Make sure to stock your kitchen with a few of these cooking ingredients to get on the path to a better diet.
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As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Cooking with the right ingredients can have many major health benefits, and the proof is in the pudding: researchers found that eating healthy foods prevents everything from heart disease and stroke to diabetes and cancer. It goes to show that cooking with the right ingredients not only adds more flavor but also has huge advantages for feeling great. In fact, some medical schools are even teaching cooking as a part of their curriculum to promote health and better eating habits. So make sure to stock your kitchen with a few of these cooking ingredients to get on the path to a better diet.
For a long time, Ancient Chinese and Indian cultures already figured out the health benefits of garlic for things like aiding digestion and even for treating leprosy. Modern medicine now proves the advantages of consuming this pungent herb. Garlic promotes health in all kinds of ways, from lowering cholesterol to preventing and treating the common cold. Studies have also linked the bulbous plant to reduce the risk for different types of cancers. So who cares if you have smelly breath when you feel that great?
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Many Asian foods use this orange spice to flavor foods and color cosmetics, but also for its medicinal purposes. Turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical that improves metabolism, eases arthritis, and aids degenerative eye conditions. Because of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties, the spice can even ease chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, cancer, allergies, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, depression, and fatigue. Better stock up!
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If you’re going to be cooking with turmeric, you might as well throw in some onions, too. A 2006 study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology revealed that combining onion with turmeric reduces the size of precancerous cells in the intestines, thus lowering the risk of colon cancer. Onions have a few more bonus benefits like lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of diabetes. While they may make your breath smell, they actually can strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. So actually, an onion a day keeps the doctor away!
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The family of plants known as the mentha, or mint, refers to a species about 20 plants that includes peppermint, spearmint, pennyroyal, and apple mint. Throw some mint in your salad or tea to reduce allergies, prevent catching a cold, or ease a sore throat. Research shows that if you suffer from stomach aches or heartburn, mint could help to relieve an upset tummy, reduce acid reflux, prevent stomach ulcers, and treat irritable bowel syndrome. It also naturally freshens your breath!
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It seems that the cultures of Asia were on to something when they started incorporating ginger into so many of their dishes thousands of years ago. The anticancer properties of ginger are well-documented, and the spicy root has been shown to prevent colon, ovarian, gastric, and liver cancer. Because ginger relieves pain, consuming it before exercise can help reduce muscle soreness. If that wasn’t enough, ginger also helps ease nausea, promote heart health, and soothe a cold or flu.
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Parsley is far more than just a garnish. According to doctors, this versatile leafy herb contains a chemical compound called apigenin that fights against breast cancer. If you get UTIs often, consuming parsley can also help relieve urinary tract infections. On top of that, the plant prevents kidney stones, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, constipation, diabetes, cough, asthma, and high blood pressure. A few sprigs go a long way.
Give peas a chance—as well as pistachios, fava beans, and pumpkin seed paste. These are just some of the ingredients being used to replace one of the world’s most popular fruits.
On the one hand, they are deliciously creamy, versatile and gloriously Instagrammable. On the other, they have an enormous carbon footprint for a fruit, require up to 320 litres of water each to grow and “are in such global demand they are becoming unaffordable for people indigenous to the areas they are grown in”, according to Thomasina Miers, the co-founder of the Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca.
For some time, the chef has struggled to balance the devastating environmental impact of avocado production with her customers’ appetite for guacamole. Now, she thinks she has found the answer: a vibrant, green guacamole-inspired dip, made from fava beans, green chilli, lime and coriander.
The dip – called Wahacamole – debuted in October 2021, but Wahaca is not the first restaurant to remove or reduce its reliance on avocado. In Toronto, the Mexican chef Aldo Camarena recently suggested a guacamole alternative made with courgette and pumpkin seed paste. In 2020, the chef Santiago Lastra included a guacamole-style dip made from pistachios and fermented gooseberries on the menu at Kol, his Mexican restaurant in London. In 2018, the Irish restaurateur JP McMahon called avocados the “blood diamonds of Mexico”; he has developed a guacamole alternative made using jerusalem artichokes.
This trend is not confined to the restaurant industry. In October 2021, the TikTok star Calum Harris (AKA @madebyblitz) garnered 371,000 likes on his recipe for “guacamole” made with frozen peas, while, on Instagram, the hashtag #noavocado has 3,220 posts and counting.
