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Is Ice-Cream a Source of Dairy?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Ice-cream is one of the most favorite milk based dessert. For some it’s a reward for scoring well in exams, for some it is to celebrate a special moment and some eat it leisurely as a source of calcium. But can this dairy product contribute to your daily calcium requirements and maintain your bone strength? Let’s find out -Ice-cream is made by churning and chilling a mixture containing high-fat milk or cream, fructose or glucose-based sweeteners, usually in the form of corn syrup, and flavorings such as vanilla or chocolate. When the mixture freezes, it develops the rich, creamy consistency of ice-cream.The nutritional content of different type of ice-creams varies but in general it is an energy dense food. It mainly comprises of carbohydrates and fats. Half a cup of ice-cream contains 15-18 gms of carbohydrates and 7-10 gms of fat. Half a cup of vanilla ice-cream provides 137 calories, as compared to 1 glass of skimmed milk which has 93 calories majorly providing good quality protein.Ice-cream is a high-fat food, since it must contain greater than 10 percent milk fat to be designated ice-cream, with some products having as much as 16 percent. Milk fat is largely cholesterol, a saturated fat. When your blood cholesterol level is too high, it can build up as plaque, a fatty deposit in your arteries that interferes with blood flow and raises your risk of heart disease and stroke. Ice-cream is also high in sugar, which makes up the majority of its carbohydrate content. Consuming too much sugar may contribute to health problems such as weight gain, cavities and increased levels of blood triglycerides, another unhealthy type of fat.According to experts, foods made from milk which have little to no calcium, such as full cream milk cheese, butter, ice-cream are not considered part of the dairy group. These products contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat and if consumed on regular basis can increase risk of lifestyle diseases like heart disease, diabetes, weight gain etc. To lower your risk for high cholesterol and sugar-related problems, consume ice-cream in moderation or chose low fat substitutes. Some ice-cream substitutes like frozen desserts are marketed as a low fat low calorie product but these can be high in sugar containing as high as 40 gms of sugar. So, the rule of thumb is to eat your favorite scoop in moderation and pick healthy milk derivatives like low fat milk, low fat cottage cheese, curd and buttermilk to complete your daily calcium requirement.

Don't Scream for Ice Cream

Ms. Raminder Kaur Deshmukh, Dietitian/Nutritionist
HOW DOES THE ICE-CREAM AD MISLEAD YOU?We know that milk carries a lot of nutritional benefits. We always advise our children to have their daily glass of milk. Recently one leading manufacturer has started marketing it's ice-creams as milk (see photograph of the newspaper advert). Being a nutritionist, I could not digest the claim and did some research on my own. I found the following information about ice-creams and cow milk ( see images of comparison tables).Comparing the three main food groups( i.e. carbohydrates, proteins and fats), we can see that ice-cream comes nowhere near the goodness of milk. Also, ice-cream contains only Calcium whereas cow milk contains many more vitamins, minerals etc. and also healthy amounts of water.Carbs (in terms of sugar): ice cream contains 10.7 gm % as compared to unsugared cow milk at 4.4%. It also explains the difference in calorie content to a large extent (115 cal/100 ml in ice-cream and 67 cal/100 ml in cow milk). Definitely not a good news for weight watchers.Fat: ice-cream at 7.1 gm % ( 4.9% saturated fat) compares poorly with low fat milk at 4.1%. Bad news for all.Protein: Cow milk is definitely better as it contains 60% more protein than ice-cream (3.2 gm% vs 2 gm%).In addition, except Calcium ice-cream does not contain any other vitamin or mineral. Cow milk contains Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B and C and small amounts of Iron.Thus it appears that the Ice-cream ad is a deliberate attempt to mislead gullible health conscious people. An occasional pleasurable dessert, yes, but replacement for your daily glass of milk?

After Reading This You Will Not Have to Worry About Calories in Magnum Ice Cream!

