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Maida Out – Health In

Maida Out – Health In

Maida is a refined form of whole wheat flour. The wheat loses its germ and bran in the refining process. This implies that the nutrients that are crucial for digestion are lost and consuming maida deprives our body from life-promoting vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. For this reason, maida is often referred to as, ‘White Poison’.

In India, maida is extensively used in making sweets, parathas, samosas, pizzas, burgers, cakes and most importantly biscuits and cookies. A majority of the Indian population across age groups rely on easy snacking options for convenience.

Biscuits and Cookies top the list when it comes to providing a quick ounce of energy on the go. Unfortunately, most of the biscuits available in the market are made with maida as the key ingredient; big brands are no exception. Consuming this white poison on a regular basis poses a great risk to health causing fatty liver, higher levels of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream, high blood pressure, weight gain, progression towards diabetes, mood swings, and obesity.

Snacking is not bad, but eating the wrong snack is bad for health in the long run. You can safeguard the well-being of yourself and your family by switching to snack food that is made using whole grains like Ragi, Oatmeal, Jowar and Bajra. These snacks are loaded with rich nutrients, dietary fiber and essentially carbohydrates and are absolutely free from Maida.

The good news is that there are a few brands in the market today that are building up with an intention of providing healthy alternatives to the junk food around. These brands are also raising awareness of healthy eating among children and providing parents with convenient options. Some of these brands include Mimmo Organics, Pristine Organics, Health Sutra, Gaia, The Bread Company and Earth Spirited among others. So, it’s time to make a wise choice and pack some health in every backpack!

Millet’s for the Modern World

Millet’s for the Modern World

In time traditional food consumed centuries ago has been eclipsed by processed food to the one thing all our diets ultimately succumb to – convenience.

Millet's for the modern world

Over the last few decades, people have veered away from their homegrown healthy staple food and moved towards more processed foods. We warmed up quickly to western eating habits and now are struggling to cope up with lifestyle diseases like diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, etc. Research and health studies have shown that the consumption of millets can help the modern world fight against multiple ailments and lifestyle diseases.

Despite its known advantages, Millets have been ignored by the modern world for quite a long time as they are not considered convenience food; cooking of this nutritious food is time consuming and the traditional Millet dishes didn’t score high on taste. With the world changing from the “fresh home-cooked food” culture to “Food to Go” and then quickly to a “Food on the Go” culture, including Millets in daily diet has become challenging.

To introduce these super grains back into the mainstream, Millets need to be made available in fun, tasty and easy to cook products that are convenient to use for the modern consumer. Thanks to the modern food industry, they have understood the growing trend and the need to adapt to the new age consumer. Millets are now packed in easy to cook or even instant food formats to blend into the demands of today’s world. They come in forms of flakes, instant meal, biscuits, pasta and whatnot, addressing both nourishment and time concerns of the modern world. With these Ready to Cook & Ready to Eat products, Millets also called “Poor man’s Diet” is now on the tables of the urban elite.

In the face of global climate change, water scarcity, and longer periods of drought, brought by our lifestyle needs, millets may be our futures only valuable, nutritious, and hardy alternative to provide sustainable food security for people living in increasingly dry climates. a return to millets and sorghum means a return to food that is good for you, good for the planet, and good for the farmer.

“Eat what your grandmother ate” is something propagated by some of the country’s top nutritionists, It is expected that over the next few years, many more will follow this trend. Heritage millets and old-world recipes are being appreciated and making their way back into our kitchens. Whether it is the rise of lifestyle diseases or our love for everything traditional, millets are here, and they are here to stay.

Welcome back Mr.Millets

Welcome back Mr.Millets

Millets…small in size but Definitely not small in nutrition.

Validated by renowned nutritionists and confirmed by our own Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi at the inauguration of World Food India 2017, underlining their resilience to adverse climate conditions, and their potential to ensure increased incomes for resource-poor farmers.

I agree that over the last century, our eating habits have changed dramatically, with our diets becoming almost unrecognizable to those of our grandparents and great-grandparents. The way we shop, cook and dine has been altered by our attitudes towards food. Around 1960-1970 millets were considered as Poor man’s food. So, it slowly got vanished, from our healthy meals and we started to eat low nutritional polished, junk and attractive foods. Rice and wheat replaced millets. 

Today, anything which is new and foreign was welcomed with confidence whereas the old tried and tested habits were belittled. In the last four or five decades, we have replaced everything good and familiar with the unknown. We have ignored healthy practices that have been handed down for generations, with no regard for the consequences. Soon our staple food was reduced to mere bird feed and ridiculed exposing our current generation to what is known as a lifestyle disease. 50 years back cancer, blood pressure, and cardiac arrests were unheard of, today these diseases have consumed the majority of urban population leaving their families orphaned. 

