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3671  General Category / Health and Fitness / Sweet nothings in your 'healthy' diet on: July 01, 2010, 12:18:19 PM
Sweet nothings in your 'healthy' diet

Secret ingredients in your otherwise healthy diet can lead you to eat a lot more sugar than required. Here's how you can control it

On the face of it, your diet pattern is perfect. You don't consume too much sugar, you are careful about your dessert intake and have practically given up fizzy drinks. Moreover, you also take pains to include only 'healthy' while you are grocery shopping. Granola bars with oats and honey, bread, tomato crisps, hummus, sandwiches, packet soups, biscuits etc might seem good choices but that's only until you know what they contain.

Fact is, even the seemingly healthy diet can be full of sugar or salt especially if you don't check the ingredients on the packet. For instance a granola bar contains sugar. Similarly, a packet of soup which is full of salt is equally unhealthy.

Why avoid sugar
While sugar from any natural source such as vegetables and fruits can never harm you, it's the processed sugar that you need to be wary of. Here is how you can tackle the sugar:

• The maximum amount of sugar people should have per day is 90g (22tsp) for women, 120g (30tsp) for men and 85g (21tsp) for children aged 5-10.

• Anything that ends in ‘ose’ maltose, glucose, sucrose, fructose - usually means a type of sugar. Also look for maltodextrin, any type of syrup and honey. Organic or brown sugar are no better than white.

• Use labelling on food packets to see how much sugar, salt and fat it contains. Generally, anything containing 12.5 gm of sugar or more per 100 gm is high sugar or a ‘red’ traffic light product. In contrast, anything with less than 5 gm sugar per 100 gm is considered to be low in sugar or a ‘green’ traffic light.

• Watch processed food and ready meals and always check their nutritional values. Some contain the recommended daily allowance of fat, sugar and salt in one sitting.

• The higher up sugar appears on the ingredients' list, the more the product contains.

• Go to a sandwich shop and have one made rather than buying a ready-made, which can be high in sugar, salt and fat.

• Don't add sugar to drinks or cereal. Artificial sweeteners are better but they only feed a sweet tooth so try to wean yourself off it altogether.

• Fruit juice is high in sugar so limit yourself to one glass a day.

• Cut out foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat like chocolate biscuits, crisps, cake and fizzy drinks, which contain minimal nutrients. For example, there are 140 calories but no nutrients in a can of cola.
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3672  Fun Zone / The Video Zone / From Las Vegas (Entertainment) on: June 30, 2010, 10:15:41 PM
From Las Vegas (Entertainment)

You will enjoy this clip! Keep the speakers on!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tHjaRbTfHmQ&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/tHjaRbTfHmQ&rel=0</a>

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3673  Fun Zone / Clean Jokes / Assassination on: June 30, 2010, 09:44:46 PM

Sardar teaching his children how to spell the word "assassination" ,

 continues ..  "One 'ass,

 behind another ass,

behind that I and

 behind me the whole 'nation'.
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3674  General Category / The Newsroom / Man in search of four-decade-old love! on: June 30, 2010, 02:36:30 PM
Man in search of four-decade-old love! Shocked Shocked Shocked

45 years back...

A Canadian man is desperately trying to track down a woman he fell madly in love with at a coffee shop in Melbourne, Australia over four decades back. Bob Hagelund had struck up a conversation with Joyce Hook in Melbourne. The Canadian, who is now 70, is attempting to locate the woman he says was the love of his life

A lot happened over coffee

They had met in 1965 at a small cafe where Joyce was the cashier. Hagelund, who had just arrived in Melbourne on board a Norwegian ship, had dropped in for drink. "I've never been so absolutely smitten by another person in my life," said Hagelund. They had felt an instant connection and talked for three hours that night over coffee

'…like it was yesterday'

"You (Joyce) told me of your wish to attend university in England, and I told you of my dreams and aspirations," The Age quoted Hagelund as saying. "I fell in love with you that day Joyce, and for 45 years my feelings for you have endured. I still remember like it was yesterday. "We promised to write and keep in touch and I vowed to return. By the time our ship reached New York, my anticipation of a letter from you almost consumed me."

