What do consumers consider ‘healthy’ & how does that stack up to the truth?

What do consumers consider ‘healthy’ & how does that stack up to the truth?

  • June 14, 2021

According to Mintel research presented last month at IFT’s Time to Kick Start Healthy Eating virtual meeting, 52% of US consumers are concerned about strengthening their immune system and 47% are doing so by regularly consuming immune-boosting foods. This is up from only 27% who reported regularly consuming foods to support their immunity before the pandemic. And while Mintel research also shows that many consumers believe they eat healthy, most of them define ‘healthy’ as simply ‘fresh’ or having ‘no bad stuff.’

This is a “pretty narrow” definition, according to IFT President Noel Anderson who, in this episode of FoodNavigator-USA’s Soup-To-Nuts podcast​, calls on the nutrition and healthcare communities to seize consumer interest in health and nutrition and better educate them about the Dietary Guidelines and what a healthy diet entails. He also urges more research into the relationship between diet and health to better substantiate marketing claims and asks the government to encourage healthy nutrition more directly.

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The time to act is now

After more than a year of eating and cooking almost exclusively at home with a focus on supporting their physical and mental wellbeing during the pandemic, many Americans may be less ​physically fit than before the pandemic with many now grappling with what Anderson calls the “COVID-15.” He explains that the addition of 15 pounds or more during the pandemic has created another health crisis that is just as dangerous and in need of fast action as the coronavirus.

Probiotics benefits include weight loss, help with digestion and a healthy heart

Probiotics benefits include weight loss, help with digestion and a healthy heart

  • June 11, 2021

1. They aid digestion

Probiotics are made up of ‘good’ bacteria and taking them regularly can restore the natural balance of gut bacteria, said Rob.

“An imbalance of gut bacteria can mean that there are too many ‘bad’ bacteria,” Rob continued. “And as a result you may experience an unsettled digestive system which manifests itself as bloating, wind, constipation, or IBS.

“Taking a probiotic regularly or eating a diet which contains foods naturally high in good bacteria like kefir or sauerkraut could help.”

2. They are beneficial if you have had to take antibiotics for any reason

There is evidence to suggest that probiotic supplements can help cure antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.

Rob explained: “Taking antibiotics (especially for an extended period of time), can often result in diarrhoea. This is because the antibiotics kill many of the natural (and good) bacteria in your gut, which shifts the gut balance and allows harmful bacteria to thrive.

“So, by taking probiotics it aids the thriving of good bacteria in your gut.

“This reinforced the previous point that probiotics may help combat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), reduce gas, bloating, constipation, and other symptoms.”

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Boost immunity with these 5 Fruits During The Rainy Season

Boost immunity with these 5 Fruits During The Rainy Season

  • June 7, 2021

To prevent monsoon ailments, eat these seasonal fruits that boost immunity. Let’s take a look at what those fruits are and the health benefits they provide.

As the rainy season approaches, many people are tempted to gorge on the Garma garam samosas and chilli bajjis. During the monsoon season. However, did you know that there are seasonal fruits that should be consumed during the monsoons to help build immunity? These fruits that are readily available to us aid in the prevention of ailments that occur during the rainy season.

Here’s the list of must-have monsoon fruits

Apricot: During the monsoon, apricots are abundant. The apricot is frequently referred to as the “King of Fruits.” It has a low-calorie count. It is a rich source of Iron, folate, potassium, and vitamins. Apricots should be consumed by those who desire to reduce weight. The fruit helps to alleviate indigestion.

Pomegranate: Pomegranate helps to strengthen the immune system. It is healthy for everyone, from youngsters to adults, to consume one fruit every day. Also, it helps bring up your hemoglobin levels.

Apple: During the rainy season, the rate of metabolism slows significantly. And, the body is not in a state of activity. As a result, eating apple slices will help you stay healthy and active.

Bananas: Bananas are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Bananas have the ability to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract. There will be no indigestion. One fruit should be given to your child every day. This not only gives the body energy, but it also fills the stomach.

Papaya: Papaya is high in vitamin C and helps to strengthen the immune system. It acts against the health issues associated with the monsoon. It has a lot of fiber. However, papaya should be used in moderation.

