Mumbai: FDA seals filthy farsan unit in Ghodbunder

Bhayandar: With Diwali round the corner, you will be tempted to step inside one of the brightly illuminated sweet and farsan shops to buy those tangy, spicy, lip-smacking farsan and namkeen (fried and dried snacks). But don’t let adulteration spoil your festivities and ensure that the eatables are not sourced from manufacturing units operating from dark and dingy hutments of the slum pockets in the city.

The Thane unit of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) department sealed one such establishment in Godbunder village near Kashimira which specialised in making all types of farsan including wafers, corn chivda and salted namkeens.

The action followed after the food safety inspector, Manek Jadhav, under the supervision of assistant commissioner (food) Krishna Dabhade conducted a surprise inspection at Rishtey Namkeen, a farsan manufacturing unit operating from the Reti-Bunder area of Godbunder.  FDA officials were shocked to be greeted with an extremely unhygienic atmosphere that was completely unfit for manufacturing eatables.

Apart from finding poor quality ingredients and sub standard oil that had turned black after several rounds of frying, the FDA team found several farsan-related products which were not carrying proper declaration labels as required under the Food Safety and Standards Act. Located adjacent to ill-maintained gutters, the unit had 35 shabbily dressed workers and was not only functioning in an unhygienic manner, but was found to be using junked  machinery and rusty utensils.

The officials sealed the unit and seized food material and farsan packets worth more than Rs 69,000 suspected to be misbranded and not labelled in the prescribed manner. While the samples of ingredients have been sent to the forensic lab for quality checks, officials have resolved to conduct surprise checks at regular intervals until such units either shut business or follow the mandated guidelines.

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Water Weight – What you need to know!


Hello All!!

Are you having a bad time with your weighing scale? Even after trying everything on Earth to lose weight it just does not seem to budge! The reason behind this can be water retention. It can make you feel that you are heading nowhere in spite of working so hard.

Learn more about water weight in this post. Keep reading!

What is water retention exactly?

When you retain water it actually means that there is extra amount of water hanging around the tissue between your cells. There are many reasons for that to happen.


Both carbohydrates and salt lead to water retention. Every gram of carbs requires 3 to 4 g of water in order to process and store it. That means eating one medium potato will mean that you will be eating 37 g of carbs that need 111-148 g of water. On a moderate carb diet, an average person will retain 1.5 pounds (0.68 Kilos) of water weight just from carb consumption. If you happen to fast or stop eating carbs completely, you will lose those 1.5 pounds (0.68 Kilos) immediately. So, basically it is water weight that you lose!


Now let us talk about the role salt has to play in water retention. It depends on the amount you are used to eating. In one study, men were on 4 different diets: low salt, normal salt, high salt and low salt again. The men gained 1 kg weight during weeks they were on a low salt to normal salt diet and an additional half a kilo when put on a normal salt to high salt diet. So, it is kind of clear that healthy men can gain at least 2 to 3 pounds of water weight by increasing their intake of salt from low to high levels. In the case of women, the number is smaller as women are smaller in size and have a lesser tissue space for water storage.

Anyway, adding up carb weight and water weight along with the unusual amount of food in your stomach, you can gain upto 5 pounds (2.26 kilos) from one single meal without gaining fat.


In women the picture of water retention is even more complicated. Generally, 92% of women experience water retention a week before their menstruation period. The weight gained varies but is around 5 to 10 pounds (2.26 to 4.53 kilo) typically. Once the period starts the water weight reduces again.

Hormonal birth control as well as pregnancy can affect water retention.

Cortisol – Cortisol is a stress hormone and is not a demon but when it remains chronically elevated, it causes problems such as water retention. You can’t exactly quantify the water retention due to cortisol as it can also increase fat gain. That is why cortisol weight is a combo of both water and fat.

How to manage water retention?


  • Exercise regularly

In the long term, regular exercise helps in water retention by stimulating blood flow and lymphatic fluids that help in removing water from the extremities.