Millets are a group of gluten-free cereal grains that are highly nutritious and commonly contain higher protein, minerals, vitamins, and fiber levels, compared to corn, rice, and wheat. Millets can be grown with little water compared to most other grains and are very well suited to drought-like conditions. They form grains in 90-110 days and are often cultivated on skeletal soils. Millet production is traditionally not dependent on the use of synthetic fertilizers and a majority of them are not affected by storage pests. Additionally, great natural biodiversity exists in millets, hence making them amenable to cultivation in various agro-climatic conditions and chemical-free mostly,

Despite being neglected millets survived, thanks to the cultural associations and festivals, which played a vital role in preserving them. Over the years food enthusiasts and the propaganda by our media, bloggers, political fraternity and our health enthusiasts, The neglected ancient grain cereals which are re-introduced as 21st century as a Smart and Healthy food. with all those cooking conveniences second to none.  

While there is no denying that change is inevitable, it should be remembered that change should always be progressive. Anything that drives us into the dark, depressive world of diseases certainly not progresses.

Say Yes to Millets, Say Yes to long n Healthy Life.

Our healthy millets for your wholesome breakfast

Our healthy millets for your wholesome breakfast

Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life. -A.A.Gill (British writer & critic)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it breaks the overnight fast and replenishes us with energy required for the day. Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods also need to be good sources of essential nutrients like calcium, iron, Protein and Fiber. Our body needs these essential nutrients and research has shown that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day.

Our ancestors very well knew the importance of breakfast. Millets filled most of their breakfast diet and played a major role in providing the nutrition and energy required for our predominantly hard working ancestors during who’s period the terms such as Home delivery, Work from home and automation was unheard of. Millets release energy slowly and hence gave them enough energy and stamina for  a day long work and to top it all they lived longer & healthier.

However over the course of history new millennium brought about significant changes in our lifestyle. Many of us are stressed for time, especially in the morning and tend to skip breakfast. Also, the food we consume for breakfast is now very different and less nutritious compared to Millets that our previous generations had.

Thanks to media and other health enthusiasts, the past few years have witnessed a healthy food revolution, especially among the growing health conscious population. It’s no wonder therefore that the craze for nutrient rich grains like millets is growing.

Millets are gluten free and can play an important role in curing and preventing several health issues including diabetes-a growing concern for the present Indian population. They are rich in protein, fiber, minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, zinc and potassium. Millets help in improving heart health, managing sugar levels, digestion and detoxification of blood. It is a perfectly wholesome and healthy diet for all – physically active people, growing children and ageing adults. And what can be a better option than including it in the most important meal of our day-the breakfast. Starting your day on such a high profile diet will keep you active and fresh all day long.

Millets cooked in traditional style can be time consuming and not convenient for our hectic lifestyles. Thanks to Health Sutra, Millets like Ragi, Jowar, Foxtail, etc. are available in breakfast friendly formats like Flakes, Biscuits, Rawas & Beverage mixes. Just take a serving of Health sutra Flakes in a bowl, add milk & honey, top it with your favorite fresh fruits or dry nuts and voila! your healthy bowl of breakfast rich in Calcium, Protein, Dietary Fiber and Minerals is ready in less than 5 minutes.

Unlike technology, a healthy diet is hard to be replaced or to be called useless. It is passed on over generations sometimes ignored but never forgotten. A morning filled with a bowl of millets will keep us healthy for generations to come.

9 Secrets to a Healthy Life that You may not Know!

9 Secrets to a Healthy Life that You may not Know!

“Happiness lies, first of all, in health.” – George William Curtis

With all the Stress that our Present Lifestyle presents to us, it is more important than ever to maintain a Healthy Lifestyle in order to be Happy, both physically & mentally. Because a Healthy mind can do wonders for you. Here are 9 Secrets to a Healthy Life that you must Incorporate –

Get Enough Sleep For Ages, Sleeping well is constantly related to living a long, healthy life. According to a study conducted by the University of California – San Diego, people who sleep seven hours each night lived significantly longer than people who did not. For some Sleep may seem like a waste of time. You could instead do the household chores & answer the e-mails. But It’s wise to prioritize sleep in your quest for overall well-being. While making you feel healthier and more alert, getting the perfect amount of sleep each night will also help protect you from early death and can contribute to guarding you against cognitive decline and many other age-related symptoms. Here are a few tips for Upping your Sleep –

Set your Regular Bedtime
Get Off Caffeine
De-stress Your life
Exercise Daily
Make your Bed your Sleep Haven

Did you know that being half of a partnership/relationship can help you live a longer, healthier life? Whether you’re married or you simply have a significant other you enjoy spending time with, being with someone you love can significantly reduce your risk of premature death.

