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3671  The Lounge / Fashion & Lifestyle / Predict menopause, reveals study on: July 12, 2010, 12:24:42 PM
Predict menopause, reveals study

A recent study reveals that in the future doctors could use a blood test to predict decades in advance when women will go into menopause. Experts said that the preliminary study will prove to be of great help to women while deciding when they want to have children.
A fertility expert who is not involved in the research told AP, "This is not something we could start rolling out tomorrow, but if it really does work, it could be immensely useful to young women who are making choices about whether to work or have a family."

While the test does not predict when women will lose their fertility -usually about a decade before menopause, but it will help doctors know when women will go into menopause, therefore enabling them to calculate roughly when they will run out of eggs.

Scientists say the test could be especially helpful in identifying women who might go into menopause early and hence could plan childbearing accordingly.
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3672  The Lounge / Fashion & Lifestyle / Make-up rules for office on: July 12, 2010, 12:21:23 PM
Make-up rules for office

Anupriya and Naina are twins who have just started working. Anupriya is a copywriter at an advertising agency while Naina is an investment banker.

Because of the nature of their jobs, they step out of the house every day looking completely different. "Naina always wears formal clothes. Jeans are what everybody in my team wears," says Anupriya.

Poonam Vakil, a make-up artist, says dressing right is not enough. You have to make sure your make-up complements your image and office atmosphere. Here's what she suggests:


Casual chica


If you have a back-end job in the media, casual is probably the dress code at office. Some tips that would add some spunk to a casual you:


A media job usually means long hours. Many people in these jobs have dark circles under their eyes. Your make-up should conceal this," says Vakil. After applying moisturiser, use a translucent powder to hide your dark circles, suggests Vakil.


Next comes eyeliner and mascara. "Don't wear too much of this if you don't want to look too dolled up. Use a plain gloss or nude colours on your lips so that you don't look too loud," she says.


Vakil says you don't have to use nail paint if your office atmosphere is casual. "But make sure they are neat. They should not be chipped. Use a buffer to smoothen and shine your nails," she says.

Formal façade
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Women who meet clients on a regular basis are expected to dress formally in suits or saris to make the right impression. Start with a moisturiser, says Vakil.

Again, make-up should not be too loud but needs to be more defined," she explains. Here's what you do for an impressive formal you:


Vakil recommends a light foundation. "Women who have an oily skin should use a liquid foundation while those with normal or dry skin can use a powder-based foundation," she says.


According to Vakil, your lip and nail colour should also be more obvious. "However, stick to light colours - pinks, browns, or light purples. French manicures look elegant. Avoid any kind of nail art," she says.


The same rules apply to make-up for office parties. "But you can enhance your make-up a little since most parties are in the evening," adds Vakil.


You can slap on some eye shadow and a light blush. A highlighter on your cheekbones, jaw and collarbones will make your face look chiseled," she explains.

Vakil's last piece of advice is that you should always apply moisturiser before your make-up. "This will protect the skin. If you have oily skin, only use a water-based moisturiser. Oil-based moisturisers are only for people with dry skin. Make sure your moisturiser has a minimum SPF of 25," she concludes.


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3673  General Category / Health and Fitness / You snooze, you lose on: July 12, 2010, 12:17:15 PM
You snooze, you lose

Getting up and out of bed the moment your alarm goes off will definitely make you feel better. Don't groan and moan. There are several very good reasons why you shouldn't hit the snooze button but wake up as soon as your alarm goes off!

Metabolism problem

When you oversleep, your body does not get into its right rhythm. You have kept it starving for a longer period of time and this affects the pace of your metabolism.
Eventually, this makes you a few inches broader.

Lethargy

Oversleeping makes you feel lethargic since your metabolism is still working on the night mode. Your body takes longer to kick start its systems and is unable to function normally. If you really want to sleep a little longer, don't go over thirty minutes.

Loss of productive time

Experts consider early morning hours to be the most productive hours of the day since your mind is fresh. Even if this is not true in your case, you will end up losing a lot of time in the day.

You will have to stay up late or finish things in a hurry.


Disorienting

If you have overslept, you will find it hard to concentrate for a long time unless you start exercising. Again, since your metabolism cannot take off, your brain will feel starved. This will make it difficult for you to shake it into working.