“A few years ago, I was quite well known for my use of avocados in my cooking – so much so that I dedicated a whole Instagram account (@avodaily) to my love for them,” says the vegan cookery writer Bettina Campolucci Bordi. She decided to cut back when she moved to the UK, having previously lived in Spain, where she could source avocados locally. “My favourite recipe to date uses British peas instead. I blanche the peas before crushing them and mixing them with plant-based sour cream, salt and pepper, a little grated garlic and a spritz of lemon juice.”
Wahaca’s decision to offer an alternative to guacamole is perhaps the clearest indication to date that “parts of the food industry are beginning to wake up to the enormity of the issues we face as a result of intensive farming”, says Tim Lang, a professor of food policy at City, University of London. Avocados have become a “global commodity crop”, he says, the perfect example of what happens when “an exotic food becomes normalised with no thinking through of the consequences”. Problems including deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and water shortages mean that “the communities growing them do not have enough water for washing and hygiene”, adds Lang.
But avocados are challenging to replace – as are their derivatives, avocado oil and avocado butter, which are important in gluten-free and vegan baking. Plus, for many fans of the fruit, a dip made from beans, nuts, seeds or vegetables is no more a replacement for guacamole than smashed broad beans on toast (as suggested by Tom Hunt’s recipe for not-avocado on toast) is an alternative to smashed avocado. Perhaps anticipating this complaint, Wahaca has said that “a traditional, freshly made guacamole” will remain on its menu, for which all of its avocados are “sourced at the most sustainable levels possible”.
Miers, who worked with the British pulse grower Hodmedod’s to create Wahacamole, says: “The fact that we can grow [fava beans in the UK] using regenerative farming methods that fix both nitrogen and carbon into our soil is an added boon.” While guacamole swaps may not exactly replicate the taste of avocado, the feedback has been good at Wahaca. “We’ve been giving people Wahacamole to try for free when they come in to dine with us – and on the whole they seem genuinely interested in giving it a go. Most are enjoying it and many are ordering more,” says Miers.
Lastra says: “We were looking not to recreate, but to produce a similar sensorial experience. What does an avocado mean in terms of sight, texture, aroma and flavour? And how do we paint that with the tools we have?” His blend of pistachios, pine oil, cucumber juice and fermented gooseberries may not fool an avocado connoisseur, but Lastra tells me most people “can’t actually tell the difference … they really enjoy it”. It has all the creaminess, tang and colour of traditional guacamole, he says – and it doesn’t look bad on Instagram, either.
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Bad breath or ‘halitosis’ can make a bad impression, but do not worry, there are certain foods to avoid and tips to keep bad breath at bay
Dental hygiene is an important thing that must be focused on while grooming yourself. Bad breath can be the reason why people avoid you or make a conversation with you. Bad breath or ‘halitosis’ can make a bad impression, but do not worry, there are certain foods to avoid and tips to keep bad breath at bay.
Foods to Avoid:
Garlic and onions are on the top of the list which promotes bad breath. These foods include sulfur compounds that linger in the mouth and are also absorbed in the bloodstream when one exhales.
Coffee and alcohol help oral bacterial growth. They also have a drying effect which reduces saliva growth and allows foul-smelling bacteria to grow and linger in the mouth. Dairy products also promote and trigger bad breath.
Orange juice, soda, and meat are also foods that trigger bad breath. It is essential to rinse your mouth after consuming these food items to avoid bad breath. Certain health conditions can also result in bad breath. Blocked sinus passage and post-nasal drip also result in bad breath.Advertisement
Tips to fight Halitosis:
Foods like raw vegetables and fruits including apples, pears, carrots, and celery produce saliva which cleans the odour-producing bacteria. These foods are rich in fibre and act as natural toothbrushes when consumed.
Probiotic yoghurt contains good bacteria and can help combat bacteria that cause bad breath. Herbs like parsley contain polyphenols and natural chemicals which work as bad breath remedies.
Cherries remove the smell of methyl mercaptan which is a bad breath-causing gas that naturally occurs in food. Green tea contains catechins which is a natural antioxidant that can help in fighting bad breath-causing bacteria.
