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Jackfruit (Kathal) Benefits And Its Side Effects Tips

Fiber - 5 Ways To Boost Its Intake!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Fiber - 5 Ways To Boost Its Intake!

The human body is designed to process foods with the help of fiber. The benefits of fibers are being recognized widely, and people are being advised to increase the fiber content in their food. On an average, our body requires 25 to 30gm of fiber per day. 

The body requires two types of fibers, soluble and insoluble. The soluble ones absorb water during digestion, contribute to stool bulk, and are believed to reduce cholesterol levels. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, oats and barley are good sources of soluble fibers.

The insoluble ones are required for good movement of food through the intestines. These are also found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains like wheatrice, barley, oats, etc. It takes a little planning to ensure your food is fibrous, but the benefits are a lot and long-lasting.

Follow some of the simple steps and you will see them for yourself:

  1. Vegetables: On a lighter note, make sure each meal of yours is as colorful as possible. Include good amount of carrots, radish, greens, legumes, tomatoes, cabbage and any other vegetable that you like in each meal. This ensures that you get all the fiber and nutrients that you want in a meal. Baked, boiled, raw choose any form, that you like.
  2. Fruits: It is advisable to eat a raw fruit as compared to having its juice. The fiber content gets reduced when you convert it to a juice. Try not to discard the peel, unless it is not edible at all, pineapple or jackfruit for example. Fruits, along with vegetables, form the most natural and best source of fiber. About 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day will get you all the fiber you need for a day that is 25 to 30gm per day. Berries, pears, prunes, figs, apples, oranges, apples, pears, mangoes, pineapples - take your pick.
  3. Whole grains: Whether you are picking up bread, noodles, cookies, or a packet of pasta, make sure they are made of whole grains and not refined flour. Include one cereal in your breakfast. Oats, barley, wheat germpowder, flax seeds can all be good sources of fiber. Replace white rice with brown rice to get more fiber.
  4. Legumes: Incorporate fiber rich legumes in your daily meal, such as beans, lentils, peas or puree them for interesting dips. Adding legumes help you with the required amount of fiber intake for your body along with regular and smooth bowel movements.
  5. Water: Though not a direct contributor to fiber, increasing the water intake makes the fiber from the above mentioned foods more effective. It promotes better food passage through the intestines and contributes to better stool. It also reduces the bloated feeling that you get with increased fiber. 

Try to gradually make these small changes to your diet and you will see the benefits almost immediately. Try including more fibrous foods to also prolong your hunger pangs, breakfast being the best way to start. 

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5 Ways You Can Boost Your Fiber Intake

Dt. Kanchan Khurana 88% (10 ratings)
M.SC Food and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Noida
5 Ways You Can Boost Your Fiber Intake

The human body is designed to process foods with the help of fibers. The benefits of fibers are being recognized widely, and people are being advised to increase their fat content.  Per day, the body requires about 25 to 30 g of fiber per day.

The body requires two types of fibers - soluble and insoluble. The soluble ones absorb water during digestion, contribute to stool bulk, and are believed to reduce cholesterol levels. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, oats, and barley are good sources of soluble fibers.

The insoluble ones are required for good movement of food through the intestines.  These are also found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains like wheat, rice, barley, oats, etc.  It takes a little planning to ensure your food is fibrous, but the benefits will be lot and long lasting.  

Follow some of the following simple steps and your will see them for yourself :

Vegetables - On a lighter note, make sure each meal of yours is as colorful as possible.  Include good amounts of carrots, radish, greens, legumes, tomatoes, cabbage, and any vegetable that you like in each meal.  This ensures that you get all the fiber and nutrients that you want in a meal.  Baked, boiled, raw - choose any form that you like.

Fruits - It is advisable to eat a raw fruit as compared to having its juice. The fiber content gets reduced when you convert it to a juice.  Try not to discard the peel, unless it is not edible at all, pineapple or jackfruit for example.  Fruits, along with vegetables, form the most natural and best source of fiber.  About 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day will get you all the fiber you need for a day - 25 to 30 g per day.  Berries, pears, prunes, figs, apples, oranges, apples, pears, mangoes, pineapples - take your pick.