  • Chalk out salt intake

You need to avoid huge variations in your salt intake. Pick up a level that works well for you and stick onto it.

  • Increase calories

If you have been on a diet, you might retain water due to starvation, consider increasing your calories slightly to lose the water weight.

Water weight might be hiding your weight loss temporarily and it does not mean that you have hit a weight loss plateau. It is not the end of the world!

Hope this post on water retention has been useful!

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Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away the Peels of Mango, Banana and Other Fruits



  1. Mango peels contain a powerful antioxidant called Mangiferin
  2. Banana peels are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber
  3. Lemon peels are a great source of calcium and Vitamin C

There’s nothing quite like relishing the natural flavours of seasonal fruits. They not just delight our taste buds but also give us a boost of much needed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But when we are indulging in these sweet treats, we often pay no heed to the peels and dive straight in for the flesh. Health experts point to the fact that some of the most vital nutrients in fruits are found in their peels. In fact, what goes as food waste can actually be made a part of the diet by using it in interesting ways. Be it mangoes, guava, banana, orange, lemon, apple or pears, the peels can provide you with many benefits.


Mango peels, which we commonly throw away, can be used at home in making marmalades, baked chips, pickles, smoothies, and other treats. It is slightly bitter in taste and chewy, a contrast from the juicy flesh inside, but it can cut down on excessive sweetness when you team them with other sugary ingredients. They contain a powerful antioxidant called Mangiferin that can protect against UV damage and skin cancer, along with vitamins A and C and fiber.


Banana peels too can actually be consumed as they contain vitamin A, antioxidants, B vitamins but majorly vitamin B6, soluble and insoluble fibers, and minerals like potassium and magnesium. According to a Japanese Scientific Research, it is better to opt for the yellow skin as it has anticancer properties and helps in the production of white blood cells. If you opt for the green skin, it is advised to first boil it for 10 minutes to soften the peel and then consume it. You can enjoy them as they are, steam them or blend into smoothies.


Orange peels contain essential oils, and as such they were traditionally used as a flavouring agent in baking cakes or puddings. Today, due to easily available essences, orange peels are often discarded when they can instead be used in so many delicious ways – made into candies, grated and used in desserts, added as a bitter element in salads, made into a healthy, dried snack to munch on, etc.


Lemon peels too should not be discarded as there are many benefits that come tagged with them. Lemon peel is a great source of calcium and Vitamin C, and is therefore excellent for bone health and associated issues. Bioflavonoids present in it help in keeping stress at bay and eliminating toxins from the body. Lemon peel is also good for heart health and regulating cholesterol. It is enriched with pectin which facilities weight loss. It is a great beauty ingredient for treating skin tan, dandruff and body odour. In food, you can grate some zest and add in your salads, soups and even desserts. Dried and powdered lemon peel can be added with other masalas to spruce up regular cooking, or made into candies, jams and pickles.

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What happens when you try to stick to your workout plans

You’ve been in denial for a while—ignoring tops and dresses that don’t fit you anymore and not batting an eyelid while trying out larger sizes at the shopping mall or online. But there comes a point when you fall in love with something that doesn’t come in your inflated new size or when you feel breathless and start panting while walking fast or climbing the stairs. And that’s when you decide, enough is enough, you need to start working out. Yes, we realise it’s a big decision and while you might sign up at the gym enthusiastically and religiously turn up for the first few days, chances are, you might stop going altogether. So if you are one of those who constantly needs motivation to stay fit, here are some of the best ways to help you stick to your workout plans.

That moment when you realise that you just HAVE to start working out, And you start with a half-hearted attempt, Or you try weird hacks, And almost give up.

  • Find a workout you like.
  • Go for shorter workouts.
  • Don’t overstretch yourself.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Make it social.
  • Find a gang or get support online.
  • It’s fun to work out with friends.
  • Adopt healthy habits.

