Life is Precious – Strictly Avoid Hidden MSG in the Food Stuffs

Monosodium Glutamate is generally known as Ajinomoto. It is a white crystalline sodium salt and is the main ingredient for enhancing flavour in the Chinese cuisine and finally, it has been moved from Chinese food to the Indian kitchen. No doubt its addition increases the taste in many foods, but, its regular consumption can be very harmful for human health, especially for growing children and pregnant women as they are more prone to this chemical ingredient.  MSG-rich food items increase the glutamate levels in the blood by 8-10 times on consumption. It is an excitatory neurotransmitter that over stimulates the nerve cells. Further, high and regular intake of this chemical disturbs the balance of the neurotransmitter which is responsible for adverse effects on the body. People use this in making several recipes for enhancing taste and getting higher profits because it is a cheaper ingredient and also it is easily available in the market. MSG stimulates the pancreas gland that produces insulin even when the sugar level is in range. This extra insulin content causes a decrease in the blood sugar level due to which one can feel hungry and leads to overeating and obesity. That is why MSG is a known silent killer because it shows its effects with the expense of time. It is used in processing of several food items like ready to eat food packets, dehydrated soup packets, dehydrated gravy packets, instant noodles and cup noodles, preserved fish, all types of sausages, tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, potato wafers, soya sauce, all canned and preserved food items along with all fast food items, mainly Chinese. So, ultimately such types of food stuffs should be completely avoided and it is suggested to prepare these dishes at home without using dangerous MSG and say no to Ajinomoto.

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Harmful side effects caused by consuming Ajinomoto rich food stuffs-

  1. Headache is a common side effect due to MSG which can be turned into a migraine and that can be severe.
  2. It causes shortage of water in the body due to which oedema (swelling in the body) and skin irritation may occur.
  3. It also affects the functioning of the heart and respiratory tract. It increases the problems like acidity and burning sensation of stomach.
  4. It is also triggered the onset of stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  5. It weakens the muscles of knee and leg by reducing the calcium levels in the body.
  6. Burning sensation is quite normal by its regular consumption.
  7. MSG is a neurotransmitter which stimulates the nerves and leads to an unhealthy body.
  8. Due to regular consumption of MSG in the diet, it causes irregular heartbeat, cardiac arrest, chest pain and much more.
  9. MSG should be strictly avoided in the pregnancy because it causes miscarriage and finally infertility.
  10. It is also responsible for several health problems such as blood pressure, thyroid, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and obesity.
  11. This ingredient can also be the reason for causing excessive sweating, nausea, dizziness, weakness, damage to the retina of eye and ultimately leads to cancer.

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What is Organic Food- Let’s take a Look

Now a days organic food is gaining popularity among the consumers. The term organic means the agricultural crops should grow without using chemical pesticides, bioengineered genes, and petroleum and sewage sludge waste fertilizers. Organic produce grown with the natural fertilizers such as manure and compost, crop rotation method is used for controlling weeds or unwanted plants and moreover, pests, insects and rodents are controlled using natural methods like birds, insects, traps and naturally produced pesticides. On the contrary, to those conventionally grown agricultural produce only grown with chemical fertilizers, weeds and pests are controlled by chemical herbicides and insecticides.

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Further, organic animal products mean, animals should only feed organic, i.e. animals may not be provided antibiotics, growth hormones or any other animal by-products. The disease can be prevented by using natural methods like cleaning the surrounding atmosphere, healthy and balanced diet. Whereas, for conventionally produced animal produces, growth hormones are given to the livestock for fast growth and antibiotics and medicines are used to given for treating the animal.

Besides, these differences there are several health benefits of organic food.

  1. Organic food consists of fewer pesticides and much more nutrients than conventionally grown food.
  2. Organic food has long shelf-life, fresh and full of organic flavours as this type of food contains no preservatives that accelerate its shelf-life.
  3. Organic farming is good for atmosphere because the agricultural practices used in the farming decrease pollution, conserve water, soil, increase fertility of soil, and consume less energy.
  4. Organic farming is also good for nearby animal, birds and humans.

As far as monetary benefits are concerned organic food is more expensive than the conventional grown food because as the farmers are not using the chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that is why more man power is required at the farm level and also the organic feed used for the animals is also expensive. On regular consumption of conventionally grown food, pesticide residues accumulated into the human body and exposed people are prone to several health issues like headache, autism, behavioural disorders, hormonal imbalance, birth defects, weak immunity, and different kinds of cancers.