Consuming water or odour fluid helps flush the bits of food bacteria from the mouth. Drinking water also promotes the production of saliva which is a constant cleansing agent. It helps stinky substances to dissolve.
Food in Gujarat varies across regions, and cuisines. Here is what you should not miss out.
Gujarati cuisine is predominantly influenced by the state’s geography, history, and culture. The food varies across regions, and cuisines. A typical meal in most Gujarati households comprises rotli (a flat bread), dal or kadhi, shaak (a dry or gravy-based vegetable preparation), kathol (a preparation made from pulses or whole beans), farsaan (a snack item), and rice. Most Gujarati dishes are an unusual combination of sweet, salty, and spicy flavours. And of course, everything is held together by an array of condiments and rounded off with a mishthaan (sweet dish). If you find yourself always on the lookout for hyperlocal food, follow this culinary trail through Gujarat:
The largest city of Gujarat and the former capital of the state, Ahmedabad is a gastronome’s delight. This is where the supremely popular Gujarati Thali was served for the first time—way back in 1900 at the Chandravilas restaurant, which still continues to delight food lovers.
Where to go and what to eat Apart from the many ritzy, upmarket restaurants and cafés around the city, the streets are also a treasure trove. Manek Chowk is a must-visit. A vegetable market by day, the square transforms into a bustling, street food market by night. Surrounded by the many heritage pols, the stalls serve a variety of food. Sandwiches, Gujarati delicacies, south Indian, chaat, kulfi…don’t miss the Pav Bhaji and the Chocolate Sandwich/Pizza. At Law Garden, located in the newer part of the city, the Khau Galli provides welcome relief after some dedicated shopping. Try the Chaat, Pani Puri, Dosas, Uttapams, Idlis, Dhokla, Pav Bhaji, Dabeli, Kulfi, ice cream, and Indianised versions of Chinese and Italian snacks. Head to Bhatiyar Gali for a variety of non-vegetarian food.
In the heartland of Kathiawad, you’ll find food that’s much spicier than what you find across Gujarat. The food here and in nearby Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Botad, Morbi, and Gir-Somnath, has strong Rajasthani influences.
Where to go and what to eat Don’t miss the Kathiawadi Thali, which is much spicier than the Gujarati variant and takes into consideration the climate and the availability of fresh produce. Staples include Talela Marcha (fried green chillies), Rotla, and a couple of vegetables—Sev Tamata nu Shaak, Papad nu Shaak, Lasania Bataka, or Ringan nu Olo, and, of course, Chaas. Delicacies like Rasawala Dhokla, Bajra Bhakri, Methi Thepla, Kathiawadi Akha Adad, Kathiawadi Stuffed Onion, and the Dhokli nu Shaak must not be miss. If you have time, head to Jamnagar to enjoy the Ghooto, a mixed vegetable and lentil curry best enjoyed with crumbled rotla. In Bhavnagar, don’t forget to stock up on the Ganthiya, the dry snack.
The people of dry and arid Kutch believe in “simple living and high thinking”. Their food follows this line, and is simple and satisfying. The nutritious meals must always be washed down with a glass of chaas!
What to eat Kutchi cuisine uses minimal oil and favours the leelo masallo. The meals are simple, and include Kadhi, Khichdi, and Bajra no Rotlo with a smattering of hardy vegetables such as Guvar nu Shaak. Dairy products are abundantly used as people in the arid region have a large population of livestock. Shrikhand is often the favoured dessert. Kutch offers some special items that are best served here: Dabeli, a Kutchi cousin of Mumbai’s Vada Pav; the Kutchi Pakwan, a deep-fried dry snack made out of maida and ajwain that resonates the Sindhi Dal Pakwan; and the Gulab Pak, a delicate barfi made from rose petals, milk, and sugar, and garnished with chopped and toasted almonds, cashew nuts, and pistachios. When in Bhuj, one must also make sure to visit the legendary Khavda Sweet and Farsan, which is famous for its pure sweets, dairy products, namkins and dryfruits.
The multicultural ethos of Baroda has its roots in the vision of Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the Maharaja of Baroda State from 1875 to 1939. The cultural capital of the state is known for its love of food.