Immunity boosting: Healthy drinks that keep you hydrated and boost immunity

Immunity boosting: Healthy drinks that keep you hydrated and boost immunity

  • June 6, 2021
We all know we’re supposed to hydrate, especially during the summer. Your body can excrete up to ten litres of water in a day. Surely, ten litres is a lot to drink! Here’s the thing though, the daily recommended water intake is about 1.5-2 litres everyday. Our bodies get a lot of their water content during digestion by breaking down the food we eat. While we make sure to cook our food to appeal to our taste buds, there are ways we can make our water intake tasty as well. Dimple Jangda, Ayurvedic Health coach, suggests a few things that can really help your body

The Prana Immunity Booster drink is a must have this summer. Here’s how you can make it:

Heat 1 teaspoon of organic ghee in a small pan. Add in a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of turmeric, 1 cardamom, 1 clove, freshly grated ginger and a pinch of pepper. Saute this for a minute till the aromatic herbs blend in with the ghee. Add in a glass of water and boil it well. Once ready, enjoy this immunity booster!

This drink protects your body from the damage of free radicals, strengthens your immune response to antigens and can clear up congestion in the nasal and throat area.
Ayurveda stresses upon the importance of ghee and for good reason. Consuming ghee not only builds up better gut and immune health, but can also cleanse the lungs. It is highly beneficial for everyone to consume 1 teaspoon of ghee everyday.

Let’s also understand the current covid strain which causes symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach issues, conjunctivitis, rashes all over the body and

discolouration of the arms and legs. It’s important to consume tender coconut water which helps in reducing these symptoms which are caused due to a pitta imbalance.

Sabja seeds soaked in water overnight is highly beneficial in reducing pitta imbalance and acclimatising to the summer heat.

An alternative drink is The Virgin Toddy created by Dimple. This is a great replacement for the sugary drinks sold in the market, that cause a spike in your blood sugar levels and then a sudden drop, creating waves of tiredness. Here’s what you’ll need:

A few slices of tangerine

1 cinnamon stick

1 clove

Half tsp teaspoon grated ginger

Pinch of ground pepper

Fresh apple juice to taste

Here’s how you’ll make it:

Boil the herbs with 200 ml of water till the water changes colour and the aroma of the herbs fill the air. Let the mixture cool and then strain out the herbs from the water. Add in the apple juice as per your taste and drop in your tangerine slices for a hint of citrus. Once you try this drink, you’ll be sure to love it. Having no added sugar, it keeps your blood sugar level stable yet provides you with a sweet taste to boost your energy levels with. This drink has powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties.

It is high in antioxidants and can fight off infections. These recipes are proof that choosing more healthy options in your day to day life does not mean compromising on taste and experience. By realising the different properties of foods, it is easy to learn how to marry flavours to provide a nutrient dense yet flavourful meal or drink.


Healthy Diet Crucial To Boost Immune System During Pandemic: Turkish Dietician

  • June 6, 2021

ANKARA, 6 June (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 6th Jun, 2021 ) :- Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is crucial to boosting the immune system during the coronavirus pandemic, a Turkish dietician told Anadolu Agency.

“Although there is no food that can prevent the spread of the virus on its own, a healthy and balanced diet, together with physical activity and regular sleep, strengthens the immune system,” Busra Sabur said in an interview for World Dietitian Day.

Sabur said she saw increases in body weight during the lockdown, even among her patients who follow a strict healthy diet. She explained that is because the pandemic led to less physical activity, a tendency to consume packaged foods and a feeling of leisureliness.

“The pandemic also causes fears of starting a diet among people and they begin to eat more to strengthen their immune system,” she said. For Sabur, it is the wrong way to proceed. “Unfortunately, it is not the right path. A healthy diet boosts the immune system by meeting all our nutritional needs,” she said.

But if bodyweight increases with the unconscious intake of calories, our immunity suffers from the risk of obesity, she noted.

Children and adolescents have been the most affected group from the pandemic, according to Sabur and she observed an increase in the number of child clients applying to her clinic.

“Unfortunately, children and adolescents have entered a period where physical activity at home is very limited due to the online education and pandemic restrictions. When an unhealthy diet is added to an inactive life, the incidence of obesity in childhood has increased,” she said.

Her advice to parents is to encourage their children to eat healthy and engage in more physical activity.

“Packaged products, acidic beverages and pastries should not be taken at home. If bodyweight gain cannot be prevented, support from nutritionists should be sought,” she said.

Why Milk is crucial for a healthy immune system

Why Milk is crucial for a healthy immune system

  • June 3, 2021

It won’t be wrong if we consider Milk as one of the staple foods of most human beings. It is a vital part of a healthy, balanced diet for each individual and the annual World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to spread this message.