We cannot get rid of the traces of pesticides because washing of the agricultural produce only reduces the pesticide residue but does not eliminate. The best solution is to buy and consume organic food when possible as its cost falls within the budget.

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Microwaved Food is NOT Good –Don’t expose yourself

Microwaves are the high-frequency radio waves mainly used for broadcasting TV, radar for air, sea navigational aids, signals for telecommunications, processing of medicines and cooking food. Like light waves, microwaves are reflected and readily absorbed by the materials that contain moisture, such as foods and liquids, water molecules are bipolar in nature i.e. having positive as well as negative end. In Microwave oven, microwaves are produced in a magnetron, which is a tube that creating an electromagnetic field with 2450 MHz frequency and causes dielectric heating. In the presence of an electric field water molecules rotate rapidly like millions of times per second, creates molecular friction which is responsible for heating up the food. According to manufacturer’s guidelines, microwave ovens are convenient to use and considered safe for heating and cooking foods, but some precautions to be taken while using in order to reduce exposure of high-frequency radio waves. Microwave oven is a cabinet that contained microwave when this cabinet is switched on and the door is closed. As recommended by the international standards this cabinet should be in good condition and leak proof to the microwaves. Microwave users should follow the instructions given, like the door shuts properly, proper functioning of safety device. Its function is to check the leakage of microwaves from being produced when the door is open. If there is any damage to the outer case of the oven, it should not be used further until it has been repaired by a professional service engineer.

Microwaved food is NOT Good

Low blood pressure, slow pulse rate, stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, headache, dizziness, eye pain, cataract, hair loss, sleeplessness, weakened immune system, and infertility are the main symptoms of Microwave sickness.

  1. Reheating the food in the microwave can destroy the essential nutrients and converts the plate of food into the “dead food” because of dielectric heating of microwaves.  The rotation of water molecules present in food creates molecular friction and start heating the food due to high frequencies in the microwave.
  2. Microwaving also changes the nutritional composition of the food, even at low-temperature heating. Different foods like raw beef, pork and milk lost 30-40% vitamin B-12 during microwave heating.
  3. Carcinogenic substances such as BPA, benzene, toluene and xylene are produced, when the heated foods are wrapped in the plastic materials that are being absorbed by the human body while consuming food.
  4. On consuming microwaved milk and recipes, blood changes its composition like, reduction in red blood cells (RBC), increase in white blood cells and total cholesterol level, which affects the functioning of the heart, experiencing chest pain due to irregular heart beat.
  5. Microwave cooking reduces the bio-availability of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, and other essential nutrients. It also degraded the quality of meat, vegetables as well as frozen fruits and responsible for the production of carcinogenic chemicals thereby reduces the nutritional content.
  6. Packaging material of microwavable foods like pizzas, chips and popcorn has also released several carcinogenic toxic chemicals into the food. These toxic chemicals included polyethylene terpthalate (PET), dioxin, BPA etc.

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Irreparable damage due to Fruits and Vegetables

 A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is greatly recommended for a balanced diet as they widely provide vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals such as antioxidants and other vital nutrients. Further, these are the best source of dietary fibers. People who used to consume fresh fruits and vegetables regularly in their diet have a reduced risk of severe diseases. As the nutrients present in these horticultural commodities are very important for the maintenance of various body functions, these may reduce the risk of heart stroke, cancer and diabetes. In the market fruits and vegetables look so, fresh, shiny and glowing that leads to temptation and so, consumers are bound to purchase these products even on higher rates without knowing the toxic effects.

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Now a days Indian farmers are commonly used to inject oxytocin, a hormone into the unripe fruits and vegetables to accelerates the growth and ripening process in horticultural commodities. These contaminated fruits and vegetables consists of toxic ingredients are now ready for sale. Oxytocin has been greatly used to expedite the growth of plant since 1992. It is a considered as a Schedule-H drug which means that these drugs cannot be purchased without the prescription of any prescribed doctor.