Those cherished few hours

But there was no letter for him on his arrival. Hagelund felt dejected and attempted to move on with his life. It later turned out that Joyce had indeed written to him but her letter was lost in the mail, arriving three-and-a-half years after their initial rendezvous. Hagelund said those few hours together in Melbourne had consumed him all his life.

Trying to get in touch with her

He realises Joyce may be married and even may not be alive. But he says he has to try to get in touch with her. "Perhaps we can recount stories of what roads life has taken (us) down over the past 45 years and whether any of our hopes and dreams were realised. I would very much like that Joyce.... I am still desperately seeking you, and perhaps it will always be so
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3675  General Category / Health and Fitness / Diabetics' delight: Mango that's got 75% less sugar on: June 29, 2010, 11:48:23 AM
Diabetics' delight: Mango that's got 75% less sugar

LUCKNOW: Malihabad, famed for its mangoes, has a special treat in store this season besides its Dussehris and Langdas. Scientists at State Horticulture Research Centre (SHRC) in Malihabad have succeeded in growing a Florida mango variety with barely 25% sugar content.

This comes as a treat for diabetics and the calorie conscious who had to stay away from mangoes due to its high sugar content. After painstaking research for three years, scientists tasted success.

Experiments started at SHRC in 2007 with Tommy Atkins variety (originating in Florida) of mango. The tree bore its first fruit this season.

According to SHRC deputy director B B Ram, who headed the research, this variety of mango has very low sugar content. But it cannot be called a "zero sugar" fruit. "Its sugar content is around 75% less than varieties usually available," said a senior horticulture department officer in Lucknow.

Encouraged by the outcome of their initial experiments, researchers have already started working on Indian vari-
eties. "If we are successful with the Indian varieties, it will create a new market both in India and abroad, too," said Suhail Khan, a mango grower from Malihabad.

India is the world's largest mango producer with 59% of world's total production. But it has only 15% share in the world market in spite of exporting over 30,000 tonne (39% of the total fruit export from India), said a leading mango exporter from Malihabad. "Mangoes are a good source of minerals like copper and potassium as well as traces of magnesium, manganese, selenium, calcium, iron, and phosphorus," said Sunita, a dietician at a Lucknow hospital. It is rich in vitamins C and A. It also has traces of vitamins E, B and K. About 100 gram of ripe mango contains about 65-75 kcal.

According to a recent research by Ashley Wilkinson of University of Queensland, Australia, having a mango every day could protect people against high cholesterol and diabetes. Some nutrients in mangoes act like certain diabetes and cholesterol drugs.

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3676  General Category / Health and Fitness / cataract-save our eye on: June 28, 2010, 09:59:43 PM

cataract-save our eye

Pl see the pps and take care of your eyes

Have a nice day
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3677  General Category / Health and Fitness / Home remedies for acne on: June 28, 2010, 08:13:40 PM
Home remedies for acne

Is acne making you feel miserable? Get rid of your misery with these home remedies:

Orange peel

The peel of an orange has vitamin C, which reduces acne. Pound the orange peel with little water and apply on affected areas. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off.

Lemon juice

Applying lemon juice on your skin will sting since it is very high in vitamin C but it's a good cure for unwanted acne. Dilute fresh lemon juice with a little water and apply it. It reduces oiliness of the skin, making your face glow naturally. Leave it on for 10 minutes.


Eating raw garlic purifies the blood stream, and will lead to glowing skin. You can also rub raw garlic on the acne affected areas every day. Crush garlic and dab the juice on pimples to reduce them. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off.

Tomato pulp

Tomatoes are high in antioxidants. Apply tomato pulp on your face 30 minutes before showering. It removes impurities from the skin and gives it a new glow. Don't remove the seeds.

