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Rancidity: Effects on health and tips to avoid rancidity

Ever wondered why the walnuts taste bitter only a few days after buying them? Do you ever wonder why the bag of potato chips has more air than the amount of chips in it? The bitter taste in the walnuts is due to a bio chemical process ‘

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Ban on growth drug oxytocin from July 1

All private manufacturing of oxytocin will end from July 1 and its production for domestic use will be restricted to only one public sector company, Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Limited (KAPL).
Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring hormone that causes uterine contractions during labour and helps new mothers lactate. But

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Parabens or Preservatives: in your food and makeup

It is common to find the claim ‘parabens-free’ on a label these days. Such claims can be specifically found in some cosmetic products. The question, then, is: what are parabens and why has the claim that something is ‘parabens-free’ become an important and differentiating factor? Is it because parabens

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Common Symptoms of Diabetes and Types of Diabetes

Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t

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Beating Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women, and by 2020, seventy percent of all cases of breast cancer will occur in developing countries. An estimated 40,460 women will die of breast cancer in 2007
One might have heard a lot about

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Loving foods that love you back

Nutrition and health are much talked-about subjects but do we really make rational consumption choices in our everyday lives? Here are some foods that will do you good, and others that will make you overdraw on your body’s energy reserves
Ever really taken a

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Blood Pressure Monitors : Checking on your Health

Home blood pressure monitors are especially important for the elderly, pregnant women, diabetics and people with kidney disease. Experts recommend that if you are buying one, choose one with an upper-arm cuff, not a wrist or finger device, as they can be most inaccurate

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9 ways to eat healthier right now

Food marketers and fitness proponents, both are cashing in on the consumer anxiety and fetish with health. Yet, junk foods and several other foods with no nutrition are hogging shelf space in markets. From the health and environmental perspectives, there are foods that one

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A lot to loss

If you’re trying to slim down, you already know you need to cut calories. The results of a new study suggest that when it comes to losing weight, the timing of your meals and snacks may be just as important as the number of

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Is Soya Healthy?

Marketed as a super food with almost magical properties, soya protein is found in almost everything we eat. However, soya needs to be consumed with abundant caution
Soya has been touted as one of the wonder foods of the 20th and 21st century. The

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Wasting all that food

Think.Eat.Save. The people behind World Environment Day this year have most certainly deliberately left out the spaces between the words. Perhaps so that we make the connection between our food choices and the larger impacts of these choices—and realize that the connection is too

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A little science in the kitchen

How to make food—specially fresh produce—last long enough to be used up
Did you know that storing cabbage, cucumbers, and leafy vegetables alongside tomatoes and apples causes the greens to decay? This is because some foods are great ethylene-producers and quickly spoil other foods

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Chemical Cuisine

There is enough evidence to suggest that food additives and artificial colours cause harm to health and children are the worst-affected. In several countries, the use of food colours like ‘Sunset Yellow’ is either banned or regulated. But not so in India
We have

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Chemicals in your breakfast bread

It has been found time and again that processed and packaged food, however ‘natural, contains additives and chemicals that are controversial, or outright harmful to human health. Bread, that is the most common processed breakfast food, has a suspected tumour-causing additive, Potassium Bromate, in

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Dietary Fiber: Types and Benefits of High Fiber Diet

Dietary fiber is commonly known as roughage or bulk. It includes the parts of plant foods our body can’t digest or absorb. Nutrients in food like fats, proteins or carbohydrates are broken down during digestion and absorbed by our body for its normal functioning. However, certain nutrients are

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How to improve air quality in your home?

Fully insulated homes, with windows double-glazed and lofts lagged, save on energy costs. But this can also seal in the pollutants that are found in the home. These pollutants are created while cooking, from using cleaning products and toiletries, or from an open fire.