Government of India has banned its use on animals and plants, but despite the ban on sales of this hormonal injection in India, it is easily available in the market of seeds, pesticides and fertilizers at very low price. This hormone acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and medically it is used in case of pregnant women to induce labor, control bleeding after childbirth and also helps in the stimulate the process of lactation in the mother. Farmers widely injected these hazardous chemical ingredients into the horticultural products such as pumpkin, brinjal, members of the gourd family, cucumber and watermelon in order to increase tremendous growth of premature fruits and vegetables, but, it is very difficult by a layman to identify such type of commodities that have been grown with oxytocin. However, its consumption immediately does not cause any ill effects, but in the long run the chemical contamination causes problems like disorders related to nerves, nervous system, eyes, respiratory system and other vital organs of the body. This illegal action has to be stopped immediately by planning secret raids in the fruit and vegetable markets and also instructions should be given about the negative effects of these poisoned commodities.

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Profit makers are ready to poison people at any cost

Due to several health benefits, milk is considered as a complete food that contains all the vital nutrients. Earlier, every person drinks the purest milk and so, extracts many nutrients from the milk. But, we cannot get the essential nutrients from the contaminated milk, whereas, drinking of pure milk is just like a dream now a day’s. Milk is lacking so many healthy nutrients and further some more nutrients are also eliminated during the processing methods in the milk dairies. Moreover, dairy cows are injected with a chemical named oxytocin, a hormone that used to increases the production of milk in cattle. Oxytocin or Pitocin injections are given to the pregnant women for inducing artificial labor, but commercially oxytocin injections are used over the cattle, two times in a day, in tabelas. After injecting the chemical hormone, the stored milk in the udder of the animal released, and giving extra liters of milk. This hormone contracts the uterus of animal causes severe pain each and every time when it is injected into the cattle’s body and its prolonged use causes neurological problems, difficulty in conception that may lead to infertility and with regular use, the cattle loses the control over udder which gets inflamed and infected with the pus and reduces the life expectancy. However, the government of India has banned the use of oxytocin injection on animals because of its several negative health issues under section 12 of Food and Drug Adulteration Act, 1960 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act. But the rules and regulations exist only on the papers because the milkmen, villagers, and farmers do not follow the regulations and still grabbing the profit by getting the injections from the chemist’s shops without any prescriptions of veterinary doctor and it is quite miserable in India. The injected oxytocin reaches into the human body through the consumption of milk and causes several side effects in men, women and children, such as- Early puberty in girls, Gynecomastia (female-like features in male), Hormonal imbalance in children, cardiovascular problems, including cardiac arrhythmia, increased or decreased blood pressure, premature ventricular contraction etc., irregular monthly cycle in girls and women, loss of vision, renal diseases, memory loss, breast cancer and also impotency in males.

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Milk dairies do not perform this test, however; boiling before consumption is the best option in order to reduce the traces of oxytocin. To minimize the negative effects of oxytocin boiling of even pasteurized milk is recommended.

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Fight against milk Adulteration

Adulteration of milk is a serious problem due to which the whole population is in a great danger. The Indian population is increasing day by day and simultaneously the farmers are leaving the profession of farming milk animals from the same rate. Then where do we get our demand fulfilled. At this stage, profit maker invented the various adulteration techniques to fulfill the need of the innocent people. Further, the milk products made from the adulterated milk are even much more dangerous.

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Addition, mixing, substitution of cheap and unwanted toxic ingredients to the food is called as food adulteration. This addition may be intentional or unintentional to increase the profits. Earlier, to increase profits water is one of the common adulterant used in case of milk, but, consumers immediately trace out its presence, as the addition of water changes the taste of milk, further, the formation of layers of cream over the milk after boiling is also reduced. Consumers also check the presence of water by conducting the drop test. To avoid catching, the profit makers start adulteration of some cheap substances such as, formalin, urea, starch, neutralizers, detergents, sodium chloride, skim milk powder, sucrose, glucose/dextrose, hydrogen peroxide and refined oil to the watered milk to develop the proper thickness, taste, missing fats, density, and viscosity.

According to some reports, detergents found in the tested milk samples of a famous brand and now it is very important to know about the milk (a super food) that we are consuming and giving to our children in the hope of their proper growth and development. Detergents are responsible for food poisoning along with gastrointestinal complications and all the synthetic chemical ingredients disturb the functioning of different vital organs of the body by causing cardiovascular problems cancer and even death.

Collected milk and milk samples from various places loaded with different proportions of adulterants that can be detrimental to the human health; furthermore, a governing body should be regular checking the milk and milk products for the estimation of these toxic adulterants. Now it is the right time to make stronger law and to take a strong and serious action against the adulteration of milk. Awareness should also bring to the innocent consumers by providing the information regarding the analysis of milk and the hazardous effects of these harmful chemicals as milk and milk products play an important role in Indian cuisine.

