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Sugar-free, calorie free: Artificial sweeteners may not help with weight loss

If you feel artificial sweeteners are a perfect substitute to sugar, you might want to think again. Marketed as ‘sugar-free’ or ‘diet option’, artificial sweeteners – commonly found in a variety of food and beverages, including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies – give a person the same pleasure as sugar but reduce the calories. But, are these popularly marketed sweeteners the right choice? “People who are weight conscious or suffering from diabetes or cardiac problems usually prefer artificial sweeteners over table sugar as they are calorie-free. However, many would not…

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White rice and diabetes are not natural fits. Keep these diet tips in mind

Though some might argue that brown rice is a more healthy alternative, white rice is a more popular and preferred foodgrain across India, especially its eastern regions. White rice is a good source of carbohydrates and the better half of many delectable food combos like dal-chaawal, rajma-chawal, biryaanis, pulao, and so on. However, experts say that the calories in white rice can spike blood sugar levels, and excessive consumption could increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. White rice is a good source of carbohydrates and the better half of many delectable food combos like…

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Unravel 2 Not Coming to Nintendo Switch, May Have Co-Op Mode Hints ESRB Rating

Quirky platformer Unravel was revealed at E3 2015 and released in 2016. Barely two years since its debut, Unravel 2 is on the way. While EA had confirmed it was working with Unravel developer Coldwood, little has been said since. Now, thanks to an ESRB rating for Unravel 2 spotted by those on popular gaming forum ResetEra, we know what to expect. Namely, no Unravel 2 for Nintendo Switch (as the console isn’t listed as one of the platforms for launch) and possible cooperative play thanks to the game’s description. Expect Unravel 2 to make an…

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Couple’s spat is not good for your diabetes, tension and stress worsens it

Having a fight with a spouse may not only hurt feelings, but also worsen symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes, a study has found. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University in the US found that in two groups of older individuals – one group with arthritis and one with diabetes – the patients who felt more tension with their spouse also reported worse symptoms on those days. The findings – published in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine – could potentially help create interventions targeted at helping couples with…

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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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What Is A Cheat Meal? Why An Occasional Binge May Not Be A Bad Idea

So, you have been good all the week. Refrained from fried foods, chose to pick a salad over the fatty steak. And, let’s not forget the cheesecake cravings that you successfully managed to ignore! When it comes to food, not giving into the impulses is a task. A task, that calls for a due reward from time to time. Cheat meal is one such incentive you can treat yourself with, after a spell of eating clean and staying active. Don’t worry; your nutritionists would not mind this occasional binge either. But Why…

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