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Adults shouldn’t have to wear diapers

Even though it does not get a ton of mainstream press, Urinary Incontinence is more prevalent than most people think… and it’s definitely no laughing matter. Call it a weak, leaky or overactive bladder… Urinary Incontinence affects many people around the world. Urinary incontinence

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Do you believe in Ayurveda?

Ayurveda may be the worlds most ancient system of medicine and healing, but its revival in the 21st century will depend on whether the system can have state-of-the-art research and development facilities. With multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies giving Ayurveda tough competition, Ayurvedic drugs will

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Salty Health

Reducing salt intake may help manage blood pressure and prevent water retention. If you are taking medication for these conditions, it is still important to reduce salt intake to help the medication work more effectively.
Pregnant women should not restrict the amount of sodium

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To Your Health

Consumer VOICE brings you a quick – ready reckoner for the food we all consume every day, but what is needed is some planning, mixing and matching to meet your specific health needs. It is good to know which food does what for you and to

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Make your diet starve cancer

A multitude of antioxidants and phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, and legumes are being studied intensely by cancer experts as a result of some promising studies showing these foods anti-cancer properties. This research is leading people to believe that a vegetarian diet may be one

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FOOD SNIPPETS

DRINK MILK TO BOOST BRAIN POWER
No matter how old you are, drink at least a glass of milk everyday if you want to sharpen your mental skills, say researchers of University of Maine.
A new study has claimed that drinking a glass of

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Stevia

Stevia:Natural alternative to artificial sweeteners

Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in sunflower family. Stevia is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a natural sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration

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Pesticide in Food

How to Minimize Pesticide Residues in Food?
On the one hand, pesticides play an important role in making sure there is enough food for everyone, by protecting food and crops from pests (insects, weeds and fungal diseases). On the other hand, the concern about

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Bt Brinjal : Temporary Relief

Temporary Relief
The questions about GM technology that are relevant to consumer safety, whether they be farmers or average consumers are the concern of consumer organizations like VOICE. The very first one of these is: Are genetically modified crops safe to consume , especially

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Buying Organic Food on a Budget

There are plenty of studies in scientific journals about the damaging effects of chemicals in our food, but it is also true that finding organic produce on a budget is quite difficult. The reality is that currently most organic products come at a premium

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Eating Right

Eating Right in Our Busy Lives
At home, at work, at play, life has become really fast-paced for all of us. There is little time to pause and think about mundane things like what should we eat for the next meal. Most of us

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Anti-Dumping Norms

Banned Sub-Standard Spurious Medicines
Indian Healthcare sector has come a long way, being almost non-existing during 1970’s to a prominent provider of health care products, meeting almost 95% of country’s pharmaceutical needs and is expected to become a US$280 billion industry by 2020.
Indian

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Are you addicted to sugar foods?

Ever wondered why it is so difficult to give up chocolates or stop craving for your favourite doughnut? Why do we feel drawn to that sugary drink despite being completely aware that it’s unhealthy? The answer could lie within our complex brain setup.

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An innovative weight loss treatment per session

An innovative weight loss treatment per session

With people becoming extremely cautious about weight and are reducing the diet to be in shape, VLCC, the largest players in the wellness domain with leadership status in slimming, beauty and fitness services has introduced innovative slimming

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Cancer Survivors Day Special

Cancer Survivors Day Special

CancerJust the name is enough to scare anyone. During the whole process of cancer treatment apart from physical trauma patient goes through an entire roller- coaster of emotions. Death is the first word that comes to patient”s mind when diagnosed with cancer.