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Is it safe for consuming pasteurized milk without boiling?

Milk is considered as a powerhouse of the vital nutrients. Its regular consumption plays an important role in the overall growth and development of healthy bones and teeth in the human body. Raw milk carries several harmful bacteria responsible for food borne illnesses like diarrhea, vomiting, stomach infection, kidney failure, paralysis attack and much more. The symptoms can be different, from person to person, that totally depends upon the type and strain of microorganisms, the amount of contamination and weakened immune systems. Infants, kids, weak peoples, old age people are more susceptible to the food borne illnesses and they even can die due to the consumption of raw milk contaminated with Brucella, Campylobacter, Listeria, Mycobacterium Bovis, Salmonella, E. coli, Shigella, Streptococcus pyogenes, Yersinia enterocolitica and much more.

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That’s why maximum people used to consume boiled milk because boiling destroys bacteria along with other organisms and it also increases the shelf life of milk. Boiling of milk does not eliminate all the microorganisms but is an effective and important way of killing the spores of microorganisms. However, some nutrients are also lost during boiling of milk, especially B group of vitamins (water soluble). So, it is recommended, not to boil the milk at very high temperature for a prolonged period of time.

Pasteurization is a process that destroys the harmful microorganisms by heating milk at a temperature of 72 ̊C for 15 seconds. Pasteurization was first discovered by the French scientist Louis Pasteur in 1864, pasteurization destroys the harmful organisms responsible for the illnesses such as listeriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and brucellosis. So, it is unsafe for consuming unpasteurized milk, cream and other dairy products like ice-cream, puddings, yogurt, soft and hard cheese made from pasteurized milk, therefore, it is better to ask from the grocer or storekeeper about the pasteurized products.

According to some research, there is no difference in the nutritional values of pasteurized and unpasteurized milk. Pasteurized milk is not the ‘sterilize milk’; hence, there are some of the chances of survival of temperature resistant bacteria and their spores. Pasteurized milk needs the temperature of 4 ̊C for maintaining the cold chain facility storage, which assures the milk is fit for consumption until it reaches to the consumer. If the temperature raises greater than 5 or 6 ̊C, the further growth of the bacterial spores would start that reduces the shelf life of the pasteurized milk. So, it is necessary to maintain the low-temperature storage facility and further, it is also advisable to boil the milk and refrigerate it immediately for the reduction in the growth of bacterial spores in order to extend the shelf life.

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Silver coated sweets- May contain toxic Aluminium

Silver foil also known as Chandi varak, are the edible silver leaves with no flavour and are used for garnishing the sweets in South Asian cuisine. It is generally used in India for decorating sweets, confectionery, desserts, and dry fruits like almonds, cashew nuts, and dates. In the market, cardamom- coated sweets are also commonly available. These leaves are not specific to the Indian cuisine, but Japan and European countries are also used this precious metal leaf to garnish food, and as an additive in special drinks. Varak is made of pure metal such as silver for silver foil and sometimes gold is used to prepare gold foil. For the preparation of varak, intestines of the cattle/ox are used because of its great elasticity that cannot be cut after a severe beating. It can be obtained from the slaughtering houses and further, its separation is much easier from an animal tissue than to separate from any other paper technology.

Silver coated sweets- May contain toxic Aluminium

The intestines are pulled, washed in the slaughtering houses in order to remove blood and other remains of the intestine and given to the varak manufacturers. These intestinal guts are cut into the smaller pieces, blocks of silver is placed in between the bound layers of the intestines and keep this in a bag of leather followed by sealing. This bag is then beaten, with the help of wooden sticks, until the silver block is flattening out and turned into silver foil. This foil is separated from the intestinal pack and will be placed on papers. The prepared extremely thin leaves are brittle and break into smaller pieces and get stuck to the hands. These are odourless and tasteless that is why these are used for garnishing purposes to enhance good appeal which shows a symbol of royalty and prosperity for the family. Gold and silver food leaves are certified by the European Union, as E175 and E174 additives respectively. These are safe with purity near to 100% with 0.1% standard deviation, but it is extremely difficult to check the purity and that is why the manufacturers are making ‘profit’ by compromising the quality of the leaves. India has the great market for vark but do not have any control regulations in order to check the quality of these edible ‘foils’. Several cases of ‘poor’ quality of silver and replacing of silver foil with aluminium foil have been reported. So, precaution must be taken while enjoying the silver coated sweets because consumption of these low-quality sweets causes severe illness in the body. The easiest way to check out the difference in between the two- aluminium leaves residue get stuck to the hands on wiping the top layer of the sweet.