A glass of milk may give you the immunity edge you need. How? Why? Have a look!

Milk is a wholesome source of protein:

Milk is a rich source of protein, with just one cup containing 8 grams. Proteins are of two types—one is a high biological value and other is low biological value. The high biological value protein comes from dairy products such as milk, curd, and paneer. To generate WBCs in large quantities, one needs to ensure adequate quantity of proteins are included in the diet on a daily basis. This will help the body generate the extra defence needed at the time of infection. White blood cells create the antibodies required to fight the infection. The army of cells which fight the infection are all protein in nature.

Prevents weight gain:

Studies have shown that milk intake can lower the risk of obesity but only with whole milk. It contains a variety of components that may contribute to weight loss and prevent weight gain. For example, its high-protein content helps you feel full for a longer period of time, which may prevent overeating.

Nutritional profile of Milk:

  • It contains nine essential amino acids necessary for principal functioning of the body.
  • Tremendous source of vitamin D, B12, magnesium, zinc, and thiamine, which aid in boosting immunity.
  • Rich in potassium which may help keep blood pressure in check.
  • Rich in nutrients like Vitamin A that enhances our skin health.
  • Provides high biological value protein and Vitamin D.

Good for your bones:

The powerful combination of nutrients in milk, including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, protein and vitamin K2 are quite essential for maintaining strong, healthy bones.

Healthy diet for elderly prisoners across Tamil Nadu

Healthy diet for elderly prisoners across Tamil Nadu

  • May 28, 2021

It is meant to boost immunity of the aged and those in poor health lodged in central prisons

Egg, black channa, soup — this is part of the staple diet of elderly prisoners and those in poor health lodged in central prisons across Tamil Nadu.

This is an effort to boost their immune system, helping them avoid contracting COVID-19.

15 elderly in Puzhal

There are nine central jails in the State, where there are over 200 prisoners aged above 60 and more than 100 who have weak immunity. In Puzhal Central Prison alone, over 15 elderly prisoners have been housed for various offences.

“During the first wave last year, inmates of the Puzhal prison were infected. A team of government doctors that monitored them suggested this diet. It had a good impact on their health, and they recovered. So we reintroduced this diet this year for those who are in need of a good immune system,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, DGP, Prisons.

On regular days, the prisoners are given ‘upma’, made of pongal rice, for breakfast; for lunch, they are given rice, sambar and some vegetables and butter milk. In the evening, groundnuts are given. For dinner, rice or ‘chapatis’ are served.

“We are following all protocols in the prisons. In order to strengthen their immune system, we have started serving the inmates healthy food, along with the regular menu, every day. In most prisons. ‘kashayam’, ‘amukara milk’, ‘kabasura kudineer’, brown channa, lemon juice, lemon soup, milk, ‘murungai’ (drumstick) soup and egg are provided,” said A. Murugesan, DIG, Prisons.

Yoga sessions

Online yoga sessions are also conducted for all prisoners. “They are also allowed to walk within their blocks,” said a prison official in Vellore.

Besides, the arrested persons are first placed in 110 sub-jails across the State for quarantine and then brought to the central prisons after they test negative for COVID-19.

For elderly prisoners in TN, a healthy diet to boost immunity during the pandemic

For elderly prisoners in TN, a healthy diet to boost immunity during the pandemic

  • May 28, 2021

A number of additions have been made to the everyday diet at prisons, including eggs and black channa, in an effort to build immunity and ward off the virus, prison officials said

Eggs, black channa and soup are now part of the staple diet of elderly prisoners and those with poor health, housed in different Central Prisons in Tamil Nadu. This is an effort to boost their immune systems, in order to help them avoid contracting COVID-19.

There are a total of nine central jails across the State, and in them there are over 200 prisoners above the age of 60 and over 100 who have weak immune systems. At Puzhal Central Prison in Chennai alone, there are over 15 elderly prisoners housed for various offences.

“Last year, during the first wave of the pandemic, prisoners in Puzhal prison got infected and a team of government doctors, who monitored them, suggested this diet. It had a good impact on their health and they recovered. So we reintroduced this diet this year for those who are in need of good immunity,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, DGP, Prisons.

On regular days, the prisoners used to be given upma made of pongal rice for breakfast, for lunch they are given rice, sambar and some vegetables and butter milk, in the evening, ground nuts are provided as a snack, and for dinner rice or chapatis are served.