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Should You Be Having Milk On An Empty Stomach?

  • Milk is a meal in itself
  • Consuming it just before turning in may slow down the digestion
  • Should you avoid having milk on an empty stomach?

Over the past few years, I have realized that ‘when you eat’ is equally important as ‘what you eat’. Food combinations and timings can influence your health, nutrient absorption and a lot of other things. Diet planning is a meticulous process that should be based on the effectiveness and alertness of various bodily processes which take place throughout the day. These functions need to be supplied with the right kind of nutrition at the right time.

I recently learned that drinking milk just before sleeping may not be as healthy as previously thought. “Milk is a meal in itself and consuming it just before turning in may slow down the digestion process and cause gastric problems for some people. It is like having another meal post dinner,” noted a Delhi-based weight management expert Anshul Jaibharat. Given this fact, should you rather have milk first thing in morning? Most of us, quickly gulp down a glass full of milk or a cold coffee on our way out before eating anything else. But, is it the right thing to do or should you avoid having milk on an empty stomach? We asked experts to help us understand this better.

Milk, the first meal for many

“Milk is a complete meal in itself. Traditionally, most of us are used to starting our day with a glass of milk. Those who are not lactose-intolerant can have a glass of milk in the morning to ensure a supply of essential nutrients right at the start of the day. I don’t see any problem in consuming milk on an empty stomach unless you suffer from poor digestion, gastric issues or are lactose intolerant,” shared Dr. Rupali Datta, Consultant Nutritionist.

Not an ideal first meal?

“I don’t recommend milk as the first thing you should have to start your day. Lemon water or apple cider vinegar are healthier options to kick start your day. You can then add milk in your cereal or have it in combination with something else. In my opinion, if your stomach is empty, you should always start with something light that has a cleansing effect on your system. Chaach or other fermented versions are much easier to digest,” noted Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner, Shilpa Arora ND,

Ayurveda speaks

“Milk should not ideally be had by everyone on an empty stomach. It depends on what body composition you have. If you are air dominated (Vata) or Kapha dominated (water), never have milk on an empty stomach. Those prone to cough and flu should also not have it the first thing in morning. People with hyper acidic tendency can have cold milk as calcium when mixed with acid turns into salt and relieves acute acidity. Vata composition people can have milk anytime in the day and can benefit a lot by drinking milk with jaggery,” shared Yogacharya Anoop, Chaitanya Foundation, Mediyoga,

All in all, different body types react differently to milk. A person prone to food allergies must be extra cautious. Your daily diet should be tailor-made to suit what your body requires. “Listen to your body, you will know if having a certain ingredient on an empty stomach revs up your energy or leaves you with a squeamish, heavy feeling,” concluded Dr. Datta.

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10 Ways Iron Deficiency Could Be Slowing Down Your Life

Call yourself a superwoman, but finding it harder day by day to keep up your energy levels? Having to juggle between various roles – wife, mother, working professional – living a healthy life often takes a backseat for women nowadays. So, if you are feeling tired and drained of energy all the time, don’t just blame it on stress and pay a little more attention to what you have been eating or drinking. Check your haemoglobin level and you may actually be in for a surprise.

When we eat, not always do we pay attention to the various nutrients that are essential for our body. Whether we are talking about proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins or minerals, specific amounts of each are crucial for our daily growth and development. Iron, which is a mineral, particularly plays an important role. It is responsible for producing haemoglobin in our red blood cells that supply oxygen from organ to organ, thus providing energy. Without enough iron, our body cannot produce enough haemoglobin, and as a result, one might feel lethargic to carry out various daily tasks.

The National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Hyderabad recommends a daily dietary intake of 21mg iron per day for adult women. These needs are higher in adolescent girls as well as in pregnant women. Since loss of iron occurs through menstrual bleeding in women of reproductive age, iron needs are higher in women than in men.

How Does Iron Deficiency Affect the Body?

