Blog | Category | Food
  • Kick-start Mondays!! Fight Monday Blues with right foods

    In Fitness On 07 August 2017

      Most of us have had that Monday morning feeling, when getting out of the bed feels like the end of the world! After the weekend bids a fond goodbye, most of our Mondays tend be sad, gloomy and tiring.   But don't worry, help is at hand. With just a few mood-boosting additions to your diet, both your mood and energy levels can stay up all day.   ?         Dark Chocolate: For all those with a sweet tooth, snack on 2 squares of dark chocolate mid work. Chocolates that contain 70% of cocoa and over are not only fantastic mood boosters, they are also rich in anti-aging anti-oxidants.    ?         Protein Rich Sources: If you want to increase your mood-lifting dopamine levels a little more naturally, protein rich choices like cheese, eggs and chicken all contain the tryptophan amino acid that triggers the brain to produce the hormone. Dopamine and serotonin are linked with producing natural effects of euphoria and pleasure.   ?         Fruits: Fruits like pineapple, watermelon, blueberries and apples all act as an ideal pick-me-up, thanks to their ability to increase the dopamine and serotonin in the body.     ?         Go potassium: Low potassium levels have been linked with stress, irritability and tiredness, so any source of potassium will get you feeling calm and ready for anything in no time. Great sources of potassium can be found in avocados, dried fruit and dark chocolate.   ?         Water: Managing at least five glasses of water per day not only keeps the skin looking fresh and healthy, it also helps to fight feelings of fatigue. Increased tiredness is a common cause of dehydration. But if you're not a big water fan, you can always add in slice of lemon and crushed ice for an extra kick.   ?         Beans and more: Most of us are often lost when it comes to Tiffin ideas. So adding foods like kidney beans, lentils, alfalfa broad beans to a mixed bean salad will not only go easy on the waistline, but will also keep you active.     Make sure to include these foods and Have an Energetic Monday and a happy week ahead.

    Read More >>
  • Eat less, Workout more: Breaking down the old school weight loss method.

    In Fitness On 08 August 2017

          To lose weight - one should eat less and workout more?               Theoretically, it should work out that way, but the human body is far more complex than that.  Frenzied workouts while starving yourself will only work for few kilos. It%u2019s a temporary solution to a permanent problem.   What happens next is the body stops losing weight. When you desperately slash calories, or exercise TOO much, it disrupts the hormone cycle in your body. Making your body feel its survival is under threat.    Your body inherently reacts by overcompensating. It creates irresistible cravings that force you to overeat (many times even when you%u2019re not even hungry!). This is the body%u2019s survival response which in prehistoric times would have ensured continued existence. As a result, it beats up your metabolism to compensate for the drastic decrease in calories, because it%u2019s worried about starvation.    Both the cravings and the sluggish metabolism will happen together because cutting calories too much plummets your leptin levels. Leptin is the hormone that helps regulates your weight (by controlling hunger and your metabolism).    In other words, if you%u2019re PUNISHING your body to lose weight by starving yourself and overtraining, you%u2019re picking a fight you can%u2019t win.  Leptin both fortunately and unfortunately is one of the most powerful hormones in your body related to weight loss, there are no two ways about that.    

    Read More >>
  • Eat the right food for a Better Body

    In Fitness On 08 August 2017

    Choosing nutritious food helps your health in several days.    Firstly a fiber rich diet, with lean proteins and healthy fats keep you feeling full on fewer calories. Secondly, antioxidants present in healthy food offer several health benefits.   Here are some of the healthiest foods you can eat for heart health, weight loss and healthier skin.   Salmon %u2013 Omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish-such as salmon and boost your skin%u2019s defenses against UV damage. Watermelon - With high water content, watermelon is a good source of Vitamin C and also contains anti-oxidants. Tomatoes %u2013 They are rich source of lycopene, protect the skin against ultra-violet rays and keep the skin firm and youthful. Pomegranate %u2013 This fruit is full of anti-oxidant, and helps prevent heart disease, Alzheimer%u2019s and cancer. Oatmeal %u2013 Rich in fiber, eating oatmeal daily could result in a 5% drop in bad cholesterol. Lentils %u2013 They are fabulous source of iron, protein and dietary fiber. Spices %u2013 Usage of certain spices such as paprika, turmeric and others in your food, can fight a number of illness from cancer to Alzheimer%u2019s.

