How technology will help fight food fraud

How technology will help fight food fraud

Food fraud is everywhere. In the aftermath of the horsemeat scandal in Europe, and with cases reported around the world, including in Canada, awareness is high. Dalhousie University recently released a study on food fraud and the results were surprising: A whopping 63 per cent of Canadians are generally concerned about food fraud. Worse still, more than 40 per cent of Canadians feel they have been victims of food fraud already. These are alarming results that can’t be ignored. Food fraud can take many forms. It can include adulteration — substituting one ingredient with a much cheaper…

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Do you associate pizzas with parties? Your weight may determine how you think of food

Do you associate pizzas with parties? Your weight may determine how you think of food

In a new research, researchers have found that people of normal weight tend to associate natural foods such as apples with their sensory characteristics. On the other hand, processed foods such as pizzas are generally associated with their function or the context in which they are eaten. Raffaella Rumiati, neuroscientist at the International School for Advanced Studies, said, “It can be considered an instance of ‘embodiment’ in which our brain interacts with our body.” With two behavioural and electroencephalographic experiments, the study demonstrated that people of normal weight tend to…

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TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research

TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research

TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research In a study that could change the intake schedule of tuberculosis drugs, a group of researchers have found that food reduces the effectiveness of most medicines prescribed as the first line of treatment for the infection. A team from National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) examined 25 TB patients in Chennai who consumed food just before they took their medication.They found significantly lower concentrations of anti-TB drugs and a delay in their absorption. They studied the concentrations of three key first-line drugs: rifampicin, isoniazid and…

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Food Combinations You Must Avoid: Three Things You Should Never Team With Milk

Food Combinations You Must Avoid: Three Things You Should Never Team With Milk

There is a reason why they say, ‘you are what you eat’. You may be extremely particular about your daily diet and exactly how many calories your system crunches down every day, but at times the way you pair your food and the time when you consume it also plays a significant role in maintaining your health. Achieving a balanced diet is not about randomly jam-packing your meals with a mix of different ingredients. It requires apt knowledge about various ingredients, their nutritional play on our health and exactly what…

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Mumbai, get fitter: Nutritionists reveal the truth behind diet and food myths

Mumbai, get fitter: Nutritionists reveal the truth behind diet and food myths

In the era of Internet and information overload, we can be easily misled and misinformed. We are surrounded by myths about certain foods and more often than not we believe whatever we read without questioning it. For example, “granolas and flavoured yogurt are healthy” or “salt only increases the risk of high blood pressure”. These statements are not necessarily true. To get a clearer picture, we spoke to nutritionists to reveal the facts about certain foods that we assume to be healthy or unhealthy for us. Unhealthy? So you thought!…

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Control blood pressure with delicious food

Control blood pressure with delicious food

Hit your daily meal with a nutritional punch. Add some fresh wholesome foods that are truly more powerful than others, in the sense they share more than the fair share of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Having less calories and fats, they contain essential phyto-chemicals which may protect you against many diseases. Blood pressure is one of the most common sedentary lifestyle diseases today. However, this is not necessarily a cause for alarm, yet can cause health problems if it is not treated for a long time. It is the…

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Food prints are a rage this season. Make the best of this delicious fashion trend

Food prints are a rage this season. Make the best of this delicious fashion trend

Food has been a major source of inspiration for many international design houses. In 1937, designer Elsa Schiaparelli showcased a Lobster dress that became quite a rage. Later, many designers such as Stuart Weitzman and Italian luxury fashion house Moschino came out with food-inspired collections. Chanel also launched a limited edition milk carton shaped minaudière which was a hot selling piece. And in Spring Summer 2017, Dolce & Gabbana showcased a pizza-pasta inspired collection. The trend is becoming popular in India with fashionistas wearing their love for food on their…

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Should We Really Chew Our Food 32 Times?

Should We Really Chew Our Food 32 Times?

Some say it is a far-fetched lore, and others claim it is just another one of the hundreds of food-related myths. Should we really be chewing our food 32 times, once for every tooth? This quote sustains even today, leaving countless people baffled. Fear not, we’re here to delve deep and find the scientific truth. The process of chewing is also known as mastication. When food is consumed, you break down food pieces into smaller particles through mastication. Saliva is then mixed with these tiny food particles and the resultant…

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Harmful Food Additives: Chocolates and Chewing Gums May Harm Your Intestines

Harmful Food Additives: Chocolates and Chewing Gums May Harm Your Intestines

No matter a kid or an adult, who doesn’t like candies? A quick sugar dose to lighten the mood, they come in so many options. But regardless of that, these chocolates, caramel sweets, flavoured gum and sour bombs have been rotting our teeth for a while now. While we are aware of their harmful side effects, it seems tough to give them up yet. Despite the enormous sugar content, there is another risk attached with munching candies and chewing gums. Along with tooth decay, chocolates and chewing gums may harm…

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Sodas, Pizzas and Other Junk Food May Put Kids at Liver Disease Risk

Sodas, Pizzas and Other Junk Food May Put Kids at Liver Disease Risk

Junk food is deliciously addictive, there’s no denying that fact. Munching on wafers, masala snacks, toffees and candies could make you happy, but don’t just fall for the taste trap. They contain nothing but empty calories, and can cause harm to your health. The shocking truth is also that these junk food come laced with artificial flavours, colours, preservatives and what not that you can’t be certain of what you are putting into your mouth. Foods like pizzas and burgers do contain veggies, meat and other nutritious ingredients but try…

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