Headaches

The spinal fluid moves to the brain when you oversleep. This condition, if persists for long can cause severe headaches and even lead to blindness!

Next time you want to hit the snooze button, think of all the harm you are doing to your body.
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3674  Image Zone / Funny Pictures / MAN-SOME WHERE, SOMTHING WENT TERRIBLY WRONG on: July 11, 2010, 05:30:57 PM
MAN - SOME WHERE, SOMTHING WENT TERRIBLY WRONG
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3675  General Category / General Discussion / Amazing but True - A 17-year-old baby on: July 11, 2010, 02:33:27 PM
Amazing but True - A 17-year-old baby!

Mystery of ageing

American scientists are keenly studying the DNA of a 17-year-old girl who still has the body and behaviour of a baby, hoping to gain new insights into the mysteries of ageing. At 16lb in weight and just 30in tall, Brooke Greenberg is still the size of a one-year-old

Defects in the genes?

According to a preliminary study of her DNA, her failure to grow could be linked to defects in the genes that make the rest of humanity grow old. If confirmed, the research could give scientists a fresh understanding of ageing and even suggest new therapies for diseases linked to old age

'Unique opportunity'

"We think that Brooke's condition presents us with a unique opportunity to understand the process of ageing," said Richard Walker, a professor at the University of South Florida School of Medicine, who is leading the research team.

Frozen in time

"We think that she has a mutation in the genes that control her ageing and development so that she appears to have been frozen in time

 Controlling them

"If we can compare her genome to the normal version then we might be able to find those genes and see exactly what they do and how to control them


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3676  General Category / The Newsroom / Is selling sperm good or bad, what do you think ? on: July 11, 2010, 11:40:02 AM
After class, sell sperm

Masturbating can be a master stroke. With infertility clinics wooing young male students, the boys have just realised ejaculation and economics may not necessarily be mutually exclusive.

He is a major in sociology, swears by his Adorno, Barthes and Durkheim, and likes to ride his dad's old 350 CC bike. Away from the cafeteria of his Delhi university campus - where he likes to hold court on humanism - and in a quiet corner of an infertility clinic in south Delhi, he is also 'donor number 456'.

So when he freezes his sperm in a vial that's kept at minus 196°C and gets paid for it, he doesn't think he's doing it for a little extra pocket money. There's, after all, the greater common good to think of.

Whatever '456' thinks and however he justifies his weekly appointment at the fertility clinic, where he doesn't mind keeping up with a host of rules and regulations before he's allowed to ejaculate into a labelled cup, an increasing number of students are donating sperm for cash. It takes care of their coffee-date, cigarettes and that pair of Levis they have been eyeing for long.

"We prefer students coming in for (sperm) donations," says Dilip Patil, managing director of Mumbai-based sperm bank Cryos International India, a venture that's just into its third year. "In return, we pay them adequately for their generosity." Patil says students are encouraged because finding donors in India is not very easy. There has to be a plan. So when Cryos started out in India, it deliberately targeted the community. "Our company had put up a stall at the IITMumbai annual cultural fest. Everyone is aware that it is one of the premium colleges. We were hopeful that the students would be liberal and open to the idea of sperm-donation."

Patil adds that while many may want to sign up for the job because it pays - one sample fetches almost Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 - the donor should ideally also express a desire to help childless couples. "It should be an altruistic effort and not a money-making gimmick."

In India, where sperm banks are mushrooming at a frenetic pace, the donor community is hardly growing. Morals and ethics are the two stumbling blocks that doctors have to contend with. Senior IVF consultant and fertility specialist Sushma Sinha of Apollo hospital, New Delhi, says, "The student community is young and able, so naturally they are the best donors."

Not that it's as easy as it sounds. Would-be parents have preferences, and often these are very rigid. Soumya Kaushik (name changed), who is all excited to be a mother, was convinced her sperm donor had to fit a particular profile. Sipping from a coffee-mug that reads in running font, 'I love you mom', she says she spent weeks agonising about who her donor would be. "My main concern was that the person had to be healthy. Later, I found out from my doctor that he was a student and doing well in his studies. He was graduating from an engineering college. That he was tall and well-built was a bonus," she added chirpily.

Sperm banks, too, go through detailed checks before they agree on a sample. "Currently, we have about 160 donors registered with us, out of which 45 are ready-to-use samples," says Patil. "And all the listed donors have their physical attributes described in minute detail. From hair colour to complexion to even religion and food preferences - everything is painstakingly catalogued so that recipients with a single click of a button on our website can access the information about their donor and make an informed choice."

