Thursday April 2, 2020

Most People Find Living Without Sugar Uncomfortable: Survey

Time to sweeten it up ad count your calories

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Sugar literally is an essential part of any celebration in India. Pixabay

What is the one thing in the world that can unify the Indians? It’s sugar, honey! Yes in a country like ours which is full of diverse cultures, food is the one thing that binds us together.

And the key ingredient is something sweet. Sugar literally is an essential part of any celebration in India, in the form of sweets during festivals, religious occasions, birth announcements, etc. Our day literally comprises of sugar as we begin the day with cereals and end our day with dessert.

Calories? Really, when it comes to sweetener, they don’t count. You see even the most enthusiastic of fitness freaks, binge and indulge in sweetener. Instant weight loss, fad diets and gym workouts makes it easier to shed those calories. However, in the long run, the quantity of sugar you intake daily still plays an important role towards adding those extra calories.

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It is important to switch to a healthier/ low-calorie sugar that offers less calories compared to regular sugar and yet fulfills the sweetness criteria. Pixabay

As per a recent survey conducted on over 1,100 homemakers at a mall in Mumbai, 60 percent found the idea of living without sweetener uncomfortable. Additionally, 75 percent of the participants were aware of the negative effects of sugar and calorie gains. Despite being cognizant of the consequences of consuming too many calories from sweetener, Indian households find it extremely difficult to detach themselves from this ingredient. This is why it is extremely important to switch from a regular sweetener to a healthier sugar that not only fulfils the sweetness criteria but simultaneously also cuts down the calorie intake.

61 percent of the respondents fell in the age group of 20-40 years, where close to 40 percent did not pay attention to the calories gained from sweetener in the food/drinks they consume on a daily basis. This bracket of age group is the most health conscious and yet the most oblivious on how to improve their lifestyle effectively.

One of the interesting findings that came out of the study was that 55 percent of the survey takers opted to cut-down their sweetener intake by switching to healthier sugars as opposed to switching to a harsh diet or working out in the gym as it was the most convenient way to cut down one’s calorie-intake without having to put in too much effort or bring about a major lifestyle change. One teaspoon of sweeteners can contribute to 16 calories.

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As per a recent survey conducted on over 1,100 homemakers at a mall in Mumbai, 60 percent found the idea of living without sugar uncomfortable. Pixabay

From a recent study by the National Cancer Institute of America, an average man consumes 24 teaspoons of added sweetener per day which equals to approximately 400 calories from sweeteners alone. At such times, it is critical to look at healthier sugar that cuts down the calories by half and yet provides the same sweetness.

Renowned nutritionist Ishi Khosla stated, “With sedentary lifestyle and growing urbanization, food management is extremely important. Sweetener is a key ingredient and has a special place in Indian households. There is nothing wrong with indulging in sweets but one must do so in a smart way. There are healthier options including, low-calorie sweeteners available in the market that offer half the calories than regular sweetener. This is one way one can manage calorie intake without having to give up on sweets and also manage healthy lifestyle.”

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The main intake of added sugars among metro cities of India, measured in grams per day, is the highest in Mumbai according to a survey taken by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad. These findings implicate that though it is practically impossible to eliminate sugars out of your life, it is important to switch to a healthier/ low-calorie sugar that offers less calories compared to regular sugar and yet fulfills the sweetness criteria. (IANS)

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Sufferings of The Migrant Workers Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

No Food: Quarantined workers complain

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Migrant workers have complained that as they are quarantined, they are suffering a lot. Pixabay

Thousands of migrant labourers are now locked up in over 3,000 quarantine centers in various districts. However, according to reports, arrangements for food and social distancing are inadequate in these centres.

In Banda district alone, more than 2,500 migrant workers have been quarantined in 12 of these shelters in the district.

Though Chief Secretary R.K. Tiwari claims that all arrangements have been made for medical screenings, food and stay of these quarantined workers, the truth is far removed.

In Muzaffarnagar, where over 1,000 workers have been quarantined in a shelter in BIT, one worker uploaded a video clip on the social media exposing the real state of affairs.

In the video, the man is saying that they were brought to the quarantine centre on Monday night and they were provided only about four food packets.

Migrant workers, labourers stuck at Delhi/Uttar Pradesh border near Anand Vihar
Migrant workers, labourers stuck at Delhi/Uttar Pradesh border near Anand Vihar. IANS

“The rest of us went without food. We were promised that food would be given but till late evening on Tuesday, no food was provided.

“Tea is selling outside the center at Rs 10 per cup and most of us do not have enough money. We are being treated like criminals when we are just workers displaced by our fate,” he said.

The worker also claimed that they did not have toilet facilities and were made to sit on the grass.

The district magistrate of Muzaffarnagar remained unavailable on phone and a junior district official said that arrangements were being made for those quarantined by them. He feigned complete ignorance about the workers at BIT.

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The lockdown was firmed up from Monday evening when the Centre asked the state governments to stop intercity and inter-district movement.

A government spokesman, when contacted, said: “We are doing our best but we also face limitations due to lockdown. Our first concern is to screen the workers for coronavirus and ensure that they stay where they are.” (IANS)