5109 Kali Era, Sarvajit
Vikramarka Era, Sarvajit
2007 AD, September
Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of
livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane release from the animals,
In a special energy and health series of the medical journal The Lancet,
experts said people should eat fewer steaks and hamburgers. Reducing global
red meat consumption by 10 percent, they said, would cut the gases emitted
by cows, sheep and goats that contribute to global warming. If people knew
that they were threatening the environment by eating more meat, they might
think twice before ordering a burger, say scientists. Gases from animals
destined for dinner plates account for nearly a quarter of all emissions
worldwide. That leaves reducing demand for meat as the only real option
The amount of meat eaten varies considerably worldwide. In developed countries,
people typically eat about 224 grams per day. But in Africa, most people
only get about 31 grams a day. With demand for meat increasing worldwide,
experts worry that this increased livestock production will mean more gases
like methane and nitrous oxide heating up the atmosphere. In China, for instance,
people are eating double the amount of meat they used to a decade ago.
Eating less meat or no meat would also improve health in general. Scientists
estimate that reducing meat consumption would reduce the numbers of people
with heart disease and cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly
form of the disease in the United States, accounting for an estimated 52,180
deaths in 2007, according to the American Cancer Society. Individuals over
50 are most at risk, accounting for 90 percent of the estimated total deaths
this year. One study has estimated that the risk of colorectal cancer drops
by about a third for every 100 grams of red meat that is cut out of your
diet. Experts said that it would probably take decades to wane the public
off of its mindless meat-eating tendency.
It may come as a big surprise for many of us to learn that “mindless” eating
can have negative health consequences. Our fast-food culture is one where
meals have become yet another task we squeeze in during the day.
Balancing meals correctly is important for anyone who wants to be healthy.
Plants contain a unique combination of nutrients and compounds that cannot
be found in any one supplement or pill. Eating more fruits and veggies can
boost your energy, super-size your stamina, reduce your risk of disease,
and slims your body. Diets consistently rich in fruits and vegetables are
known for reducing the risk of cancer, cutting the chance of heart disease
as well as improving a host of other maladies. Striving to eat eight to 5
to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables is easy. When it comes to fruits
and vegetables, it shouldn’t take much science to understand that more is
better. Five servings a day is good, but eight is better and ten is best.
However, you have to reduce other foods accordingly to keep total calorie
intake under control.
A healthy, balanced meal is made up of a half plate of low-calorie vegetables
and fruits, a quarter plate of whole grains, and a quarter plate of protein
- milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, nuts/seeds, nut butters, humus, dry
beans and the wide variety of soy products. If using dairy products, choose
low-fat or nonfat varieties. The fat that is in dairy products is the type
of saturated fat that increases cholesterol levels more than any other type
of fat and as bad as the type in red meats. Besides increasing the variety
of your meals, soy products also provide many health benefits, including
protection against cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis.
Healthy fats include flaxseed, olive, canola, safflower, sunflower and corn
oils; nuts; seeds; avocados. It is important that you eat foods with alpha-linolenic
acid, a type of fat that can be converted into omega-3 fats in your body.
The richest sources of alpha-linolenic acid are flaxseed oil, English walnuts,
canola oil and soy oil. A serving of one of these on a daily basis can help
you avoid a deficiency of omega-3 oils.
Scientists are beginning to evaluate and better understand the complex role
of the mind-body connection in eating behavior. It turns out that when our
mind is tuned out during mealtime, the digestive process may be 30% to 40%
less effective. This can contribute to digestive distress, such as gas, bloating
and bowel irregularities.
Eating mindfully means eating with awareness. Not only awareness of what
foods are on your plate, but also awareness of the experience of eating.
Mindful eating is being present, moment by moment, for each sensation that
happens during eating, such as chewing, tasting and swallowing. If you’ve
ever practiced mindfulness in any way, (such as meditation, relaxation or
breathing exercises) you are familiar with how easily our minds wander. The
same happens when we eat. When you begin to practice mindful eating, one
important thing to remember is not to judge yourself when you notice your
mind drifting off the experience of eating. Instead, just keep returning
to the awareness of that taste, chew, bite or swallow. If this concept is
new, try the following exercise.