Where to go and what to eat Vadodara has plentiful Gujarati restaurants offering their versions of the thali, but there are plenty of options for those who love their street food. In the heart of the city, Sursagar, is a street food hub in the evening. Stalls offering chaat, samosas, sandwiches, and golas pick up pace as night falls. In Mangal Bazaar, the moong dal kachoris at Pyarelal ki Kachori, and the ice cream at Samrat—a store that’s been around since the 1950s—are great.
At Ratri Bazaar, a food market located in the busy area of Karelibaug, over 40 eateries and stalls sell anything you may be in the mood to eat. From Khichu and momos to dosas and chaat, everything’s available at this eat street from 5pm to 1am.
Any trip to Vadodara is incomplete without relishing the delectable Duliram na peda at Pendawala Duliram Ratanlal Sharma located on Raopura Main Road. Another eatery that you must visit is Jagdish Farshan, which was established in 1938. Located on Ajwa Road, the shop is known for its bhakarwadi, lilo chevdo, suko chevda, sweets and namkins.
You can’t leave Vadodara without savouring the Sev Usal. The spicy and tangy pea curry tastes best topped with chutneys, chopped onions, and scooped up with white buns. Don’t forget to try the Lilo Chevdo.
The commercial nerve centre of South Gujarat is as renowned for its love of food as it is for its diamond and textile industries. Food experiments have also resulted in dishes that are now part and parcel of Gujarati fare.
Where to go and what to eat You can’t come to Surat and not relish Undhiyu, the elaborate mixed vegetable dish that’s a winter staple. The recipe derives its name from the word “undhu”, which means upside down—the dish was traditionally cooked upside down in earthen pots (matlu) fired from above. This Surti classic is made with winter vegetables. Apart from the many restaurants, head to Piplod for street food. The numerous stalls and joints offer traditional Gujarati snacks along with localised Italian, Chinese, and Mexican options. Be it Pav Bhaji, Dhokla, or Sev Khamni, there’s something for everyone at this eat street. Don’t miss the Surat staple, the Locho—a word that translates into “a mess” in Gujarati. Made from chick pea flour, the dollops of batter are seasoned with groundnut oil and served with butter, sev, coriander, and onion rings. Round off your meal with the Surati Ghari, which is made with “puri” dough and studded with a delicious filling of mawa, sugar, and gram flour.
Love food but calorie count haunts you? Try out these healthy snack options that are not only good for your health but will also add value to your meals.
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Counting calories and planning your diet accordingly can be a task for many, especially foodies. If you’re someone who loves to munch snacks but are conscious about calorie intake, here are some healthy snack choices that are not only good for your health but will also add value to your meals. Added bonus is they are super easy to make!
One of the nutritious options which can be a good snacking option is oatmeal. Oats are packed with soluble fibre, which will help in increasing the number of good bacteria in the digestive tract, along with other health benefits. Instead of the sugar-rich flavoured oats use whole rolled oats to make oatmeal. Also, preparing oatmeal with milk instead of water will give some extra dose of protein and calcium, thus enhancing immunity.
For those who would like to eat something salty and crunchy, we would suggest they binge on popcorn. It’s a high-fibre snack that will keep you full until the next meal. Leave off the butter and salt, and replace them with heart-healthy fats like olive oil or fresh herbs. In fact, three cups of air-popped popcorn contain less than 100 calories and roughly 4 grams of fibre, which will help you to feel full.
Nuts like walnuts and almonds contain natural melatonin, protein, and magnesium, a modest handful of nuts will satiate appetite and induce sleepiness.
Roasted Grams are a crunchy nutrient-dense, low-calorie snack that’s high in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals, which makes them a healthier alternative to salty snacks like potato chips.
A snack that is perfect to fuel up on after a long day, the steaming of dhokla withholds the extra use of oil and is very light and easy to digest. Curd that is used in this recipe enhances the goodness that comes with fermented food like breaking down fat effortlessly alongside maintaining healthy gut flora.
Twist regular idli recipe by adding spinach to your fermented idli batter. Spinach is a superfood that includes a lot of rich fibres, iron, proteins, minerals, magnesium, and on the other hand, idli is another meal that is nourishing with less calorie. Spinach is rich in its water content which will aid in keeping your child hydrated throughout. Other benefits like aiding to keep immunity high and keeping gastric problems at bay, spinach is a go-to option that must be incorporated in your snack time.
