Cow’s or buffalo’s ghee?

Cow’s or buffalo’s ghee? CSIO kit can tell right answer

CHANDIGARH: In an attempt to validate if the ghee you are consuming or offering for puja is from cow’s milk or not, scientists at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), a national laboratory, have developed a hand-held device to differentiate between a cow and buffalo’s ghee.

What was the need? “Cow’s ghee has its cultural significance in India. We were working on a technology to detect adulteration in oil and this happened to be a spin-off,” said Dr Amol P Bhondekar, principal scientist, CSIO, who has developed the testing kit.
India ranks first in milk production, accounting for 18.5% of world production. Although various methods based on physico-chemical parameters (testing by some chemicals) are available, these are either complex or require laboratory setups. “We have developed a simple and low cost instrument for the detection adulteration in ghee, which analyses the chemical fingerprint of the ghee samples in just two minutes. The device indicates the deviation of the adulterated samples from pure ones. It is also capable of differentiating between cow and buffalo milk,” said Bhondekar.

The technology is basically capable of finding out how often oil has been reused while frying. It is an established fact that recycling oil can be carcinogenic. “The technology can be used to detect adulteration in oil and ghee. But it cannot find out the adulterant. For this, we have specific tests in the laboratory,” said Bhondekar. However, the objective was to allow tests possible in the field without taking the samples to a laboratory.

The adulteration of ghee can start at the stage of milk itself. Water emulsion of coconut, groundnut and other cheap oils are added to milk or cream. Scientists say that adulteration of ghee is a common malpractice in India because it fetches more profit to the traders and also results into increased supply. “The cost of cow’s ghee is around Rs 800 per kg, while buffalo’s ghee is half the price. One can fleece buyers by adding adulterants so that buffalo’s ghee resembles cow’s,” said Bhondekar.

Source : Indiatimes

Rujuta for larger amounts of low-calorie foods

Rujuta for larger amounts of low-calorie foods

Rujuta for larger amounts of low-calorie foods

SUNNYVALE, CA: Rujuta Diwekar is possibly India’s most followed nutritionist, known as much for her A-list clientele (Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Anupam Kher, Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan) as for her unorthodox views on fitness and diets. She is known for her rather simple and straightforward approach to nutrition and fitness.

She met up with 200 of her ardent fans on July 8 at Ortega Park, Sunnyvale. Winner of the ‘Nutrition Award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Rujuta is amongst the most qualified and sought after sports science and nutrition experts in the country and the author of 5 best-selling books on Nutrition and Exercise. She emphasizes on a blend of traditional food wisdom and modern nutritional science for a healthy body and mind, best reflected through the mantra – Eat local, think global.

Losing weight is not as important as staying fit, and celebrities need not always be role models, Diwekar told in the interview. Eating home-made food, local produce and seasonal fruits leads to regulated blood sugar, which further optimizes the functioning of all organs, making a person feel energetic as opposed to dull and lethargic, an effect of eating too much.

Her principle of eating small meals every two-three hours also boosts metabolism, because once the body is sure of getting its next meal soon, it willingly burns fat. She advocates on eating locally grown foods rather than adopting foods like quinoa, buckwheat etc. She urged her fans to reduce the carbon footprints by cutting down on usage of plastics.

What are some of the Indian super foods?

Ghee, rice and cashew nuts are some of the Indian super foods which I advocate people to indulge in guilt-free. The antioxidants in ghee make it the miraculous anti-wrinkling and anti-ageing therapy you were searching for.Ghee improves your satiety signal and ensures you eat the right amount of food.

Your insights on rice?

Eat your rice the way you like it, eat it as often in the day as you want and eat it in quantities which will leave you feeling light and energetic, and enjoy the wonders it will have on your body. It promotes growth of probiotic bacteria, eases bowel movement and rids you of bloating. It has essential amino acids like methionine, which when consumed with dal, for example, completes the amino acid profile of the meal. It allows for better assimilation of Vitamin D and calcium.

So when a person comes in for a consultation, how do you develop a plan with them?