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
The summer is here! And along with it our unrequited love for ice creams!  I think we speak for all when we say that summer won’t be summers without a little ice cream indulgence.And just to put emphasis on our point, enter the delicious magnum ice cream, with it's enticing posters which seem nothing short of a fantasy world full of beautifully carved ice creams being enjoyed by beautifully sculpted divas like Kareena Kapoor; in short the perfect vision of paradise where angels are allowed to enjoy as much sinful indulgences as they want without having to worry about the calorie explosion. But we sadly live in the real world where too much ice cream can start getting in the way of the closing of our jeans' button more than underlining the painful reminder that life is real sans the fantasy.The science of craving is such that our brain just at the site of a tempting bowl of ice cream ignites the pleasure centres creating an absolute need to have ice cream at that moment. It continually reminds us how smooth and tantalizing its taste is and how happy it made us the last time we had it. So we naturally go weak in the knees and after a bout of half-hearted reminders of how it will ruin our diet we relinquish and just sit down with our own bowl which promises to give us a lifetime of happiness and other thoughts only kick in when the damage is done. Since, it is foolish to act against the force of nature (read love), we decided to plan out your whole magnum treat. Starting from its nutritional value, calories involved to how to burn away the guilt! Leaving us with the promise of living many more memorable reunions with our beloved!Nutritional chart of the three magnums bars available:NutrientsMagnum Classic (87g= 1 bar)Magnum Almond (79g= 1 bar)Magnum Chocolate Truffle (83g= 1 bar)Calories300270340Carbohydrates26g (1g dietary +25g sugars)24g (1g dietary +22g sugars + 1g sugar alcohol)34g (2g dietary +29g sugars + 3g sugar alcohol)Fat20g18g21gProteins4g4g4gCholesterol25mg25mg20mgSodium55mg50mg50mgVitamin A4%4%4%Calcium10%10%10%Iron10%6%15%Now, how to burn the ingested 300 calories* after the moment of eternal bliss has passed and faded.Dance the calories off: That’s right! Dancing to any dance fitness program for 40 minutes will make those 300 calories fade away instantly.Do the stairs run: Just run up and down the stairs for 30 minutes and say a mental goodbye to the guilt pangs that erupted right after you finished eating.Groove to Zumba tunes: Another fun way to burn off more than 300 calories is a one hour session of zumba where you do not realize when the calories burn away as you end up having so much fun.Walk it out: A one hour session of brisk walking will make those calories evaporate off from your body leaving you refreshed.Step on the pedal: One hour of cycling at moderate speed can help you balance out the ice cream bulk and leave you glowing.Jump to happiness: Jumping rope is another effective way to cast away unwanted calories, just do this for 30 minutes and feel the elation of being an angel who never has to worry about her waist.Swim to guilt-free lands of pleasure: A one hour session of swimming can also help you burn those 300 annoying calories which got served to you without your permission.Apart from these you can always go check out more home exercises which can help get in shape and let you enjoy your magnum on the side.*the result of fat burn varies from person to person with respect to their age and weight.Even though the magnums are high in calories like every other ice cream, it also has a fair amount of essential nutrients like vitamin A, calcium and iron which help our body function well. The high carbohydrate content will help provide an instant boost of energy in a fuel deprived body but be aware if your body is not fuel deprived, this extra carbohydrates will just make room in your fat cells adding to your weight. So be careful if you are already full, gorging on one of these decadent beauties can lead to definite expansion of the waist!Another thing which stares right at us is the cholesterol level which is bound to be high as ice creams are made of whole milk and cream but remember- high cholesterol foods are usually taken by people trying to gain weight or muscle – so if you are not the one to hit the gym on a regular basis try to avoid foods which are high on cholesterol.Being mindful of the number of times you indulge can be a key solution to balancing your weight and craving, along with some exercise of course. So just remember to indulge only a calculated number of times so that the times you do end up eating it, you enjoy it to the fullest. Research shows that the more number of times you feed your craving, the higher your craving levels go. So discipline that mind of yours to maintain that body of yours!

