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Even eating pulses can help you shed a bit of weight

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Toronto: A source of protein for the poor and rich alike, just one serving of pulses daily can also contribute to modest weight loss, reveals a study.

According to researchers, consuming 3/4 cup (130 grams) a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils led to a weight loss of 0.34 kgs or 340 grams in over six weeks.

Despite their known health benefits, not many people eat pulses on any given day and most do not eat the full serving.

“So there is room for most of us to incorporate dietary pulses in our diet and realize potential weight management benefits,” said lead author Russell de Souza from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Pulses have a low glycemic index — meaning that they are foods that break down slowly — and can be used to reduce or displace animal protein as well as “bad” fats such as trans-fat in a dish or meal.

The study analysed 940 participants who lost an average of 0.34 kg over six weeks with the addition of a single serving of pulses to the diet — and without making a particular effort to reduce other foods.

The new study fits well with previous work which found that pulses increased the feeling of fullness by 31 percent which may indeed result in less food intake.

“Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it,” de Souza noted.

Knowing which foods make people feel fuller longer may help them lose weight and keep it off.

“So eating more pulses means, being more sustainable and receiving many health benefits,” he said.

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Here’s how you can keep up with your fitness this Diwali!

Do you wish to celebrate a celebrate guilt-free Diwali? Read on!

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New Delhi, October 17, 2017 : Saying no to sweets becomes near impossible around Diwali, making many conscious of their weight, calories and sugar level going up. Be active and restrict to two drinks to enjoy festivities with full fervor.

Here’s how you can keep up with your fitness this Diwali! Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal and Preeti Kakkar, nutritional expert at Credihealth, have listed what people can do to celebrate guilt-free Diwali:

  • Plan your day: If one meal goes for a toss, make sure the rest of the meals are on track. For instance, if you’ve reserved a table for dinner, then make sure your breakfast, lunch and snacks are balanced and healthier.
  • Festival and alcohol: Just restrict to two drinks. Alcohol dehydrates your body. Avoid taking cocktails and aerated drinks too as they give you just extra calories.
  • Be active: Physical activity will keep your metabolism active too. No matter what, engage in at least 20 minutes of physical activity every day. It can be in the form of dance, walk, jogging or yoga. You may find it hard to believe, but Surya Namaskar is the best way to fight exhaustion.
  • Don’t give up on sweets: It would be a crime to cut out the sweets entirely during this season. So, choose the healthier options and watch your portion size. Go for dry fruit, phirni, kheer, dark chocolate and date mithai instead of other sugar-loaded sweets.
  • Hydrate well: Don’t wait for the thirst to strike. Keep hydrating yourself at short intervals. Moreover, it will keep you stay full and energized in the rush of all preparation. (IANS)

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Indian Government to start selling Pulses through Post Offices to keep check on Hoarding and Black Marketing

Union Government will be soon starting the distribution of pulses through the post offices

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October 16, 2016: In order to keep a check on the black marketing and hoarding of the pulses all across the country, Union Government will be soon starting the distribution of pulses through the post offices.

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“In the past, we have seen that the cost of pulses increased manifold due to black marketing and hoarding so the Union Government has decided to sell pulses through post offices whenever the need arises,” Minister of Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan told the PTI reporters today.

He further said that the post offices were spread in the country and can be easily used for the purpose of selling the pulses at government rates.

“There is a huge network of post offices in the country, every village has a post office and whenever the need arises, we can use them to sell pulses.

The required infrastructure is already available with the Centre and decision in this regard has already been taken,” he said.

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“The government has taken various measures against hoarders and black marketers due to which the prices of pulses have come down,” he said.

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The Government started the process of linking Aadhaar cards with the ration cards and by so far 69 percent of the task is already completed. He said, so far around two crore fake ration cards have been detected from all across the country.

“Around 10 crore people were getting ration on these fake ration cards which is a very huge number. Online allocation of food grains has been made for every state to maintain transparency,” he said.

Paswan further said that all the point of sales for ration will be connected online which will simplify the process for the people and people from one state will easily get ration from other states as well.

He said that his department has been working on various programs so as to make the distribution of the ration easy for common people of the country.

The consumer forums are also being strengthened so that grievances of the consumers are easily addressed and also at the earliest.

“In big malls and in airlines they don’t have any MRP written on the product, we will make sure that consumers do not have to pay more than the cost of the product,” he said.

“Some celebrities make misleading comments about the product which make people think that the product advertised does wonder. We are planning to take action against the celebrities for those misleading advertisements,” he said.

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The committee has also recommended strict punishments which include imprisonment for 2-5 years, he added.

-by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Coconut water is Nature’s Elixir that hangs about 20 feet off the ground: Know about its Benefits!

Thiamine, Pantothenic acid, and Riboflavin, found in coconut water, reduce anxiety and stress

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August 31, 2016: It is known as a fact that nature provides plenty of natural resources for life to sustain and flourish. Some Herbs, shrubs and trees are natural reservoirs of minerals and medicines; the noteworthy and most common of them are Tulsi and Neem.

The Coconut, a pretty high hanging nut-like fruit that has been used as a vital hydrating agent since ages hasn’t got the spotlight it deserves. Often used in Indian movies, where the water inside a coconut is slurped by the two actors simultaneously, to display the mutual affection of the actors towards each other, the Coconut water, apparently, has more than what meets the eye!

So here’s a list of all the good stuff coconut water blesses you with-

  • Known for its high mineral content, Coconut water moisturises the skin and helps in improving the skin tone. It helps a great deal in eliminating oil from the system. That is the reason shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers have traces of coconut extracts in them.
  • The high concentration of fibre assists in the digestions process helps reduces the occurrence of acid reflux and helps reduce acidity . A healthy digestive system results in a healthy body and mind.

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  • Coconut water is a blessing for the urinary system in humans as it contains diuretic properties, and is said to prevent kidney stones.
  • Pregnant women have a great deal to gain from coconut water as it improves the immune system and helps one to fight numerous diseases. It contains five crucial electrolytes which are- calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and sodium, which not only help in improving the stamina but provide the necessary energy to the body.

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  • Low in fat content as well as a well-balanced drink; coconut water is said to assist in weight reduction.
  • Packed with fibre, vitamin, and protein, Coconut water improves blood circulation to various parts of the body.
  • It is the drink of summer, as caffeinated drinks may cause more harm than good; coconut water is the life saver. It not only quenches your thirst but also provides vital nutrients to keep you going in the heat.
  • Coconut water helps ease muscle cramps owing to its high potassium content.
  • Thiamine, Pantothenic acid, and Riboflavin, found in coconut water, reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Coconut water also helps a great deal in busting hangovers and will make you feel fresh

There is no hard and fast rule regarding the amount of coconut water that should be consumed. It can be enjoyed as a standalone beverage as well as a cocktail.

Cheers!

– by Usman Zafar of NewsGram. Twitter: @HalkiSiChuban

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