Whole grains - Whether you are picking up bread, noodles, cookies, or a packet of pasta, make sure they are made of whole grains and not refined flour.  Include one cereal in your breakfast.  Oats, barley, wheat germ powder, flaxseeds can all be good sources of fiber. Replace white rice with brown rice to get more fiber.

Water - Though not a direct contributor to fiber, increasing the water intake makes the fiber from the above mentioned foods more effective. It promotes better food passage through the intestines and contributes to better stool.  It also reduces the bloated feeling that you get with increased fiber.

Try to gradually make these small changes to your diet and you will see the benefits almost immediately.  Try including more fibrous foods to also prolong your hunger pangs, breakfast being the best way to start.  
 

Midnight Snack Craving - 9 Ways To Help You Curb It!

DNHE, DNYS ( Diploma In Naturopathy & Yogic Science), TTC & B.Ed YOGA
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Chandigarh
Midnight Snack Craving - 9 Ways To Help You Curb It!

Midnight snack craving is basically a craving for food when you wake up in the middle of the night. Midnight cravings can lead to weight gain if you binge eat on a regular basis. It is important that you accept the situation and take steps to rectify it.

A majority of the foods that you consume are mostly empty calories such as cookies and sugar based food. If you don't control these cravings, then it may lead to tremendous weight gain. Here are a few tips to control your midnight snack craving -

  1. Eat your Dinner Properly: It is important that you eat a well-balanced dinner that consists of carbohydrates, protein and fats. If you don't eat a proper dinner, then the chances of eating later and subsequent binge eating go up drastically.
  2. Include Fiber: Add fiber to your diet as fiber helps you in feeling full. Eat fiber rich foods such as beans, lentils and broccoli which promote a feeling of satiety.
  3. Green Tea: Drink a cup of green tea after eating as it will help you sleep better.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Make sure that you are properly hydrated as it will prevent food cravings. Dehydration may also lead to other health complication such as skin problems.
  5. Consume Yoghurt: Consume portions of yoghurt as it contains probiotic bacteria that help in keeping your digestive system healthy. It also promotes a feeling of satiety as it contains protein.
  6. Plan an Activity: Don't immediately go to bed after dinner, instead go for a walk or play with your pet. Make sure that you spend some time after dinner prior to retiring for bed.
  7. Eat Healthy: If you do have cravings then go for healthy choices such as eating salads and fruits. Focus on foods such as cucumber, jackfruits and apples.
  8. Protein: Make sure you add protein to your diet as protein helps in muscle building. It also makes you fuller so that you eat less. Include foods such as eggs, chicken and fish to your diet.
  9. Exercise: Exercise on a regular basis. This increases the secretion of endorphins in your body which improve your wellbeing and promote happiness. It will help you sleep better and reduce your craving to eat unhealthy foods.
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Kathal Ke Fayde In Hindi - कटहल के फायदे और नुकसान

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Kathal Ke Fayde In Hindi - कटहल के फायदे और नुकसान

कटहल आकार में सबसे बड़ा फल माना जाता है. कच्चे कटहल से अचार या सब्जी बनाया जाता है. वहीँ पकने पर इसमें से निकलने वाले कोवा को लोग इसे चाव से खाते हैं क्योंकि ये स्वाद में मीठा होता है. इसके बीज बड़े पैमाने पर स्टार्च और प्रोटीन से बने होते हैं. यह फल एशियाई देशों में लोकप्रिय है और ज्यादातर गर्मियों के दौरान होता है. फल के बाहरी सतह पर छोटे-छोटे काँटे होते हैं हलांकि ये कम चुभने वाले होते हैं. पके हुए कटहल के बीजों को भी खाया जाता है. इसमें विटामिन ए, सी और बी 6, कैल्शियम, पोटेशियम, लोहा, फोलिक एसिड, थायामिन, रिबोफ़्लविन, नियासिन और मैग्नीशियम जैसे कई महत्वपूर्ण पोषक तत्व पाए जाते हैं. इसके अलावा ये आहार फाइबर में भी समृद्ध है और इसमें कैल्विन, एक्सथिन, ल्यूतिन और क्रिप्टोक्सैथिन जैसे फ्लवोनॉइड पिगमेंट्स की एक महत्वपूर्ण मात्रा है. आइए इसके फायदे और नुकसान को विस्तार से जानें.