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12 food additives to avoid

Hungry? How does a cheese sandwich on whole wheat with potato chips sound? Does munching on nitrate, sodium stearyl lactylate, and monocalcium phosphate have the same appeal? Probably not, but a look at the ingredients of pre-packaged stuff and almost every other type of

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Organic Food

You can call it a health status or just a part of lifestyle – organic food is making waves everywhere. If some are buying organic products from the market, some have started their own little organic farm in their terrace or small farms.
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Yogurt a Top Health Food

In India, Yogurt is yogurt, dahi is the Indian word for yogurt and curds is a term also used for yogurt. In the US, curds are a dairy product obtained by curdling (coagulating) milk with rennet or an edible acidic substance such as lemon

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Egg Story

For long, there has been a debate whether eggs can be considered vegetarian or not. To add to the egg-woes, news of eggs containing more than acceptable levels of dioxins, hormones and antibiotics was constantly in the limelight. Now, the poultry industry is getting some

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Juicing for health

If youre not such a fruiteater and still want to have the nutrition, the best way to start eating fruit is to squeeze fruit juices. Juices have been used as a way not just to absorb maximum nutrition but also to heal the ill

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Chocolates: should they be refrigerated?

The recent episode when live worms were found in Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate has shown how the seemingly safe food product can become hazardous to health. The excuse that Cadbury’s is putting forth is that the worm infestation has been due to poor storage

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Infant Foods

The practice of breastfeeding is almost universal in India barring a few urban educated women and the high socio-economic groups. The later groups too are now beginning to appreciate the advantages of breastfeeding.
Universally it is now recognized that breastfeeding is a very important

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Sulphites: the Asthma culprit

Few people know that there are preservatives in foods like sulphites which can trigger breathing difficulties in asthma patients. In many countries, sulphites are recognised as potential allergens and labelling them clearly on the product label is required by law. In India, the standards

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IT – Health Apps

Apps by Which to Live Healthily
How many times you have thought of modifying your everyday routine, adding some physical activity in it, doing some yoga, starting with a bit of jogging, joining a gym, or even keeping a tab on what you eat!

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Ayurvedic, Siddha & Unani Medicines

From 1st April 2010, Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani medicines sconspicuously display the date of expiry on the label of container or package and after the said date of expiry, these medicines shall not be in circulation. This is as per notification dated 15th October,

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Check your spices:  there could be dung, sand, husk, colour…

This is not just another article to inform you about what harm can be caused by eating adulterated spices. That much has been talked about enough and you know all that you should. This write-up is more of a practical guide for you to

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Medical negligence, do not suffer silently, claim compensation

NCDRC orders Delhi hospital, doctors to pay Rs 64 lakh for medical negligence
The apex consumer forum has ordered Delhi-based private hospital Maharaja Agrasen Hospital and three of its doctors to pay Rs 64 lakh to a woman for medical negligence that is deficiency

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Antibiotic Resistance

We all have used antibiotics to treat severe bacterial infections at some point or the other. But medics are now concerned about the misuse that has contributed to a rise in disease causing bacterial resistance.
What is Antibiotic Resistance?
When an antibiotic drug no

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When can a hospital be charged for medical negligence?

What is the responsibility of hospital towards its patients?
How is a government-run hospital different from a private hospital or nursing home with regard to settlement of responsibility vis-á-vis deficiency in service?
What are the role and responsibilities of a doctor towards their patients?

Responsibility of

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Tobacco – A Menace Among Children

The prevalence of tobacco smoking in India among minors aged between 15-17 years and adolescents between 18-24 years has reduced according to the latest GATS-2 (Global Adult Tobacco Survey) report of 2016-17. The situation is still alarming and remains a serious cause for concern .

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Breast reduction cannot always be cosmetic surgery

A consumer court in Ahmedabad has dismissed an insurance company’s argument that breast- reduction surgery is invariably cosmetic. The court ordered the insurance company, which had denied a 55-year-old woman’s claim, to pay all costs for the mammoplasty she had undergone. The woman had incurred medical costs amounting

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What is Saturated Fat?

