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Anthony Bourdain changed the food, travel and media worlds

My wife and I went to Thailand last year on our honeymoon. Had we never known of Anthony Bourdain, we might have just headed for Hawaii (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But Bourdain changed me. And not just me. Bourdain changed the restaurant world. He changed the travel world. And he changed the media world. In no small way, he helped change the world at large. He made it feel simultaneously much smaller and much bigger. He died from an apparent suicide last week, and the world will…

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Green Chilli Seed Benefits: Here’s Why You Should Add Spice To Your Food

Most of us have a habit of eating green chillies with a meal; turns out, it may be a great practice. Green chillies may be fiery, but they have numerous benefits to offer. In fact, more than the thick green skin, it is the seeds that give you a spicy flavour. Chilli seeds should be added to the curries; these tiny wonders may look like they cannot do anything good, but they come packed with many nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, iron, copper, potassium, niacin, dietary fibre,…

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Packaging affects how food is absorbed by our bodies, and not in a good way

Turns out, food packaging could be negatively affecting nutrient absorption in your body. According to a new study conducted by the Binghamton University, food packaging could be negatively affecting the way in which your digestive tract operates. “We found that zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at doses that are relevant to what you might normally eat in a meal or a day can change the way that your intestine absorbs nutrients or your intestinal cell gene and protein expression,” said researcher Gretchen Mahler. According to Mahler, these ZnO nanoparticles are present…

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Why Meal Timings Are As Important As The Food You Take

A balanced and nutritious diet in combination of exercise or light physical activity is surely the key to healthy life. But come to think of it, is that  all it takes to be perfectly healthy? Think again. There is a factor as important, that you may have been ruling out unknowingly. We’re talking about meal timings. Remember how in school you had a fixed lunch breakand each day the bell would ring at the same time? Turns out that this is the kind of discipline your body asks for, (in addition to good…

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New robot can help treat rare birth defect that affects the food pipe of babies

Scientists have created a robot, which can be implanted into a baby’s body to treat a rare birth defect that affects the food pipe. The prototype robotic implant, developed by the researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital in the US, encourages tissue growth in babies. The robot is a small device which is attached to the oesophagus by two rings. An incorporated motor then stimulates the cells by gently pulling the tissue. Using two types of sensors – one to measure the tension in the tissue and…

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Love adding extra salt to your food? You may be putting yourself at risk of dementia

Love to eat crispy roasted nuts and potato wafers that are high in salt? Beware, besides harming your heart, it may also harm your brain and lead to dementia, researchers have warned. In mice, the high-salt diet reduced the resting cerebral blood flow by 28% in the cortex and 25% in the hippocampus – brain regions involved in learning and memory. This impairment in the blood flow to the brain was caused by a decrease in the production of nitric oxide – a gas generated by endothelial cells – the…

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