These are trying times for everyone, Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been declared the first Pandemic in 11 years by the World Health Organisation (WHO) last week. Since then governments the world over have taken strict measures to curtail the spread of this novel Coronavirus. International trade between affected countries has all but stopped, citizens are being asked to voluntarily isolate themselves for 15 days by staying at home. In times like these the prevalent question of food hangs high above our heads in the fashion of a big neon ‘Question mark’ sign.

We have done some preliminary research into the question and have some much needed answers for you.  

The first question that would cross your mind is whether Coronavirus or COVID-19 is transmitted via food? 
Food and Coronavirus COVID-19

No, so far there has been no indication that the COVID-19 virus is transferable via food. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which is headquartered at Northern Italy, one of the worst affected countries outside of China, have confirmed that the virus does not transmit over food. 

The spread of the virus is attributed mainly due to human proximity, where a healthy person may come in contact with the droplets left behind by a person, either sneezing, coughing or exhaling, infected with Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Hot food prepared freshly and promptly runs a low risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus. Whereas cold food or food consumed at room temperature where a person suffering from Coronavirus is present may increase the chances of contamination. 

Hot food prepared freshly and promptly runs a low risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus

It is important to limit ones movements socially to deter the spread of the virus to those whose immune systems are already compromised, such as elderly individuals, children or people suffering from chronic and respiratory illnesses. 

For more information please visit the World Health Organisation, (WHO) website.

The research in this article is supported by notable websites of repute and International regulatory bodies. 


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World Food Day: How To Minimise Food Wastage

16th of October is celebrated as ‘World Food Day’. Why not celebrate it everyday? – This year, The World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In doing so the hunger parity around the world has been brought into focus, and Hunger has been identified as a human right violation. Read more on how you can minimise your food wastage.

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Healthy eating habits go a long way in maintaining a healthy body and this even extends itself to your eyesight. Eyes are one of the most powerful yet delicate of human organs and need both external and internal care to perform at their best!

It is true that factors like age and eye strain cause slow damage. However it is also true that incorporating certain foods can have a positive effect on overall eye health.

Key Vitamins and Minerals
Products rich in vitamin A and E.

Certain nutrients are extremely important for maintaining good eyesight. Vitamins A, C and E are necessary to control eye degeneration. Food sources for these important nutrients include a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits such as carrots, red bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, strawberries and various citrus fruits. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and flaxseeds, are also recommended for better eye health.

Raw turkey breast fillet, salmon steak and beef ribeye steak are also high in proteins that help protect your eyesight.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids found in the retina. You can also find them in leafy green vegetables, broccoli, zucchini, and eggs. Foods rich in zinc like beef is also important to slow down age related eye diseases. Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A, which helps prevent night blindness. Deep yellow and orange foods such as pumpkins, sweet potatoes etc should definitely be included in your diet to get enough beta carotene. 

Adequate hydration is also really important, for dry eyes can cause a lot of issues. 

Vitamins A, C and E are necessary to control eye degeneration

External practices to protect your eyes

Stay fit

Exercise and being fit is really important for your eyes. Avoiding diabetes should be a top priority as increasing blood sugar levels can cause a strain on the tiny blood vessels around the eyes and also affects the retina. 

Wear protective eyewear

Tough, protective eyewear is essential if there is a risk of chemicals, sharp objects, or materials such as wood shavings, metal shards, or even a stray elbow during a basketball game, entering your eye. 

Follow the 20-20-20 rule

If you spend extreme amounts of time staring at a screen or anything that can cause eye strain, then you should definitely follow the 20-20-20 rule. This means that after 20 minutes of continuous staring at the screen, take 20 seconds to stare 20 feet away. This will help your eyes rest a bit.

Exercise to maintain good eyesight

Smoking is injurious to health.

Smoking dramatically raises your risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. 

Keep your hands and lenses clean.

Eyes are especially prone to infections and therefore we should be extremely careful to keep them safe.

Keep your family history into consideration.

Some hereditary diseases can be avoided if proper care is taken from the beginning.

Afterall, as they say; “eyes are the windows of the soul”.

Eyesight is a blessing and should be treated as being most precious. 


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HERE COMES THE RAIN!

Our body automatically internally adjusts to the external changes in the weather. This call’s for an adjustment to our diets seasonally to help our bodies accommodate these changes with ease. Read more to find out what you should and shouldn’t eat..

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If you have ever tried your traditional ‘adrak ki chai’, you know how beautiful ginger can be. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice and as a remedy since ancient times. It is amongst one of the first spices to have been exported from Asia and was widely used by the ancient Romans and Greeks. 

Taste and appearance 

There is no flavour like ginger in the world. It is zesty, spicy, pungent yet sweet and pairs really well with a lot of different kinds of ingredients like chicken, vegetables, chocolates etc. The overall mild flavour adds incredible depth to any dish and creates an absolutely enticing aroma. 