A description listed on Cryos' website reads: "He is one of our shy donors, with slightly curly hair. His mother tongue is Malayalam. He is very helpful and respectful, and seems like a nice person. A typical urban boy."

A profile like this can work wonders for a traditional Indian family looking at a suitable boy for their daughter. It works well for eager couples keen on 'making' babies. No wonder then that at Rs 5,000, his 0.5 ml of sperm is already listed as 'low stock' on the website, owing to the high demand.

But is becoming a donor that easy? Is it just about masturbating into a cup and taking home the money? Not quite, say experts. The procedure is long drawn and requires undergoing a list of examinations, some of which can even be intrusive in nature.
"An anonymous donor needs to go through a multitude of tests, like HIV, blood sugar, Hepatitis B and C, psychological mapping, STDs, et cetera. Moreover, the candidate's first sperm specimen is not used for the procedure. It is quarantined for at least three months and checked for all kinds of infections. After this, we ask him to come in again and give two to three fresh samples, which are thereafter used for all in-vitro fertilisation procedures," says Sinha. "It is a one-year commitment at the minimum that we seek from a prospective donor," adds Patil, who rejects non-serious candidates waltzing in for a lark.

Bandra-based IVF specialist Hitesh Parikh, though, isn't keen on hiring students for the job. "At my clinic, I rely on candidates who have fathered children before. They tend to be mature and understand the gravity of the situation. Also, one is assured that these men are virile and will have a good motility rate in their sperm."

As one donor said wryly, "Nothing comes easy for students."

Easy come, easy go? Not really

In a sperm bank, the donor signs a contract to donate sperm for a specific period of time. He has to notify the bank if he gets any sexual infection. He has to abstain from sex or masturbation for 48 hours before making a donation. Under Indian Council of Medical Research guidelines, a donor has to be in the age group of 21 to 43 years. Sperm banks usually seek a batch of 10 samples within a certain period, which is then quarantined in liquid nitrogen for 90 days and checked for motility, infections and diseases. The samples are thawed when required and used to impregnate women through artificial insemination. After the first batch of donation, he is free to start afresh

Price tag
For each donation, the donor is paid from
Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000
Annually, he can earn up to Rs 40,000 or more.

Data Bank

A sperm bank meticulously catalogues both physical and cultural characteristics of the donor for clients to make informed choices - hair and eye colour, height, weight, complexion, educational qualifications, mother tongue are all mentioned.

Egging them on

Compared to donating sperms, egg donation is an invasive and a risky procedure. Hormone injections are needed for a period of 10 days. She has to then undergo a pelvic exam, checks for STDs and ultrasound to examine health of the ovaries. She is also evaluated by a psychologist for her mental preparedness. Next, follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH) are given to trigger egg production. Once the doctor decides the follicles are mature, the egg retrieval procedure is scheduled. And, 36 hours before retrieval, she must administer one last injection of HCG hormone to ensure that her eggs are ready to be harvested. The egg retrieval is a minimally invasive surgical procedure lasting 20-30 minutes, performed under light anaesthesia. An ultrasound-guided needle, which extracts the eggs, is inserted through the vagina to aspirate the follicles in both ovaries.


Risks
Bleeding from the oocyte recovery procedure and reaction to the hormones used can be a fallout.

Pricetag
An egg donor is paid well - anywhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 per donation.

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3677  Fun Zone / The Video Zone / YouTube - Dosier on Barack Obama ???? on: July 10, 2010, 05:22:44 PM
YouTube - Dosier on Barack Obama Huh?

A Must to watch about Barack Obama' back ground



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3678  General Category / The Newsroom / Sale: Talaq for Rs 599 only on: July 10, 2010, 12:22:58 PM
Sale: Talaq for Rs 599 only


In Lucknow, three Shia women beat up clerics who granted instant talaq to their husbands for a price. The victims are now fighting back, literally.

The first time Ali Imam brushed against her, Nishat Fatima dismissed it as an accident. Imam, her 67-year-old father-in-law, went a few steps further the next time. He barged into her room and tried kissing her. A terrified Nishat complained to her husband, who laughed off the advances and warned her not to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Ali Imam had allegedly tried the same trick on the other two daughters-in-law, Hina and Arshi, as well. Their husbands also made light of the issue till the three women got together, exchanged notes and resolved to fight back. Embarrassed, the husbands proceeded to get talaqs with shocking ease.