Do this exercise with a friend. You will need one small slice of an apple
for each person. One person reads the instructions listed below while the
other person completes the exercise.
1. Take one bite of food, for example, an apple slice, and then close your
eyes. Do not begin chew.
2. Try to focus on the apple. Do not pay attention to the ideas running through
your mind. It’s normal that your mind will want to wander off. Try
to notice anything that comes to mind about taste, texture, temperature and
sensations going on in your mouth.
3. Now, begin chewing slowly, just noticing what it feels like. If you notice
you’re paying more attention to your thinking than to the chewing, just let
go of the thought for the moment and come back to the chewing. Notice each
tiny movement of your jaw.
4. You may find yourself wanting to swallow the apple. Try, if you can, to
stay present and notice the transition from chewing to swallowing. As you
prepare to swallow the chewed apple, follow it toward the back of your tongue
and into your throat, until you can no longer feel any sensation of the food
5. Take a deep breath and exhale.
Put the proper portions of food on your plate and try to make the meal last
at least 20 minutes. Turn off or put away all distractions such as phone,
TV, newspaper etc. Do not get up until you finish your meal. Follow the exercise
The new research shows that apples contain many of the same benefits of exotic
fruits like pomegranates. Studies at Cornell University have shown that the
unique combination of thousands of phytochemicals in apples, mainly concentrated
in the peel.
Fruits and Tea
Eating certain fruits and nuts may delay old-age problems like Alzheimer's
disease. Blueberries, apples, blackberries, strawberries, spinach, walnuts
and that old retirement community standby, prunes, are seen as promising
candidates. Studies on rats and mice show the theory holds promise. Epidemiological
evidence suggests consumption of tea may forestall the development of problems
such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's.
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, or ORAC value, of some fruits:
Blueberries, 9,019 per cup
Blackberries, 7,701 per cup
Raspberries, 6,058 per cup
Strawberries, 5,938 per cup
Cherries, 4,873 per cup
Plums, 4,118 each
Avocados, 3,334 each
Oranges, 2,540 each
Red Grapes, 2,016 per cup
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Exercise and Pregnancy
Women who jog or play racket sports and ball games early in pregnancy risk
losing their baby, according to a study of more than 90,000 pregnant women
in Denmark. The researchers found that women who exercised more and engaged
in the most vigorous activities were at most risk. More gentle exercise such
as swimming did not raise the chances of a miscarriage.
Diabetes and Heart Disease
About 20.8 million people in the USA have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the
most common kind which is associated with mainly obesity, lack of exercise
and to some extent genetics. Diabetes is caused by the body's failure to
produce enough insulin or to use it effectively to reduce blood sugar levels.
Over time, high sugar levels damage large and small blood vessels, leading
to heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, amputations, blindness and kidney
The findings in Annals of Internal Medicine show:
The no-exercise group had no change in hemoglobin A1c
The aerobic exercise group had an average decrease of 0.51% in A1c compared
with the no-exercise group.
The strength-training group had an average decrease of 0.38%.
Participants who did both types of exercise had a 0.97% drop.
The average A1c for the exercise groups went from above 7% to at or below
7%; the other group stayed above 7%.
In a study at Leipzig University in Germany, Dr. Robert Hollriegel found
that people with serious heart failure who rode a bike for up to 30 minutes
a day for four months produced new stem cells in their bones. They also had
more small blood vessels in their muscles. Those who didn't exercise had
no change in their vessels or muscles. Most patients with heart failure are
over 70 years old, and some can barely walk a few steps without stopping
for rest. Doctors think that even these patients would benefit from light
exercise such as walking or cycling.
Physical activity strains the heart's arteries and muscles by sending 10
times the normal amount of blood to the muscles being used. Stem cells then
are dispatched to relieve this stress and may repair any damaged parts. If
you continue to exercise, these stem cells help the body adapt to the stress,
by building new blood vessels and strengthening muscles. But to maintain
such benefits, you must exercise regularly.
Your Heart and
Global warming may be melting glaciers and forcing polar bears onto land,
but doctors warn it could also affect your heart. A few degrees warmer in
the next 50 years, we could definitely have more cardiovascular disease.
On the sidelines of the European Society of Cardiology's annual meeting in
Vienna this month, some experts said the issue deserves more attention. It's
well known that people have more heart problems when it's hot.