Iron deficiency can lead to various changes in our body and affect day-to-day activities. Here are 10 signs you should look out for:
1. Make You Anaemic
 One of the common outcomes of iron deficiency is a condition known as anaemia, which mostly affects women. According to reports by World Health Organization (WHO) and other research bodies, 48% women in the age group 15-49 years in India were found to have haemoglobin concentrations lower than 120g/L (12g/dL).
2. Bring in Fatigue
Your low level of energy has a great deal to do with low iron content in your body. No matter how well rested, do you still feel lethargic? That’s a sign of iron deficiency.
3. Shortness of Breath
This occurs because there is less amount of oxygen being circulated within your body. As you go about your day, more oxygen gets utilised, and if there is no proper oxygen circulation within the blood, it could lead to shortness of breath.
4. Headaches
 Headaches have become as frequent as common cold or sneezing in today’s time. Perhaps there’s a more crucial reason behind the pain, and you need to start paying attention to your iron intake.

5. Heart Palpitations

Feel your heart palpitating more than normal? It may not necessarily have to do with a heart ailment but whether you meet your iron requirement or not.

6. Pale Complexion
This is one of the common symptoms in people who suffer from iron-deficiency.
7. Numbness of Hands and Feet
Have you experienced this before? Numbness of hands and feet is a common problem faced by many, and no, don’t blame the climate for it.
8. Low Body Temperature
Our body’s normal temperature ranges around 37 degree Celsius. Having a temperature lower than this regularly implies that there are certain factors that are affecting the body, putting you at risk of various ailments.
9. Brittle Nails
 Healthy nails are a sign of good health, and iron contributes significantly to its growth and development.
10. Dizziness
 Have you been feeling dizzy of lately? Your energy levels are hitting an all-time low and this maybe because you haven’t been meeting your daily requirement of iron.

How to Improve Your Daily Iron Requirement

 Best thing to do? Follow a balanced diet. In case of iron-deficiency too, one can correct the iron content by changing their diet.

4 Best Vegetarian Sources of Iron for Your Diet –

 1. Green Leafy Vegetables
You can get your daily dose of iron by eating greens like spinach, coloccasia leaves, kale, mustard greens, etc.
2. Seasonal Fruits
Iron rich fruits include tomatoes, apricots, raisins, prunes, dates and watermelon. If you don’t have the time to grab fruits, you could try Tropicana Essentials Iron juice that contains 3.2mg of iron, which is more than 100gram spinach or mustard greens.

3. Beans


 Include red kidney beans, lobia, chickpeas, soybeans and other pulses in your daily diet.
4. Nut
Include nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts and pine nuts in your regular diet as snacks or in salads and stir-fries.
As the popular saying goes – prevention is better than cure, start paying attention to your diet and ensure that you are meeting your daily requirement of iron to keep energy levels high and the heart healthy.
Now, you can say goodbye to fatigue and tiredness for good. Say Hello to your daily dose of iron that comes in a safe-to-drink tetrapak and without any added sugar or colour! The Tropicana Essentials Iron juice is exactly what you need for an appropriate absorption of iron in your body. You could opt to have it along with your breakfast in the morning or reach out for it as an evening snack. 

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Ramzan 2017 Special: 10 Best Iftar Snacks Recipes

  • Holy month of Ramzaan is here alongwith all the festivities
  • Devotees break open their fasts at the sunset
  • These delicious snacks for Iftar, are guaranteed to impress

The holy month of Ramzan is here, and along with it the festivities. While it is the time for prayers and devotion, you can also look forward to snack time post the fast to make it a delicious affair. During Ramzan, various streets and corners are occupied by vendors selling lip-smacking Iftar treats like kebabs, samosas, biryani, nihari, seviyan, phirni, malpua and others. Not just Muslims, but people of all religion are seen heading to these stalls and indulging to their heart’s content after the prayers.

Be in Mohammed Ali Road in Mumbai or Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid, these streets come alive during this festival to offer devouring dishes to satisfy every person’s cravings.