"It has proved to be an unequal fight," says Fatima, carefully unrolling the talaqnama which puts an end to her 12-year nikah. "They have the mullahs on their side." The muftis in Sultanul Madaris Darul Qaza (Shariat Court) in Lucknow gave an ex parte divorce without giving her an opportunity to be heard — a mandatory precondition among the Shia sect. Hina met a similar fate, and now Arshi is waiting for her estranged husband to flash a talaqnama any day.

"All it costs is Rs 599 to ruin a woman's life," Fatima sighs, though the 35-year-old school teacher is happy that she has had a chance to hit back quite literally.

Last Tuesday, the three women broke into the Darul Qaza and accosted the muftis. When the clergy tried to shoo them off, the women pounced on them and caught two of them by surprise. Blocking the passage, they showered them with blows and expletives even as a third ran for cover. "I don't regret it one bit. This is the least I could do to settle scores with a man who brought me and my children to the road," says Arshi.

A post-graduate with a law degree, the attractive young woman finds herself named in the FIR as one of the three accomplices for assaulting the clerics. She is unfazed. "What was expected of me? Wait till my father-in-law turned me into another Imrana (see box)? she shoots back. Assaulting the maulvis was the last resort, the women claim. "We tried all venues to seek justice... went to the police station, to the senior clerics of the Shia sect, also to the Women's Commission. But nothing worked, no one helped," Fatima recalls. Her husband, a property dealer in Nainital, procured the talaq to marry his girlfriend who was pregnant with his child. "I knew he was wayward, but thought he was humane and would not desert me and our 10-year-old son." Her worst fears came true when she was shown a copy of the talaqnama.

Buying a talaq is as simple as shopping for meat. You quote your price, bargain, strike a deal and come back with a sealed and signed document that no one can question. This is not the first time a talaq has been bought for a price in Lucknow. But, this is certainly the first time an aggrieved woman has dared to raise her hand against the maulvis.

Says Fatima, "Par khuda ki kasam bahut sukoon mila hai unko sabak sikhane mein (Beating them up was extremely satisfying )." Already, she has become a hero of sorts for women duped by their husbands. "At least 15-20 women have called me up and sought advice."

Like Fatima, there are others who don't want to suffer in silence. "There is a change and it's long overdue," says Naeesh Hasan, convener and founder member of Akhil Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.

"Women are simply sick of the khap panchayat kind of justice delivered by the clergy. The same gender bias, the same insensitivity and cruelty... If the khap can kill, so can the maulvis by taking away all that a woman built in 15-20 years of her marriage, including her home," Naeesh says. "Auraton ne har mamle mein inki bahut dakhalandazi sahi hai (women have put up with a lot of interference in every walk of life)." The revolt of the three Shia girls in Lucknow shows how pent up their fury was.

Begum Shahnaz Sidrat, president of Bazme Khawateen , a women's organisation headquartered at Lucknow, says complaints of talaqnamas for sale are pretty common. She quotes the case of an IAS officer from UP who got rid of his wife after paying maulvis Rs 500. "The maulvis declared the girl was unchaste as her residence in Mumbai was above a pub and gave a onesided decree. Despite all our efforts, nothing happened. She went back to Mumbai and this man remarried."

Herself at the receiving end of the clerics' ire after she announced her intention to contest the Lucknow parliamentary seat (she was ordered to withdraw, stay indoors, and not set a bad example for the community), Sidrat declares, "I believe in Shariat and Islam, but not its interpretation by the mullahs."

Naeesh agrees that it's time for change. "Women, whether Shia or Sunni, have become victims of male whims. Among Sunnis, the man can end the relationship by pronouncing talaq three times. In the Shia sect, which makes serving three notices or the wife's presence mandatory in the proceedings, the talaqnama has turned out to be quite a money spinner for unscrupulous ulema."


An unlikely crusader

An illiterate mother of five, Imrana became a crusader of sorts when she charged her father-in-law with rape. Her story had a twist after a Darul Uloom Deoband decreed that sharing a sexual relationship with the father-in-law turned her into her husband's mother. Therefore, they said, any physical relationship between the husband and wife would be wrong.