“We are following all safety protocols in the prisons. In order to strengthen the immune system of prisoners, we started serving healthy food along with the regular menu every day. In most prisons, kashayam, amukara milk, kabasura kudineer, brown channa, lemon juice, lemon soup, milk, murungai (drumstick) soups and eggs are provided,” said A. Murugesan, DIG prisons.

Apart from this, online yoga sessions are also conducted for all the prisoners. “They are also allowed to walk within their block,” added a prison official from Vellore. Besides, the arrested are first placed in 110 sub-jails across the state for quarantine and then brought to the central prisons after testing negative.


Healthy soups to boost your immune system (recipes included)

  • May 27, 2021

There are few things cozier than a pot of soup simmering on the stove. Plus, soup is one of the most hassle-free dishes you can make. Just toss the ingredients into a pot and let them cook for a few minutes so that the flavors develop.

Soups make great immune-boosting foods, too. Certain recipes call for health-promoting ingredients, like garlic, ginger and turmeric. Get cooking and whip up these delicious, heartwarming soups:

Garlic mushroom soup

Garlic and mushrooms are great for boosting immune health. For starters, garlic has powerful compounds that help your immune system ward off foreign invaders. On the other hand, mushrooms are rich in vitamin D, a nutrient critical for immune function. Here’s a recipe that features both of these immune-boosting foods:


1 ounce dried mixed mushrooms (e.g., shiitake, porcini)

1 medium white onion, chopped

1 whole garlic bulb, peeled and crushed

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated

4 cups water

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon vegetable bouillon powder or 1 cube

Juice of 1 lemon

Ground black pepper

Sea salt


  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the dried mushrooms in a bowl. Leave them to soak for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof pan and add the onion, ginger and garlic. Cook until fragrant.
  • Add the mushrooms and their water to the pan. Add the vegetable bouillon powder or cube.
  • Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Cover the pan and simmer for 2 hours. Serve with crusty bread.

Chicken zoodle soup

Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, is a gluten-free pasta substitute. Using zoodles for your soups or pasta allows you to eat more vegetables while also ditching store-bought noodles, which are often made from refined grains.


2 celery ribs, chopped

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

10 1/2 ounces zucchini noodles

3 1/2 ounces chopped onion

1 1/2 ounces diced carrots

3 cups chicken broth

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoons homemade poultry seasoning (sage, thyme and parsley)

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • To a pressure cooker, add the breasts, onion, carrots, celery, broth and seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Close the lid and seal the vent. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Quick-release the steam.
  • Remove the chicken from the soup. Shred it using two forks, then return it to the soup.
  • Add the zucchini noodles to the soup and let sit until soft, around 5–10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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10 Vitamins And Minerals To Take For A Healthy Immune System :: The Pavlovic Today

  • May 27, 2021

Staying healthy in the middle of a pandemic holds the utmost importance. That is why the public is searching for ways to keep a healthy immune system, even after receiving the vaccine. Now, we have the answer for better immunity. 

According to author and physician Dr. Mark Hyman, there are many ways we can use vitamins, minerals, and herbs to build a healthier immune system. 

Take these 10 vitamins and minerals to boost your immune function


—Vitamin D3

—Buffered Vitamin C

—Zinc citrate


Nutritional supplement ( Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

—1-3, 1-6 Beta Glucans 

—Natural antiviral herbs

—Mushroom extracts 



In an article Hyman wrote for Food Revolution Network, he said “There is an increasing number of health claims and the promotion of supplements has also increased in the coronavirus frenzy. There is a lot we don’t know and a lot we do know. It’s important not to go overboard and be sensible.” 

You may not find every one of these vitamins and minerals at your local pharmacy, but that is okay also. Now, there are blogs that are finding ways to incorporate these key vitamins and minerals into recipes. 

According to blogger  Mickey Trescott and certified health coach Angie Alt, there is always a creative way to cook healthy foods you can incorporate into your everyday life. 

On their blog “Autoimmune Wellness,” they share meal plans for individuals that may suffer from autoimmune disorders or illnesses like COVID-19. 

“I serve people who are ready for a revolutionary approach,” said Alt on her blog. “First, I train them on handling the practical details of the process, from planning and preparation to goal-setting and troubleshooting. Then I sprinkle in the insights and encouragement everyone needs.” 

Now, finding ways to boost your immune function has never been easier. By using these 10 vitamins and minerals, and finding ways to incorporate healthy foods into your lifestyle, we can all stay healthy amidst the pandemic. So, are you ready for a better immunity?