Give Berries a chance
When you want to stay away from sugar or oil, colourful berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries can be your go-to option. Berries are called negative calorie foods because of their low glycaemic index and their protein content. It also contains antioxidants, which protects us from various cancers.
The anti-aging industry is filled with supplements, creams, and products touted for their ability to ward off wrinkles, boost the collagen production of your skin, improve elasticity and keep you looking youthful.
But as they say, you are what you eat, so when it comes to fighting the clock, what we put into our bodies can be even more important than the products that we shell out money to help us in this department. Experts note that there are a variety of anti-aging foods that you can eat that can work wonders in helping to fight off skin-damaging free radicals, repair collagen in the body, and reduce inflammation. From omega-3 rich salmon and flaxseeds to vitamin C-packed citrus fruits, here are 30 of the best anti-aging foods to make sure you are incorporating them into your diet.
Best Anti-Aging Foods
“Considered a superfood, these berries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat with numerous health benefits,” says Bansari Acharya, a metro-Detroit-based registered dietitian and nutritionist with FoodLove.com. They have powerful antioxidant properties in them that help fight off free radicals, which may lead to slowing down aging. Blueberries, says Acharya, are so versatile that you can enjoy them in smoothies, salads, or even on their own.
2. Green tea:
Green tea contains numerous beneficial compounds in it such as antioxidants and phytochemicals that may decrease inflammation in the body. “Accelerated aging is usually caused by increased inflammation and the compounds in green tea may fight off with free radicals that can cause damage to cells,” Acharya explains. Green tea can be consumed traditionally or even more popularly through matcha powder.
Leafy greens, like spinach, are filled with tons of vitamins that act as antioxidants. These anti-aging foods also filled with loads of fiber that are great to keep your heart and digestive system healthy. Acharya notes that you can add spinach to salads, smoothies, and even soups.
4. Dark chocolate:
Dessert lovers rejoice! Dark chocolate, says Acharya, “may increase the blood flow and circulation in the skin, which may increase the moisture in the skin.” This, she says, can reduce the formation and appearance of wrinkles. This food is also high on antioxidants and may also aid in reducing inflammation levels in the body. Dark chocolate can be enjoyed by itself or with nuts such as dark chocolate almonds.
Avocados are packed with healthful fats that may be beneficial to skin health. Jenn LaVardera is a registered dietitian and expert nutritionist for Naturipe. Research has shown people who eat diets higher in monounsaturated fats; the type of fat found in avocados, have a lower risk of severe facial skin aging. “Avocados also pack the compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, pigments that can help maintain eye health and reduce risk of macular degeneration due to age,” explains LaVardera. You can add avocados to salads, sandwiches, and smoothies, or enjoy a breakfast of smashed avocado toast.
Hydration is key to helping to ward off wrinkles and keep your skin looking supple and youthful. One study found that participants who supplemented with flaxseed oil experienced a 39% increase in skin hydration after a period of 12 weeks. An improvement in skin roughness and smoothness was also observed from eating this anti-aging food.
Another omega-3 rich food is salmon. The type of omega-3 fat found here, called DHA (i.e., docosahexaenoic acid) is of particular importance to protecting the brain, heart, and eyes from aging. And bonus: “Studies show that people who include DHA in their diets also have lower risks for the main causes of vision loss as we age, including macular degeneration,” says Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian, author of Age-Proof Your Body, and medical advisory board member at Persona Nutrition.
Whether they are lentils, chickpeas, split peas, or black, kidney, navy, or pinto beans, legumes are packed with nutrients that support mental health, such as folate, calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, and zinc. The folate in beans protects against a memory-destroying compound called homocysteine. The antioxidant phytonutrients in legumes, such as saponins and phytosterols, may help protect against wrinkles and, per Somer, can also help lower cancer and heart disease risk. Try legumes in chili, bean burritos, or split pea soup.
Mushrooms are high in Vitamin D, which is important in the formation and maintenance of normal bones and plays an integral part in supporting our immune system. “Next time you make a meatloaf or meatballs chop up some mushrooms to add some extra nutrition to your meal,” suggests Nikkel.
Do you start off your morning with a glass of warm lemon water? You’re onto something! These citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C, which is crucial in skin health. One study found that women who consumed more Vitamin C had a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance and skin dryness, making it one of the best anti-aging foods.
