The uproar over a popular instant food being unsafe is probably a much required wake up call to us Indians who are generally lax when it comes to food , hygiene and health.
So what was the controversy all about? The popular instant food contained six to seven times the “permissible levels” of lead, a heavy metal contaminant, and MSG (Mono sodium glutamate) which gives the special taste found only in Chinese foods. Continue reading
Organic is the buzz word these days amongst most urban households. Organic foods are supposed to be healthier, safer and fresher . But are these claims well grounded ? Should we switch over completely to organic foods? Continue reading
The names which represent sugars on the labels are –
• Brown sugar
• Corn syrup
• Fruit juice concentrates
• Corn sweetener
• Invert sugar
• High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Lactose, fructose, dextrose, sucrose, maltose, galactose, cane sugar, beet sugar, fruit syrup,raw sugar, confectioner’s sugar and molasses are other names for sugar.Cutting down sugar in your daily diet helps you to maintain or lose weight, reduces the risk of a number of health problems. Continue reading
1. It is essential to drink water which is boiled and cooled as most of the diseases are water borne. There is a high risk of contamination of water during monsoons due to open sewage, garbage and water logging. It is advisable to keep a water bottle handy wherever you go.
1. Do not prepare food too far in advance.
2. Do not buy more food than can be stored safely.
3. Keep hot food above 63 degree centigrade and cold food below 8 degree centigrade.
4. Don’t leave food around open for several hours.
5. Cook food thoroughly.
6. Use separate utensils , chopping boards and knives for raw and cooked foods.
7. Wear clean clothing.
8. Do wash hands before, during and after handling raw food, non vegetarian foods or unwashed food items.
9. Consume all food within two hours of preparation, else refrigerate or freeze.
10. Do not thaw frozen food for a long time. Frozen foods should be thawed quickly before being cooked.