1. दृष्टि में सुधार
कटहल में मौजूद विटामिन ए आंखों के लिए एक जरुरी पोषक तत्व है. यह सुधार करके मोतियाबिंद, रतौंधी, धब्बेदार अध: पतन आदि को रोकने में मदद करता है. विटामिन ए श्लेष्म झिल्ली को भी मजबूत करने में मदद करता है. कटहल में विटामिन सी स्वस्थ केशिका को बढ़ावा देता है और रेटिना कोशिकाओं के उचित कार्य को बनाए रखने में मदद करता है. इसमें ल्यूटिन और ज़ेक्सैथीन भी शामिल हैं जो आंखों के लिए अच्छे हैं.
2. ब्लड प्रेशर को नियंत्रित
इसकी विटामिन सी सामग्री मुक्त कणों के हानिकारक प्रभावों को दूर करके हृदय रोग के जोखिम को कम करती है. इसके अलावा इसकी पोटेशियम सामग्री शरीर में सोडियम स्तर को नियंत्रित करके रक्तचाप को नियमित करती है. उच्च सोडियम रक्तचाप में वृद्धि कर सकता है. पोटेशियम भी हृदय की मांसपेशियों को मजबूत और नियंत्रित करने में मदद करता है.
3. प्रतिरक्षा प्रणाली को मजबूत
ये सफेद रक्त कोशिकाओं के कार्य का समर्थन करके आपकी प्रतिरक्षा को बढ़ावा देता है. यह एंटीऑक्सिडेंट भी शरीर में मुक्त कणों को निष्क्रिय करने में मदद करता है. यह सामान्य बीमारियों को रोकने में मदद करता है जैसे कि खांसी, सर्दी और फ्लू.
4. बचाएँ कब्ज से
कटहल में मौजूद आहार फाइबर आपके मल को नरम बनाता है. इससे आँतो के कार्यों को नियंत्रित करने और कब्ज को रोकने में मदद मिलती है. कटहल, पाचन तंत्र को साफ रखने में मदद करता है और आंतों में अपशिष्ट उत्पादों के निर्माण को रोकता है.
5. त्वचा स्वास्थ्य के लिए
इसके एंटीऑक्सीडेंट गुण उच्च-आक्सीकारक तनाव और प्रदूषण के कारण मुक्त-कणों की क्षति को रोकते हैं. बदले में यह उम्र बढ़ने की प्रक्रिया को धीमा कर देते हैं जिससे झुर्रियां, फाइन लाइन्स और सूखेपन की उपस्थिति कम हो जाती है. इसके अलावा, यह उच्च मात्रा में पानी की वजह से त्वचा की नमी को बनाए रखता है.
6. लोहे की कमी को पूरा
इसमें लोहा भरपूर मात्रा में पाया जाता है जो लाल रक्त कोशिकाओं के उत्पादन को बढ़ाता है. इसकी उच्च विटामिन सी सामग्री शरीर में लोहे का अवशोषण भी सुधारती है. अन्य खनिज जैसे तांबे और मैग्नीशियम रक्त की गुणवत्ता में सुधार करने में मदद करते हैं. पोषण प्रदान करने के अतिरिक्त, यह रक्त की आपूर्ति को पूरे शरीर में ऑक्सीजन के द्वारा पूरी करने में मदद करता है.
7. कैंसर के जोखिम को कम
कटहल कैंसर से लड़ने वाले फ़िटेन्यूमेंट्स और एंटीऑक्सिडेंट्स में समृद्ध है. यह कुछ कैंसर जैसे मौखिक, कोलन और त्वचा कैंसर के विकास को रोकने में मदद कर सकता है. इसमें मौजूद विटामिन सी मुक्त कण को ख़त्म करता है. ये कैंसर का कारण बन सकते हैं. इसमें विटामिन के, मैंगनीज और आहार फाइबर भी शामिल हैं.
8. बढ़ाएँ शरीर का ऊर्जा स्तर
कटहल में मौजूद फ्रक्टोज और सुक्रोज़ जैसे सरल शर्करा शामिल हैं जो रक्त में शर्करा के स्तर को प्रभावित किए बिना आपके शरीर में त्वरित ऊर्जा को प्रोत्साहित करते हैं. इसकी ख़ास बात ये है कि इसमें संतृप्त वसा या कोलेस्ट्रॉल शामिल नहीं है. यह तेजी से कैलोरी को बर्न करने में मदद करता है.
9. हड्डियों को मजबूत
कटहल मैग्नीशियम से समृद्ध है. ये एक ऐसा पोषक तत्व है जो कैल्शियम के अवशोषण में मदद करता है. मैग्नीशियम और कैल्शियम हड्डियों को मजबूत करने के लिए एक साथ काम करते हैं. ये ऑस्टियोपोरोसिस जैसी बीमारियों को रोकते हैं.
10. थायराइड से निपटने में मदद
कटहल में मौजूद तांबा थायराइड के चयापचय में मुख्य रूप से भूमिका निभाता है, मुख्य रूप से हार्मोन उत्पादन और अवशोषण में. ये हाइपोथायरायडिज्म से निपटने में मदद करता है, क्योंकि इसमें विटामिन बी शामिल हैं. विटामिन बी भी स्वस्थ थायराइड कार्यों के लिए महत्वपूर्ण हैं और विकार के लक्षणों को कम करने में मदद कर सकते हैं.