But if you have friends and family coming over home and you wish to create the same Iftar experience for them, then we present our 10 best Iftar snacks recipes that are guaranteed to impress. You needn’t toil through traffic and narrow lanes in search of food, but create them easily at the comfort of your home with as much love. You can start with dates, since it plays such a significant role during the festival, making interesting snacks like stuffed dates and fudges, and then unleash meaty treats like boti kebabs, shawarma, keema samosa, raan, brain cutlets and many other lip-smacking delicacies. Take a look, put your apron on and get cooking!
1. Stuffed Dates with Blue Cheese
Recipe by Plavaneeta Borah
Blue cheese and dates is a match made in heaven. They both complement each other like a dream. Tip in some parsley to add some zing.

2. Haleem Ke Kebab
Recipe by Chef Arun Sundararaj, The Taj Mahal Hotel

Give your taste buds a treat with these tender and succulent meat and dal kebabs.

3. Chicken Shawarma
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Shawarma is vastly popular across the Middle East. Chicken baked in a yoghurt marinade, rolled up in pita bread and served with tahini.

4. Boti Kebabs
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Intensely marinated mutton pieces which can either be baked or grilled on a barbeque. These boti kebabs are a great snack option.

5. Keema Samosa with Yoghurt Dip
Recipe by Jitendra Kumar, Executive Chef, Lake Palace Hotel

Make this ultimate snack from scratch. Dough pockets stuffed with keema masala mixture, fried golden and served with a refreshing hung curd dip.

6. Mutton Taka Tak Lahori Style
Recipe by Akhtar Rehman

Lahore style stir fry of mutton brain, sweet bread and kidney in assorted spices, served with mint chutney.

7. Dates and Figs Fudge
Recipe by Plavaneeta Borah

Looking for some sweet indulgence? You will love this sinful recipe which brings together dates, figs and peanut butter.

8. Bhuni Raan

Recipe by Aruna Kirpal

Fried mutton leg served with roasted potatoes and fresh steamed vegetables. This zesty mutton dish is a must try for all meat lovers.

9. Brain Cutlets

 Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka

Cutlets made from goat’s brain – cut into small pieces, mixed with garlic, chillies and ginger; dipped in egg batter, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried.

10. Namkeen Seviyaan
Recipe by Nishtha Asrani

Make this quick and easy snack at home which is low on oil and with the added crunch of peanuts.

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Eating This for Breakfast for 1 Month Will Speed Up Metabolism and Help You Lose Weight

Accumulated body fat can be the primary culprit behind the advancement of numerous diseases such as hypertension, fatty liver, heart ailments cancer and diabetes.

Foods that are rich in fiber can give you a feeling of satiety longer and they are prescribed for individuals who are experiencing constipation.

Foods that are an extraordinary wellspring of proteins are phenomenal also, particularly for the situation if you need to lose excess fats while keeping up your muscle mass. They will give your body with the required energy for the forthcoming daily exercises.

In case you have an issue with excess weight and you need to get more fit in a natural way, we have the ideal answer for you.

We have smoothie formulas that make an awesome breakfast that will accelerate your digestion and enhance your body’s capacity to burn fat. They are to a great degree delightful and healthy

Smoothie Recipes which will help you Lose Fat Like Crazy

These recipes will help you to shed pounds with no extraordinary workout. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil
  • 1/3 glass water
  • 1 orange
  • 2 fresh or dried figs
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, pounded


Mix all the ingredients in a blender and your smoothie is prepared! Appreciate!

Note: If you like to utilize dried figs, leave them water for half an hour before their utilization.

  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 measure of raspberries
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds


Use a blender and mix well all the ingredients to prepare a homogenous mixture

Note: If you utilize natural apples, leave the skin.

  1. Ingredients:
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1/2 an Apple
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut


Use a blender to mix all the ingredients and the fresh and healthy smoothie is prepared!


