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January 17, 2017


  1. Heart Healthy Magnesium: Pumpkin seeds contains magnesium, which participates in a wide range physiological functions, including the creation of ATP (the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function. Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke.
  2. Zinc for Immune Support: Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc. Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.
  3. Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats: Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3 fats.
  4. Prostate Health: Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men’s health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate).
  5. Anti-Diabetic Effects: Animal studies suggest that pumpkin s

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January 9, 2017

By definition, junk food is food with minimal essential nutrients and a lot of fat, sugar and salt, such as potato chips, candy and soda. It’s the 21st century and “junk food” has gone global. For better or for worse (mostly worse), junk food is now available all over the world. Junk foods are low in satiation value — that is, people don’t tend to feel as full when they eat them — which can lead to overeating. Regularly consuming high-energy-dense junk food decreases sensory-specific satiety. If you overeat consistently, can lead to health issues including weight gain and obesity Junk food tends to be high in saturated fat and cholesterol which can lead to heart disease, diabetes and cancers. The excess sodium that’s found in most processed food can raise your blood pressure as well as increase the chance that you will develop heart disease. When you eat too much junk food, you may suffer from deficiencies in vitamins and minerals as junk food tends to replace other, more nutritious foods which can lower your immunity and puts you at risk for illness and infection. If you’re nutritionally deficient, your body also can’t make the neurotransmitter serotonin, which may leave you with feelings of anxiety, depression and irritability. Written by: Ms. Shalini Arvind Chief Dietitian Fortis Hospitals, Bannerghatta R

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January 9, 2017

1: Break the fast.

Your body responds to not eating for hours and hours by slowing down it’s metabolic rate. By eating breakfast, you wake up your metabolism and get your engine humming, burning those calories you need to burn to lose weight.

2: Feel More Energized

Eating a breakfast could help you feel less tired throughout the day. Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more alert than people who skip breakfast. Children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.

3: Breakfast for Weight Control

Eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, and help people make better food choices at other meals. While it might seem you could save calories by skipping breakfast, this is not an effective strategy.

4: Have Better Cholesterol Levels

A study of clinical nutrition showed that breakfast-skippers are more likely to have worse cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity than breakfast-eaters. When you don’t eat breakfast, you’re actually fasting for 15 to 20 hours, so you’re not producing the enzymes needed to metabolize fat to lose weight. Written by: Ms. Shalini Arvind Chief Dietitian Fortis Hospitals, Bannerghatta Road

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January 9, 2017

There has been a huge increase in incidence of lifestyle diseases in the last decade in India and worldwide. Coronary artery disease (CAD), ischemic stroke, diabetes, and some specific cancers, which until recently were common only in high-income countries, are now becoming the dominant sources of morbidity and mortality worldwide (WHO 2002). Reducing the identified, modifiable dietary and lifestyle risk factor could prevent most cases of coronary artery diseases, Diabetes and many cancers. Preventive Nutrition helps us in a long way in preventing or delaying the onset or reducing the complications of diseases. There is a big role for Dietitians to play in imparting and spreading the knowledge of preventive nutrition to reduce the incidences of Non communicable diseases (NCDs), which include a balanced diet, increased physical activities and stress management.Unfortunately, Dietitians are mostly associated with only weight loss diets!!Weight loss and management is just a part of Dietetics but there is much more that a Dietitian does than suggesting weight loss. The field of Dietetics is concerned with prescription of diet for cardiac, liver, renal, gastro intestinal, neurological, endochrinological and many more disease. A good nutritional status helps in better outcome of patients who undergo surgery. A qualified Dietitian helps in educating the people to take an informed deci

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