कटहल के नुकसान

  • गर्भवती और स्तनपान कराने वाली महिलाओं को कटहल का सेवन नहीं करना चाहिए.
  • अधिक मात्रा में कटहल का सेवन अपच और अन्य पेट की समस्याओं का कारण बन सकता है.
  • जो लोग वात की समस्या से पीड़ित है उनको इसके सेवन से बचना चाहिए.
  • कटहल के बाद पान का सेवन ना करें क्योंकि इससे पेट फुल जाता है.
  • पका हुआ कटहल कफवर्धक है इसलिए सर्दी-जुकाम, खांसी आदि रोगों से प्रभावित व्यक्तियों को इसका सेवन नहीं करना चाहिए.
     

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Midnight Cravings For Snacks - Are There Ways To Curb It?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Midnight Cravings For Snacks - Are There Ways To Curb It?

Midnight snack craving is basically a craving for food when you wake up in the middle of the night. Midnight cravings can lead to weight gain if you binge eat on a regular basis. It is important that you accept the situation and take steps to rectify it.

A majority of the foods that you consume are mostly empty calories such as cookies and sugar based food. If you don't control these cravings, then it may lead to tremendous weight gain. Here are a few tips to control your midnight snack craving -

  1. Eat your Dinner Properly: It is important that you eat a well-balanced dinner that consists of carbohydrates, protein and fats. If you don't eat a proper dinner, then the chances of eating later and subsequent binge eating go up drastically.
  2. Include Fiber: Add fiber to your diet as fiber helps you in feeling full. Eat fiber rich foods such as beans, lentils and broccoli which promote a feeling of satiety.
  3. Green Tea: Drink a cup of green tea after eating as it will help you sleep better.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Make sure that you are properly hydrated as it will prevent food cravings. Dehydration may also lead to other health complication such as skin problems.
  5. Consume Yoghurt: Consume portions of yoghurt as it contains probiotic bacteria that help in keeping your digestive system healthy. It also promotes a feeling of satiety as it contains protein.
  6. Plan an Activity: Don't immediately go to bed after dinner, instead go for a walk or play with your pet. Make sure that you spend some time after dinner prior to retiring for bed.
  7. Eat Healthy: If you do have cravings then go for healthy choices such as eating salads and fruits. Focus on foods such as cucumber, jackfruits and apples.
  8. Protein: Make sure you add protein to your diet as protein helps in muscle building. It also makes you fuller so that you eat less. Include foods such as eggs, chicken and fish to your diet.
  9. Exercise: Exercise on a regular basis. This increases the secretion of endorphins in your body which improve your wellbeing and promote happiness. It will help you sleep better and reduce your craving to eat unhealthy foods.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Health Benefits Of Jackfruit Seeds

