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The 13th Zodiac sign ‘Ophiuchus’: Myth or Fact

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By Ekta Mal

 

The recent media hype about the Ophiuchus (pronounced Oh-fee-YOU-cuss), “the new 13th zodiac sign”, has made people crazy and searching for their own identity, but the experts have something else to say.

“Ophiuchus has nothing to do with astrology”, said the expert astrologer Rock Levine, (according to a a famous astrological website ‘dailyhoroscope.com’). “It’s not an astrology issue. It has to do with stars, its not a sign, its a constellation”.

But people are still freaking out wondering , if they were Gemini yesterday and Taurus today.

In reality, Ophiuchus is a large modern constellation commonly represented as a man grasping the snake represented by the constellation Serpens.

It is actually just a constellation.

It all began when an astronomy professor Kunkle, said “Two thousand years ago the Sun was ‘in’ whatever it was in. Now it’s about a whole constellation off from that.” Kunkle’s quote went viral and was picked up by FOX News and other media outlets because people mistakenly assume that Astrology is based on constellations. But that’s not true.

The real truth?

Astrology is based on the four seasons, not on constellations and the seasons don’t change. As there are four seasons, each with a beginning, middle and end, which adds up to 12 zodiac signs. There is no 13th astrological sign period.

This means that your zodiac sign hasn’t changed. If you were a Gemini yesterday, you’re still a Gemini today.

What can we learn from this?

Listen to the experts, and don’t believe everything you read until you check your facts. There are a lot of people out there who think they understand Astrology when they really don’t.

(Inputs taken from wikipedia and astrology websites) (Image:youtube)

  • billy

    The 13th zodiac sign is actually Huge Cunt. Did you not see a Huge Cunt on Wikipedia?

  • ten.O

    The majority of those who prefer the sidereal version seem to base their differences on the new position of the stars compared to 2000 years ago, regardless of whether or not the 13th zodiac sign is observed. I think it may be okay to dismiss those who want to include it as a new sign now, especially if it was never a sign in the history of astrology. But I don’t think this dismissal should be lumped with dismissing those who believe in the sidereal format. They may not believe in a 13th sign, but they apparently believe in sidereal astrology, which, by default, means the signs are in different positions now, including ascendants, moons, etc., resulting in sidereal astrologists to aver that my sun sign and ascendant and moon are different than they appear to be in the tropical astrological version. Tropical astrologists believe the zodiac is based on the four seasons, while sidereal astrologists believe it is based on the constellation placements. There are experts in each version.

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  • billy

    The 13th zodiac sign is actually Huge Cunt. Did you not see a Huge Cunt on Wikipedia?

  • ten.O

    The majority of those who prefer the sidereal version seem to base their differences on the new position of the stars compared to 2000 years ago, regardless of whether or not the 13th zodiac sign is observed. I think it may be okay to dismiss those who want to include it as a new sign now, especially if it was never a sign in the history of astrology. But I don’t think this dismissal should be lumped with dismissing those who believe in the sidereal format. They may not believe in a 13th sign, but they apparently believe in sidereal astrology, which, by default, means the signs are in different positions now, including ascendants, moons, etc., resulting in sidereal astrologists to aver that my sun sign and ascendant and moon are different than they appear to be in the tropical astrological version. Tropical astrologists believe the zodiac is based on the four seasons, while sidereal astrologists believe it is based on the constellation placements. There are experts in each version.

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Common Myths and Facts About Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Here are 3 myths vs facts on the side-effects of low-calorie sweetener

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Here are a few myths around low calorie sweeteners that we will bust. Pixabay

With the desire to stay fit and ensure a healthy lifestyle there has been an inclination towards choosing food that is low in calories. In today’s time, when most people are consciously putting an effort to try and remain fit, it is very important to consume food smartly.

Often we find that whenever we talk about a meal, we inevitably try to assess how much weight would we put on after consuming it. Most people who consult me are often concerned about their weight management and one of the most effective ways to treat this issue is by addressing the sugar element. People are conscious of consuming oily and fattening food items but forget about sugar which constitutes a major part of their daily calorie intake.

Making the move from sugar to no sugar may be impossible, sugar being a key ingredient in Indian households. Here, safe low calorie sweeteners come into play.

Low-calorie sweetener is a food additive that provides a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy than sugar-based sweeteners, making it a zero-calorie or low-calorie sweetener (LCS). Conversations often arise and lead to the safety of switching to low calorie sweeteners and their health benefits.

Unlike popular perception, low calorie sweeteners available in the market are thoroughly investigated and their safety is confirmed by many studies. It is not possible to market a new sweetener without the approval of the competent authorities.

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Low-calorie sweeteners don’t cause weight gain and may even be actually effective for weight loss. Pixabay

In India, Low-calorie sweeteners are regulated by FSSAI. WHO approves LCS based on their claims and recommended ADI (Acceptable Daily Intake).

Here are a few myths around low calorie sweeteners that we will bust. Ishi Khosla, renowned nutritionist shares her take on the myths and facts of the effects of low calorie sweeteners. Read to know more:

 

Myth 1:

I often find people discussing that the consumption of low calorie sweeteners leads to increase in weight. Some people also believe that low calorie sweeteners might increase appetite. The idea is that low calorie sweeteners may be unable to activate the food reward pathway needed to make you feel satisfied after you eat.

Fact 1:

Evidence from controlled studies suggests that Low-calorie sweeteners don’t cause weight gain and may even be actually effective for weight loss. Safe sweeteners can support weight loss as a substitute for sugar in sweets, foods and beverages.

Myth 2:

Recently, I have heard someone say, “Don’t use sugar substitutes in your tea, coffee or food. They can cause cancer.” There’s been a lot of debate about low calorie sweeteners and these Discussions were prompted by the rise of sugar-infused drinks and foods over recent decades.

Fact 2:

The reality is no scientific studies have found a direct connection between Low-calorie sweeteners and cancer. Infact cancer is multifactorial. A much-debated sweetener described as causing cancer is aspartame. Questions on its safety arose in the mid-1990s amid a report that allegedly claimed it caused brain cancer. Yet after further analysis, no clear link between the sweetener and brain cancer was found. Neither Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or FDA was able to identify a specific set of symptoms associated with aspartame use that would constitute a public health hazard.

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Low calorie sweeteners are unlikely to cause headaches, depression and seizures. Pixabay

Myth 3:

Sometimes when I’m scrolling through my phone I come across reports that say that low calorie sweeteners may cause unpleasant symptoms, such as headaches, depression, and seizures in some individuals.

Fact 3:

Low calorie sweeteners are unlikely to cause headaches, depression and seizures as per World Health Organization report when consumed within the recommended ADI limit. FDA scientists have reviewed scientific data regarding the safety of low calorie sweeteners in food and concluded that it is safe for the general population under certain conditions. Sucralose has been extensively studied and more than 110 safety studies were reviewed by FDA in approving the use of sucralose as a general purpose sweetener for food.

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Choosing the right kind of alternative sweeteners is a way of maintaining lifestyle. Sweeteners are safe for consumption within the (acceptable daily intake) ADI limit. No one approach to weight management is likely to be successful. An integrated approach and overall healthy lifestyle are essential to promote good health. (IANS)