Night smartphone use may lead to poor sleep and self-esteem in teens

Man using his mobile phone in the bed

Teenagers who use their smartphones late at night may have low sleep quality, leading to poor mental health, reduced coping and self-esteem, a new study warns.

Researchers at Griffith University and Murdoch University tracked changes in late-night mobile phone use, sleep and mental health indicators over three years in a large sample of Australian teens.

They found that adolescents’ late-night mobile phone use was directly linked to poor sleep quality, which subsequently led to poorer mental health outcomes, reduced coping and lowered self-esteem.

“We have demonstrated how poor sleep is the key link connecting an increase in night-time mobile use with subsequent increases in psychosocial issues,” lead researcher Lynette Vernon said.

“We found that late night phone use directly contributed to poor sleep habits, which over time led to declines in overall well-being and mental health,” said Vernon. The study surveyed 1,100 students from 29 schools annually over four years in total, starting in year 8 and following them until year 11.

Students were asked what time of the night they received or sent text messages and phone calls, and their perceptions of their sleep quality.

The researchers also investigated adolescents’ symptoms of depressed mood, involvement in delinquency or aggression, and their coping and self esteem over time.

Results showed that in year 8, more than 85% of students owned a mobile phone and around one-third of these students reported they never texted or received phone calls after lights out.

However, three years later 93% of the students owned mobiles and only 22% of these year 11 students reported no late night mobile use.

“We found that those teenagers who start out as relatively ‘healthy’ in terms of their late-night mobile use early in high school, tend to show steeper escalations in their late-night mobile use over the next several years,” said study co-author Kathryn Modecki.

Students with high initial levels of night-time mobile phone use also tended to have higher initial levels of poor sleep behaviour. As their levels of mobile phone use grew over time, so did their poor sleep behaviour.

“What is especially compelling is that these increases in poor sleep, in turn, led to rises in depressed mood and externalising behaviours, and declines in self-esteem and coping one year later,” said Modecki.

The study was published in the journal Child Development.

Instagram fitness buffs, have you tried your hand at Alien yoga yet?

After heavy breathing sessions and booty videos, the latest fitness craze on Instagram is an exercise that has you contorting your stomach. Dubbed as “alien yoga” on Instagram because of how your stomach looks while doing the movement, the practice is traditionally known as “nauli”. It was apparently first mentioned around 500 years ago, and in some yoga traditions, was among one of the first exercises taught to new students. It is still fairly uncommon in Western yoga — though that might be changing.

But what exactly is nauli, and is it a fitness trend we should be following? According to, nauli is a yogic cleansing exercise, or “kriya”, which cleanses the internal organs and strengthens the abdominal area. It involves rolling the abdominal muscles from side to side in a wave-like movement. It may look difficult, especially in some of the Instagram videos, but this movement can be practiced by most yogis and by any age group.

Instagram fitness buff

The nauli exercise comprises a series of four movements in total, and says you must master uddiyana bandha before attempting the next three:

> Uddiyana bandha: An abdominal lock accomplished by emptying your lungs and pulling the abdomen in and up under the rib cage.

> Madhyana nauli (central nauli): The isolated contraction of the central abdominal muscles.

> Vama nauli (left side nauli): The isolated contraction of the left side of the abdominal muscles.

> Daksina nauli (right side nauli): The isolated contraction of the right side of the abdominal muscles.

The website cautions that nauli is considered an advanced practice, and recommends learning the technique from an experienced teacher.

Many advise that pregnant women, and those with hernias, hypertension, heart disease, ulcers, or various gastrointestinal ailments do not practice nauli. Even for a fit and healthy person, nauli should not be painful — it should always still be practiced with care and caution.

For those who would rather just follow this weird and wonderful fitness trend on social media, @aubrymarie, @yellabellaand @kellygreenyoga are some of the yogis who have been demonstrating their nauli moves on Instagram and YouTube.

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