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 97% (15564 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Health Benefits Of Jackfruit Seeds

Benefits of jackfruit seeds:

1. Fights wrinkles

In order to avoid wrinkles on your skin take a seed of jackfruit and grind it smoothly in cold milk for some time. Apply this paste on your face regularly to keep fine lines away. This is one of the chief benefits of jackfruit seeds and is bound to give your skin a boost of youth. Jackfruit seeds are also great for your skin’s texture. Soak the seeds with some milk and honey and grind it into a fine paste. Apply this on your face evenly and let it dry completely. Wash off with lukewarm water.
2. Helps in curing mental stress and skin diseases

Since jackfruit seeds are high in proteins and other micronutrients, they help in managing mental stress levels and various other skin diseases. Consume jackfruit seeds to keep the skin moisture levels high and your hair in good condition.

3. Prevents anaemia

Eating jackfruit seeds can give your daily nutrition an iron boost. Jackfruit seeds are a great source of iron which is a component of hemoglobin. A diet which is rich in iron eliminates the risk of anemia and other blood disorders. Iron also keeps the brain and heart healthy and strong

4. Healthy hair and good eyesight

Jackfruit seeds help in maintaining good eyesight as they contain vitamin a. Vitamin a is one of the most important nutrients for eye health and a diet rich in this vitamin helps keep night blindness at bay. Vitamin a also promotes healthy hair and prevents brittle hair.

5. Prevents indigestion

The powdered jackfruit seeds are known to give instant relief from indigestion. Sun dry the seeds first and then grind them to a powder. Store this powder for a quick, homemade remedy for indigestion. You can also consume jackfruit seeds directly for constipation as it is a rich source of dietary fiber.

6. Builds muscles

Jackfruit seeds comprise high quality proteins which aids in building muscles. The proteins we get from jackfruits is free from cholesterol.

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Health Benefits Of Jackfruit Seeds!

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 97% (15564 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Health Benefits Of Jackfruit Seeds!

Health benefits of jackfruit seeds

1. Fights wrinkles

In order to avoid wrinkles on your skin take a seed of jackfruit and grind it smoothly in cold milk for some time. Apply this paste on your face regularly to keep fine lines away. This is one of the chief benefits of jackfruit seeds and is bound to give your skin a boost of youth. Jackfruit seeds are also great for your skin’s texture. Soak the seeds with some milk and honey and grind it into a fine paste. Apply this on your face evenly and let it dry completely. Wash off with lukewarm water.

2. Helps in curing mental stress and skin diseases

Since jackfruit seeds are high in proteins and other micronutrients, they help in managing mental stress levels and various other skin diseases. Consume jackfruit seeds to keep the skin moisture levels high and your hair in good condition.

3. Prevents anaemia

Eating jackfruit seeds can give your daily nutrition an iron boost. Jackfruit seeds are a great source of iron which is a component of hemoglobin. A diet which is rich in iron eliminates the risk of anemia and other blood disorders. Iron also keeps the brain and heart healthy and strong

4. Healthy hair and good eyesight

Jackfruit seeds help in maintaining good eyesight as they contain vitamin a. Vitamin a is one of the most important nutrients for eye health and a diet rich in this vitamin helps keep night blindness at bay. Vitamin a also promotes healthy hair and prevents brittle hair.

5. Prevents indigestion

The powdered jackfruit seeds are known to give instant relief from indigestion. Sun dry the seeds first and then grind them to a powder. Store this powder for a quick, homemade remedy for indigestion. You can also consume jackfruit seeds directly for constipation as it is a rich source of dietary fiber.

6. Builds muscles

Jackfruit seeds comprise high quality proteins which aids in building muscles. The proteins we get from jackfruits is free from cholesterol.

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Jackfruit Myths Busted!

