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FOODNOTES - FOOD HABITS

SOME FOOD HABITS WHICH CAN SPOIL YOUR OCCASIONS
 

Durgapuja - probably the biggest occasion of Bengali people. Durgapuja is a ceremony of happy time, pandal hopping, new dress etc. Also it is the time of late night puja hoping, eating out lots of sweet and junk food, fast food. Enjoying the puja is important, also maintaining our own health is necessary. Let’s discuss the some harmful side effect of foodie Indians habit on Durga puja occasion.

EATING OUT
 
Many people consider the convenience of eating out in restaurants at the expense of their health. While eating out they may provide you with quick, tasty meals and snacks, on the other hand, you may not be getting the nutritious food the body needs. Your health is your life and if you don’t take the right healthy food, you are welcoming a horde of diseases. Eating out and having a meal outside once in a while is absolutely alright but do not make it your habit. Regular consumption of food from outside is not at all healthy for your body and leads to sickness. Thus, one must avoid regular eating outside.

ILL EFFECTS OF EATING OUTSIDE
  • The food in restaurants may be richer and tasty than the one you prepare at home but it may not be as healthy as you think. In restaurants, chefs want to attract customers and the food they prepare is designed to be enjoyed but only on special occasions. You may find that the food has lots of sugar, salt, and fat intended to give it the stronger taste. Such food may be slower to digest and only rarely suited for special occasions.
  • If you like to eat outside then you must be aware that the food outside is not hygienic enough. It does not match up the hygiene of the food you eat at home. You cannot be sure that the plate you are using is completely clean and hygienic to eat in. Restaurants often do not clean the eating plates properly. Therefore, the bacteria and germs reside in the plates and create a higher chance of food poisoning, diarrhoea, and diseases.
  • Whatever food you consume outside has excess salt and sugar in it. It harms your health in the worst way possible. The high amount of sugar and salt is used while preparing the sauce, sugar coating, salad topping etc. In such a situation, you consume more sugar or salt than the required amount.
  • The food which is prepared and cooked in restaurants contains much more oil which has a high amount of unhealthy fats and calories. Thus, there is no track of how much fat and calories you have consumed in a day. Eventually, you tend to gain weight.
  • You often forget that you are following a diet and tend to eat too much while you eat outside. This eventually leads to weight gain and causes bloating, gastric problem, indigestion etc.
  • The meat used to prepare food in restaurants may not provide the best quality. It may contain more fat and be made using unhealthy flavoring. You will not get the right choice of meat if you always eat in restaurants. When you prepare food at home, you’re able to buy yourself the meat you want for a perfectly healthy meal. You also prepare it using healthy ingredients.
  • To prevent food from going bad, cooks and chefs may add unhealthy additives to preserve it. When these substances get into the body, they will cause diseases. Some of the effects of these substances may not be realized immediately, however, after sometime or years, you begin to suffer diseases.
  • Use of unhealthy material in food is higher in restaurant and hotel to increase the test and texture. Food color in excesses amount, unhealthy preservative, test increasing material like AZINO MOTO (monosodium glutamate) causing a serious health problem.


BIJAYA DASHAMI…lots of sweets:-

In India, socializing and celebrating is all about tasting and eating different types of Indian sweets without counting the calories. Jalebis, Rasgulla, Soan Papdi, Barfis, Ras Malai, Laddu, Halwa, Gulab jamun, Kheer, Cham cham etc., are some of the most popular Indian sweets. Bijaya Dashami means lots of delicious sweets and crispy crunchy snacks. We Bengali are world famous for our ‘Rasgulla’ and ‘Mishti Doi’.sweets are sweet-but it is also unhealthy and harmful for our body.

Some of the hazards of eating sweets are as below:
Sweets are prepared traditionally using high amounts of sugar and so they have a large amount of calories in them. Let us look at the amount of calories in some of the popular Indian sweets.

 
  • Gulab Jamun: Two balls have about 387 calories.
  • Jalebi: One piece is about 150 calories.
  • Laddu: One piece has about 185 calories.
  • Ras Malai: One piece has about 180 calories.
  • Peda: One piece has about 82 calories.
  • Halwa: One piece has about 100 calories.
  • Kheer: One serving has 270 calories.
  • Kaju Katli: One piece has about 58 calories.
  • Karanji: One serving has about 224 calories.
  • Cham Cham: One piece has about 175 calories.
Jalebis which is a favorite Indian sweet for many has been featured on an American news website’s list of fattening food items across the globe.
Often sweets are prepared using vanaspati ghee or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. These are transfats and toxic. They cause a wide range of lifestyle diseases including hypertension, type II diabetes, cancer and more.
Sweets and other high sugar foods replace the normal wholesome food which causes nutritional deficiencies.

Sweets can leads to -
  • Dental cavities
  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes Mellitus  
  • Obesity
  • Liver failure
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart diseases
  • The decline in cognitive conditions
  • Gout
  1. Sweet factories use the chemical, Formalin to mass preserve the sweets for long periods of time. Consuming formalin-mixed sweets can cause damage to kidneys and liver of humans and also cause asthma attacks and cancer. If pregnant women consume sweets mixed with Formalin there are high chances that the baby they deliver will be a physically challenged baby.
  2. Sweets are traditionally covered by ‘’edible’ silver foil’ to give a more appetizing and beautiful look to the sweets. However, the edible covering or silver foil used for coating the sweets, are made from metals that can be harmful to health.
  3. A significant percentage of milk sold in the unorganized sector is contaminated and adulterated with synthetic milk. This is a toxic concoction made with Urea and detergents. It is impossible for people to taste any difference between real milk and synthetic milk. This toxic substance can cause liver and kidney failures and much more damage. Milk-based sweets are often found to be adulterated with synthetic milk.
  4. Sweets colored bright pink, green and yellow look attractive and fascinate the public, but the colors used in such sweets are mostly harmful for human consumption. These cheap artificial colorings used food items like rasgulla, laddoo, jalebi, burfi, chum-chum, and many more can be deceiving and send someone straight to a doctor.
  5. Continuous consumption of sugary sweets causes addiction to it. Such individuals have the compulsive urge and feel pangs for eating more sweets.
These are the true fact, I hope my discussion will help you to choose the proper and healthy food for your plate. So, enjoy the puja and keep my words in mind before your next eating out and before the next bite in sweets. Stay healthy.

Thanks & Regards
DITI BHATTACHARJEE
CONULTANT DIETITIAN/ NUTRITIONIST