Articles on yogurt

Health Benefits of Yogurt

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Milk and Yogurt (curd) are an essential part of the recommended “healthy Indian diet”. We’ve all heard about calcium in milk and yogurt and how it makes our bones stronger, but a new study has found that consuming yogurt 4 to 5 times a week may help you lower the risk for developing Type-2 diabetes.Yogurt contains a specific type of Vitamin K, as well as probiotic benefits that provide protection against diabetes, change the micro-flora of the gut and improves the immune system of your body. The rich amount of minerals found in yogurt also appears to help curb production of the stress hormone cortisol, which has been linked to the accumulation of abdominal fat.Fat-free yogurt or probiotic yogurt naturally contains both high-quality carbohydrates and protein, making it one of the best foods for controlling blood sugar levels in your body. Studies also show that a diet high in calcium from yogurt and other such foods is associated with a reduced risk of Type-2 diabetes. Yogurt is also a good source of essential carbohydrates and a punch of protein. The protein is needed for building muscles and also improves their regular functioning.Yogurt has rich content of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium, and beneficial fatty acids. Studies have shown that yogurt is also a good source of vitamin B12, vitamin B5, zinc, potassium, protein and molybdenum. Consuming yogurt 4 to 5 times a week is a healthy way to get the calcium that the body needs, especially for the people who cannot tolerate most other dairy products. It contains an enzyme called lactase, which breaks down the lactose in the digestive system.A cup of plain, low-fat yogurt contains 154 calories, with 13 grams of protein, 3.8 grams of fat and 17 grams of carbohydrates. The glycemic index of plain, low-fat yogurt is just 14, which is very low. To add fiber to this healthy meal, stir a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed into your yogurt and then slice up some low-glycemic fruit, such as orange, peach, kiwi or pear to make it healthier. For an extra shot of protein, toss in some chopped walnuts or almonds.There are plenty of ways to consume yogurt – If you don’t like plain yogurt, then you can always throw in some fruits and nuts or try low calorie yogurt smoothies that make a delicious post workout or evening snack. This will help you cut down on high-fat, high-calorie, high-sugar foods which indirectly lead to obesity, heart problems and diabetes.

Yogurt and Lime: A Recipe for Awesome Greek Goddess Tresses

Dr. Priyam Sharma, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Care for great hair? If you do not have time or resources to avail the services of a salon for your hair, then you can simply use the goodness of home items, like yogurt and lime, to rejuvenate your hair from roots to tips.Yogurt for Healthy HairYogurt is a common household item and is laden with lactic acid that works wonders on dull hair. Yogurt also contains zinc that provides your hair with hydration and optimum moisture. Use yogurt in the following ways to salvage your hair:Massage your scalp with yogurt to combat dandruff and dry scalp problems. The lactic acid possesses anti-fungal properties that effectively reduce dandruff.Use it as a natural hair conditioner and leave it on the scalp for 10 minutes before washing it off. It reduces itching and hydrates the hair follicles.Make a hair mask by beating up two egg whites and mixing it with five spoons of yogurt. Apply this mask on your hair for 15 minutes and wash away for shinier and less frizzy hair.Combine yogurt with ground methi seeds for an ideal remedy for hair fall. Leave it on the scalp for 45 minutes to strengthen roots and then wash it off. Repeat this routine at least once a week for best results.For a lustrous and voluminous mane, mix yogurt with coconut oil and aloe vera gel.Allow this cool mixture to rest on your hair for 30 minutes. These three ingredients work together to give you a guaranteed solution for dull hair.Lime for Healthy HairRich in vitamin C, lime also works as an antiseptic and can be used as a substitute to shampoo. Use lime for lustrous locks in the following ways:Lime makes a wonderful treatment plan to get rid of dandruff. Mix lemon juice with coconut oil and massage deeply into the scalp. Wash it off after half an hour. The acid in the lime makes the scalp unfit for the fungus to grow on. For maximum results,squeeze some lime into a mug and use it as a last rinse.Mix with honey and use it as a hair mask for super shiny locks.The antioxidant and acidic properties can lighten your hair and give you amazing highlights at the cost of one lemon! Squeeze out few limes and store the juice in a spray bottle. Spray it on the desired area at night before sleeping and watch your hair change shades overnight. (Note: The highlights of this remedy are visible on browner shades of hair.)Double Power: Lime + Yogurt:Boost dandruff removal by making a mixture of yogurt and lime and leaving it on the roots for 20 minutes. Lime and yogurt work together to clean out the scalp even more efficiently.Accentuate the lighter tones in your hair by adding two spoons of lime juice to one cup yogurt and apply it on your mane. Get an enhanced look with professional streaks done at home itself!