    Read More >>
  • FOOD SAFETY MEASURES

    In Food On 08 August 2017

      Clean: Always wash your fruits and vegetables, hands, counters and cooking utensils.   Separate: Keep raw food separately. Germs can spread from one food to another.   Cook: Cook foods for the appropriate length of time and at the appropriate temperature to kill pathogens.   Chill: Put fresh food in the refrigerator right away. Store food at the proper temperature.   Important: Do use safe water and raw materials.     Eating a Balanced Diet   Celebrating World Health this month, let us provide some insight on food safety measures and how to ensure you are eating healthy!   A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, adequate essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories. The requirements for a healthy diet can be met from a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods. A properly balanced diet (in addition to exercise) is also thought to be important for lowering health risks, such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer.   At the core of the balanced diet are foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients and low in unnecessary fats and sugars. The following are essential parts of a balanced diet: Fruits: Besides being a great source of nutrition, fruits make quick and tasty snacks. Vegetables: They are primary sources of essential vitamins and minerals. Dark, leafy greens (Eg. spinach, kale etc.) generally contain the most nutrition and can be eaten at every meal. Grains: All types of grains are good sources of complex carbohydrates and some key vitamins and minerals. Grains are also naturally low in fat. Proteins: Meats and beans are primary sources of protein, which is essential for proper muscle and brain development. Dairy: Dairy products provide calcium, Vitamin D and other essential nutrients. Opt for reduced-fat of fat-free chesses, milk and yogurt. Oils: Opt for low-fat versions of products that contain oil, such as salad dressing and mayonnaise. Good oils, such as olive oil, can replace fattier vegetable oil in your diet.   HEALTHY EATING TIPS 1. Fill up on colourful fruits and vegetables. 2. Eat more healthy carbohydrates and whole grains. 3. Enjoy healthy fats & avoid unhealthy fats. 4. Put protein in perspective. 5. Add calcium for strong bones. 6. Limit sugar and salt. 7. Bulk up on fiber.  

    Read More >>
  • BEAT THE HEAT

    In Food On 08 August 2017

    Scorching heat and exorbitant humidity leads to low energy levels, lack of appetite and dehydration at the end of the day. In such climate, our body needs cooling foods that will keep us hydrated and our energy levels stable. So this summer, add these following foods in your diet and beat the Indian summer heat!!   ?         Curd: This is one of the traditional foods used by Indians to cool the body during the summers. It is good for our gut flora and the bacteria present in it have the capability to destroy the ulcer forming bacteria. It also aids in digestion and boosts immunity.   ?         Kokum:  It is a small, dark purple plum found only in India. This is commonly consumed in a juice form and helps prevent dehydration, replenishes electrolytes and improves appetite.   ?         Coconut water: Tender coconut water is a rich source of natural electrolytes during the summers. This potassium rich drink will keep your energy levels stable and will keep you hydrated.    ?         Herbs (Mint and Coriander): Herbs are well known cooling foods and will keep you hydrated. They are filled with antioxidants which will protect the body from damaging effects of the sun. You can add mint or coriander in most of the smoothies and juices. You could also include a mint or coriander chutney and benefit from this cool food.   ?         Fruits (Watermelon, citrus fruits like orange, sweet lime): Watermelon is the most common fruit relished in the summers. Likewise citrus fruits like orange, sweet lime are also excellent choices this summer. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which will take care of your skin while simultaneously cooling your body.   ?         Vegetables: Just like fruits, vegetables also aid in hydrating the body and replenishing the nutrients. Vegetables such as cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage and zucchini are considered soothing vegetables in this scorching sun.   Drinks and Smoothies to Hydrate Yourself in Summers!!   Dehydration can lead to fatigue, dizziness and headache. Since it is very easy to get dehydrated during the summers, one should keep hydrating themselves often to avoid any problems. Water is the best hydrating drink but you can also hydrate yourself with flavoured infused water, coconut water, buttermilk, fruit shakes, lassi, flavoured milk, cold coffee, flavoured iced tea etc.   You can also hydrate yourself with these easy to make chilled smoothies to beat the Indian summer heat!!   ?         Electrolyte Booster Smoothie: Put together tender coconut water, apple, amla juice, mint leaves, grind together and strain. Coconut water is the best hydrating drink during the summers because of its wonderful cooling properties. It is packed with electrolytes and essential minerals which help keep the body well hydrated.   ?         Coolant Smoothie: Grind watermelon, mint, ginger, lime, parsley, fennel seeds, together in a mixer and strain. Watermelon will keep you hydrated and fresh throughout the day. Lycopene present in watermelon helps to protect against sun damage.  Cool it and benefit from the antioxidants present in this delicious fruit.     The ultimate aim of eating right during the summer is to provide ample nutrition and to keep your body hydrated. This will ensure better health, skin, stable energy levels and will keep you fit this summer.

