What are the chemicals we eat every day?

Monday, April 30, 2012

Even the most experienced cook can not fully appreciate the quality of the product in the eyes. In some cases, odor and color play only a function of the beautiful packaging, behind which hides a set of dubious ingredients. The researchers tested a few products to find out where and under what kind of potential danger may be lurking.


Universal Gas is suitable not only for the lighters. The food industry considers butane as artificial antioxidant. Chemical element is added to chicken nuggets to keep fresh. The dish, which in appearance looks like just cooked, it can be podzapravleno butane.
Most often found in ready-made processed foods with long shelf life, such as frozen foods, crackers, chips and fast food.


Elevated levels of estrogen indicates a questionable origin of the product. Most often, a hormone given to cows milk and meat. Estrogen causes rapid development and growth, which increases milk production and the amount of meat products. And while the question "Is it bad" experts answer is negative, to use such products as food physicians strongly recommend.

Powder Spinach

The composition of some green pastry, or at least a hint of it is only indirectly related to the vegetable crops. As a component simulating green, dehydrated, and is used here does not have the nutritional value of spinach. The use of such products as useful as it is dust.

Propylene glycol or antifreeze

The substance is traditionally used in the automotive and cosmetic industries. The reagent does not freeze panes, and also provides water-holding and soothing effect. Because the adverse symptoms were not recorded, the substance was used as a food additive to create these same properties in food.
Potentially hazardous food: confectionery, alcoholic and non-alcoholic carbonated beverages, energy, frozen fruits and poultry.

Since natural vanilla is expensive, and the world needs is a few thousand tons per year, was invented a method for synthesizing the substance of the more accessible parts. Most vanillin is produced from lignin - a byproduct of pulp and paper industry.
Used as a flavor in yogurt, baked goods, beverages and confectionery.

The substance of the glands of the beaver

Aromatic substance extracted from the glands of the beaver. Initially, a mixture designed for medical purposes. Over time, it began to be used in the perfume industry as a natural perfume fixative and odor. In terms of the substance of the food industry can play a raspberry flavoring. It is believed that these days the jet is added only in expensive spirits in practice, beaver gland found in the jelly, ice cream, candy and flavored drinks.
The fact of what constitutes a product, usually written on the package, but for the modern buyer is nothing more than a formality. Going for food, should not be limited to entertaining reading matter on the shelf-life, especially if the product is wrapped in colorful packaging, or sold at a low price is tempting.

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An Apple a day keeps you glowing all day

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Today, I am going to discuss with you the benefits of Apple on our skin and the various face masks you can make with the use of it. Let us see the various benefits of Apple.
  • Cleans the bowels
  • Chew an Apple after your meal for pearly white teeth
  • Regular intake of Apple reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Is a great anti-aging mask because of the high content of anti-oxidants
  • Place slices of Apple under your eyes to reduce dark circles or puffy eyes
  • Mash a quarter of an apple with milk cream and apply on your face to remove blemishes and dark spots. It is a great remedy for acne.
  • Cut a slice of an apple and apply the juice on your face until the slice dries up. It balances the oil production in your body and is a great hydrating mask.
  • Apple provides relief from acne and sunburn due to its cooling properties. Place a slice of Apple in fridge for an hour or so and then,apply on sun-burnt skin or acne prone skin to get relief.
  • Apple not only provides hydration to the skin, but, also cleanses our skin. So, you can use Apple as an exfoliant too.
  • Mix a grated apple with honey and apply on your face for five minutes for a hydrated, stress free skin.

Written by An Indian Software Engineer

A Bitter Reality

As the dream of most parents I had acquired a degree in
Software Engineering and joined a company based in USA, the
land of braves and opportunity. When I arrived in the USA, it
was as if a dream had come true.

Here at last I was in the place where I want to be. I decided I
would be staying in this country for about Five years in which
time I would have earned enough money to settle down in India.

My father was a government employee and after his retirement,
the only asset he could acquire was a decent one bedroom flat.

I wanted to do some thing more than him. I started feeling
homesick and lonely as the time passed. I used to call home and
speak to my parents every week using cheap international phone
cards. Two years passed, two years of Burgers at McDonald's and
pizzas and discos and 2 years watching the foreign exchange
rate getting happy whenever the Rupee value went down.