Imrana is now back with her husband in Charthawal, Muzaffarnagar as her father-in-law languishes in jail, sentenced to ten years of imprisonment. The maulvis, though, still call the union haram.


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3679  General Category / The Newsroom / Enter the Islamic feminist on: July 10, 2010, 12:15:39 PM
Enter the Islamic feminist


They're not burning bras, or burqas. But a bunch of non-conformist Muslim women activists are making an attempt to free the sorority from the clutches of a patriarchial clergy.

Last week, Lucknow-based feminist Shaista Ambar was on television again. This time she was siding with the three daughters-in-law - Nishat, Hina and Arshi - who had beaten up some maulvis at Sultanul Madaris, the city's famous Shia madrassa which also houses a Sharia court. The maulvis had given talaqnamas (divorce documents) to the women's husbands without consulting them when they tried to get justice against the advances of their father-in-law.

Incensed, Ambar batted for the brave women whom the clergy predictably attacked for taking the law into their hands. "The maulvis should have spoken to the women before they wrote the talaqnama. The patriarchal, misogynist clergy will have to mend its ways or women know how to avenge injustice," Ambar told TOI-Crest in between giving interviews to news channels.

Ambar belongs to a small but increasingly influential group of Islamic feminists in India. They may not be as powerful as the senior maulvis who head leading Islamic seminaries or run Muslim Personal Law Boards and Sharia courts, both Shia and Sunni. But this band of non-conformist women is silently and successfully ushering in change.

They may not equal the audacity of the bra-burning feminists of several decades ago, but they've hit hard at the patriarchal and misogynist elements in Muslim society. And their guiding sources are the Quran and Hadith (the Prophet's traditions). Ambar, who founded the Muslim Women's Personal Law Board in 2005, saved the marriages of hundreds of Muslim couples in Muradabad (UP) village a couple of years ago.

A maulvi belonging to the Deobandi sect had led the namaz-e-janaza (funeral prayer) of a man from the Barelvi sect. Calling it a sin, another maulvi of the sect issued a fatwa that all those who had attended the funeral prayer under the imamat (leadership) of the Deobandi imam needed to remarry, as their wives had become haram (illegal) for them. "This diktat threatened not just to throw the marital lives of several dozen Muslims into disarray, but also inflame a sectarian strife in western UP," says Ambar, who quelled the crisis by opposing the fatwa. She cited the example of holy mosques in Mecca and Medina where lakhs worship behind Deobandi imams. Ambar was also among those who opposed the recent Darul Uloom fatwa that called women's earnings illegal. India's Islamic feminists are bucking trends courageously and cannily.

In August 2008, Planning Commission member Sayeda Hameed created history by becoming the first woman qazi when she solemnised a nikah ceremony in Lucknow - that of activist Naesh Hasan and PhD scholar Imran Naeem. "Naesh told me that she would remain unmarried if I didn't act as the qazi. I had to give in to her demands," recalls Hameed, who drew flak from a section of clerics who said there was no precedent of a woman acting as a qazi. "I asked them to show me a verse in the Quran or a Hadith which prevented a woman from becoming a qazi. If it was not forbidden by Allah and His Prophet, who were the maulvis to oppose it?" she asks. After they couldn't come out with a convincing reason, some maulvis spread the lie that Hameed had not covered her head while she chanted Quranic verses during the nikah. This was a lie, claims Hameed, fabricated to malign her.

The Islamic feminist movement is not confined to occasional acts of rebellion by contrarian "progressives" . There are some feminists who are respected by even senior clerics and regularly invited to their meetings. Mumbaibased Uzma Naheed is one such. Coming from the family of the clerics that founded the famous Darul Uloom Deoband (UP) in the mid-18th century, Naheed is a member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIIMPLB) and heads Iqra International Women Alliance (IIWA), an NGO committed to empowering Muslim women. A few yeas ago, she drafted a model nikahnama which had, among other provisions, a right to talaq-e-tafweez (delegated talaq) which allowed women a right to put certain conditions in the nikahnma. If the husband failed to meet those conditions - like not taking another wife till the first wife was alive - the woman could divorce him. Many members privately appreciated Naheed's revolutionary nikahnama, but are yet to implement it.