    Read More >>
  • Foods that make you look younger

    In Fitness On 08 August 2017

    Growing older is inevitable but looking old is not. What you eat has a big impact on how you look, especially as you grow older. Eating right can cut down years from your body and face. Here are some of the anti-ageing foods that will help you look youthful and healthy:   Greens & Seeds: They are rich source of calcium and also aid in bone preservation. Fish: Fish is a good source of protein leptin, which controls your appetite to prevent you from over-eating. Oily fish like salmon contain high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids which fight wrinkles. Beans: Proteins, minerals and vitamins are plentiful in beans, which contribute to keeping the whole system healthy. Dark Chocolate: Dark Chocolate contains a generous dose of anti-oxidants that keep the skin youthful and vibrant. Tomatoes: This is an anti-oxidant that gives the skin more collagen, prevents sagging and reddening of the skin. Strawberries: They are potent anti-oxidants with a good Vitamin-C content that boost the production of collagen fibers that help the skin remain smooth and firm. Apples: Eating two or more apples a week has been known to reduce the risk of heart disease. The peel has a high anti-oxidant content.

    Read More >>
  • THE VACATION FITNESS TREAT

    In Festive season tips On 08 August 2017

    Vacation is a time to unwind, to celebrate and to rejuvenate; most of us take two long breaks. To maintain weight during vacation becomes challenging. Vacations are nice but putting on weight during this time is definitely not so nice. When you travel, you are often forced to eat out at every meal as it can make you put on some extra pounds around the waistline.   The good news is that usually there are healthier options at every restaurant, even at fast-food places. When I say healthier options, you must be visualizing soups and salads. But believe me, you can enjoy much tastier, scrumptious and your favourite foods, by just selecting wisely.   It is possible to enjoy food without packing extra pounds. By following some simple guidelines:   ?  It%u2019s harder to make health food choices when you get too hungry. Also you may pop in several starters without even realizing. Have a bowl full of papaya or 2 apples or half bowl of roasted grams before reaching in to the restaurant.   ?  Look for foods that are baked, grilled or steamed rather than fried or deep fried.    ?  Grilled seafood platter, Sizzler's minus the French fries and rice, veg and paneer tikkas are good enough to keep you happy during your vacation.   ?  When we talk about vacation or festival how can we forget alcohol? But the calories in alcohol and beverages can add up quickly. Wiser idea is to start with smaller drink and in between every drink of alcohol, have one glass of water. Remember that water is the best thirst quencher and it%u2019s calorie-free! Consuming alcohol can trigger dehydration, so drink lots of water. And with regards to cold drinks and packaged juices, try having fresh lemonade, minty lemon, cucumber coolers or iced tea.   ?  A few days before the festivities begin, start watching what you eat. Include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to obtain enough fibre. This in turn will keep your stomach full for a longer time, so that you avoid gorging on calorie- loaded foods.    ?  At a buffet, instead of trying a little of everything, stick to a few healthy choices like salads and lean protein (chicken, fish).   ?  Use smaller plates while eating. Fill 2/3rd of your plate with fruits and vegetables; 1/3rd can be allotted to high %u2013 calorie foods such as sweets or fried starters.   ?  Rich gravies like malai koftas, malai methi matar etc. are overloaded with cashews and pistachios which have a high quantity of invisible fat. Say %u2018no%u2019!