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.

Is Flavored Yogurt Healthy

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
We require 2 teaspoons of sugar in a day if you are looking to lose weight and about 4 teaspoons if you just want to manage your current weight. But don’t just count the sugar consumption in your tea and coffee but all the other sources that you might consuming sugar indirectly like your sweetened soda’s, colas, candies, sweetened cornflakes and flavoured yogurt. Often diet programs and nutritionist brag about eating yogurt in the diet as it has probiotics, vitamins and minerals, protein etc which promote better health and is low in calories as well. But is flavored yogurt as healthy as non-flavored yogurt?Calories in YogurtFlavored yogurt which comes in a variety of mouth watering flavors doesn’t contain the real fruit in it but contains the pureed form which is high in sugar content. Compare the ingredients of regular yogurt and flavored yogurt to understand the difference in calorie intake.  Health and YogurtWe are not saying that flavored yogurt is the main reason behind your weight gain. What we mean is that foods like flavoured yogurt are often marketed as health foods. They might be relatively more healthy than the other processed foods but they still are hidden source of high calorie food that are often misunderstood as fat free. When talking about weight loss it is not just important to eat healthy foods but manage calories either by portion control or choosing healthier options. Sugar provides instant energy and no nutrition. Read more about health benefits of yogurt.People who have blood sugar problems could experience a sudden increase in sugar levels with flavored yogurt. Instead flavor your yogurt separately with fruits that you want. Flavored yogurt is also high in sodium content causing water retention in the body and resulting in bloating. Read tips to reduce water retention and bloating. ChecklistRead the nutrition label at the back of the flavored yogurt content and avoid if it contains alternative sugars like fructose, glucose, sucrose as they are not healthy. Also avoid flavored sugar with high amount of sugar. You can add natural sweeteners like honey etc. Choose Greek yogurt or just plain yogurt which will improve health and help you lose weight. If you still cant have plain yogurt the way to add natural flavour is to chop fresh fruits like strawberries, mangoes, papaya, grapes, pomegranate to name a few. Its important to get your diet checked by a health expert to ensure you are not consuming excess calories hidden in the name of healthy or low fat foods.

A Cup of Yogurt a Day Keeps High Blood Pressure Away

Dr. Sangeeta Malu, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Heard of hypertension? Does it scare you? Indeed the term hypertension can drive anyone to their wits end, but that only happens when it is not understood well. Experts at the esteemed American Heart Association opine hypertension is the result of untreated high blood pressure. The untreated high blood pressure is the reason why the arteries within have scar, and they act as nets that do not allow the impurities to move away while flowing through the bloodstream. Plaque and cholesterol are impurities that are caught in these nets, and this leads to blockages and build-ups that damage the cardio system and up the notch with blood pressure levels too.Results showed that 31 percent of volunteers were less likely to develop high blood pressure when at least 2 percent of their daily caloric intake was yogurt, equivalent to at least one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days. Their systolic blood pressure also increased significantly less than those who did not eat yogurt. These findings support a common belief that low-fat dairy products reduce blood pressure.Ways to treat high blood pressure There are many ways your family doctor would suggest that you incorporate to bring about lifestyle changes that would help bring down blood pressure levels- NO SALT Imagine having your favourite meal sans the touch of salt? This could be such a depressing thought, but ask anyone who suffers from high blood pressure and their emotions would be proof enough on the same. However, there are many ways to make your meals yummy too, and this time we would think of a humble cup of yogurt (low-fat) to provide you with a delicious platter and to bring down or manage high blood-pressure levels too.Frequent consumption of yogurt helps manage weight and the BMI of the body, and is known to bring down blood pressure levels too.With a helping of low-fat yogurt in your daily diet, the risks of high blood pressure can be brought down as well. This is because yogurt has plenty of calcium and immense amounts of nutrients that your diet needs.Yogurt has a lot of protein in it, which helps keeps the hunger pangs at bay and you happy and full for a longer period of time. It can also help the body with hydration too, thanks to the abundance of water in it.Snacking on a bowl of yogurt can help bring down the risk of high blood pressure by one-fourth, say experts from AHA.Yogurt smoothies with berries, not only keeps the stomach full and satisfied but the antioxidants found in berries helps prevent signs of early ageing and the water content in yogurt keeps the body hydrated. We hope you now understand the importance of yogurt in your daily diet. Just one bowl a day with your salads or maybe as a delicious smoothie can help a long way!

