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67% of the poultry farms tested used antimicrobials as growth boosters—despite a government ban.
Fake supplements dominate the market.
Hailing from Mumbai, I ate a ton of ice cream every summer. It was a tasty way to beat the heat. After I started foodnetindia, however, I realised that a lot of what I ate back then might not have bee...
As a kid, I used to get excited about the summer holidays for two reasons. One, because it meant not having to wake up early for school and two, it meant a near unlimited supply of mangoes (courtesy m...
Cooking oil is a staple food item in every household. While there are several types of cooking oil, vegetable oils are probably the most popular cooking oils in India. The most common among these incl...
The meals are prepared by the ISKCON Foundation.
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They are poisoning their victims.
Lessons from the McDonald's fiasco in Kolkata.
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Some time ago, I had written an article about the possible link between talcum powder use by women and ovarian cancer. Today, I want to try to make a case (that's the lawyer in me talking) about why s...
This applies to everyone, even the so-called educated classes.
I normally write about potentially unsafe food that people eat, or chemicals and pesticides added to food, etc. This time, I'm writing about the food that someone else consumes. Can that affect a pers...
Some time ago, I had written an article about pesticides, and the potential damage to health that some of them can cause. After some more reading, I've come across a few that I felt I should deal with...
When I think of supplements, the first picture in my head is a huge bodybuilder. Then I remember that there are so many different types of supplements in the market these days. There are supplements t...
Literally everyone uses plastic items to store, serve and eat food—spoons, containers, microwave cooking dishes, jars—the list is long. Even restaurants pack food for home delivery into pl...
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4-Methylimidazole. Ever heard of it? My money is on no. Neither had I until my foodnetindia adventure began. 4-Methylimidazole (4-MEI or 4-MEL) is a chemical present in caramel colour. According to th...
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Street food in India is tasty and cheap, and consequently, wildly popular. It has the potential to affect the health of tens of millions of people. For this reason alone, we need to do something to improve its safety and quality. And this goal is not so difficult to achieve.
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My mom leaves for work at 6am every morning, which means I make my own breakfast (three fried eggs with sautéed vegetables, and a protein shake). I fry my eggs in butter. I know most people would call me crazy, and tell me that I will get fat (I'm still the skinniest guy around!), but trust me, it's safer than vanaspati ghee (partially hydrogenated vegetable oil), and many other commercially available vegetable oils.
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Everybody in India has seen the ubiquitous meat shops with carcasses of goats hanging in the open, the butcher cutting off pieces for customers, and flies swarming all over. I know a lot of people buy meat or chicken from these shops because it is generally cheaper and people think it is 'fresh'. However, usually, it isn't 'fresh' and most people in India are buying and cooking pathogen-infested, rotten meat.
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Have you ever walked into a mithai shop and just stared at all the brightly coloured sweets? Or tucked into Indian Chinese street food with the eye-popping orange and red sauces? However, there's a pretty grim reality behind the appetizing colours that used to make kids like me stand and salivate.
When I was growing up, my mom used to make me drink a glass of milk every morning. Millions of mothers all over the country follow this practice, and with good reason. Milk is, after all, considered to be a super-food. The problem is that a large amount of the milk in India is adulterated with substances from water to urea and detergent. While some adulterants just reduce the nutritional value, others can do some serious damage to people's health.