Fairness Creams: Fact or Fiction?

Dr. Sharad Kulkarni, Ayurveda
Majority of us long for a fairer skin! Perhaps, both men and women wish for a lighter complexion.Many of us, in fact, believe that lighter skin tone is better so much so that a darker tone makes us feel inferior in public. Apparently, India is considered as one of the biggest markets for beauty products and a major product of choice is fairness creams. Sometimes, it is difficult to break this belief even for someone who is highly educated. The fact is, it is important to have a healthy and flawless skin whatever be the complexion.Fair or unfair: melanin decidesMelanin is a pigment that gives color to your skin, hair and eyes. More the melanin, the darker you are. Functionally, it is a natural sunscreen protecting the skin against the cancerous UV sunrays. The amount of melanin in your skin is majorly decided by your genetic code. Besides,environmental factors, stress levels and diet also have certain effect on the quality and color of the skin.What is in the cream?Hydroquinone: It is a very popular whitening compound found in all fairness creams. It works by inhibiting certain elements that help the skin to produce melanin. Although effective, it can produce exactly reverse effects on skin by darkening it even more when used irrationally. An expert opinion is a must before using a face cream with this ingredient.Kojic acid: Newly discovered vitamin C derivative, which is known to block some steps in melanin production.Retinoic acid: It is a vitamin A derivative, which helps to shred off the dark upper layer of skin, making way for the lower ones that may be lighter.Plant extracts: These are good adjuvants and harmless.Fairness creams are recommended to lighten the skin tone by two shades. However,many dermatologists are against its usage. They warn against the adverse effects of these fairness creams. The steroids and heavy elements of these creams may cause thinning of face skinrebound paradoxical pigmentation hypersensitivity to sunacneunwanted facial hair.What is more important?To have healthy skin, rather follow these simple steps:­ Clean your face thrice daily with fresh water.­ Apply moisturizer during day and at bedtime.­ Use sunscreen lotion and protect your skin against harmful UV rays.­ Hydrate yourself adequately; drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.­ Have food rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.Applying fairness creams is of little help and it's unchecked use has unpleasant effects on the natural skin. Underlying take-home message is that do not let the skin tone decide how you feel about yourself. Instead, be happy with whatever you have naturally and preserve it well. Ayurveda has natural tactics for skin care.

Does Your Ice Cream Hurt Your Teeth?

Dr. Poorvi Chothani Kachwala, Dentist
In most cases, teeth are sensitive because their protective outer layers—enamel over the crown, or cementum over the root—have worn away. That exposes your tooth's dentin, which is full of tiny tubes with sensitive nerve endings running through them. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), tooth sensitivity is usually triggered when eating hot or cold foods, and can be caused by:periodontal (gum) diseasetooth decay and exposure of roots at the gumlineaggressive toothbrushingwearing away of the enamel, the hard surface that protects the nerves of each tooth Try these tips for healthier, pain-free teeth:Swap Your ToothbrushBrushing can help keep your teeth healthy, but using a hard-bristled toothbrush or a highly abrasive toothpaste can aggravate sensitive teeth. Instead, swap out your usual toothbrush for a softer product, and brush your teeth gently.Avoid Acidic FoodsCertain foods, such as carbonated drinks, coffee, citrus fruits and even yogurt, can cause sensitivity. This is because acidic products can actually to the wear away of tooth enamel. Consider avoiding them altogether, and if you must have your daily soda, do so by drinking through a straw to limit the contact the liquid has with your teeth. Additionally, don't brush your teeth right after eating or drinking acidic foods; acid softens your enamel and makes your teeth even more sensitive if brushed against too quickly. Instead, have a glass of milk to help neutralize the acid.Wear a Mouth GuardDo you grind your teeth at night? If you suffer with sensitive teeth, you might, even if you don't realize it. Teeth grinding can wear away tooth enamel so they feel sore and sensitive the next day. A mouth guard can help keep you from grinding: You can get one from your dentist or find it in the oral care section of your drug store. This item acts as a protective bite piece that is placed on your teeth to protect the enamel, similar to those worn by athletes in contact sportsTooth Paste for Sensitive teethLots of tooth pastes are available in the market. But just brushing with them doesn't help.You need to apply the paste on your sensitive areas and wait for a minute, let the paste act and then brush it off.Home RemediesClove Oil can help to a certain extent to relieve pain.