Lose Belly Fat Through Dairy Products

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Yogurt is a super food for vegetarians containing carbohydrates for daily energy and proteins for muscle development with lots of vitamin C for strong muscles and to lose belly fat. A study at University of Tennessee found that participants who consumed 3 daily servings of fat free yogurt on a 12 week basis gained less fat around their mid-section than those who didn't consumed dairy products containing less calcium. Portion control will push you further in losing weight and gaining extra inch around your belly.Michael Zemel, PhD, director of The Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has been the first to show that calcium stored in fat cells is important in regulating how fat is processed and stored by the body. The more calcium there is in fat cells, the more fat the cell will burn and the greater will be the weight loss.Yogurt provide a high amount of protein for muscle requirement and the carbohydrates present in it provide enough energy require for daily functions. It is highly rich in potassium which keeps a check on hypertension and muscle retention. Yogurt with fruits make for a great post workout meal. Honey, fruits and nuts compliment yogurt for a delicious and nutritious meal and be fit.Other dairy products like milk, buttermilk, cottage cheese also provide rich nutrition and essential macro nutrients with calcium other minerals.Also as we have always recommended before that for best weight loss results exercise makes the perfect combination. Add crunches, push ups and some core exercises to look slimmer.

7 Healthy Foods That Are Bad for You

Ms. Mitalee Doshi, Dietitian/Nutritionist
1. Energy BarsWhen they tout how much fibre and protein they're packed with — or how minimal their "net carbohydrate" count is — energy bars may seem like super-healthy snacks.But before you eat one of these plastic-wrapped blocks of "nutrients"in your mouth, consider how heavily processed most of them are.The more ingredients listed on the label, the more manufactured energy bars are. Common ingredients in many energy bars are fancy names for different forms of sugar.They spike blood sugar levels and court a crash later on without providing lasting satisfaction and energy.2. Low-Fat or Fat-Free YogurtWhen a food product cuts out or reduces something we've learned is "bad" from its contents, we falsely conclude it's "better" for us.Not so great if manufacturers compensate for the tastiness lost in doing so by adding the yogurt full of sugar. Many low-fat and fat-free yogurts are so high in sugar that they might as well be considered dessert. Look for unsweetened ones especially Greek yogurts which are healthy.3. SmoothiesJust because they're jam-packed with whole fruits doesn't mean smoothies are great for our blood sugar levels or for our belt sizes. They are loaded with sugar especially if the smoothie you're buying from the store .Prefer Home made smoothies instead.4. GranolaThe  added ingredients (yes, sugars, once again)and high fat content of most brands makes the stuff  less of a healthy choice for most of our diets so have it in moderation.5. Frozen MealsMost frozen meals contain artificial additives ,preservatives added. They are made from  sub standard quality of ingredients.6. Dried FruitDried strawberries and other berries,guava,pineapple all are loaded with sugar. Raisins, apricots, prunes,dates, and figs are the only dried fruits that don't have sugar added to them during the drying process.7. Packaged Fruit JuicesThe fruits used are of substandard quality .Once cold pressed, fruit juice is rapidly pasteurized or heat treated.This heating treatment has been shown to destroy a lot of the nutritional value of the ingredients along with the naturally occurring digestive enzyme within the fruit and changes the pH from alkaline to acid. The primary purpose of this processing is to extend the fruit juice's shelf life. The additives and preservatives added to the juice may cause carcinogenic effect on our body.If you are going to buy prepackaged or processed snacks and foods choose ones that have maximum five ingredients — though ideally three or less. Lastly, be wary of lofty claims — i.e., "As much vitamin C as an orange!" "High in fibre!" — especially if these boasts are slapped onto foods you'd otherwise consider "bad for you." Always wiser to seek the purest source of a nutrient when possible.

Be Vegetarian, Gain Muscle

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Many vegetarians wonder if gaining muscle is possible on a vegetarian diet? The short answer is yes, it is possible to be vegetarian and gain muscle.The biggest advantage of eating meat is that the protein is higher quality, which means that more protein per gm of meat consumed is used to make muscle, than compared to a vegetarian source like plant protein. That being said, we're here to show you how to gain muscle on a veggie diet.There are many plant based vegetarians protein sources, like beans, almonds, yogurt etc. Besides providing protein, they are also packed with fiber, antioxidants and healthy carbohydrates that further enhance muscle growth and repair.In terms of protein delivery to muscle, plant based protein is of lower quality, so vegetarians need to eat more protein based food to gain muscle. If you can eat eggs, egg protein is of the highest quality and are packed with vitamins.Even with eggs, its hard to deliver a large amount of protein, so a really good source of vegetarian high quality protein is whey protein. Whey Protein supplement is extracted from milk, and is even used in nutrition drinks like Bournvita and Complan. Get a high quality whey supplement. Mix it with yogurt, milk, juice or water, and it provides a really effective dose of protein for a pre-workout snack or a post workout snack.Even Bollywood's latest muscle hunk, Shahid Kapoor has a vegetarian diet. We hear that he has 3 protein shakes a day. Waiting for confirmation from Shahid on that :)