Negative effects of consuming silver leaves:

  1. The preparation process of silver foil may leave the traces of blood and flesh on the leaves.
  2. The manufacturing process is highly unhygienic and unhealthy.
  3. There are chances of contamination are high if the leaves prepared from the infected and diseased animal.
  4. Consuming this causes throat and lung problems, stomach pain and several infections.

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You must know the hidden dangers of aluminium foil

In India almost every third house having rolls of aluminium foil in the kitchen, used for wrapping food. Aluminium is used for the preparation of aluminium foil, due to its malleable property and so, it can be easily converted into thin sheets that can be folded, rolled and packed. Aluminium foils are broadly used for packing purposes, which acts as a barrier towards the light and oxygen that is why it protects the food from being oxidized and rancid. Hence, it increases the keeping quality of the product without storing in refrigeration. Due to unaware of hidden dangers, people used aluminium foil for wrapping and cooking meat in the oven. But according to some studies, it was observed that, on cooking, heat significantly leads to leaching of aluminium from the foil into the food. Higher the temperature of cooking the greater the leaching and causes higher deposition of aluminium in the body that leads to osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, anxiety, depression, nervous system disorders, renal failure, respiratory problems, stomach ache, indigestion, etc. and it goes on increasing as the metabolic system of our body is not able to remove its accumulation from the body. Greater levels of aluminium in the body competes with the calcium by obstructing the accumulation of the calcium in bone, thus, increases the calcium level in the bloodstream, inhibits bone mineralization and resulting in osteoporosis, which weakens the bones. Therefore, aluminium foil is not found suitable for cooking and is also not good for wrapping the spicy food and citrus fruits and vegetables. On contrary to this, no leaching or migration of aluminium was observed and can be considered as safe on wrapping cold foods like bread and sandwiches.

Hidden dangers of aluminium foil

How to avoid aluminium in the kitchen:-

  1. Never use aluminium foil for cooking purposes, but use this only for wrapping and storing the cold food in the refrigerator.
  2. Use glass container for storing food as a glass is non-reactive material.
  3. Don’t pack citrus fruits and vegetables along with acidic and spicy food as leaching is observed more in these types of foods.
  4. Pack only cold foods such as bread, sandwiches.
  5. Don’t use aluminium utensils for cooking, whereas, go for stainless utensils.

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Beware- Your paper slip receipt can be Toxic!

It has been proved by the researchers of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Aurangabad) that paper slip receipt rolled out by the ATM, Shopping Malls, Petrol Pumps, Bus Tickets can cause harmful effects on human health. If this paper slip remains in our hands for more than five seconds, nearly 1microgram BPA remains absorbed by the skin and this process of absorption increases by 10 times if handled with sweaty hands. For the manufacture of paper, chemicals such as triarylmethane dye, BPA and stabilizers are used. Praveen Watke from Dr Ambedkar Marathwada University stated that thermal printers are used to print deigns on the paper and it percolate into the human body via the skin and causes adverse effects on health.

BPA is a synthetic toxic chemical used for the production of plastics and resin since 1960. It is also used inside the cover of water hoses, inner coating of bottles and airtight containers. BPA is potent endocrine disruptor, carcinogenic, neurotoxic and cardiotoxic chemical which readily enters into the skin through the pores by holding the thermal receipt paper before eating food. Its level increased in the blood causes reproductive defects in fetuses, infants, children and adults and further, it also causes breast cancer in females and testicle cancer in males, enlargement of reproductive glands that leads to infertility, diabetes, obesity and many more problems associated with metabolic and immune system.

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How you can protect yourself?

  • Avoid receipts if you don’t need them, as they often end up in the trash anyway.
  • If possible, request for an emailed receipt in place of a paper one.
  • Avoid using hand sanitizer or lotion just before purchasing food.
  • Wash hands in between touching the receipts and eating food.
  • Make a habit of proper washing of hands before eating anything no matter what.
  • Pregnant women working as a cashier should be careful.

The use of thermal paper is banned in the countries like France, New York, US, Denmark, Sweden, Mariland, Washington, Canada, Vemount, Minisota  and Maschettetus.

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