Staying Healthy During Winter

India, June 11 Winter is the time to celebrate the richness of a much awaited season. It introduces a cozy change with short day light hours welcoming end to a hectic day. The lethargic sun appears a little late and can be seen lazing around the less arduous route across the sky. In most cultures the long and dark winter nights are excuses for festive celebrations.

Winter also brings along a baggage of woes cough, cold, flu that may doom you to bed snuggling with a box of tissues. Follow some of the scientifically proven ways to remain healthy during winter.

Winter Virus

Winter is the season when contagious virus is literally everywhere. Our hands play a very vital role in transporting these deadly germs. Studies reveal that television remotes are the worst carriers of bacteria in hospital rooms, worse even than toilet handles. (more…)

There are more reasons than ever to “eat your greens”

Iron, vitamin A, antioxidants the average serve of green vegetables contains an impressive number of goodies. But while they all share the same colour partly due to their chlorophyll content each one brings a slightly different health benefit to the table. So, whether it’s for easing a hangover or preventing cancer, there’s a green vegie that fits the bill.

Watercress a daily dose of watercress can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, something that’s believed to be an important trigger in the development of cancer. Irish researchers found consuming watercress regularly is linked to an overall reduced risk of cancer at various sites in the body. Choose bunches with fresh looking leaves and healthy, robust stems.

Broccoli Researchers have discovered another reason broccoli is so good for you by stimulating the release of antioxidant enzymes, the cruciferous vegetable helps protect against the respiratory inflammation that leads to asthma and allergic rhinitis (think runny nose and watery eyes). A half cup serve of cooked broccoli also provides near to 60 per cent of your daily vitamin C requirements. (more…)

When in season fresh sweet corn

A salad bar staple it may be, but when in season fresh sweet corn can add a wow factor to summer menus
With canned sweetcorn a mainstay of salad bars, jacket potato toppings and questionable vegetarian pizza options, it is perhaps understandable that its fresh counterpart is neglected by ‘proper’ chefs. Yet when cooked very fresh sweetcorn must be used promptly as the sugars start turning into less tasty starch as soon as it is harvested it can be a revelation.

Sweetcorn is essentially a variety of maize with a high sugar content, but unlike most other corn varieties it’s picked when immature (the ‘milk stage’) and consumed as a vegetable rather than a grain. Native American tribes were the first to cultivate the plant and most believe Christopher Columbus brought it back to the old world, along with tomatoes, potatoes and chilli plants.

A true corn star

As well as being a canned vegetable stalwart, sweetcorn is now a hugely important food processing ingredient. Corn syrup is the US go to and somewhat controversial sweetening and thickening agent, and a very close relative of sweetcorn provides popcorn. Polenta and corn flour are processed from other types of maize. (more…)