Egg white

This tightens your skin and reduces pimples because of its zinc content. Beat egg white and apply on your whole face. Keep this mask for 20 minutes and wash off.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps reduce acne. Apply very little oil on the affected areas. This is not recommended for people with super oily skin.

Aloe vera
This has anti-bacterial properties and needs to be applied topically. It's also an astringent that tightens your pores. Apply for 20 minutes.

Methi seeds
Crush a handful of methi seeds and apply the paste on your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off. Fenugreek is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Neem leaves
Neem removes bacteria
and cleans your skin as it is an antiseptic. Apply a paste made from neem and leaves this on your face for 15 minutes before washing off.

Now that you know about these home remedies, look no further than your kitchen cabinet to get rid of acne!
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3678  General Category / Health and Fitness / Is sugarcane juice a health drink? on: June 28, 2010, 03:01:13 PM
Is sugarcane juice a health drink?

The sweet liquid squeezed from sugarcane is the latest food fad here as it is believed to cure diseases like jaundice, help in fighting breast and prostate cancer, maintaining normal kidney function and providing strength to the heart, eyes and the brain.

But science suggests that all these claims are baseless. When questioned about the purported miracle properties of raw cane juice, Roger Clemens, professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at the USC, told the Los Angeles Times: "No studies have proven these health benefits."

When asked whether raw cane juice could help soothe a sore throat or energise the body, he replied: "I’ve been working in this field for 40 years, and I’ve never seen any evidence for any of this."

What about so-called alkalising properties that can help fight breast and prostate cancer? "Nothing in science backs it up," said Clemens.

How about raw cane juice as an energy drink - maybe it could, at the very least, serve as a pick-me-up to get you through the 4 o’clock slump at work?

"There’s a difference between nutritionally rich and calorically rich. The bottom line is there isn’t any scientific evidence to support these purported claims," Clemens said.

So, drink raw cane juice if you like the taste, but don’t expect miracles. Or much at all.

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3679  General Category / Health and Fitness / Peach a kitchen cure on: June 28, 2010, 02:55:47 PM
Peach a kitchen cure

Your kitchen is stacked with stuff that can help you get rid of common ailments. Surprised? Find out what peach can do...

- Eating peach improves your complexion.

- Peach reduces the cholesterol level in the blood and prevents heart disease.

- Rich in vitamin C, peach ups your immunity levels.

- A good source of dietary fibre, the fruit regulates the digestive system, cleanses the intestines, and combats cancer.

- Primarily made up of water, peach makes for an ideal snack as it is low in calories.

- Rich in iron, peach is a healthy choice for those suffering from anaemia.

- Peach juice acts as a laxative and flushes out toxins from the body. It also prevents the formation of kidney stones.

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3680  General Category / Health and Fitness / Nimbu paani for good health! on: June 28, 2010, 11:55:42 AM
Nimbu paani for good health!

Lemon juice has more benefits that you’d ever imagine. Lemons have five per cent of citric acid, which gives it its unique taste.

Rich in vitamin C, it also has vitamin B, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, proteins and carbohydrates.

Here are some benefits.

- Suffer from indigestion? Mix a few drops of lemon juice with warm water and sip on it. This is useful for treating nausea, heartburn, diarrhoea, bloating and burping.

- Since lemon is a natural antiseptic, it is great to cure skin problems. It clears your skin and also acts as an anti-ageing agent by eliminating wrinkles and blackheads.

- Have a toothache? Apply fresh lemon juice where it hurts. If you have bleeding gums, applying lemon juice can curb the bleeding and stop bad breath.

- A sore throat can be cured by gargling with lemon juice and water regularly.

- Nimbu paani is high in potassium, which controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea and reduces stress. It also cures respiratory disorders like breathing problems and asthma.

SO Enjoy yr Nibmu pani. Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
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