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Here’s why mix-matching your cuisine can make meals more satisfying

DREXEL UNIVERSITY FOOD and hospitality researchers recently found that, to maximize your enjoyment when eating out, go for a mismatch of cuisine styles when you order your meal. In their experiments, they paired Italian or Thai dishes of varying quality—either an app or entrée—with each other and found that when a high-quality app preceded a subpar main course, diners reacted negatively. But when cuisines were mixed and matched, eaters had a much more positive dining experience—regardless of how tasty each dish was—and rated the meal more enjoyable overall. [“source-ndtv”]

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FSSAI sets nutritional benchmarks to fortify food items for PDS, midday meals

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released benchmarks to fortify the nutritional quality of food items used in social sector programmes such as ICDS, PDS and midday meals, such as rice, wheat flour, milk, edible oil and salt.Food fortification helps combat malnutrition through staple food items. The government is trying to push such products through government schemes to counter problems like stunting, overweight and anaemia, which are the major causes of maternal and child deaths. The FSSAI standards detail specific measurements for fortification. For instance, any…

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Getting kids to eat veggies when there’s no time for family meals

Eating meals as a family is a proven way to get kids to follow healthier diets, but there are other tricks parents can try when there’s no way to get everyone around the same table, a recent study suggests. In homes where family meals were rare, children ate more fruits and vegetables when these items were readily available and they routinely saw parents consume them too, the survey of about 2,500 teens in Minnesota found. “Interestingly, we found that in the absence of regular family meals these other parenting practices…

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Protein, Salt make you Sleepy after Large Meals: Study

Do you often feel sleepy after a large meal? Higher protein and salt content in diet as well as the amount of food consumed may be to blame, scientists say. Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in the US have for the first time found a way to study ‘food comas’ in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and explained some of the causes behind this phenomenon. They created a system that can measure both the sleep and feeding behaviours of individual fruit flies and discovered that, in much the same…

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Dinner With TV May be a Recipe for Less Healthy Meals

Families that eat dinner with the TV on tend to eat less healthy food and to enjoy the meals less than families who leave the TV off, according to a recent U.S. study. This was true even for families that were not paying attention to the TV and only had it on as background noise, the researchers write in the journal Appetite. “Family meals are protective for many aspects of child health,” lead author Amanda Trofholz said by email, adding that parents can take this time to check in with…

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Add a dash of vinegar to your meals for better health

Don’t just assume that vinegar is used for the flavour it adds to food. It has a number of health benefits , which is why you should ensure that it finds place in your kitchen. Containing high quantities of acetic acid, vinegar is said improve how well your body absorbs essential minerals from your meals. Women should include vinegar in their meals because it helps the body absorb more calcium. Certain studies say that vinegar is also helpful in keeping blood sugar levels in check. This is especially useful for…

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