Saturated fat is a bad fat found in meat and dairy products like full cream milk, cheese, butter and cream. Many cooked foods like pizza, sausage, and dairy desserts. In technical terms, saturated fats are simply fat molecules with no double bonds between carbon

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What is Organic Food 2017

Organic food is the result of a farming system which avoids the use of pesticides and man-made fertilisers, Organic farming promotes ecological balance and conserves biodiversity. They are produced without use of genetically modified or GM components.
ORGANIC FOOD

Myth vs Reality#MythOrganic Food

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No sale of sugary drinks in schools across the EU

The European soft drinks industry, represented by UNESDA, has announced that it will voluntarily cease sales of drinks containing added sugars in secondary schools across the EU. The move expands the existing decade-long policy of banning soft drinks from primary schools and will impact over 50,000 secondary schools

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Organic Certification and Symbols for Organic Food in India

It’s true, of course, that there’s relatively less awareness about organic products, what goes into the process, how is their credibility established, what are the long-term effects, and so on. consumers often assume that foods that are labelled ‘organic’ are good for health and

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Are Organic Food Products Healthier and Expensive too?

Many studies suggest that organic foods  products are safer and healthier than other conventionally grown food items, in addition to being better for the environment. Organic fruits and vegetables and other products have less chemical exposure and some products are more nutritious than the conventional food products.

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J&J talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer; brand loses third trial in California and asked to pay $70 million to complainant

In the United States, Johnson & Johnson has lost a third straight trial while defending a claim that its talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer. Deciding against evidences, arguments and justifications given by the company’s lawyers, a St Louis jury awarded a California woman who had sued the

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Stages of Cancer: Claims and Payouts in case of Cancer Insurance Plan

Some facts for you to ponder:

  There are over 100 types of cancers which can affect human beings.
  Any part of a body can be affected at any time and without any warning signals.
  The incidence of cancer is

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Diet soda may increase risk for stroke and dementia

A new study, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, links diet soft drinks to an increased risk for stroke and dementia. Researchers studied more than 4,000 people over 45 who had filled out food-frequency questionnaires and had periodic health examinations between 1991 and 2001. The scientists

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There may be a connection between diet foods and weight gain: Study

People trying to lose weight should stop reaching for ‘diet’ foods, according to a new study that found that the high levels of sugar in the products could actually be having the opposite effect.
A team of researchers at the University of Georgia fed a group of rats

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Doctor left surgical sponge inside uterus; ordered to pay over Rs 2 lakh

The Gujarat State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has upheld a Surat consumer court’s decision ordering a gynaecologist to pay over Rs 2 lakh to a patient for forgetting a surgical sponge in her uterus after a caesarean in 2003. The consumer court in Surat had held the doctor

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What Is Packaged Drinking Water?

It is water derived from varied sources including surface, ground or sea and subjected to treatment like decantation, filtration (including aeration filtration with membrane filter, cartridge filter, activated carbon filtration), demineralisation, mineralisation and reverse osmosis. The packaged water is also disinfected before being packed

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Check your spices:  there could be dung, sand, husk, colour…

This is not just another article to inform you about what harm can be caused by eating adulterated spices. That much has been talked about enough and you know all that you should. This write-up is more of a practical guide for you to find out if spices

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Cinderella Women

Shahnaz Husain’s day typically begins with 20 minutes of yoga and stretching exercises. “It’s good to keep the body supple,” she says. Next comes a 20-minute soak in bath water sprinkled with rose petals and drops of sandalwood oil. Ghazal music is usually

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Body Wash And Shower Gel

Sweat, dirt and oil are the biggest enemies in the world of skin care. In our fast paced life, body wash and shower gel are fast and convenient options for a quick clean feel. These are new products in the Indian market but an

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Are Body Lotions The Perfect Winter Care

There is a general belief that the face, hands and sometimes feet need some attention during the winter months. However, real skin care should include the entire body. In the dry and cold winter weather, skin tends to get rough and needs care. Body

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Do sunscreens work?

Sunscreen brands have a fair bit of presence in the media these days. Going by their advice, Indians should not step out of their homes without a liberal application of the cream that is supposed to protect one from the harms of direct sunlight

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