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Coronavirus: Is it telling us something?

These are hard days for most people except perhaps the little ones who like the days off from school. And they don’t know the larger threat that is lurking just outside doors. For the rest of us, it is like living in a horror film. The Covid19 pandemic that is sweeping through much of the globe is unlike any other emergencies in living memory. There is no one or place that the deadly virus has left untouched to date. Beginning in China sometime in November, it has since spread to every corner of the world, taking lives, and perhaps threatening livelihoods for a long time to come. The tragedy is that we still don’t have all the answers. In fact,...

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How Non-stick Cookware May Lead to Obesity!

  Why is that so many of us struggle to lose weight and yet fail despite doing all the right things that experts tell us to? One answer may be obesogen, an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) that trigger permanent and even transgenerational changes (a claim validated through animal studies) to fat cells. The much admired and the fearless health warrior, Dr. Joseph Mercola, in a recent blog pointed out the dangers of living in a world increasingly being polluted by obesogens. He quotes extensively from latest research that has thrown up some unpleasant facts about these chemicals.  Professor Emeritus Philippa D. Darbre, from the University of Reading, U.K, in her book, “Endocrine Disorders and Human Health,” notes that EDCs increase fat accumulation...

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How Vegetarians Are Saving the Earth!

Who hasn’t heard of climate change by now? The horror scenarios that climate activists have drawn for us are good enough to keep us awake through most nights. The present and the immediate future is one of imminent disaster. The seas are choking, the arctic and the Antarctic ice is melting; floods, earthquakes, and storms will be the new norm and we will all be boiling hot soon…unless we arrest the way we have been spewing our waste into the earth’s atmosphere. The climate scientists and most politicians have been hammering this point home to their electorate for close to a decade now. And while there may be some opposition to the possibility of a dire future some of them...

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Study Finds Soybean Oil Causes Obesity and Diabetes in Mice

  There is scary news out of America, and it has nothing to do with what’s happening with their politics. Let’s jump right into the topic: New research shows that soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but also may adversely impact our brains leading to higher probability of autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression. Phew, that’s a truck load of health complications all due to one little bottle of oil. Should we be worried? Isn’t soybean oil a rarity in our diets? How many of us consume this stuff, eh? Well, while it might be true that most of us do not use this as a cooking medium at home, soybean oil is, hold your breath, the...

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The Underrated Flour – Chana Besan

Commonly known as gram flour, Chana Besan (Chickpea flour) is naturally wheat-free, gluten-free flour that is rich in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. It also contains iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, vitamin B6 and thiamin, and packs extra nutrition in your diet. Chana Besan is useful as a substitute for wheat flour or in combination with other flours, and is a staple ingredient in the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent, but it is also gaining popularity in the North American cuisines as well with the rise of grain-free cooking and baking. Chickpea flour can be used as a binder in baking, in pancakes and crepes, vegan frittatas and omelettes, as well as in savoury dishes like stews...

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