Not familiar with watercress? You’ll find it in the fresh produce aisle. This leafy green has, in recent years, joined the ranks of the superfood world. It’s filled with healthy nutrients like calcium, potassium, and magnesium and carotenoids like beta-carotene, which may help to ward off free radicals.
“Scallops are rich in selenium an essential mineral that acts as an antioxidant helping to protect our cells from damage,” explains Nikkel. She notes that this shellfish is one of the quickest protein sources you can cook. “Pan sear them over high heat for about 2 minutes per side.”
13. Olive oil:
This delicious oil is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which Nikkel says can help to improve the health of our hearts. “Utilize olive as a salad dressing mixed with balsamic dressing or drizzle it over vegetables and roast them in the oven for additional heart-healthy benefits,” she suggests. You can also apply it topically for some extra moisturizing. Olive has been linked to possibly helping to ward off skin cancer.
This tropical fruit has a hidden anti-aging trick up its sleeve. “It’s an excellent source of vitamin C, which is necessary to manufacture collagen – a protein which supports skin structure,” explains registered dietitian Susan Bowerman. Enjoy it by itself, toss some cubes in a stir-fry, or put together a tropical fruit salad.
This spice contains compounds, which act as natural antioxidants. “Oxidant damage can negatively affect the appearance of the skin but can also influence the body’s ability to produce energy,” says Bowerman. Turmeric is also used to lower inflammation and may be able to help treat various dermatological skin conditions as well, thus making it an anti-aging food.
“Coconut is not only highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, it also helps support the natural chemical balance of the skin to help to prevent wrinkles and it functions as a protective anti-oxidant,” says Orit Markowitz, a New York City board-certified dermatologist. He adds that it’s also great for hydrating both skin and hair and also helps against de-hydration when taken by mouth, as it contains loads of electrolytes. “Coconut also helps promote healthy-looking hair and it can help control dandruff,” he explains. And coconut oil can make an excellent moisturizer when applied topically.
The vibrant orange color of this squash indicates that it’s loaded with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. This gets converted to Vitamin A in the liver, which helps prevent wrinkles and keep your skin youthful and moisturized. “This is the perfect food if you are experiencing dry skin,” says Markowitz. Pumpkin is also loaded with Vitamin C, another antioxidant that protects collagen and boosts our immune systems.
Carrots are not only good for your eyes but are also amazing for smooth skin. Carotenoids, found in carrots, are your protection from everyday pollutants and can help to ward off wrinkles. ”The beta carotene in carrots is a skin-friendly nutrient that gets converted to vitamin A inside the body and can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays,” explains Markowitz.
“Dark leafy greens, like kale, are high in antioxidants and other nutrients like vitamin C that boost your body’s collagen production, improving the texture, appearance, and firmness of your skin, explains Chrissy Arsenault, a registered dietitian in Indianapolis. “I think kale is delicious in a salad or smoothie, but my absolute favorite way to prepare it is making kale chips,” she explains. “Just drizzle fresh kale with olive oil and dust it with a pinch of salt, then put it in the oven for 15 minutes at 350°F. They’ll come out crunchy and delicious!”
Another Vitamin C powerhouse! “Oranges and other citrus fruits are high in carotenoids, compounds that protect your skin from UV light to keep it firm and prevent wrinkles,” Arsenault explains. Oranges are also excellent self-contained snacks that are easy to throw in your bag and take on the go without a mess.
21. Yellow Squash:
There is a wealth of anti-aging food power in yellow squash, including vitamin A and B vitamins like B6, riboflavin, and folate. “These vitamins are critical to maintaining your body’s metabolism and can help mitigate the slowing of the metabolism as you age,” Arsenault explains. Try roasting some squash in the oven, eating pasta with spaghetti squash instead of noodles, or making some butternut squash soup.
Eggs, especially the yolk are a rich source of choline, a nutrient, which can help to support our brain and memory function as we age. They also contain biotin, which promotes hair and scalp health. Nikkel says that hard-boiled eggs are a low-calorie and nutritious snack.
23. Bell Peppers:
Bell peppers are a great source of antioxidants such as carotenoids, which aid in anti-aging by reducing skin damage caused by the sun, illness, and smoking and alcohol consumption. “Different ways you can enjoy bell peppers is by chopping them up in a salad, sautéing them in a veggie omelet, or chicken fajita pasta with bell peppers,” explains Sandy Younan Brikho, a registered dietitian nutritionist with The Dish On Nutrition.