Unlike most Muslim women who are expected to remain veiled when they meet strangers, Naheed doesn't use a face veil, though she covers her head with a scarf.

"Initially, some ulema were uncomfortable with my being unveiled. Now they have accepted me," she says.

Another feminist is Zeenat Shaukat Ali, who teaches Islamic Studies at Mumbai's St Xavier's College and has made "freeing Muslim women from the clutches of the clergy" her life's mission. Thirteen years ago, Ali created a stir among educated Muslims with her critically acclaimed book Marriage and Divorce in Islam (1997). "The book's main argument is that since Allah made male and female as complementary to each other, there is no reason to treat women as inferior to men," says Ali, who adds that her feminism is not about male-bashing , but about sharing space with them.

The academic has organised several multi-faith programmes, including a cricket match featuring maulvis, Hindu pandits, Christian, Zoroastrian and Sikh priests as players. Her Art for Peace project had similar multireligious participation where the participants were asked to paint on a theme of peace. "Many of the maulvis had never picked up a brush before," she recalls.

Fiery woman activist Daud Sharifa's aim is to build a mosque exclusively for women. Since mosques are binding forces for practising Muslims, there has been a movement to allow women to worship there, and a few mosques in India, like the Tajul Madaris in Bhopal, do allow women worshippers, though segregated by a wall or a curtain. But an exclusive mosque for women was unheard of in India till Sharifa took up the issue a few years ago.

Having seen the discrimination against Muslim women at the hands of the local jamaat in Tamil Nadu, Sharifa launched a movement for women's empowerment not financially but spiritually too. She is building India's first mosque exclusively for women in Pudukkottai, around 300 km from Chennai. "It will serve not just as a place of worship but even as a cultural centre where women can air their views and discuss their problems," explains Sharifa whom the local maulvis vehemently opposed, but failed to stop.

This bunch of Islamic feminists is fighting for a better future for sisters in distress. Ask the three women in Lucknow who, after bashing up the corrupt maulvis, found Shaista Ambar as a shield against the threats, both verbal and physical.


Spreading wings: Islamic feminism is a decade and a half old. In the 1990s Iranian, Egyptian, Turkish, Moroccan, South African, American, feminists and religious scholars, among others, found they were all simultaneously working on reinterpretations of women's rights under Islam. It is now well on its way to becoming a robust international movement with more and more women pushing for a progressive Islamic discourse to promote gender equality.

Seems that the light has started burning at the end of the Tunnel
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3680  General Category / Health and Fitness / Butter versus margarine! on: July 09, 2010, 12:33:00 PM
Butter versus margarine!


For years we have been discouraged from eating butter, largely due to its high fat and calorie content and nutritionists have often suggested margarine as a healthier substitute.

However, a recent study conducted by Harvard University, suggests the contrary. Although they are both sources of fat, butter and margarine contain different kinds of fat, which is important when deciding which one of the two is a healthier option, suggests the study.

What is margarine?

Margarine is used as a substitute for butter and it contains saturated fats. These are produced when hydrogen is heated in order to harden vegetable oils. It is often claimed that margarine contains polyunsaturated fats that contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils which are essential fatty-acids, but the body cannot manufacture them. However, the high temperature needed to produce margarine, destroys and vitamin E and other nutrients left in the oil. The final product contains trans-fatty acids which increase inflammation in the body. One of margarine’s supposed virtues is that it can help reduce cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, and thereby afford some protection from ‘cardiovascular’ conditions such as heart diseases and strokes.

Difference between margarine and butter:

Both Margarine and butter contain the same amount of calories present in them. On the contrary butter contains natural fats, which are essential for the strengthening the bones and has many nutritional benefits.

Ill-effects of margarine:

Excess intake of margarine can worsen illnesses such as colitis and arthritis. The hardening agents used in the production of margarine include nickel and cadmium. Nickel is a toxic metal that when consumed in excess, causes lung and kidney problems. Cadmium is among the most toxic of the heavy metals. It may contribute to serious diseases such as arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure and malignancy. The study conducted at Harvard University, found that a diet high in trans-fat, which doubles the chance for heart attack and decreases life expectancy.

Solution:

The best way to control the rising cholesterol levels, is by eating everything in moderation and not anything in excess. All products such as eggs, full cream milk, etc. contain minerals and proteins which are essential for the bones and cutting out these products will only lead to further health hazards.
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