Wednesday November 22, 2017

Don’t make Holi an excuse to binge on unhealthy calories and accumulate Health risks!

Try some healthy snacks like roasted hare kabab, grilled paneer tikka, rawa idli, broccoli and lentil chaat, this holi!

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New Delhi, March 9, 2017: Don’t make Holi an excuse to binge on unhealthy calories and accumulate health risks. Go for detox and ditch too much of sweets, says an expert.

Sonia Narang, Nutrition Expert, Oriflame India, shares some tips that can help you to eat right on this Holi.

* Eat right and combat overeating. Gujiya and papri among a dozen other dishes are a must, but you must maintain the calorie consumption. For instance, take a spoonful instead of a full serving.

* You can increase water intake and salads to curb your appetite. Drink at least eight glasses of water for keeping your body hydrated. Try to stay away from drinks such as thandai and other alcoholic beverages.

* Plan your meal in such a way that one special meal of the day should most likely be lunch, so that day activities and movements can burn the extra amount of calories. Try keeping your breakfast light and healthy while dinner should be as light as possible to manage the intake of calories.

* Don’t neglect your exercise routine, keep your body active and compensate for the extra calories that are consumed.

* Try some healthy snacks like roasted hare kabab, grilled paneer tikka, rawa idli, broccoli and lentil chaat.

* Make a smoothie of strawberries, raspberries, apple, grapes and fresh ripened tomatoes. Add a little water and serve chilled. (IANS)

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Do you prefer drinking out of decorated glassware? Beware, you may be consuming large amounts of toxic lead, says new study

The presence of hazardous elements in both the paint and glaze of decorated glassware has obvious implications for both human health and the environment

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Love to decorate your glassware with paints? Beware, it could be making you unhealthy! Pixabay

London, November 6, 2017 : Love to decorate your glassware with art? Beware, the paint used can contain potentially toxic levels of lead and cadmium, increasing health risks, a study has shown.

The findings showed that in enamelled drinking glasses, flakes of paint often come off, which could be ingested over a prolonged period and prove hazardous for human health.

For the study, researchers at the University of Plymouth carried out 197 tests on 72 new- and second-hand drinking glass products, including tumblers, beer and wine glasses, and jars.

They found lead present in 139 cases and cadmium in 134, both on the surface of the glasses and, in some cases, on the rims, with concentrations of lead sometimes more than 1,000 times higher than the safe limit.

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“The presence of hazardous elements in both the paint and glaze of decorated glassware has obvious implications for both human health and the environment. So it was a real surprise to find such high levels of lead and cadmium, both on the outside of the glassware and around the rim,” said Andrew Turner, lead researcher from the varsity.

“There are genuine health risks posed through ingesting such levels of the substances over a prolonged period, so this is clearly an issue that the international glassware industry needs to take action on as a matter of urgency,” Turner added.

The study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analysed a range of glassware using portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry.

The lead concentrations ranged from about 40 to 400,000 parts per million (ppm), while quantities of cadmium ranged from about 300 to 70,000 ppm.

According to the US Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the limit levels for the externally decorated lip area of drinking glass are 200 ppm and 800 ppm, respectively.

“Given that safer alternatives are available to the industry, the overall results of this study are both surprising and concerning,” Turner said. (IANS)

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BBC Plans to Showcase Documentaries on Hinduism, will Explore Faith and Ethical Issues

BBC will project Hinduism in these films accurately and which will be based on the ancient Hinduism scriptures and not reimagine Hinduism concepts and traditions to fit its programs

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Incense stick in Hinduism. Pixabay

August 08, 2017: A new documentary strand of five films a year will be showcased on BBC One will explore faith and ethical issues in all the major religions in exciting and contemporary new ways, including Hinduism.

Hindus called the step in the positive direction and welcomed BBC for the idea of producing films on Hinduism.

BBC will project Hinduism in these films accurately and it will be based on the ancient Hinduism scriptures and not reimagine Hinduism concepts and traditions to fit its programs.

As per the 2016 report in The Sunday Times, “The BBC is too Christian in its religious output, according to an internal review, and should increase its Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh programming”.

Hinduism, the third largest religion in the world has about 1.1 billion adherents and moksha… Click To Tweet

As per the sources, Hinduism was highly underserved at BBC. Multiculturalism had been growing fast in the UK  because of which it was now a diverse society formed of various religions and denominations and non-believers, however, BBC had not kept pace with it.

It was time for the superfluous religious production at BBC to end, giving way to uniformly distributed time among various religions/denominations/non-believers.

Adequate coverage of Diwali, Holi, Krishna Janmashtami, Maha Shivaratri, Ram Navami, Ganesha Chaturthi, Navaratri, Duserra, Hanuman Jayanti, Makar Sankranti, Yugadi and other Hindu festivals, must also be covered by BBC.

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Hymns from ancient Sanskrit scriptures, contemporary bhajans, and Hindu lessons should constantly form part of BBC One’s 54 years old “Songs of Praise”, one of the world’s longest-running religious television series.

Hindu hymns, songs, and faith stories were highly stimulating, warm and engaging. Moreover, God liked all songs-of-praise, notwithstanding the religion these came from.

ALSO READ: More Than Just a Sign: Decoding Hinduism With These 5 Major Symbols 

The intervention of The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is a must in this multi-faith issue. Its priorities included people, communities, and nations learning to live together with diversity in a spirit of love and respect.

\BBC, whose ‘values’ included “celebrate our diversity” and “great things happen when we work together” and whose ‘purposes’ included “reflect, represent and serve the diverse communities”, should show some development on this issue.

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BBC labeled “yoga” as “fad” in 2013 and Hindu festival of Holi as “filthy festival” in 2012 to which it apologized later. BBC has been accused of racism, imperialist stance, Indophobic bias, anti-Hindu bigotry, anti-American bias, etc in the past.

Launched in October 1922, headquartered in London, and established by a Royal Charter, BBC claims to be the “world’s leading public service broadcaster”. Every UK viewer needs to have a TV License, which costs £147.


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Children’s Commissioner for England Warns against Overuse of Social Media among Children

Last year, industry watchdog Ofcom said the internet overtook television as the most popular media pastime for children in the UK.

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Social media use among children is on the rise. Wikimedia

August 08, 2017: Parents must intervene to stop their children over using social media and consuming time online “like junk food”, according to a top official.

In an interview on Saturday, Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield slammed the ways social media giants use to draw children into spending more time.

Also Read: China’s Internet Censors Block ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Images on Social Media

She said parents should be proactive in stopping their children from bingeing on the internet in the summer holidays.

“It’s something that every parent will talk about especially during school holidays; that children are in danger of seeing social media like sweeties, and their online time like junk food,” the BBC quoted Longfield as saying in the interview.

“None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time.

“For those same reasons, we shouldn’t want our children to do the same with their online time.”

Last year, industry watchdog Ofcom said the internet overtook television as the most popular media pastime for children in the UK.

Children aged five to 15 are spending 15 hours a week on the internet, reports the BBC.

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A study earlier this year of screen time and mental well-being among teenagers suggested that moderate use of devices may be beneficial.

The research, which appeared in the journal Psychological Science, was based self-reported data from 120,000 15-year-olds in England. (IANS)