During the European heat wave in 2003, there were 35,000 deaths above expected
levels in the first two weeks of August. In France alone, nearly 15,000 extra
people died when temperatures soared. Experts say much of that was due to
heart problems in the elderly worsened by the extreme heat.
In higher temperatures, we sweat to get rid of heat. During that process,
blood is sent to the skin where temperatures are cooler, which opens up the
blood vessels. In turn, the heart rate rises and blood pressure drops. That
combination can be dangerous for older people and those with weakened cardiovascular
systems. Extreme events like the recent devastating fires in Greece may complicate
the problem. The increasing number of forest fires that have swept through
Southeast Asia in the last decade have also brought a spike in heart disease,
The human body is not designed to handle extreme heat for long periods of
time; mechanisms like sweating are only effective as a temporary fix. But
that could change if our environment becomes radically different. Some experts
speculate that humans might even develop some kind of biological way to better
tolerate heat. Or those people who already have such ability will survive
according to natural law of survival of the fittest to continue the human
Colas and Caffeine
A new study shows that citrus-flavored sodas often have higher caffeine content
than the most popular colas. The research also found that caffeine content
could vary widely from brand to brand, and even within a brand. The researchers,
along with consumer advocates, say labels on packaging should give the caffeine
content to help buyers make informed choices. While most cans and bottles
of soda don't give caffeine amounts, some national brand beverage companies
are already heading in that direction. The study found caffeine content in
12-ounce sodas ranged from 4.9 milligrams for a store brand of cola to 74
milligrams in Vault Zero, a citrus drink. The Food and Drug Administration
does not limit the amount of caffeine in foods. FDA said a 0.02 percent caffeine
content is generally recognized as safe for cola-type beverages.
Caffeine content of well-known national brands include: Coca-Cola (33.9 milligrams),
Diet Pepsi (36.7 milligrams), Pepsi (38.9 milligrams), Dr Pepper (42.6 milligrams),
Diet Dr Pepper (44.1 milligrams), Diet Coke (46.3 milligrams), Mountain Dew
(54.8 milligrams) and Diet Mountain Dew (55.2 milligrams). By comparison,
according to the American Beverage Association Web site, a 12-ounce cup of
coffee has between 156 and 288 milligrams of caffeine, and the same amount
of tea has 30-135 milligrams.
Popcorn and Lung Disease
Consumers, not just factory workers, may be in danger from fumes from buttery
flavoring in microwave popcorn, according to a warning letter to federal
regulators from a doctor at a leading lung research hospital. A pulmonary
specialist at Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center has written
to federal agencies to say doctors there believe they have the first case
of a consumer who developed lung disease from the fumes of microwaving popcorn
several times a day for years.
|Pollution and Disease
Large population studies have shown pollution from the exhaust of trucks,
buses and coal-burning factories increases the risk of fatal heart attacks
and strokes. But researchers have not understood how these microscopic particles
actually kill people. Tiny particles of air pollution, less than one-tenth
the width of a human hair, can trigger clotting in the blood, U.S. researchers
said in a finding that helps explain how air pollution causes heart attacks
and strokes, suggesting that interleukin-6 was the driving force.
and Mental Disorder, and Your Face!
Many pregnant women who smoke are also suffering from depression. According
to a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology about 22 percent
of the pregnant women in the study had smoked at some point, and 12 percent
were "nicotine dependent" smokers. The women were all aware of the risks
of smoking during pregnancy. The researchers found that 30 percent of the
smokers, and half of those who were nicotine dependent, also had had a mental
health disorder, in most cases depression. The researchers say their findings
suggest that pregnant smokers should be screened for mental health problems
as part of prenatal care.
Women who smoke are more likely to develop a form of acne than those who
do not, research from Italy suggests. The study found over 40% those who
smoked had non-inflammatory acne, characterized by blocked pores, large white
heads and small cysts. The study fitted into a trend of linking smoking with
acne. The study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found.