    Read More >>
  • eat healthy cook healthy

    In Food On 08 August 2017

    As we hear %u201Ceat healthy%u201D we can only think of munching greens and salads like a cow. Eating healthy food doesn't mean giving up your favourite foods and switching to salads. For healthy eating, healthy cooking is the key factor. Healthy cooking is easy. In many cases, your favourite recipes can be modified so they offer a healthier alternative.   Healthy cooking begins when you are shopping: Choose the low fat version of a food if it exists - for example milk, [less fat milk], cheese, yoghurt, salad dressings and gravies. Choose leaner meat cuts, choose skinless chicken breasts. Try roasted snacks than buying packets of deep fried namkeens, fresh fruits instead of processed foods. It%u2019s a good idea to minimize 'hidden fats' by choosing lean meats and reduced fat dairy products. Processed foods can also have lots of hidden fats. Dietary fats are best when they come from the unrefined natural fats found in nuts, seeds, fish, soy, olives and avocado because this fat is accompanied by other good nutrients.   General suggestions on healthy cooking methods include:   ?         Steam, bake, grill, braise, boil or microwave your foods instead of frying. The food can be tastier by marinating with interesting spices, herbs and baking instead of frying. If you add fats when cooking, keep them to a minimum and use mono-unsaturated oils like olive oil. A little added oil can be a good thing. If you add a little oil to vegetable and legume dishes, it will help your body absorb fat soluble vitamins and antioxidant phytochemicals. ?         Modify or eliminate recipes that include butter or use deep frying method. ?         Avoid using oils and butter as lubricants - use non-stick cookware instead. It is always advisable to invest in a good non stick cookware. ?         Remove chicken skin, which is high in fat.  ?         If you need to use oil, try cooking sprays or apply oil with a pastry brush.  ?         Cook in liquids (such as stock, wine, lemon juice, fruit juice, vinegar or water) instead of oil.  ?         When a recipe calls for cream as a thickener, use low fat yoghurt, low fat soy-milk, evaporated skim milk or cornstarch.  ?         When browning vegetables, put them in a hot pan then spray with oil, rather than adding the oil first to the pan. This reduces the amount of oil that vegetables (such as mushrooms) can absorb during cooking.  ?         An alternative to browning vegetables by pan-frying is to cook them first in the microwave, then crisp them under the griller for a minute or two.  ?         Add extra zing to the food by adding culinary herbs [which are leafy plants , like oregano, tulsi leaves, coriander leaves]that add flavour and colour to all types of meals. In many cases, they can replace the flavour of salt and oil. Herbs can be added to soups, breads, mustards, salad dressings, vinegars, desserts and drinks. Herbs such as coriander, ginger, garlic, chilli and lemon-grass are especially complimentary in vegetable-based stir-fry recipes. ?         Limit your consumption of salty processed meats, such as salami, ham, corned beef, bacon, smoked salmon, frankfurters and chicken loaf. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables, since canned and pickled vegetables tend to be packaged with salt. ?         Spend a little time on presentation. You are more likely to enjoy a meal if it's visually appealing as well as tasty. ?         Water soluble vitamins are delicate and easily destroyed during preparation and cooking. Suggestions include: Scrub vegetables rather than peel them, as many nutrients are found close to the skin. Microwave or steam vegetables instead of boiling them.  ?         If you like to boil vegetables, keep the vitamin-rich water to use as a stock and do not over boil them.  ?         Include more stir-fry recipes in your diet. Stir-fried vegetables are cooked quickly to retain their crunch (and associated nutrients).   Tips for Eating Healthy when Eating Out !!   ?  As a beverage choice, ask for water or order fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, or other drinks [like fresh lime soda or fresh juice] without added sugars.   ?  In a restaurant, start your meal with a salad packed with veggies, to help control hunger and feel satisfied sooner.   ?  Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side. Then use only as much as you want.   ?  Choose main dishes that include vegetables, such as stir fries, kebabs, or pasta with a tomato sauce. Order foods that do not have creamy sauces or gravies   ?  Order steamed, grilled, or broiled dishes instead of those that are fried or saut?ed.   ?  Choose a %u201Csmall%u201D or %u201Cmedium%u201D portion. This includes main dishes, side dishes, and beverages.   ?  Order an item from the menu instead heading for the %u201Call-you-can-eat%u201D buffet.   ?  Choose fruits for dessert most often.   On long commutes or shopping trips, pack some fresh fruit, cut-up vegetables, to help you avoid stopping for sweet or fatty snacks. 