Want Fair Skin? Think Twice!

Dr. Pradnya Shastri, Dermatologist
I, particularly as a dermatologist, meet  many people who ‘want to become fair’ day in and day out. My practice begins with girls who are  depressed with the notion of being ‘dark’ or  boys who are  obsessed with their ‘dark’ colour and this ends with  women tagging their children (some as small as 2 year old girls) wanting to make them fair.I ask all of them one thing:“Why do you want to become fair?”The answer is always the same:“It looks good!”I ask:“Why do you think that ‘fair’ is good?”They say (yes, all of them):“The people around me keep pointing out that I am dark and keep saying it’s good to be fair skinned.”It’s heart wrenching, annoying and frustrating for a dermatologist to listen to the woes of a ‘dark skinned individual’ in this country. These people who visit me are not only emotionally fatigued but have become their own guinea pigs! They have most probably tried every cream there is, have visited every beauty parlour there is and have temporarily ruined (at times even permanently ruined ) their skin by the time they reach us.So for all those are their own guinea pigs and who haven’t yet reached the ‘ ruined the skin stage’ and who think that they are dark... here are some things you should follow:1. Read! Read! Read!Knowing what ingredients your cream contains is very important. Your skin is the largest organ of the body. You have to be responsible towards it. Otherwise, you will end up damaging it to the extent that no dermatologist will be able to help you! We as dermatologists (I am saying this on behalf of my fraternity) relentlessly see hundreds of cases a year where the use of a cream permanently damaged the skin.So READ the ingredients section. Make it a habit!2. Know! Know! Know!Just reading the ingredients isn’t the only thing. KNOW the functioning of the ingredients. Now, most likely a question has popped in your mind, right? How do I know how the ingredients function? Precisely... it is difficult for individuals to know everything! Which is why dermatologists exist. If you do not know what the ingredients do, what you can do is take the tube of cream to a dermatologist near you. This way you know the possible side effects of the ingredients and also will know how to use them. Safety always stands first!3. Ask! Ask! Ask!Ask questions.What does the cream do?Is the company selling the cream being honest with you? Is there any proof that the cream is safe? Are people who say that the cream is safe ‘knowledgeable’ or are just like you who have become guinea pigs and have ‘tried and tested’ the cream on themselves?Please understand that every skin is different. So no cream can be ‘generalised’ to all skin types. Not even moisturisers! There are going to be many people on the net, many family members and many friends who will tell you that it is ‘good’. Ask them for a scientific reason! Remember, if there is no scientific reason then stay away from the cream.‘Maine try kiya ... mujhe farak pada... tu try kar toh tujhe bhi padega’ is the WRONG REASON!‘7 ya 15 dino mein gora ho jao!” is the WRONG REASON!‘1 din mein dark mark gayab!” is the WRONG REASON!‘For all skin types” is the WRONG REASON!4. Throw! Throw! Throw!Throw away all creams which have the following ingredients:Betamethasone DipropionateClobetasol PropionateClobetasone ButyrateMometasone FuroateFluticasone PropionateMixture of any of the above + Hyrdroquinone + TretinoinAny cream that has the word ‘lite’ or ‘fair’ written on it (they are supposed to be prescribed or used after advice)Any cream that claims ‘fairness in 7 days or 15 days etc.”5. Go! Go! Go!Visit a dermatologist! The dermatologist will guide you on what is to be done. A person can only become fair as much as their genetic constitution permits them to be! There are no two ways about it. Your genes cannot be changed right? So if a person or company that sells fairness creams claim that they can make you fair... how honest are they? A dermatologist will help you understand not only the limitations of your skin but treat you wisely.Here is some food for thought:Writing this article actually made me look up the definition of the word 'fair'.Fair is defined as:- (adjective)of hair or complexion) light; blonde- (noun archaic) a beautiful womanBut it also means:- (adjective) treating people equally without favouritism or discriminationThinking 'fair' now?-Dr Pradnya Shastriwww.skinmatra.com