M.Sc Dietetics and Food Service Management, B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hubli-Dharwad
Jackfruit Myths Busted!
  1. Eating jackfruit puts an extra calories and extra weight.
  2. If there is such question in your mind then you should clear your doubt because eating jackfruit is much healthy.
  3. The flesh of fruit and even its seeds tends to be delicious and healthy.
  4. They are rich source of nutrients that are required to maintain healthy skin and even cardiovascular system.
  5. Jackfruit is rich in vitamins and minerals.
  6. Vitamin b6 content in jackfruit fulfills about 25% of our daily requirement.
  7. The fat content of jackfruit is very low at just about 0.64 grams.
  8. Though water is not a nutrient, it is important to mention that jackfruit is made up 80% of water.

 

  1. Jackfruit contains a high amount of carbohydrate and calorie that provides energy instantly.
  2. It is rich in antioxidants that protect from cancer, aging and degenerative disease. 
  3. Due to rich antioxidants, it is good for eyesight and protect from conditions like cataract and macular degeneration. 
  4. It is a good source of potassium that maintains fluid and electrolyte level in balance. Also, it improves bone and skin health.
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Zero Calorie Foods

INSTITUTE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES
Ayurveda, Delhi

Zero calory foods

Carbohydrate and calorie content of these vegetables are neglidgible and they may be used in any quantity. ( But watch out for visible and added fats like oil , ghee, butter or cream added during preparation of these items)

 

Leafy Vegetables

Other Vegetables

Amaranth ( Chaulai)

Ash gourd

Bathua

Bitter gourd ( Karela)

Brussel Sprouts

Brinjal

Cabbage

Cucumber

Celery

Cauliflower

Coriander leaves ( Dhania)

Cho-cho

Curry leaves ( kada patta)

Drumstick

Fenugreek leaves ( methi saag)

French beans

Lettuce ( salaad)

Knoll-khol

Mint ( pudina)

Lady’s fingers

Rape leaves ( Sarson)

Mango green

Spinach ( Palak)

Onion stalks

Soya leaves

Parwal

 

Plantain flower

 

Pumpkin

 

Radish

 

Rhubarb stalks

 

Snake gourd ( Tori)

 

Tinda

 

Turnip ( shalgam)

Vegetable Exchange

 

Vegetables

Quantity (gms)

Carbohydrate gms

calories

k Cal

Root Vegetables

 

 

 

Beetroot

75

10

50

Carrot

105

10

50

Colocasia

45

10

50

Onion ( big)

90

10

50

Onion (small)

75

10

50

Potato

45

10

50

Sweet potato

30

10

50

Tapioca

30

10

50

Yam (elephant)

60

10

50

Yam

45

10

50

Other Vegetables

 

 

 

Artichoke

60

10

50

Broad Beans

90

10

50

Cluster Beans

90

10

50

Double Beans

50

10

50

Jack tender ( kathal)

105

10

50

Jackfruit seeds

30

10

50

Peas

45

10

50

Plantain green

75

10

50

Water chestnut (Singhara)

45

10

50

 

 

 

Fruit Exchange

 

Fruits

Quantity (gms)

Number or size

Carbohydrate gms

calories

k Cal

Amla

90

20 medium

10

50

Apple

75

1 small

10

50

Banana

30

¼ medium

10

50

Cape gooseberry ( rasbhari)

150

40 small

10

50

Cashew fruit

90

2 small

10

50

Custard apple ( Sharifa)

50

¼

10

50

Dates

30

3

10

50

Figs

135

6 medium

10

50

Grapes

105

20

10

50

Grape fruit

150

½

10

50

Guava

100

1 medium

10

50

Jackfruit

60

3 medium pieces

10

50

Jambu fruits

50

10 big

10

50

Lemon or lime

90

1 medium

10

50

Loquat

105

6 big

10

50

Mango

70

1 small

10

50

Melon

270

¼ medium

10

50

Orange

90

1 small

10

50

Papaya

120

2 medium

10

50

Peach

135

1 medium

10

50

Pear

90

1 medium

10

50

Pineapple

90

1 ½ slice round

10

50

Plum

120

4 medium

10

50

Pomegranate ( Anaar)