Finally I decided to get married. Told my parents that I have
only 10 days of holidays and everything must be done within
these 10 days. I got my ticket booked in the cheapest flight.
Was jubilant and was actually enjoying hopping for gifts for
all my friends back home. If I miss anyone then there will be
talks. After reaching home I spent home one week going through
all the photographs of girls and as the time was getting
shorter I was forced to select one candidate.

In-laws told me, to my surprise, that I would have to get
married in 2-3 days, as I will not get anymore holidays. After
the marriage, it was time to return to USA, after giving some
money to my parents and telling the neighbors to look after
them, we returned to USA.

My wife enjoyed this country for about two months and then she
started feeling lonely. The frequency of calling India
increased to twice in a week sometimes 3 times a week. Our
savings started diminishing.

After two more years we started to
have kids. Two lovely kids, a boy and a girl, were gifted to us
by the almighty. Every time I spoke to my parents, they asked
me to come to India so that they can see their grand-children.

Every year I decide to go to India… But part work part
monetary conditions prevented it. Years went by and visiting
India was a distant dream. Then suddenly one day I got a
message that my parents were seriously sick. I tried but I
couldn't get any holidays and thus could not go to India ... The
next message I got was my parents had passed away and as there
was no one to do the last rights the society members had done
whatever they could. I was depressed. My parents had passed
away without seeing their grand children.

After couple more years passed away, much to my children's
dislike and my wife's joy we returned to India to settle down.
I started to look for a suitable property, but to my dismay my
savings were short and the property prices had gone up during
all these years. I had to return to the USA...

My wife refused to come back with me and my children refused to
stay in India... My 2 children and I returned to USA after
promising my wife I would be back for good after two years.

Time passed by, my daughter decided to get married to an
American and my son was happy living in USA... I decided that
had enough and wound-up every thing and returned to India... I
had just enough money to buy a decent 02 bedroom flat in a
well-developed locality.

Now I am 60 years old and the only time I go out of the flat is
for the routine visit to the nearby temple. My faithful wife
has also left me and gone to the holy abode.


I wondered was it worth all this?

My father, even after staying in India,

Had a house to his name and I too have
the same nothing more.

I lost my parents and children for just ONE EXTRA BEDROOM.

Looking out from the window I see a lot of children dancing.
This damned cable TV has spoiled our new generation and these
children are losing their values and culture because of it. I
get occasional cards from my children asking I am alright. Well
at least they remember me.

Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbors again who will
be performing my last rights, God Bless them.

But the question
remains 'was all this worth it?'

I am still searching for an answer.................!!!




Health Benefits of Watermelon

 Watermelon is a natural source of most antioxidant vitamins C and A to protect us from many diseases.
It is low in calories and an excellent fruit for those who are calorie conscious.
Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration. It also reduces the risk of dehydration.
Watermelon is rich in the B vitami...ns like Vitamin B1 and B6 necessary for energy production.
Watermelon is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.
According to a research published by the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition eating lycopene-rich fruits like watermelon can reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer and lowering inflammation that may cause hypertension and heart disease.
According to a latest study done by Indian Association of Urologists, because of the lycopene content in this fruit it is helpful in increasing male fertility by improving both sperm concentration and motility.
Consuming Watermelon or applying externally can do wonders for the skin by making it healthy and glowing. Cold watermelon also can be used as a compress on sore skin.

25 Health Benefits of Lemon

1 ) Lemon is found to be Anti-Carcinogenic which ...lower the rates of Colon, Prostate, and Breast Cancer.They prevent faulty metabolism in the cell, which can predispose a cell to becoming carcinogenic.Also blocks the formation of nitrosamines in the Gut.

2 ) Lemon being a citrus fruit, fights Against İnfection.

It helps in production of WBC's and antibodies in blood which attacks the invading microorganism and prevents infection.

3 ) Lemon is an Antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, Cardiovascular Diseases.

4 ) Lemon Lowers Blood Pressure and increases the levels of HDL (Good Cholesterol)

5 ) A few drops of lemon juice in hot water are believed to Clear the Digestive System and Purify Liver as well.

6 ) Lemon juice is given to Relieve Gingivitis, Stomatitis, and İnflammation of the Tongue.

7) Lemon juice is given to prevent common Cold.