Be a Yogurt Guru: Recipes to Make Yogurt Replace Your Daily Face Cream

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Yogurt is not only one of the healthiest foods, but at the same time it works wonders for our skin too. Yogurt is a natural probiotic and contains healthy bacteria along with many other nutrients like proteins and vitamin B12 that nourish our skin. Here are a few quick recipes using this miracle ingredient for your face that will make you bid adieu to your daily face cream:Sour curd face packSour curd itself is a very good cleansing as well as nourishing pack. Just massage your face with 1-2 tablespoons of fresh curd to remove dead cells, cleanse the skin and defeat acne.Curd and olive oilPrepare a mixture of 2 tablespoons of fresh curd and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and apply it on your skin. Keep it on for half an hour and wash it off with lukewarm water. This will help in reducing wrinkles, dryness and prevent premature aging.Orange peel and curd packThis pack on being used regularly improves the skin complexion and also reduces tan. All you have to do is mix 2 teaspoons of orange peel powder with 2 tablespoons of curd. Apply this mix on entire face and let it dry. Before washing, take some oil and gently rub it on face in circular motions. This helps in exfoliating your skin. Wash it off with cold water.Curd and fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti) face packFuller’s earth is known for its anti ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. It tones and firms the skin and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works well when mixed with curd, so make a mixture by mixing 4 tablespoons of fuller’s Earth and curd to make a smooth paste. You can even add few drops of lemon juice if you have oily skin or one tablespoon of olive oil for dry skin. Apply this mixture all over the face, let it dry and wash it off with cold water.Curd, honey and lemon juice packThis pack works wonders for those constantly plagued with dry skin with an oily T-zone. Make this pack by mixing 2 tablespoons of curd, 1 tablespoon of organic honey and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Apply this paste on your face and rinse after it has completely dried. The honey helps moisturize the skin while the vitamin C and citric acid in lemon act as a bleach and anti-oxidant, removing tan and making you look more radiant.Curd and tomato face packThis pack is especially useful for oily skin as it helps in deep cleansing and also prevents acne and zits from recurring. Make a paste of a tomato and add a tablespoon of thick curd to it. Mix it well and apply on the face and neck. Leave for 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

