

A Kolkata based central laboratory had recently sent milk samples (fullcream and toned) to the Ghaziabad FDA for retesting, and it was found that the milk samples this time not only contained detergents, but also contained frozen fats.

District FDA teams had collected samples of “full cream milk” on January 11 from a Mother Dairy booth situated at H-Block in Govindpuram, while samples of toned milk were collected on January 30 from the booth situated at 100 feet road in Loni, in the district, he said.

A report from ABP News is here below:

Also Read : Is milk safer than milk powder?

In the past, there have been certain issues reported regarding Mother Dairy’s probiotic milk as well. It seems the food safety is now being taken care of, and very strictly, as many products have been put away from shelves recently under FSSAI norms and guidelines!

Milk : Powder vs Natural

No matter how old or young we are, the taste of the fluffy powdered milk is something we all have a liking for. Even the irritable moment when it sticks to the insides of the mouth, and makes it all dry, the taste is terribly addictive. Those little sachets of Nestle powdered milk is what all kids wait for, while travelling in the Rajdhani train, or an Air India flight. But is the powdered milk same as the natural milk? Powdered milk is said to hold similar nutritive values as the naturally procured milk. It does not have the odour, that many people do not enjoy in a regular milk. Also, it proves to be real time saver, and being used as tea/coffee whitener. However, being similar does not mean being same. The golden rule is, all that is not natural and packaged, is not 100% safe. Powdered form of the milk contains preservatives. Also, it misses out on some very essential nutrients like phosphorous, selenium and B-complex vitamins. Also, there is an argument, that many people do not get the mixture composition with water correctly. However the counter, from Dr. Ritika Samaddar of Max Healthcare Saket, New Delhi, is the back of the pack describes how to make the milk mixture with proper instructions. According to NDTV

All in all, powdered milk offers a convenient alternative to regular milk. However, as the experts have noted above, it is imperative that you chose the right product and consume it as per the nutritional directions mentioned on the pack – this is extremely crucial, especially when it is being fed to children.

Truth about MSG

Recently, there have been loud whispers about the presence of MSG and Lead in the famous Maggi Noodles, a Nestle product. Many individual labs tested the 2-minute noodle and found it to be carrying MSG and lead in high levels. People seem pretty upset about its presence, but the big question is, what exactly is MSG?
Assocham India has issued an advertisement in a national daily, Times of India, speaking about the Truth about MSG.

1. What does MSG stand for?

Mono Sodium Glutamate

2. What is Glutamate?

Glutamate is a naturally occurring substance in common foods such as milk, vegetables including tomato, corn, onion, green peas, cabbage, spinach, potato, mushroom, wheat flour, cheese and even mother’s milk.

3. What is MSG?

  • A flavour enhancer and one of the many forms of glutamate.
  • Mono sodium glutamate is a permitted additive under India law in many foods.
  • Even if MSG has not been added, a product may show a presence of glutamate due to its natural occurrence in ingredients used in the product. The presence of glutamate in food products is usually interpreted as MSG.
  • MSG is also generally recognised as safe by International bodies such as WHO, UNFAO and USFDA.MSG

4. What do regulations say?

  • If MSG is added to products, manufacturers must declare the same in labels.
  • Manufacturers who do not add MSG to their products used to state “No Added MSG” in their labels, as per industry practice. However, given a recent FSSAI opinion, the industry is taking action to remove this phrase also from the new packagings, and consumers are being notified accordingly.