24. Manuka Honey:
Manuka honey, says Brikho, reduces inflammation, which aids in anti-aging by reducing inflammatory cytokine formation. “Some of my favorite ways to enjoy manuka honey is adding 1-2 teaspoons to your iced coffee with vanilla and nonfat milk or almond milk, having a peanut butter and honey sandwich, or adding manuka honey on top of pancakes,” she explains. Because of its hydrating properties, this type of honey is also found in a lot of anti-aging skincare lines.
These green stalks, and their leaves, are a great source of vitamin C, which helps with anti-aging by playing a role in connective tissue healing and collagen. “Some fun ways to add broccoli in your diet is by making a chicken and broccoli stir fry, cheesy garlic broccoli as a side, or by adding it to a soup,” Brikho suggests.
This tropical fruit naturally contains the enzymes papain, and chymopapain. “These enzymes help to support digestion which in return supports gut health,” adds Nikkel. She says to try making a tropical fruit salad full of papaya, pineapple, and mango for a healthy source of nutrients throughout the week.
27. Sweet potatoes:
Sweet potatoes contain an antioxidant called beta-carotene, which helps with anti-aging. And this anti-oxidant converts to vitamin A, which has been shown to improve facial wrinkles and skin elasticity. “Some delicious ways to add sweet potatoes into your diet are by making a loaded baked sweet potato, oven-roasted sweet potatoes as a side, or sweet potato brownies, if you are craving dessert,” says Brikho.
These tasty nuts are a plant-based source of omega 3 fatty acids, which help to support our cognitive function as we age. “Walnuts can be enjoyed as part of a tasty trail mix, mixed into salads for a satisfying crunch or sprinkled on top of oatmeal,” says Nikkel.
These delicious red berries are full of antioxidants – nutrients that can help to reduce and combat the damage done to our body’s cells by free radicals. And free radicals explains Nikkel, are naturally occurring by-products that occur as a result of our daily lives. Add this anti-aging food to your savory breakfasts of oatmeal, waffles, or pancakes for an antioxidant-rich meal.
A street vendor mixed fruits in chai. This experiment has left many people in a digust.
A vendor mixed fruits in chai – Instagram screengrab by @foodieincarnate
A cup of chai can either make your day or break it. If your chai is just the way you like it, it’s all you need to relax and unwind. But even if one ingredient is missing or is a little too much, then that cup of chai can also ruin your day. Since we all love chai, we have our own ways and recipes to make a delicious cuppa. However, in all these recipes, I think we all can agree that any weird experiment with chai is just not acceptable. However, that does not stop certain people from experimenting. Till now, you might have seen a cup of chai that was full of herbs or topped with ice cream; but a recent chai experiment has caught the attention of many. This time, a street vendor was seen making fruit chai. Yes, you heard us. As bizarre as this might sound, ‘fruit chai’ does exist and is being sold on the streets of Surat.
In a video uploaded by food blogger @foodieincarnate, we can see a vendor first making the base of chai. Then he goes on to add some pieces of banana, chikoo and grated apple in it. Once the chai is boiled, he strains it and serves it. Take a look at the video here:
Ever since this video was uploaded, it has garnered 870k views, 60.5K likes and thousands of comments. Many people were left in disgust with this creation. One person wrote, “Kya ho gya logo ko kuch bhi bana rahe hai had hai yaar (What is wrong with people, they keep making any nonsense?)” Another person wrote, “It’s really unhealthy. Avoid such thing in life.”
Some user even added, “Please don’t try this at home. It’s dangerous for health.” Another user wrote, “Like seriously, this food modernisation is leading us to big problems, and disease. These unmatched food natures and food combinations will seriously cause big problems.”
Many even added sarcastic comments; a user wrote, “You can also add vanilla, butterscotch and chocolate flavours.”
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Summer is here, and the most important fact that one should start doing is keeping themselves hydrated. Extreme heat and make you feel dry and dizzy, so it’s very important to consume water and also food items that add water to your body and keeps you refreshed. Fruits like watermelon, cucumber are considered to be to summer favourites. It’s good for your body and it adds a lot of benefits to your skin as well. If you eat such fruits on a regular basis, it will keep you hydrated, healthy and will give you a very clear and glowing skin. Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, famous cosmetology, recently shared about the fruits that you must eat during summers.