8 ) Lemon juice is given to prevent or treat Urinary Tract İnfection and Gonorrhea.

9 ) Lemon juice is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its Poison and Pain.

10 ) Lemon juice relieves Colic Pain and Gastric Problems.

11 ) Lemon juice used for marinating seafood or meat Kills Bacteria and other Organisms present in them, thereby prevents many gastro-intestinal Tract İnfections.

12 ) Lemon juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning lowers cholesterol levels and Brings Down your Weight.

13 ) Lemon juice is the best drink to prevent dehydration and shock in case of Diarrhea.

14 ) A table spoon on thick lemon syrup everyday relieves Asthma.

15 ) Lemon juice can also be used as a Mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel.

16 ) Gargling lemon juice relieves Throat İnfection and also used as a treatment for diphtheria.

17 ) Lemon juice helps to prevent and cure Osteoarthritis.

18 ) Lemon applied over the face removes wrinkles and keeps you Young.

19 ) Lemon juice is said to give a glow to the Skin.

20 ) The skin of lemon dried under the sun and then ground to make powder can be applied to the hair for a few minutes before bath which relieves head ache and cools the body.

21 ) Applying lemon juice to Acne dries the existing ones and prevents from getting more.

22 ) Lemon juice Soothes the Dry Skin when applied with little glycerin.

23 ) Lemon juice acts as a Natural Hair Lightner and skin bleach which reduces the pigment melanin and prevents the risk of chemical allergic reactions which is common with hair dyes and bleaches.

24 ) Lemon juice relieves Chilblains and İtchy Skin.

25 ) Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for Dandruff and Greasy Hair

Athletes Are Able To Run Faster After Eating Beetroot


Eating beetroot can boost athletic performance, research has suggested, by helping runners finish faster.

Scientists have discovered athletes who eat baked beetroot before a race run put in a faster time.

The purple root vegetable contains high levels of chemicals called nitrates, which have been shown to boost exercise performance.

Researchers at St Louis University in America found athletes were able to run five kilometres faster after eating beetroot than after eating cranberries.It follows other studies that have shown beetroot juice can increase stamina and make muscles more efficient. The St Louis team recruited 11 fit and healthy men and women and asked them to run five kilometres on a treadmill, twice.

Before the first run, the volunteers consumed a portion of baked beetroot, of about 200 grams, or 7 ounces, of beetroot just over an hour before hitting the treadmill.Before the second run, they ate an equivalent amount of cranberry relish, chosen because it has a similar calorific content to beetroot but without the same nitrate levels.

The results, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, showed that after eating the cranberry relish, the runners averaged a speed of 11.9 kilometres per hour, or 7.3mph.
But after consuming beetroot, their average speed went up to 12.3 kilometres per hour, around 7.6mph.
Researchers said runners appear to be able to speed up in the last section of the run after eating beetroot.
In a report on their findings, they said: "During the last 1.1 miles of the run, speed was five per cent faster in the beetroot trial."

Lead author Margaret Murphy wrote in the journal: "Consumption of nitrate-rich, whole beetroot improves running performance in healthy adults."Because whole vegetables have been shown to have health benefits, whereas nitrates from other sources may have detrimental health effects, it would be prudent for individuals seeking performance benefits to obtain nitrates from whole vegetables, such as beetroot."
It follows previous research on the benefits of beetroot juice carried by out Peninsula Medical School in Exeter.

One published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2010, found that after drinking the juice participants muscles were more efficient and used less oxygen while walking.Katie Lansley, a PhD student from the university’s Sport and Health Sciences department and lead author of the study, said:

 “As you get older, or if you have conditions which affect your cardiovascular system, the amount of oxygen you can take in to use during exercise drops considerably. This means that, for some people, even simple tasks like walking may not be manageable.

“What we’ve seen in this study is that beetroot juice can actually reduce the amount of oxygen you need to perform even low-intensity exercise. In principle, this effect could help people do things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.”

Beetroot juice seemed to widen blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and allowing more blood flow and affected muscle reducing the amount of oxygen needed during activity.
In 2009 Peninsula researchers found drinking beetroot juice could have a powerful effect on stamina and endurance, as well as lower blood pressure.

