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Is your food spoilt?

There are ways to tell if your food is spoilt, its appearance changes, the colour changes, a change in texture or an unpleasant odour or an undesirable taste.  Food spoilage is a fast and inevitable process if you don’t take the right preventive measures. When you consume food

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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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Fresh Fruit Juice vs Packaged juice

Let’s get to know some facts about fruit juices first:

In pure (100%) juices, added sugar is not permitted; in beverages/drinks it is permitted.
A large part of the sugar found in fruit juice is fructose. The liver is the only organ

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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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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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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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White Bread vs Brown Bread

Bread has become an important part of our plate.  A wide variety of options to select from in the market confuses us. White bread, brown bread, multi-grain bread are just few to choose from.  An aware consumer should know the difference between white and

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What do Food Labels say?

Food Labels or Nutrition Labels or nutritional labeling serves as the main communication link between the manufacturer and the consumer. Through food nutrition labels, a manufacturer introduces the content of his product to the consumer. Food labels help the consumer to understand the nutrient

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Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)

Nutrition is a basic human need and a prerequisite to a healthy life. A proper diet is essential from the very early stages of life for proper growth, development and to remain active. RDA represents the nutrients in terms of diets that should be

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Food Fortification-Why do we need it?

Micro-nutrient deficiencies affect not only the poor. Less obvious but nonetheless important are the effects of today’s lifestyles in the developed world on nutritional status. There are increased food choices, yes, but low micro-nutrient densities. The hectic pace of life can lead to inadequacies in the diet, so

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What is Proprietary Food?

Proprietary food means an article of food that has not been standardized under Food Safety & Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations 2011, but does not include any novel foods, foods for special dietary uses, foods for special medical purposes, functional foods, nutaceuticals  and health supplements.

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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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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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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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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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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.
But

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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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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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Know Your Quality Marks

Manufacturers often sell their products with a quality mark of a product certification body. Quality marks are meant to communicate the added value of the product. The extra quality may refer to one or more aspects that a consumer may be unsure about. Such

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Nutritional Value of Rice

Post harvesting, rice grains go through different production processes in the factories. The process leads to production of different types of rice. These processes are called milling and polishing. These processes not only changes the shape and size of the rice kernel, it also

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Some Healthy Tips for sugar free diet

The first step towards overcoming sugar addiction and stop sugar cravings is to become aware that you are addicted to sugar or such food items. Maintaining a food diary will help a lot. It will help you to understand your food-consumption pattern. What compels

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What is Food Carbon Footprint

We all are aware that greenhouse gas emissions which include carbon dioxide emissions and human activities like burning of oil, coal and gas, as well as deforestation that are damaging for our environment and cause of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere. But many of us are not

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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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How to Reduce Food Carbon Footprint

If you are thinking of ways on how to reduce food carbon footprint, avoiding meat is the first thing that needs to be done as per most research studies. Food carbon footprint or foodprint requires immediate attention as growing, rearing, processing and transporting and

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GMO Foods or Genetically Modified Goods – Should you Eat them?

According to World Health Organization (WHO), genetically modified foods (GMO Foods) are those food items that are produced by using genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms could be plants, animals or microbes. They are produced in a way whose DNA or genetic material has been modified with the

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Oil Shelf Life

How long does oil last? What is the oil shelf life? Oil shelf life depends on the best before date and how it is stored. Though we tend to use oil even after the expiry date, oil does go bad.
The declared oil shelf life of the most

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How is GMO Food Labeling Done?

GM Foods are now consumed regularly in India.  Cottonseed oil, soybean oil, brinjal (eggplant), and rice are some of the commonly
consumer GM foods in India. Considering that GM foods shall soon be available commercially in India and that a lot of genetically modified foods are being used

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WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF GROUNDNUT OIL?

Are you looking for the best groundnut oil for your food? Then your search stops here. Consumer VOICE brings an analysis of the best groundnut oil and helps you to choose between refined groundnut oil and filtered groundnut oil. Oil not only improves the

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What are the GMO Pros and Cons?

Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are foods which have been in the market for more than 2 decades now. Genetically modified organisms or micro-organisms are those organisms whose genetic makeup has been manipulated by artificially inserting components of another organism. There has been extensive research by scientists from all

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What is flavoured milk?

Flavoured milk is a ready-to- drink product, produced from milk, sugar and natural flavours (such as banana, pineapple, orange or chocolate). Milk is a good source of nutrition and this product is a healthy option for children and adults alike. Read more on know

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Micronutrients Deficiency Diseases List

What are Micronutrients and its importance
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals required in small amounts that are essential to our health, development and growth. Proper intake of vitamins and minerals can mean the difference between a healthy, productive life, and a life fraught with

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Food Fortification Resource Centre (FFRC)

The Food Fortification Resource Centre is a body that acts as a resource and support centre to promote large-scale fortification of food across India. It came into existence after the National Summit on Fortification of Food (2016), as a joint declaration by all stakeholders

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Food Fortification: Advantages and Disadvantages

Food fortification is the process of adding micronutrients such as essential trace elements and vitamins to a food item. It is done to improve the nutritive values of the food. These nutrients may or may not have been originally present in the food before

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Cooking oils: Choose the best

The “ideal” cooking oil should contain a higher amount of the “good” fats (omega-3 and 9), and minimal saturated fats and trans fats. We bring you a detailed insight into what the marketed variety of cooking oil brands contain. Read about what is Good” and what is Bad.

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Aseptic Processing

In this process, the food item is packed into a sterile container under sterile conditions and sealed in a way that microbial contamination is prevented. The food products that undergo aseptic processing are shelf-stable and have a longer shelf life. Non-sterile foods such as

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All about Canned Food or Processed Food

Food when processed, sealed and preserved in airtight containers is called canned food or processed food. Canning improves the shelf life of the food content ranging from one to five years.
Canning is a safe method for preserving food. It involves placing foods in

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