    Read More >>
  • Role of Vitamins in Health

    In Food On 09 August 2017

    Vitamins are essential nutrients that play a role in promoting health and preventing diseases. Everyone is aware of the importance of the vitamins for normal function of all the body system. Vitamins affect how our digestive system works, how our muscles work and grow, how good our eyesight is, how well our heart and nervous system functions, as well as how well our hair and nails will look. It is safe to say that only with appropriate and balanced level of the vitamins can we function properly. When person considers need to take vitamin supplements, it should be primarily underlined that one should satisfy vitamin needs through healthy and well balanced diet. So, it is important to maintain good and well balanced food intake to satisfy nutritional needs in a natural way. Only in cases of certain situations or medical conditions there is need for supplementing vitamin needs for example for babies and preschool children, pregnant women or adults over 50. Excess use of supplements: Supplements are beneficial if taken in an appropriate dosage. High doses of Vitamins can cause toxicities that damage your liver, kidney and other organs and tissues in your body. There is no use of taking extreme doses of vitamin supplements and expect wonders. Even contrary, high dosages of certain vitamins can be harmful for person. Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc and Selenium are particularly toxic in high doses. Large amounts of Vitamin B6 and Fluoride also have harmful side effects. Taking more than 2000 mg of Vitamin C, for example, may cause diarrhea gastrointestinal problems, and is not recommended. High doses of Vitamin A can cause serious liver problems, and condition called fibrosis creation of excessive cell tissue.   Another important problem that can show up when person uses vitamin supplements is negative interaction with drug therapy that person must take. For example Vitamin D supplements can interfere with therapy for high cholesterol. In all cases when person is under therapy, it is necessary to consult physician before taking any vitamin supplements. In order to assure you are benefitting from the Vitamin supplements, it is also important to ensure to take them properly. It really makes a difference if one takes vitamins with room temperature water, instead of with hot or cold drink. It is also beneficial if person doesn%u2019t have tea or coffee after taking vitamin supplements. Also, it is important to follow any instructions that come with supplements. For example, if instructions say to take vitamins after the meal, it is advisable to follow it. Only instructed use of vitamin supplements will assure its proper effect.   

    Read More >>
  • Know your cooking oils.