Choosing a diet should be like selecting your life partner.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have clients that come and sit and we sort of chat about their lives. We barely discuss food, about 3 to 4 minutes. When you are really talking about your life and what’s happening that’s when you really get an insight into what kind of food should be planned and then that really takes no time at all. But before we get there all my clients write down a 3-day dietary call.

They each start writing down what time did they wake up, what do they eat, how much they eat, what did they feel like later, what were they doing at that point of time: whether they were driving, or shopping or working. Once they’ve put in about 3 to 4 days of their lives that itself gives them a good insight into where is it that they are going wrong, what is it that they can do better.

What are your thoughts on exercise and yoga?

Yoga today has become a multimillion-dollar industry and in that part it has surely gained a lot of popularity.

There are a few of these yoga schools that if you are following those then it’s fine. If you are just following something, which is promising, like a short-term quick weight loss fix, then it’s not really yoga. It’s okay as of means of group exercise, but it isn’t yoga in its true sense. It isn’t what Patanjali spoke about.

You know, when yoga can really penetrate deep within beyond your physical body all the way into your mental, emotional, intelligent state all the way up to your spiritual self. You should pursue and exercise with the discipline that is required so that you really experience that full change versus just experiencing the change on a physical level.

Your thoughts on Qunioa?

Just eating idli-chutney, dosa-sambar or dal rice gives us a vegan, gluten-free, complete protein diet, but it doesn’t sound as sexy as quinoa salad with cranberries. We keep eating things like complete protein such as quinoa without giving a thought to the fact that South America is killing its forests to grown quinoa.

Best oil to use for daily cooking?

Vegetable oils like sunflower oil come with an illustrated heart to show endorsements from cardiologists, whereas recent research has shown that traditional local oils-groundnut, sesame, coconut, mustard-are far better for us.

Give us an exclusive day’s plan on going gluten free.

Start with a fresh fruit. Have poha for breakfast. Dal rice for lunch. Thalipeeth or rajgeera chiki as a mid meal and for an evening snack. Khcihdi dahi or dahi chawal for dinner

How do you suggest getting a healthier approach to food?

Make smart food choices – include larger amounts of low-calorie foods in your diet plan, rather than small quantities of high or medium-calorie foods. Indian diet foods such as roti, sabzi (cooked with less oil), homemade poha, idli, chaas, and Nariyal paani are excellent food options. I advise people to cut back on sugar and all processed foods, especially biscuits and other sweet bakery products.

Follow a weight loss fitness schedule that suits your requirements and more importantly suits your fitness levels; taking on too much too soon will actually make your fitness plan unsustainable.

With her latest book, ‘Pregnancy Notes: Before, During & After’, nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar tackles the big myths around pregnancy weight gain and the wisdom of traditional diets.

SOURCE : Indiapost

5 Ways Low Carb Lifestyles Help You To Lose Weight Without Starving.

5 Ways Low Carb Lifestyles Help You To Lose Weight Without Starving.

Low carb diets are common in the weight loss spectrum. Many studies have shown them to result in more weight lost as compared to the standard low fat diet plan.

Going on a low carb diets has so many health benefits, including the fact that they are highly effective at eliminating visceral fat, such as that in the belly, a most dangerous type of body fat.  

There have been so many speculations, thoughts and ideas on why low carb diets are effective for weight loss, hopefully this article will bring some clarity.

What Exactly Is A Low Carb Diet?

A low carb diet is a system of eating where carbohydrates are drastically or significantly, cut from the diet, and in the strictest plans, like the Ketogenic diet, carb intake is limited to non-starchy vegetables and some dairy. When ones diet contains fewer carbohydrates, the body no longer gets its energy from the glucose they produce and instead begins to burn fat for energy.

Starch and sugar carbohydrates are substituted with healthy fats and a moderate protein intake. Sugar, pastries, pasta, bread, cereal, beans, or any other starches are no longer allowed, as you will indulge vegetables, fatty foods such as Ghee, butter, fatty fish, oils and some dairy along with eggs, steak, chicken, seafood and other protein sources.

How Does It Aid Weight Loss?

