Category Archives: Health & Nutrition

Jawas seeds are flax seeds

jawasFlax, also known as common flax or linseed, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. Textiles made from flax are known in Western countries as linen, and are traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linen.

What are the benefits of flax seeds?
The lignans and omega 3 fatty acids present in flaxseeds help reduce blood pressure, and prevent overeating. In addition to that, it is also good for the skin and has anti-cancer properties too.
What does flaxseed do to your body?
Though tiny, they are rich in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, lignans and fiber, all of which have been shown to have many potential health benefits. They can be used to improve digestive health, lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of cancer and may benefit people with diabetes.

Organic or Not??

Compiled By: Vineeta Tawney

How to Know If Organic Food Is Really Organic
An obvious concern is that organic food is definitely not worth the cost if it’s not even organic.

While we may not be able to know if what we are eating is truly organic since there is no way to tell by looking at it, there are some things we can do to reduce the chances of getting fraudulent organic food:

Grow a garden – If grown organically, you know your own vegetables will be safe. I always try to have something in my summer garden!
Avoid imported foods (especially grains) – The main concern with fraudulent organic foods is imported grains, so avoiding imported foods when possible can help.
Avoid grains altogether – Since grains are one of the biggest concerns for fraudulent organic food, avoiding grains when possible gives you a better chance of avoiding fraudulent foods.
Shop local – The other side of the coin is to buy local organic produce. Foods produced in the U.S. are easier to regulate.
It’s also important to put pressure on regulators to do their jobs and keep fraudulent organic foods from entering the market.
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Peppermint!! Not same as Mint

Peppermint!! Not same as Mint

By: Vineeta Tawney


Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, the plant is now widely spread and cultivated in many regions of the world. It is occasionally found in the wild with its parent species. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Mentha × piperita

Fast facts about peppermint
Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint.
It is available in the forms of leaves, capsules, and oils.
Peppermint has shown health benefits for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, skin conditions, headaches, cold, and flu.
It can interact with medicines and is not advised for people with gastrointestinal problems.

Possible health benefits
Peppermint is a popular traditional remedy for a number of conditions.

It is believed to have calming effects.

It is used to treat flatulence, menstrual pains, diarrhea, nausea, depression-related anxiety, muscle and nerve pain, the common cold, indigestion, and IBS.

Peppermint calms the stomach muscles and improves the flow of bile, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM). This makes it suitable for people who have indigestion.

Millennials and their Food cravings

Millennials and their Food cravings

By: Vineeta Tawney

The millennials love snacking. It can be found that the majority of the millennials consider snacking to be a necessity rather today snack foods form a dominant part of the daily meal for this generation. Today they are more inclined towards snacking several times in a day or even more. As per research, it is expected that there will be a major impact on the global consumer market because the average income will increase rather double from USD5,900 in the year 2014 into USD13,000 in the year 2024.The Asian region which has a large majority of the younger population as well as a burgeoning middle-income group, it is poised to turn into the fastest growing snack market in the world in the years ahead. Without any doubt, we can say food and beverage businesses over the globe are scrambling in order to cater to this target market. To look at examples we can see that the fast running food chain McDonald ’s introduced various snacking items over the year.

What do millennials usually prefer?
So if we ask any of them they will say that they want easily accessible and easy to consume as well as convenient food. This can also be termed as a snack food. However, it doesn’t end there the Millennial consumers also want their snacks to be flavourful and they want it to be both healthy as well as nutritious at the same time.

Why is it as such?
The reason is such an age group of consumers has grown up in the informative era and the majority of them have taken part in various nutrition programmes at schools. This makes them aware and alert of the importance and necessity of eating healthy as well as at the same time cultivate a preference to go for snacks which offer low calories and rich nutritional value.
To look at examples we can see many global confectionery companies like Mondelez is enjoying a great success after bringing in Oreo Thins3, which is a slimmer version of their classic cookie product which contains less cream filling as well as less calories per cookie.
Today the millennials are a well-traveled group in comparison with the generations that came in before them. There are many millennial consumers who look out for exotic foreign experiences. As per the survey, it is seen that millennial travellers usually want to entirely immerse themselves along with the trend and the new cultures. This change is also playing a strong role and it is at the same time influencing the food sector since all the manufacturers over the world are striving to offer creative products along with international flavours.

How does the market work?

The Food industry plays a very dominant role, it is very important to recognise the target group customers. The customers must be offered healthy snacks along with different variety and exciting flavours. This can be done easily by application of various functional ingredients.
There are two types of methods by which the manufacturers tap on the functional ingredients to offer products that will easily solicit lower blood glucose responses:
• By making certain Modifications in the glucose supply with fully available, yet low glycaemic carbohydrates.
• Replacing the sugar portion with partially available carbohydrates like the sugar replacer isomalt.
On the other hand, apart from carbohydrates, the manufacturers also use certain functional fibres like the BENEO’s prebiotic dietary fibres.
Like the majority of consumers, the Millennials also want to get the best from life. The modern life for millennials is very fast therefore snacking becomes mandatory to keep up their energy level high throughout the day.

The Humble Mustard Oil

Benefits of Mustard Oil

By: Vineeta Tawney
Mustard oil can be used for cooking food and frying. In this way, it boosts immunity and is good for our heart and diabetics.
It acts as a preservative when added to pickles and chutneys.
To clear our respiratory system from congestion, inhale steam containing mustard oil.
Massage our feet and chest with a mixture of mustard oil, garlic and ajwain to get relief from cold and cough.
Consuming a teaspoon of mustard oil and honey helps in various respiratory problems.
Using mustard oil for oil pulling kills bacteria and prevents bleeding of gums.
Rubbing a paste of mustard oil, turmeric and salt on our teeth and gums; makes them healthy.
A mixture of mustard oil and coconut oil can be used to massage our entire body.