    In Food On 09 August 2017

    While oil is an important ingredient in cooking, not many of us are aware that in our journey to good health, cooking oils play an important role. As much as we should know the healthy oils, it is equally necessary to know the oils to avoid.  Though it may come as a surprise, there are good enough reasons to avoid vegetable oils like sunflower, safflower, canola, soya bean oil and corn oil. We will tell you why! Let us look at some of the important reasons to avoid these oils:   Vegetable oils like canola, soya bean oil, corn oil, sunflower and safflower are genetically modified which makes them unhealthy. These oils are best avoided. What makes them unhealthy is - during the extraction process of these oils, the seeds are subjected to extremely high temperatures,that alters their chemical structure. This results in a complete loss of all the vital vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. It also negatively impacts the taste and flavour. To understand the bad influence of such cooking oils, it is important to know that fat is a major component of every living cell in our body, not merely fat cells as is commonly thought! Therefore the quality of fats in the food impacts the efficiency of body cells. To prove this, let us look at the way Canola oil is extracted, Canola oil is extracted from a toxic seed called rapeseed. Harsh chemicals are employed during the extraction process in a bid to make it healthy for the heart! Vegetable oils contain omega 6 fatty acids in increasing levels. Overdose of omega 6 results in inflammatory diseases in our body. There is an increasing risk of conditions like Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, heart diseases, asthma, IBS and Rheumatoid Arthritis with consumption of vegetable oils. Those with the condition could experience worsening of the condition if they continue to use vegetable oils. Healthier cooking oil options: Often, we have faced questions if oils from seeds or nuts such as groundnut or sesame are healthier than vegetable oils. To clarify, Groundnut, sesame and mustard oils, found easily in India,  have the right combination of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.Even though there is an evident shift towards canola, soya or rice bran, it is wise to use groundnut, sesame and mustard oils. The filtered varieties of these oils are recommended rather than the refined ones. Coconut oil is the magic oil for body, skin and hair. This is because of its unparalleled anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Research has also proved  that  consumption of coconut oil helps improve key risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, and offset heart disease. Tap into the unique fatty acid structure present in clarified butter or desi ghee, which is an option we wish to highlight. Desi ghee is a healthier option because it targets the obstinate fat from the body and helps mobilize it. So it's time to take stock of the oils stacked in your kitchen cabinet and replace them with healthier options.