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Ginger root and its magical properties

As far as appearances go, part of the plant which we mostly use is the root. It is beige in colour with a knotted and rough look and woody kind of texture. The inside flesh is fibery and mostly pale yellow coloured. 

Most people peel off the outer brown skin and use the flesh inside for consumption purposes.

Health and Nutritional benefits

Along with food, Ginger is a key ingredient in traditional Ayurvedic medicine and is a very common name in most home remedies which are lovingly called “dadima ke nuskhe”. 

Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia and is an ideal ingredient used to aid digestion. It helps boost overall immunity and is very effective in treating respiratory related illnesses such as a cough. 

Ginger boosts overall immunity and is very effective in treating respiratory related illnesses such as a cough

The root is also used to combat nausea and has even proved to be helpful in fighting some types of cancer.

Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections. In fact, ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria. It is also an effective ingredient in maintaining and treating oral health. 

India and Ginger

Ginger has been widely used in the country since old times; it’s consumption is spread amongst all regions of the Nation. A ground paste of Ginger and Garlic holds a permanent position in most Indian households and is added to many curries and dishes along with a few other common spices.

Ginger and Garlic, a match made in heaven

Fresh, as well as dried, ginger is used to spice tea and coffee, especially in winter. The aroma and spiciness of ginger makes for extremely flavourful vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Ask any Indian cook, their go to recipe will always contain Ginger!

Ginger around the World

Ginger is one of the most widely used cooking ingredients which is used in many cultures around the world. In Japan, ginger is pickled to make beni shōga and gari or grated and used raw on tofu or noodles

Ginger is used in many cuisines all over the world

In Burma, ginger is called gyin and is widely used in traditional dishes and medicines. In fact, most Asian countries use ginger as a spice in some form or the other. Fresh sliced ginger is used as a garnish in many cuisines. Along with being used in traditional cooking around the globe, ginger has become an essential ingredient in a lot of modern fusion dishes as well.

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Gingerbread Cookies

In the western countries, candied ginger and ginger ale are very popular. Gingerbread cookies are a Christmas time must have; and ginger tea has gained a cult following of sorts!

Every country has their own unique way of using this versatile ingredient and this reflects in the beauty of their tastes. 

For that pesky cough
Ginger, lemon and honey tea is great for colds and flu

Mix a bit of fresh ginger juice with a pinch of turmeric in a tablespoon of honey and consume immediately. Doing this two to three times a day can be very beneficial for healing many respiratory diseases.

Consuming ginger daily in some form or the other is a good habit to keep for ginger is the perfect blend of health and taste!



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Red and remarkable, heart-shaped, sweet and juicy, studded with small seeds and a little tart at times. Strawberries are one of the most ‘in style’ fruits in the world.

Strawberries have a long history and have been enjoyed since the Roman times. They’re grown commercially in a long list of countries, with China, the U.S. and Mexico leading its production. Garden strawberries which are common now didn’t strike its trend until the 18th century, but the wild berries have been eaten since primeval Roman times. Modern strawberries are grown and eaten all over the world and can be dished up raw, cooked or dried.

The Fruit

This little red fruit is beyond doubt sensational. No wonder it’s a symbol of love and passion! Strawberries are actually a group of fruits (genus Fragaria) containing several varieties and are part of the rose family.

One of the most exclusive eccentricities about the strawberry is that it’s the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside, prodding out for the world to see.

Folk remedies and research held that the fruit, leaves, and root of wild strawberries have the power to cure throat infections, melancholy, fainting, inflammation, kidney stones, bad breath, fevers, gout, and diseases of the blood and vital organs. Some of those may actually be true.

Studies demonstrate that strawberries, blueberries and raspberries contain a chemical which shield cells against cervical and breast cancer.

STRAW-DIET-ERRIES

Strawberries offer an astonishing 129 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, a known infection fighter. Besides being anti-cancer, strawberries also contain potential neurological disease-fighting and anti-aging compounds. What an amazing natural alternative to ‘Olay’ huh!

Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C, 3 grams of fiber, calcium, magnesium and potassium. 

The strawberry diet followed allows females to eat up to 1400 calories daily and males up to 1900 calories a day. Luckily, strawberries are low in calories.

Strawberries are a healthy food to eat to lose weight, because there are 49 calories in one cup of strawberries. They are also loaded with Vitamin C, 3 grams of fiber, calcium, magnesium and potassium. 

The fruitful dietary facts:
  • Strawberries help lose weight; strawberries are rich sources of phenolic antioxidants that can help aid in weight loss. 
  • Strawberries may help stave off diabetes; due to the low sugar content i.e. 5 g approx per serving of 7 strawberries.
  • Strawberries are good for your heart; more than 3 weekly servings of strawberries is associated with a lower risk of heart attacks.
  • Strawberries are good for your mind;  a healthy daily dose of strawberries, in your diet can play a big role in staving off dementia in old age.
  • Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange! Fact is, a one-cup serving of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant properties, helping to protect the body from oxidative stress.

Strawberries = 49 Calories / 1 Cup

Many More Uses.