10 Foods to Improve Your Bad Mood

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
We all have days with bad mood where our brain decides there’s no way out of it. This natural gesture affects our productivity at work or creates an unexpected sensitive situation for our family members as well.Have you ever wanted to know the reason behind this cranky mood? Ever wondered why is it that whenever we feel upset or depressed about something we binge on our comfort food and repent later?The “Foods” which we eating on a daily basis are one of the major factors. It's time to keep a check on the things which we are eating or drinking on a daily basis.The following logics will answer all the doubts that each one of us might be living with since days, months, or maybe years.How  Can Food Affect my Mood?It is really important to explore the relationship between what you eat and how you feel. Here is an self assessment which you should first do.Are you eating regularly?                  Yes/NoDo you keep yourself hydrated?       Yes/NoAre you eating enough protein?        Yes/NoAre you having too much caffeine?  Yes/NoDo you include fruits and vegetables in your diet  Yes/NoIf Answer (1.) is No: This means your blood sugar drops which is why you feel tired, irritable and depressed. In this case your body holds on to high calorie stuff, which always worsens the condition. You should eat regularly to maintain your sugar levels. It is better to choose foods that release energy slowly such as oats and whole grains, proteins rich foods, nuts and seeds.If Answer (2.) is No: If you are not drinking enough water, you will not able to think clearly and your level of concentration will drop. Moreover you will also feel constipated. You should drink water regularly and include some good drinks like green tea, buttermilk throughout your day.If Answer (3.) is No: Protein contains amino acids which actually makes up the chemicals your brain needs to regulate your thoughts and moods. So it is always better to include good sources of protein in each meal. These could be eggs, chicken, legumes, nuts and seeds.If Answer (4.) is No: Having too much caffeine can make you depressed and anxious or disturb your sleep. You should always say no to the products that contain caffeine -Tea, Coffee, energy drinks and colas.If Answer (5.) is No: Vegetables and fruits contain vitamins and minerals that keep you physically and mentally healthy. It is important to include 2 to 3 servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, not only for good mood but also for a healthy, disease free life.This assessment brings you a step closer to a solution. Work on your food habits for a happier and healthier You :)For instant gratification, here are 10 foods that are known to help improve bad mood:1.Dark Chocolates: Chocolates, in general are loaded with chemicals that enhance mood, serotonin in particular.2. Yogurt: Besides being a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12, yogurt also contains a whole lot of useful bacteria which keeps our immune system intact and helps our stress combating ability. Studies have also shown that yoghurt can improve fat loss. 3. Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes help in reducing stress levels as they satisfy the body's craving for carbohydrates and sweets.   4.Nuts: The next time you're feeling down, help yourself to some crunchy nuts.5.Water: Lack of sufficient consumption of water leads to dehydration and even a small case of dehydration can cause stress. So, drink up!6.Fish: Fish is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and importantly, Vitamin B 12 which is an important component for producing serotonin- also known as the happy hormone.7.Asparagus: Asparagus is rich in folic acid and also contains magnesium- both of which are popular for their mood-lightening properties8.Oranges: Oranges are a rich source of vitamin C containing up to 1000 mg of it. They also contain antioxidants which prevent the formation of free radicals that cause cell damage.9.Green vegetables: They provide stress relief, helps enhance mood with regard to depression, panic, anxiety and other emotional disorders. Many green veggies contain potassium which greatly helps calm one's nerves when stressed.10.Dried Apricots: Apricots are a rich source of natural sugars and, hence, another perfect option to beat those sweet cravings. A handful of dried apricots are bound to make you happy and healthy.