Banana Milkshake – Fattening?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Banana milkshake is one of those preparations that everyone loves, regardless of age or taste preferences. However, due to the general perception of “it’s sweet…must be unhealthy”, its fan following is relatively low.What all goes into a banana milkshake?Banana milkshake is basically banana blended in milk – two simple ingredients, neither of which is unhealthy on its own. Banana has negligible fat content, whereas milk being a dairy product helps in reducing the storage of belly fat and neither add unnecessary sugar to blood stream.In fact, banana milkshake – combined with whey protein – makes for an excellent post workout snack because it provides a balanced amount of carbohydrates and proteins that help strengthen muscles. Besides these benefits, combination of banana and milk provides protein, fibre, calcium, vitamins, and minerals, which certainly don’t make you fat. Proteins help in muscle growth; vitamins and minerals increase metabolic rate and help body in functioning more efficiently and fibre keeps you full for longer and helps clean out plaque from arteries. The fat from milk improves nutrient absorption.If you’re worried about calories in bananas and milk, then 1 banana is about 100 calories and 1 glass of low fat milk is about 60-80 calories. So, a plain banana milkshake would be about 160-180 calories. The total calorie from this preparation is lower than a bag of chips (about 600 calories).Additives like sugar, ice cream, unhealthy sweet syrups and all the extra flavourings are loaded with calories, and responsible for “unhealthy” and “fattening” tags on banana milkshake. Simple banana milkshake is loaded with benefits and doesn’t add any unnecessary fat to your body.Health benefits of bananaBananas are a healthy source of carbohydrates and help our body produce energy.They are a good source of potassium and magnesium and help in maintaining normal blood pressure while promoting bone health along with optimal electrolyte balance.They are rich in the soluble fibre, pectin – which aids healthy digestion and relieves constipation.Health benefits of milkMilk has rich calcium content, which helps in maintaining bone density.Phosphorus in milk helps generate energy in the body’s cells and strengthen bones.It contains potassium, which is essential for muscle activity and contractions.Vitamin A in milk regulates cell growth, integrity of the immune system and maintains normal vision and healthy skin.Here are some simple and healthy banana milkshake/smoothie recipes:Quick Banana MilkshakePreparation Time: 5 minutesServing: 1Ingredients:1 banana1 cup skim milk/1 cup plain yogurt3 ice cubes1 tsp ground cinnamon powder/green cardamomMethod:Put banana, milk/yogurt, ice and cinnamon in a blender; puree until smooth.Nutritional value (1 glass – 250 ml):Calories: 170 calsCarbohydrate: 33 gProtein: 9 gFat: 0.7 gPhosphorus: 170 mgCalcium: 200 mgHealthy Nut Banana SmoothiePreparation Time: 5 minutesServing: 1Ingredients:1 banana1 cup skim milk8-10 soaked almonds3 ice cubes1 tsp ground cinnamon powder/green cardamomMethod:Put banana, milk, soaked almonds, ice and cinnamon in a blender; puree until smooth.Nutritional value (1 glass – 250 ml):Calories: 230 calsCarbohydrate: 35 gProtein: 12 gFat: 6.7 gPhosphorus: 220 mgCalcium: 220 mgTry these recipes next time you’re craving a yummy banana milkshake.

7 Effective Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles

Dr. Harikiran Chekuri
As our skin ages, wrinkles seem to be unavoidable. Sometimes these fine lines appear pre-maturely, making you look more than you actually do. However, there are ways through which you may reduce your wrinkles effectively.Here are 7 very effective ways to reduce your wrinkles beyond visibilityAvoid direct sunshine – Sun is the greatest enemy of your skin. It has been proven that too much exposure to sun causes wrinkles. Continuous sunbath may also cause skin cancer. Whenever you step out in the sun, have optimum protection against sun. Put on sunscreen that suits your skin type, carry an umbrella or hat and don’t forget to put on a pair of shades; your sunglasses.Get Rid Of Addictions – Smoking, Drugs or any other negative addiction not only take their toll on your health but also makes you look aged. These addictions make your skin have wrinkles. So if you want to get rid of wrinkles, get rid of addictions too. Have Enough Sleep, preferably on your back – A good night’s sleep does lots of good to your health, including your skin. 8 hours of sleep can gift you soft and younger looking skin. However, do not sleep on your sides or on your belly. Ill-positioned sleep can cause sleep lines and furrowed brows which can turn into wrinkles.Don’t Squint- If you have weak eyesight, it’s better to go for glasses. Don’t squint your eyes. This will not only pressurize your sight but also develop crow’s feet at the sides of your eyes.Eat healthy – Have a platter full of healthy edibles containing fatty acids like omega 3. Add lots of fruits and vegetables along with fish and soy to your diet. Take a lot of fluids including water, fruit juices to keep your skin moisturized from within.Don’t Over-wash your face – It is good to remove makeup before you sleep at night, but you must also need to ensure that you do not wash off the natural moisture of your face. Excessive washing, scrubbing can steal the natural moisture of your face leaving it dry and wrinkled.Using chemical based products – Know your skin care regime from an expert and always revert from using chemical based creams and facial products. Using products without the solicitation of your skin expert can make your skin dry and rough and in due course cause wrinkles.To know more about skin care and skin treatment, ask an expert and abide by the expert suggestions to have soft, supple and youthful skin for long.