Jalandhar (Punjab), Feb 22 (IANS) In a bid to keep its personnel fit and healthy, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has collaborated with Lovely Professional University (LPU) to establish the Institute of Immunity and Nutrition Management here.The institute will train CRPF's cooking staff to prepare nutritious meals keeping the physical and mental requirements of the force in mind, an official statement said.A special focus area of the training will revolve around immunity building to ensure the force is better prepared to handle any seasonal diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.A herbal park and organic farming areas have also been developed at the GC Jalandhar campus to this effect.The cooks will be trained and upskilled in 20 different modules prepared by the faculty members of the university's School of Hotel Management.They will teach cooking, hygiene, working with kitchen appliances, food storage, preparing different dishes, salads, soups, ensuring sanitisation and preparing and serving immunity-boosting food.--IANSvg/kr
New York, Adding a mushroom serving to the diet can increase the intake of several micronutrients, including shortfall nutrients such as vitamin D, without any increase in calories, sodium or fat, a new study suggests.
The findings indicated that adding an 84 grams serving of mushrooms increased several shortfall nutrients including potassium and fiber. This was true for the white, crimini and portabella 1:1:1 mix and oyster mushrooms.
"This research validated what we already knew that adding mushrooms to your plate is an effective way to reach the dietary goals identified by the DGA," said Mary Jo Feeney, nutrition research coordinator to the Mushroom Council in the US, who funded the study.
For the study, published in the journal Food Science and Nutrition, the team modeled the addition of mushrooms to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2011-2016 dietary data.
The team looked at a composite of white, crimini and portabella mushrooms at a 1:1:1 ratio; one scenario including UV-light exposed mushrooms; and one scenario including oyster mushrooms for both 9 to 18 years and more than 19 years of age based on an 84g or half cup equivalent serving.
The addition a serving of 84 grams of mushrooms to the diet resulted in an increase in dietary fiber (5 per cent-6 per cent), copper (24 per cent-32 per cent), phosphorus (6 per cent), potassium (12 per cent-14 per cent), selenium (13 per cent-14 per cent).
It also showed increase in zinc (5 per cent-6 per cent), riboflavin (13 per cent-15 per cent), niacin (13 per cent-14 per cent), and choline (5 per cent-6 per cent) in both adolescents and adults; but had no impact on calories, carbohydrate, fat or sodium.
A serving of UV-light exposed commonly consumed mushrooms decreased population inadequacy for vitamin D from 95.3 per cent to 52.8 per cent for age group 9-18 years and from 94.9 per cent to 63.6 per cent for age group more than 19 years. (IANS)
The pandemic has forced children to go back to school with virtual learning having swapped classroom teaching. Although school in 2020 may look way too different, it still summons a celebration.
You can make a virtual lunch breaks memorable with some healthy snacks.
Dr Siddhant Bhargava, Fitness and Nutritional Scientist, Co-Founder of Food Darzee shares snacks tips that are nutritious to give a healthy start to your child's virtual school breaks:
Oatmeal: One of the nutritious options which can be a good snacking option for your children is oatmeal. Oats are packed with soluble fibre, which will help in increasing the number of good bacteria in your child's digestive tract, along with other health benefits. Instead of the sugar-rich flavoured oats, parents should make use of whole rolled oats to make oatmeal. Also, preparing oatmeal with milk instead of water will give some extra dose of protein and calcium to your kids, thus enhancing their immunity.
Ragi or nachani cookies: Ragi is packed with dietary fibre which aids digestion and helps your children to stay full for long time intervals. The amino acids present in ragi do away with the extra fat around the liver aiding to condense cholesterol levels in a child's body, thus, helping to keep obesity problems at bay. Looking for a crunchy snacking option, parents must sneak in some calcium-rich ragi flour in cookies, these crisp cookies are a perfect option for the short virtual breaks.
Steamed Dhokla: A snack that is perfect to fuel up on after a long day at school, the steaming of dhokla withholds the extra use of oil and is very light and easy for the child to digest. Curd that is used in this recipe enhances the goodness that comes with a fermented food like breaking down fat effortlessly alongside maintaining healthy gut flora. This will further aid your child's digestion and the bowel movement to get modulated.
Healthy soya burger: A big no-no to unhealthy junk food for children and more so during the pandemic times. You can substitute fried burger patties with nutritious soy patties prepared with soya granules. You can opt for a healthy filling with plenty of fresh veggies thus lending a miss to the fattening mayo and cheese. Soy is filled with protein, dietary fiber, and iron, and B vitamins thus making it a healthy snack option for your children to munch on during their virtual breaks.
Spinach Idlis: Parents can give a great twist to the recipe by adding spinach to your fermented idli batter, a perfect option for kids who don't eat their greens. Spinach being a superfood which includes a lot of rich fibres, iron, proteins, minerals, magnesium, and on the other hand, idli is another meal which is nourishing with less calorie. Spinach is rich in its water content which will aid in keeping your child hydrated throughout. It is a natural laxative and hence helps stimulate your child's bowel movements. Also, other benefits like aiding to keep immunity high and keeping gastric problems at bay, spinach is a go-to option that must be incorporated during your child's virtual school break.
(N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe can be contacted at [email protected])
New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) A group of migrant workers travelling back to Bihar's Gaya from Punjab's Amritsar looted snacks and water bottles meant for distribution among Sharmik Special passengers, official sources said on Sunday.According to northern railway officials, the incident occurred around 5.30 pm on Friday. The official said that the group looted four cartons of snacks as these were being carted in for train passengers by IRCTC staff. The migrants carried as many packets of chips, biscuits and water bottles as they could carry and fled the spot immediately.There was no railway police or other officials to intervene and restore order.Only Shramik trains for migrant workers are operational from the Old Delhi station.--IANSaks/sdr/tsb