  1. Triggers Ketosis: Eating a low carb diet triggers a process known as ketosis, which is where the body begins to burn fat for energy instead of dietary carbs, which is a very efficient way to burn fat stores and lose weight.
  2. Eliminates water weight: People who have gone on low carb diet typically lose quite a bit of weight in the first two weeks, likely, this occurs when water that is tied to glycogen comes off the body and is actually a quite encouraging event that supports the continuation of a healthy lifestyle.
  3. Eliminates insulin trigger foods: Starch and sugar carbs are insulin triggers that cause blood sugar spikes that lead to weight gain. While on a low carb diet, these insulin triggers are eliminated so the body can burn fat instead of storing it.  
  4. They are high in protein: Protein helps keep you full and satisfied so you naturally eat less, it also helps to increase lean muscle mass that promotes fat burning. This is one of the factors that make low carb diets effective.
  5. Regulates the appetite and naturally reduces calorie intake: A low carb diet naturally regulates the appetite because all those insulin triggers foods that wreak havoc in the blood stream to cause erratic hunger and out of control cravings are eliminated.

    Additionally, Researches from St. Louis and Japan (Banks WA1, Coon AB, Robinson SM, Moinuddin A, Shultz JM, Nakaoke R, Morley JE, et all) found that the hunger regulating hormone leptin is positively affected by the low carb diet’s ability to reduce triglyceride levels in the body, which allows that hormone to work more effectively in regulating the appetite.

When people embark on a low carb diet, their appetite significantly drops naturally, and they naturally feel satisfied with less food, resulting in weight loss as they naturally eat less calories and without suffering and starvation.

Are Low Carb Diets Safe?

This is a frequently asked question, which is common amongst people wanting to embark on a low carb journey. The low carb experience is not for everyone, though it is followed by thousands of people around the world, without any problems.  

  • It may have side effects for some, while others may experience nothing. Usually any side effects are short lived. In general, statics and research shows them to be highly effective for weight loss, and to also reduce risks for cardiovascular disease better than low fat eating plans.
  • Make sure you understand what a particular low carb diet has to offer before choosing it.  
  • In conclusion, low carb diets aids weight loss by triggering ketosis, a metabolic state where the body uses stored fat as its source of energy. 
  • Low carb diets also do a great job of regulating appetite and naturally allow those following them to eat less, while feeling satisfied and this is another one of the main reasons that the weight loss is so strong and visible.
  • Low carb diets are not fads, but lifestyles that have helped thousands of people reverse obesity and improve their health. It may just do the same for you.

Stay well and take care!




You’ve probably learned by now that good fats don’t make you fat and that saturated fats are in the good fat category. In fact, fats make you happy, and for some of us, Paleo dieters, it’s our main source of energy. Our body is well designed to run primarily on fat as a source of energy and when it does, it produces ketone bodies, which are perfectly healthy.

We might however, over time, forget about the selection of good fats available to us and cook with the same stuff over and over again. Not that this is a problem, but sometimes a little diversity goes a long way toward making our meals more enjoyable.

First of all, you should really eliminate any vegetable oil high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6, they’re the ones that will end up killing you! Examples of those include corn oil, peanut oil, soybean oil and grape seed oil.

Butter and Ghee

Butter is wonderful on anything and it adds a certain nutty taste that is just addictive. Even though it’s not strictly Paleo (since caveman didn’t consume dairy products), when you remove the milk constituents (the lactose and the casein are the main problem causing constituents), you get a fat that is highly saturated, delicious and full of CLA when it comes from an organic grass-fed animal. CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is believed to have strong anticancer properties. See my article, The Many Virtues of Butter, to learn more about it as well as other advantages of consuming butter or ghee.

For people who are sensitive to dairy or who just want to be on the safe side, choose ghee over dairy. Ghee, or clarified butter, should not cause any problem because all milk constituents have been removed. You can make it yourself by slowly melting butter in a pan until you see the white parts fall to the bottom, and then straining it in a cheesecloth to keep only the pure fat. Choose butter from organic grass-fed pasture raised animals. Your local butcher should have some. Refer to my article How to Clarify Butter, to get a more detailed explanation on how to do it.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making it yourself or if good quality butter is too hard to find, here are two sources of great Ghee that you can order online: Purity farms and Pure Indian Foods. Both brands offer high quality ghee from pastured and grass-fed cows.

Source : paleoleap