10 Low Calorie Snacks You Can Find in Your Kitchen

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Having mid meal cravings is quite natural for all of us. The trouble with this kind of snacking is the extra calories it comes with. Usually, these snacks add to our excess calorie intake on a daily routine resulting in accumulated calories in our body. The next time you feel craved between your meals and find yourself drifting towards a bar of chocolate or a bag of chips, STOP RIGHT THERE! and remember the line 'a moment on the lips, forever on the hips!'.Don't worry, wipe those worry lines off your forehead because we have the perfect solution to your mid meal hunger pangs. All we need to know, is not how to fight that hunger but how to satiate it with a healthy decision. The right food choices will not only make you lose those unnecessary calories but also make your body fitter.So, check out the list of the easy to carry yummy snacks for weight loss which will keep your calorie count in check and ward that hunger right off.1. AlmondsAlmonds make a perfect snacking option as they’re packed with protein and healthy fat to ward off hunger.Studies have shown that eating almonds may help prevent diabetes, heart disease and more.5-6 almonds can be eaten as a quick snack to overcome cravings between the meals.Also, there is very little caloric difference between roasted- salted, plain or soaked almonds but the healthiest way to have them is soaked with skin as it retains all of its nutrients which roasting might take away.1 Almond= 7 calories. Read health benefits of nuts and seeds.2. Roasted ChickpeasRoasted chickpeas also make a great evening snack when you are craving for something salty.They are a good combination of proteins, fibre, calcium and magnesium.A handful of roasted chickpeas is packed with essential nutrients can keep you full for a longer period, which help in keeping you active throughout the day.1 bowl of chickpeas= 246 kcal (1 bowl/katori= 150 gms). Read about the additional health benefits of chickpeas.3. Fruit SaladFruits are almost synonymous with healthy and when you chomp on a fruit you instantly feel healthy and give yourself a mental pat on the back for choosing a fruit over a fattening option.Snacking on only one type of fruit can become boring over time. So, just to jazz your snack up mix a variety of fruits to your snack bowl and munch on.Fruits are not only high in vitamin and mineral content but also act as an energy booster. So feel light and lively instead of bloated and lazy just by making the right snacking choice.4. Trail MixTrail mix is a great snack because it packs a caloric punch, but doesn’t take up a lot of space.It is a complete package of major and minor nutrients. Trail mix can give you the energy you need when your resources run low.It is the combination of nuts, seeds and cereals, wherein, a small portion of either of the mixtures provides energy and helps control mid meal cravings.5. Yogurt and FruitsFresh fruits provide carbohydrates for quick energy.Pineapple, orange, apple, pear and kiwi fruit are packed with vitamin C, a powerful nutrient for joints and connective tissue that also boasts antioxidant properties which boost immunity.Yogurt and almonds add protein and healthy fat to make this fruit salad super satisfying.Enjoy for a mid-day snack a few hours before your afternoon workout.You can go for packaged one but choose plain yogurt instead of flavoured yogurt as it comes with added sugar and flavouring substances which are not healthy.6. Green TeaWe don't know if a better beverage exists out there! The chinese have been using green tea in their traditional medicine to cure everything from headaches to depression.Green tea is believed to help with not only weight loss but it even decreases your chances of getting a heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.Moreover green tea helps fight cholesterol build up in the body.Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but like coffee, it helps boost dopamine in the brain.  So, we can't think of one reason why you should not convert from coffeeism to green-teaism.7. SaladsSalads can be both nutritious and versatile, because they’re endlessly customizable by adding fruits and vegetables of your choice.They are fiber and antioxidant rich and can be carried easily in air tight container.As a note of caution, not all salad are healthy. Avoid heavy dressing to keep salads lighter and healthier.8. SoupsNow when we talk about about soups, we don't mean the store bought packaged preserved powder which contains heavy quantities of sodium.Soup in all it's glory is prepared at home where we know what is going into our food.The magic of soup is such that it can be made by using almost any vegetable and it is full of nutrients.Since, soups are mostly made out of water, they will quickly fill you up without adding much to your calorie intake.9. Puffed Rice Chaat (a.k.a Bhel Puri)This Indian wonder is probably the most healthy Indian evening snack out there.It has nothing fried in it and when mixed with the right sauces it will keep your calorie count in check while fulfilling that chaat craving.Just add chopped tomatoes, cucumber and onion with a dash of mint chutney and a few drops of lemon juice.You can make a variety of it by simply adding or replacing some of the ingredients like roasted chana, almonds, and walnuts to make it more nutrition packed and tastier.1 bowl of puffed rice chaat give approximately 100 kcal which is very less if compared to your packet of chips. Read about easy snacking options at work.10. Air-Popped CornOne cup of air-popped popcorn is really healthy snack, has only 31 calories, and almost no fat.Once popped, sprinkle any of your favourite low-calorie toppings like a dash of chilli pepper flakes or dried spices, they add lots of flavor without extra calories.It is quite simple to make as well. All you need is a microwave, a paper bag and plain corn kernels.Just pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of plain kernels into the paper bag, fold over the top twice to seal the mouth properly and microwave for two minutes or until the popping slows down to a few seconds in between pops.All that is left to be said now is BEST OF LUCK on YOUR way to a healthy body.