75

1 small

10

50

Sapota

50

One

10

50

Strawberry

105

40 small

10

50

Sweet Lime ( Mosambi)

150

1 medium

10

50

Tomato

240

4 medium

10

50

Watermelon

175

¼ small

10

50

Many vegetables that are high in water and fiber content end up being "free" or "almost free." So if you're in the mood for something with crunch, think about these "free" options ("Free" foods, eaten in reasonable quantities, don't have to be journaled; if you like, journal 1 cup of these veggies as 1/2 cup vegetables without added fat):

  • 2 large celery stalks = 13 calories, 1.2 grams fiber
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce = 18 calories, 1.4 grams fiber
  • 1/2 cucumber = 20 calories, 1 gram fiber
  • 1 medium tomato = 25 calories, 1.3 grams fiber
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas = 30 calories, 3.4 grams fiber
  • 1 carrot = 30 calories, 2 grams fiber
  • 1 cup jicama sticks = 45 calories, 6 grams fiber
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Good Fat and Not Fat Free - Is What You Should Go For!

PG Diploma Nutrition & Dietetics, B.Sc - Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Good Fat and Not Fat Free - Is What You Should Go For!

Dieting vs Fad Dieting: How can you spot the Fad?

When it comes to health foods, the craze these days are the low-fat foods or the diet foods - This craze is more of a fad. A fad that unfortunately, most of us are following. However, it is important that we understand that if the goal is to lose weight or stay fit - 'fat-free' isn't a magic wand! The health food market is full of a variety of restricted fat versions of foods. There is a variety of 'fat-free', 'low-fat', 'light' and 'reduced-fat' products available.

Let's understand what these terms actually mean.

  • 'Fat-free' foods have less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving.
  • 'Low-fat' foods have 3 grams of fat or less per serving.
  • 'Reduced-fat' foods have at least 25% less fat than regular versions of those foods.
  • 'Light' foods have either 1/3 fewer calories or 50% less fat.

The real issue with the 'actual' fat-free foods is that they are tasteless. To make up for that, food industries pour ingredients which enhance the flavor - especially sugar, refined flour, thickeners, salt and other additives. That actually adds calories, chemicals, and stabilizers which make the food ironically much less healthy than its 'with fat' version!
If the foods are not very appealing, they are less satisfying. However, if it comes as a healthy version, you can eat it guilt free and maybe eat a lot more of it.

The right thought is to think good fat, not fat-free! Follow these rules for the right fat intake.

  1. When it comes to health, the type of fat you eat is more important than the amount of fat you eat. It is recommended to keep the amount of fat in your diet down to about 30% of the total calorie intake.
  2. Don't include saturated fats, which are found in animal products (beef, pork, butter, and other full-fat dairy products), or artificial trans fats, found in partially hydrogenated oils, Dalda or vanaspati.
  3. Choose lean cuts of meat and fish, and low-fat dairy products, and eliminate trans fats from your diet as much as possible.
  4. Chose pure ghee, nuts, dairy, fatty fish, fruits like avocado or jackfruit in your diet.
  5. Avoid packeted, convenience and processed foods.

Tips for buying fat free foods

You do not have to completely miss total miss the fat-free foods, but pick them with the right knowledge! Here are the guidelines for the same:

  1. Read the food labels: Before buying a fat-free food, make sure the product isn't loaded with sugar or additives, and that it's actually lower in calories than the regular version. Also, check the serving size.
  2. Watch your servings: Sometimes it's better to eat one serving of more satisfying whole-fat food and avoid the extra calories and sugar in the low-fat version. So, having a few pieces of regular fried chips is way better than indulging in a bag full of the so-called baked chips.
  3. Eat more vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains: These give you nutrients and fiber to keep you feeling full for longer, and they typically have fewer calories. They're also naturally low in fat. Eg: A baked potato is a better choice than 'baked' potato chips. The whole potato has more nutrients, more fiber, and fewer calories. Wheat cracks or daliya, vegetables, and fruit also have soluble fiber, which helps the body lower blood cholesterol. Your diet should have variety and be based on whole foods. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dietitian-nutritionist.
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