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Shun the health myths this monsoon

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New Delhi: The monsoon brings respite from the sweltering heat but also triggers a lot of health-related issues, most of which are plain myths that have persisted over time, says an expert.

Richa Mattu, nutrition and health manager, South Asia, Hindustan Unilever Limited, shares tips to help wade through the rains:

Myth 1: One should not eat seafood/fish during monsoon

fisheryFact: The primary reason behind this myth is that in monsoon, due to the rough seas and bad weather fishermen avoid going out to sea. Also, it is breeding season for these beings. So availability of fresh fish is scarce and a majority of the stock comes from frozen fish. Eating frozen fish or seafood that is not hygienically stored may end up giving you a stomach infection or even worse, food poisoning. But if you have access to fresh fish, don’t worry and indulge by all means.

Myth 2: Eating curd in the rain makes you fall sick

Rain-in-Jammu-Cropped

Fact: Many believe, having curd in the monsoon season could prove to be harmful for the body because of the cool nature of the food. It is believed that foods that are warm in nature (for example: turmeric milk) work best for the immune system in the monsoon months. But curd contains ‘good bacteria’ which helps in improving the digestive system, absorbing nutrients and improving the gut immunity. Curd helps to soothe stomach infections which make it a popular home remedy for diarrhea or food poisoning, a common complaint in the rains.

Myth 3: Chicken soup will speed up recovery from a cold

chicken-tikka-masalaFact: Hot soup is the perfect comfort food in the chilling rains. Hot soup also helps soothe a sore throat. Reducing inflammation with healthy food or liquids like soup will quickly reduce your symptoms and thus speeds up your recovery process.

Myth 4: Eating ice cream in the monsoon causes cold and cough

Photo credit: snowy.co.in
Photo credit: snowy.co.in

Fact: Cough and cold are mainly caused by viral or bacterial infection. Most ice creams undergo pasteurization, which stops the formation of illness-causing bacteria. Ice cream made or processed in unhygienic conditions may contain some infection causing micro-organisms. Products like Paddle Pop manufactured in hygienic condition which involves low temperature storage under -18 degree celsius and pasteurization does not allow any microbial growth.

Consuming cold food products do not lead to such problems unless they contain the germs responsible for causing these. Ice creams in the rain may be fun; but if you are not cautious you could fall sick. Avoid ice creams sold at open stalls and go for branded packaged ice cream. Make sure to check the expiry date.

(IANS)

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Avoid Foods Full of Trans Fats if You Are Worried About High Cholesterol Levels

Fat is an important part of any balanced diet but the type of fat you eat matters the most particularly when it comes to cholesterol level so make sure you are avoiding the ones that is causing health problems.

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The World Health Organization said Friday that adults and children should limit their intake of saturated fat — found in foods such a meat — and trans fat — found in foods such as french fries.
representational image. VOA

Fat is an important part of any balanced diet but the type of fat you eat matters the most particularly when it comes to cholesterol level so make sure you are avoiding the ones that is causing health problems.

Manoj Acharya, Food Consultant at Zappfresh and Mehar Rajput, Nutritionist and Dietician at Fitpass tells us about the foods that are full of trans fats and are harmful to our health.

* Cakes, pies and cookies (especially with frosting) : Most cakes and cookies mixes list 0 gm of trans fat on the label. But there is a catch. Manufacturers can list 0 gm if the trans fat content is under 0.5gm. Those small amounts add up when you eat multiple serving of sweets that too with frosting. An average serving of frosting contains 2 gm of trans fats, plus the same amount of sugar.

Muffins, Pixabay

* Biscuits: This one surprises a lot of people. Biscuits contain 3.5gm of trans fats. It also contains over half of the daily recommendations of sodium.

* Margarine: Most margarine makers have removed trans fats from their ingredients. But you still must check. The few that still contains trans fats as high as 3gm per servings.

* French fries: You need to be cautious about where they fry your French fries in Vanaspati ghee or hydrogenated fat. Though certain food chains decided to turn healthier by becoming trans-fats free, you must care about it. But if you are cautious about health, you shouldn’t be having French fries.

Cholesterol -- a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases -- may also play an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found.
Junk Food is highly rich in Cholesterol, pixabay

* Fried chicken: Just like French fries you need to be sure that your fried chicken has not been fried in hydrogenated oil. Same goes for fried fish.

* Frozen foods: People who are perpetually busy tend to pick up frozen meals from the supermarket. They are most likely to have trans-fat in them as they need to be kept preserved for a longer time.

* Ice creams and Indian savouries: It contains 0.5 gm of trans fat per servings. But if you read the ingredients list, the listing of partially hydrogenated oil is missing. That may be because there are naturally occurring trans fats in fat-containing dairy products which are not as dangerous as the manufactured trans fats. These products are high in calories, so one should still keep a check on their intake. Besides this, all the India savouries like Gulab Jamun, Gujhia, Laddo and Kachouri.

Ice cream bouquet in NYC
Ice cream bouquet. pixabay

* Popcorns: There is a good way and bad way to eat popcorn. The snack itself is a healthy whole grain packed with fibre. It is the extra add-on that gives it that trans-fat flag. Plain popcorn is fine but when you add butter to it(which is not real butter ), it made it loaded with trans fats with no other health benefits in it.

* Non-dairy creamers: For coffee lovers, non-dairy creamers can become an integral part of their morning. Over time, however, they can also add trans-fat to your diet. One serving contains 0 gm trans-fat, yet, for some flavours, partially hydrogenated oils are the second or third ingredients listed, which can add up if you drink multiple servings in a day. So keep a check on the portion size.

Also Read: Low Carb and High Fat Diet May Help Maintain Eyesight

* Sandwich spreads: Think twice before next time when you go out to have your sandwich with spreads if you got cholesterol concern. Trans fat occur naturally in some food like meat and While it’s not as concerning as the artificial kind added through hydrogenated oil, it doesn’t do you much good, either. Those who have heart disease, it is recommended to choose lean meat as much as possible as well as low fat or fat-free dairy products. (IANS)