Did you know that one can also make a ‘Strawberry Face Mask (with Yogurt and Honey) at home which helps:

  • Combat acne
  • Prevent pimples
  • Lighten skin complexion
  • Exfoliate skin cells
Red and Ripe Strawberries

Prepare your own cosmetics with strawberries! Few recipes below:

– Luxurious Skin Scrub. Make a skin scrub fit for royalty by mixing 1/2 a cup of sugar, 4-5 ripe strawberries and 3 teaspoons of olive oil.

– Strawbellicious lips! Plump, juicy, clean and kissable lips? Oh yeah, strawberry! Make a quick lip scrub at home by mashing two ripe strawberries with two teaspoons of sugar. Rub this on your lips for a minute and rinse off. The sugar will desquamate and soften your lips while the fruit acids will help soften your lips.

Wrap up.

It’s agreeable: strawberries are scrumptious and they have a rich history. Some may think of proposing with strawberries after all they are from the rose family. But they also offer exceptional nutritive benefits in the form of antioxidants, which lowers cholesterol and inflammation.

The flavonoid fisetin in strawberries is also proven to neutralize colon, cervical, breast, and prostate cancer cells. Strawberries are the knights against the common world diseases. But these are not the only reason strawberries are a summer favorite.

Strawberries are one of those unique fruits entailing no adornment to make them one of the world’s most adored plant-based foods.



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Palak Paneer | Cottage Cheese In Spinach Puree

Golden yellow paneer nuggets surrounded by lush bottle green curry seasoned with spices and made rich with cream. This cottage cheese dish made in fresh spinach puree is not only a showstopper but also jam packed with nutrients. Best served for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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Masala Chole (Chickpeas)

Masala chole/chickpeas is a quarantine friendly recipe, you only need to staples in your kitchen to prepare this dish. Chole aka Chickpeas is a superfood, this simple beige coloured bean is very prominent in asia and in India is it devoured in a variety of manner.

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Baisakhi And The Tradition Of Langar

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About a decade ago, a new trend took the whole world by storm. People started obsessing over health and nutrition (which is a great thing of course), they began to ponder what corporations and big companies were taking them towards and were  waking up to a whole new way of thinking. Suddenly, the word organic food was thrown around in mainstream media and everybody jumped onto the bandwagon.

So, what exactly is “Organic food”?

Simply put, organic food cannot be grown with the help of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, genetically modified organisms, sewage sludge and ionizing radiation. Cattle, poultry, dairy etc reared for organic food consumption are similarly not treated with hormones, chemicals and unnatural antibiotics.

To be certified organic, farms have to go through strict checking and rules are different across various countries. There are government led organizations in almost all countries that are responsible for the certification of organic produce.

To be certified organic, farms have to go through strict checking and rules are different across various countries.

Coming to what organic means in India, this type of produce is simply what our grandparents and generations before them would eat every single day! Synthetic pesticides and fertilizers were introduced in the country much later than in our western counterparts. Also, the process of certification and checking is often times a very lengthy and expensive process. Small time farmers neither have the information or means to get their practice certified. And big corporations selling this so called “organic food” may very well be duping you extremely easily by just labelling their food organic without any noteworthy implementations.

So should you really go organic? 

Another recent study claims that all these extra health benefits of going the organic route is only healthy for the bank balance of the company selling you it. Studies show that a normally grown vegetable or fruit is not less healthy than an organically grown piece of produce. The health benefits are next to negligible especially because regulations surrounding organic foods are kind of blurry. 

The health benefits are next to negligible especially because regulations surrounding organic foods are kind of blurry. 

An organic farm next to normal commercial farm will in the course of time; share soil, nutrients, water and other environmental stimuli. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides may very easily penetrate into a neighbouring organic farm. Even genetically modified produce is impossible to discern nowadays! 

The only huge and seriously great positive impact of organic farming is the ecological benefit. Soil structure, water retention and overall environmental health is vastly improved due to organic farming practices. It helps in combating soil erosion, it helps in water conservation, it improves animal wellbeing and also reduces carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

So what are the ways to find authentic and cost effective organic food?

Organic food is all around you, it just needs to be sourced out.

Instead of maybe looking for labels and certifications, chat with local farmers and producers on their practices. Buying fresh local produce helps the environment, small business owners and the economy. Big corporations should be avoided – try taking a stroll in your local ‘mandi’ instead of filling up a cart at a supermarket. Even if the food isn’t organically produced, you will definitely be helping the environment and individuals with their economy.

Buying fresh local produce helps the environment, small business owners and the economy

Another great way to have organic produce is to grow your own food! It is pretty easy to set up terrace gardens and vegetable patches; and this can even be done in dense metropolitan cities. 

If you do decide to use certified products, a little research and cross questioning may help you find the real stuff. 

Also, support local merchants selling organic instead of big corporations. This will vastly help bring the prices down.

Ultimately, going organic or not is a personal choice; but we truly advise you do your research before you get into anything. All the best! Let us know in the comments below on what your thoughts are about going organic.



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