A 2013 research conducted by Duke University Medical Center found that of 4,800 people, those who were happily married were far less likely to die prematurely. While researchers still aren’t definitely sure why this is true, many believe that having a partner helps reduce stress and provide a source of support/partner, which makes life much more enjoyable.

Exercise Daily

Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind fit as you grow older. In addition to helping you restrict chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, daily & consistent exercise can also help increase mood-boosting hormones in the brain and will contribute to keeping your body fit & healthy throughout your golden years. What’s more, exercise is a fantastic way to meet new people, stay engaged in a community, and continue learning & grasping new things.

Volunteer for any Cause Volunteering is one of the best ways to make yourself happy & make a difference in your community and give back to a cause that you believe in. It is also one of the best ways to ensure that you enjoy & utilize your golden years as much as possible. Studies have regularly shown that people who have a higher sense of purpose – either through faith, religion, or community service – live comparatively longer than people who don’t. While there are no rules for determining how and in what way you should give back, it’s pretty clear that getting involved in something bigger than yourself & believing in how you contribute is one of the best ways to stay active, engaged, and passionate as you age. It is wiser to simply pick something you’re passionate about and dedicate some time to it. While this may not seem to you like it has a direct correlation with your longevity and happiness, but it’s more important than many people believe.

Eat Healthy & Nutritious

It’s almost impossible to be truly healthy unless you eat a healthy diet. People who eat perfect amounts of millets, rye, barley and other whole grains enjoy longer lives than those who don’t. The reason for this is that these Superfoods offer rich nutrients called polyphenols, which can help reduce the risk of early mortality, improve brain health, and decrease the possibility of diseases like cancer, heart diseases, respiratory illness, and diabetes. To achieve maximum health, ensure that you’re eating a proper mix of nutrients, proteins & minerals, including plenty of leafy greens, vegetables, millets, and fiber.

Eliminate Stress Stress is one of the major factors in dozens of chronic diseases and conditions. According to a 2015 study conducted by the University of California, women suffering from chronic stress have significantly decreased levels of Klotho, a hormone that can help protect the body and brain from aging.

It might be surprising for you to know that biological stress is a fairly recent discovery. It wasn’t until the late 1950s that endocrinologist Hans Selye first identified and documented the cause & symptoms of stress. Although the symptoms of stress existed long before Selye, his newfound discoveries led to many researchers helping millions cope with stress & its chronic symptoms. An earlier study, published in the British Medical Journal in 2012, found that people who are under lots of stress are at a 20% increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Because of this, avoiding or coping with stress as much as possible is one of the best ways to live a happy, healthy life for many years. Here are a few tips for you to help you reduce your stress –

Listen to some Music
Talk to a Friend
Eat Healthily
Engage in Laughter
Have Optimum Sleep

Maintain a Healthy Social Life

You probably knew that your friends made you feel happy, but did you know that they can help you live longer in life too? Multiple studies over the years have found that being alone as you age is a significant risk factor for every illness from premature death to heart disease and stroke.

Because of this, it is wiser to ensure that you maintain a healthy & active social life as you get older. As by doing this will not only protect you from depressive illness but it will also help your brain guard against symptoms of cognitive declines, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Therefore, go out, engage in conversations & make new friends.

Laugh More

We’ve all been told at some point in time that laughter is the best medicine, and it’s perfectly true! The sense of humor in every human is a powerful tool and can be used to lessen pain or reduce stress. Feeling tense due to some difficulty in life? Laughter can relax your muscles and leave you feeling happy & fresh for up to 45 minutes afterward. When you Laugh, Endorphins are also released, which are known as the body’s feel-good hormone. Laughing has a plethora of physical & mental health benefits, but above all; it’s a lot of fun! Spend More Time with Nature Nowadays people don’t spend as much time outdoors as they used to, instead they are working in an office all day and then spending the evening sitting in front of the TV or hanging out chatting with friends on social networking sites.

Fresh air is important to maintain good physical and mental health. Many Researchers have concluded that taking a walk in natural settings like a local park or in the mountains may be especially beneficial. Research shows that people feel fresher, calmer and concentrate better after spending time in nature. Their heart rate and blood pressure improve considerably, they get a boost of the happy hormone Serotonin with every breath of oxygen they take in. Also, the exercise of walking actually aids your digestion so you feel lighter and less likely to feel heavy or bloated after a meal. What’s more, gentle exercise taken out in the open areas boosts your immune system and helps you to ward off winter colds and chills.

There you have it, Implement these 9 Healthy Lifestyle Habits in your Life & make your Life a Life to Remember & Relish.

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