In her post, she says, “Summer is here, which means hot, uncomfortable weather is too. Cool down your body and skin by snacking on cooling foods like watermelon, cucumber, celery, yogurt, and cauliflower.”
1. Watermelon: Made up of 92 per cent water, it’s an excellent hydrating fruit! It is also packed with lycopene, antioxidants, Vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium, and amino acids.
2. Cucumber: A summer must-have! It eliminates toxins from the body and keeps you hydrated.
3. Celery: This vegetable is 95 per cent water, which makes it a good option to keep necessary fluid levels up.
4. Yogurt: Yogurt is made for summer eating—whether it’s ice-cream or frozen yogurt. It’s cooling, nutritious, light, and the perfect snack.
5. Cauliflower: Part of the cruciferous veggies family, it is rich in vitamin C and several minerals and micro-nutrients.
Medically Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on August 27, 2021
Food and Acne
Food alone doesn’t cause acne — or prevent it. Your genes, lifestyle, and what you eat all play a role in the condition. But some foods may make it worse, while others help your skin stay healthy. Scientists need to do more research to know how specific foods really affect the condition. But they have looked at a few possible triggers so far.
The more milk you drink, the more likely you are to have acne — especially if it’s skim milk. Scientists are still trying to figure out why, but it could be the hormones that cows make when they are pregnant, which wind up in their milk. People who have higher levels of those hormones in their blood tend to have more acne.
Sugar and Some Carbs
You’re more likely to have acne if your diet is full of foods and drinks like soda, white bread, white rice, and cake. The sugar and carbohydrates in these foods tend to get into your blood really quickly. That means they are high on the glycemic index, a measure of how foods affect blood sugar. When your body makes more insulin to bring down blood sugar, it affects other hormones that can boost oil production in your skin.
A few small studies show that people who eat more chocolate are more likely to get pimples. But it’s not clear why. The key ingredient, cocoa, doesn’t seem to be the reason. In one study, people who ate chocolate with 10 times more cocoa were no more likely to get pimples than those who ate the regular kind. Dark chocolate, with less sugar and milk, may be a better choice if you’re trying to control your acne.
People who eat a lot of fiber may see their acne improve. But doctors don’t know the exact reason. They do know that high-fiber diets can help control blood sugar, which is better for keeping acne away. Oatmeal, beans, apples, and carrots are easy ways to add a bit of fiber to your diet.
This fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids. They lower inflammation in your body, and that may help keep acne away. They also help lower the amount of a protein your body makes, called IGF-1, that is linked to acne.
People with acne often have low levels of antioxidants like vitamin E and selenium, which almonds, peanuts, and Brazil nuts have a lot of. These nutrients protect cells from damage and infections. There’s no clear proof that antioxidants will clear up acne, but they are good for your body in other ways. So there’s no harm in adding them to your diet. Just don’t overdo it: about 24 almonds or three or four Brazil nuts is all you need.
They’ve got lots of zinc, a nutrient that’s important for your skin. Among other things, it may help kill bacteria that cause certain kinds of acne. It also appears to help the body stop making chemicals that can cause inflammation — something else that’s linked to acne. Too much zinc can cause health problems, though. Adults shouldn’t get more than 40 milligrams a day.
Whether you eat it in a sushi roll, in a salad, or on its own as a salty snack, it’s a great source of iodine, which your thyroid gland needs to work properly. But too much iodine at once can make you break out. Most adults need 150 micrograms a day, though pregnant and breastfeeding women need more. If you eat a balanced diet, it’s hard to get too much. Along with seaweed, you can get iodine from foods like fish, dairy products, and iodized salt.
What About Oily Food?
It’s a common myth, but eating greasy foods won’t cause acne or make it worse. If you spend a lot of time cooking it, though, you may notice more trouble with your skin. That’s because the oil from a deep fryer or other source can stick to and clog your hair follicles.
When to See a Doctor
It’s often easy to manage your acne at home, but some cases are more serious. If you don’t see a difference with careful skin care, changes in diet, and over-the-counter treatments, you should talk with your doctor. They may refer you to a dermatologist. Early treatment can help your confidence and prevent scarring.