Fake or Real, Works
Fake acupuncture works nearly as well as the real thing for low back pain,
and either kind performs much better than usual care, German researchers
have found. Almost half the patients treated with acupuncture needles felt
relief that lasted months. In contrast, only about a quarter of the patients
receiving medications and other Western medical treatments felt better. Even
fake acupuncture worked better than conventional care, leading researchers
to wonder whether pain relief came from the body's reactions to any thin
needle pricks or, possibly, the placebo effect. The study, appearing in Archives
of Internal Medicine, used a broad definition for low back pain, but ruled
out people with back pain caused by spinal fractures, tumors, scoliosis and
New TB Drug Combination
Adding a new antibiotic to the standard mix of drugs used to treat tuberculosis
could shave at least two months off the current grueling six-month regimen,
U.S. researchers said. By substituting the Bayer antibiotic moxifloxacin
for an older drug, researchers said they saw a 17 percent increase in effectiveness.
Sold under the brand name Avelox, moxifloxacin is approved for respiratory
infections including pneumonia. It is marketed in the United States by Schering-Plough.
People often do not take their full regimen of TB drugs, which has in turn
spawned drug resistance, making TB more dangerous and more difficult to treat.
Shortening treatment time could help people stick to the prescribed therapy
better and reduce the development of resistant strains. About 1.6 million
people died from TB in 2005, according to the World Health Organization.
|For some tantalizing ways to spruce
up your fruit and veggie intake, try one of the following preparation ideas
when cooking dinner:
Sautee fresh vegetables in a pan with garlic and olive oil.
Blend fresh, frozen or canned fruit with low-fat milk or yogurt and ice in
a blender for smoothies.
Toss berries into salads.
Add extra vegetables to marinara sauce, soup or stews.
Try substituting sliced eggplant or portabella mushrooms for meat in lasagna.
Top ice cream, sorbets or frozen yogurts with fresh fruit.
Make homemade veggie meat burgers by adding fresh vegetables into patties.
Think sushi is too tricky to make at home? Follow these tips for preparing
light and healthy vegetarian sushi from scratch and you'll be rolling in
Sushi Rice Ingredients
For the sushi rice, you will need:
1 1/2 cups of uncooked short grain rice (sushi rice is best if you
can find it)
2 cups of water
1/3 cup of sushi vinegar
You will also need one package of seaweed sheets, or nori. Make sure to buy
the large sheets and not the thin strips. You will also need a sushi mat
for rolling the sushi and some vegetables to fill it. Watch the video here:
Most any vegetable will work great. Today we are using cucumber and avocado.
Begin by adding the rice and the water to a large pot. Cover the pot and
place it on the stove over high heat. When the water begins to boil, turn
the heat down to low and let the rice cook for twenty minutes until all of
the water is absorbed.
Meanwhile, we will prepare the vegetables. Cut the vegetables into long,
thin strips that will fit nicely into the center of the sushi rolls.
When the rice is finished cooking, pour the vinegar over it and fold it in
so that the rice is well coated. Let the rice cool until you are able to
handle it with your fingers.
Place a sheet of seaweed on the sushi mat, shiny side down. Spoon some rice
onto half the sheet of seaweed. Now you will want to wet your fingers so
that the rice will not stick to them. Using your hands, spread the rice out
over half of the sheet of seaweed. Make sure to get it all the way to the
edges. Place some vegetable strips in the middle of the rice and press them
down so that they are firmly settled.
Place your thumbs underneath the sushi mat and fold the seaweed over. Use
your fingers to tuck the edge of the seaweed firmly under the ingredients.
Now, continue rolling until all of the seaweed is wound around the sushi.
To cut the sushi rolls, you will need a sharp knife. Wet the blade of the
knife so that it does not stick to the rice in the roll. Cut the sushi roll
into pieces about three quarters to one inch wide. Between cuts, turn the
roll one quarter turn so that it will remain round and will not get squished
as you are cutting.
Vegan Veggie Tempura
This recipe is egg-free!
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup flour; 1/2 tsp salt; 1/2 tsp sugar; 1 tsp baking powder;
1 cup water; 3 tbsp vegetable oil; oil for frying; mixed veggies, any kind
PREPARATION: Combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Slowly add
the oil and water until smooth and creamy. Chill for at least 15 minutes.
Heat several inches of vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over high
heat. Dip the vegetables in the batter, then drop in the oil. Cook for about
3 minutes, until crisp and lightly golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
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