    Read More >>
  • Green Leafy Vegetables: A NEGLECTED GOLD MINE

    In Food On 11 August 2017

    People have been eating leafy greens since prehistoric times. Dark green leafy vegetables are great sources of nutrition required by the body.   It is dense in Vitamins like A, C, E and K, and many of the B-vitamins. These vegetables also contain an abundance of antioxidants and photochemical that protects cells and plays an important role in safeguarding our health.   They also contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Furthermore, greens have very little carbohydrates, sodium and cholesterol.   Many varieties of greens are available in the markets%u2014the most popular green leafy vegetables are turnip greens, spinach, and fenugreek.   Now let us understand the local green leafy vegetables available for the land of Goa. Although these vegetables are easily available and loaded with nutrients, in this era of technology we are forgetting our rich resources and opting for the chemically produced products. We must get back to our roots and consume the food of the land.    1. Talkulechi Bhaji        Talkulo [cassia tora] is a monsoon wild leafy vegetable abundantly grown on roadside during the mirg [the period before monsoon] arrives. This vegetable is being consumed by all Goans as it has healthy and medicinal properties. The edible part of this plant is the fresh tender shoots. Its plucked the same way tea leaves are plucked.   Local name:  Talkulechi bahji [Goa].   Sanskrit - Chakramarda, Taga Bengali & Oriya - Chakunda Gujrati - Kawaria Marathi - Takala Tamil - Tagarai  Telugu - Chinnakasinda  Malyalam - Chakramandrakam, takara   Botanical name: Foetid Cassia / Cassia tora linn [Cassia tora commonly known as Foetid Cassia, belongs to family Leguminosae].   Importance: According to Ayurveda the leaves and seeds are acrid, laxative, antiperiodic, anthelmintic, ophthalmic, liver tonic, cardio tonic and expectorant. The leaves and seeds are useful in leprosy, ringworm, flatulence, colic, dyspepsia, constipation, cough, bronchitis, cardiac disorders. Its leaves, seeds and root are used in folk medicine, primarily in Asia. It is believed to possess a laxative effect, as well as to be beneficial for the eyes. Cassia Tora also helps by removing intensive heat from the liver and improving vision, moisturizing intestine and easing the bowels. Great help for losing weight as well.   2. Drumstick Leaves            Drumstick leaves are abundantly grown all over India. It is used mostly as medicinal herb and leaves are the most nutritious part of the drumstick plant.   Local Name: Shewga chi bhaji / maskha chi bahji   Botanical name: Moringa oleifera Lam (Moringaceae)   Importance: The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitamins, vitamin C, pro vitamin A as beta-carotene, vitamin K, manganese and protein among other essential nutrients.   Moringa is used for anemia, arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism),asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy, stomach pain, stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms, headache, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid retention, thyroid disorders; And bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections. Also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), prevent pregnancy, boost the immune system and increase breast milk production.   3. Vaalchi Bhaji          Local name: Vaalchi bhaji   Botanical Name: Basella alba/ Malabar spinach Vaalchi bhjaiis locally grown in Goa is a fast-growing, soft-stemmed vegetable, mostly leafy is consumed. Basella alba bears thick, fleshy, broad, oval to heart-shaped leaves all along its vine length. Basella rubra features pink or purplish stems and pink color veins running in the leaves.   Importance: Fresh leaves, particularly of basella rubra, are rich sources of several vital carotenoid pigment anti-oxidants such as ?-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin. Together, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a healing role in aging and various disease processes. Its thick, fleshy leaves are a good source of non-starch polysaccharide, mucilage smooth digestion, bring reduction in cholesterol absorption and help prevent bowel movement problems. It is also loaded with iron, potassium and vitamin A & C.   4. Koddukeachi Bhaji / Koddu Bhaji         Local name: Koddukeachi bhaji /kuddu bhaji   Common name: Silver Cockscomb, Flamingo Feather   Botanical name:  Celosia Argenta/ Celosia   Importance: It grows abundantly wild in monsoons. Its use as a vegetable is common in some parts of Maharashtra & Goa. Ayurvedic physicians recommend the seeds of this plant for treating kidney stones. Flower and seed is astringent, haemostatic, ophthalmic, parasiticide and poultice. It is used in the treatment of bloody stool, haemorrhoid bleeding, uterine bleeding, leucorrhoea and diarrhoea. Beta-carotene: extremely high in leaves; vitamin E: medium; folic acid: high; ascorbic acid: medium; calcium: medium; iron: medium; protein: 4.7%. Leaves contain also amaranthine (betacyanin), oxalic acid (ca. 0.2%) and phytic acid (ca. 0.12%).      5. Colocassia Leaf     Local Name: Taro / Aalu leaf   Botanical Name: Colocasia esculenta   Importance: Taro is one of the finest sources of dietary fibers. They carry high-quality phyto-nutrition profile comprising of dietary fiber, and antioxidants in addition to moderate proportions of minerals and vitamins. Tender leaves have significant levels of phenolic flavonoid pigment antioxidants such as ?-carotenes, and cryptoxanthin along with vitamin A. 100 g fresh taro leaves provide 4825 IU or 161% of RDA of vitamin A. Altogether, these compounds are required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. It also contains good levels of some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), folates, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin.   Further, the corms provide healthy amounts of some of important minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. In addition, the root has very good amounts of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Taro Root likewise helps with irritability, reduces blood pressure, helps prevent cell damage, helps you to safeguard from colds and flues, aids in skin rashes, nausea, as well as aids you to control cholesterol, builds strong bones, as well as supports thyroid function.  

    Read More >>
Health Queries?
Register Now!


Harpreet Pasricha

Famous Online Nutritionist, India 

Health and wellness pioneer Dietitian Harpreet Pasricha is the owner and director of Diet Dr Clinic, a leading chain of health and fitness clinics in India an 18 year veteran in the field is now available for online diet and nutrition consultations. Spreading diet and nutrition awareness and bringing healthy living concepts to regular households, Nutritionist Harpreet regularly shares diet & nutrition and wellness advice in leading newspapers and magazines dispelling diet myths, educating the general public on topics such as popular fad diets and steers readers towards a healthier lifestyle. A co- author of Nourish with Food and Flourish with Health, available both online and at major retailers. Harpreet Pasricha is a Indian pioneer when it comes to publishing nutritional and dietetic awareness in the country. 
 View Profile