The researchers, from the University of Exeter and the Peninsula Medical School, also in Exeter, recruited eight healthy young men to complete a series of cycling tests.
They took them twice – after drinking beetroot juice once a day for six days and after drinking blackcurrant cordial.

When tasked with cycling at an easy pace, the men used less oxygen after drinking beetroot, suggesting their muscles were able to do the same amount of work while spending less energy.
When they were asked to cycle for as long as they could before stopping, the beetroot juice allowed them to pedal an extra minute-and-a-half before running out of energy.

This 16 per cent increase in endurance could mean someone who normally runs out of steam after jogging for an hour would be able to keep going for an extra ten minutes.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Life isn't a straight road,
There is a curve called failure,
A loop called confusion,
Speed bumps called friends,
Red lights called enemies,

Caution signs called family,⚠
And sometimes you have a flat tire called jobs,
But if you have a spare called determination,

And the engine called perseverance,
You'll make it to a place called success...!!

40,000-year-old baby mammoth goes on display

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Exhibition staff members display the most well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, at a press preview in Hong Kong Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The one-month old baby mammoth of the Ice Age, died 42,000 years ago and was preserved in the ice. Lyuba was found by a reindeer herder in permafrost of the Yamal Peninsula, Siberia on 2007. She will be exhibited in Hong Kong from April 12 to May 10.(Photo/AP)

The carcass of a well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, is seen during a media preview in Hong Kong April 10, 2012. Lyuba, whose carcass is 40,000 years old, was found by a reindeer herder in Yamal Peninsula in Russia in 2007. She will be exhibited at IFC Mall in Hong Kong on April 12.(Photo/Reuters)

Exhibition staff members display the most well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, at a press preview in Hong Kong Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The one-month old baby mammoth of the Ice Age, died 42,000 years ago and was preserved in the ice. Lyuba was found by a reindeer herder in permafrost of the Yamal Peninsula, Siberia on 2007. She will be exhibited in Hong Kong from April 12 to May 10.

The carcass of a well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, was showcased in Hong Kong on Apr. 10. Lyuba, whose carcass is 40,000 years old, was found by a reindeer herder in Yamal Peninsula in Russia in 2007. She will be exhibited at IFC Mall in Hong Kong on Apr. 12 - May 10.

Poor neighbour!!

 An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard.

I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

... He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

D next day he was bck, greeted me in my yard,walked inside nd resumed his spot in d hall nd again slept 4 about an hour.

Dis continued off nd on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar:'I would like 2 find out who d owner of dis wonderful sweet dog is and ask if u r aware dat almost every afternoon ur dog comes to my house 4 a nap.

D next day he arrived 4 his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:'Yes, He lives in a home, with my non stop chatting & nagging wife, he's trying 2 catch up on his sleep...
Can I come with him!!

Pegasus Statue of Smartphones



The holy temple of Stambheshwar Mahadev is situated at the distance of
around 40 miles from the city of Vadodara in the small town of Kavi
Kamboi, Gujrat. The specialty of this ancient temple is its
location within the bay of Cambay, a part ofthe Arabian Sea.

This sacred Siva Linga at the Stambheshwar temple which was established
by Bhagwan Kartik after killing Tarkasur (as mentioned in Kumarika
khand as mentioned in Skand Purana).

Lord Shiva at the Stambheshwar temple can only be viewed during the low
tide hours and gets disappeared inside the sea during high tide hours.
Depending upon the time of high and low tide., one can view the
full Lord. Shiva Lingam during low tide and subsequently watch
it submerging in the sea as the tide slowly increases.

Tips For Oily Skin

Monday, April 16, 2012

Beauty, the most important factor that effects directly to your confidence and personality. If you have oily skin you might be having dark gloomy skin problems, as oily skin attracts the dirt most.
There are different expensive products in the market and you definitely have tried different beauty or cosmetic products to overcome the oily skin problem and most of them don’t deliver what they promise.

Don’t panic for how to treat an oily skin. What if I tell you some basic little secrets, some tips of mine that has helped me to overcome the problem.

Below are list of some basic tips you won’t regret.

* Avoid oily, cheesy meals.
* Wash your face as much as you can with cold water during the day.
* Always apply astringer lotion and let it dry for 5 mins then apply any kind of make-up you like.
* Take cucumber and lime juice in equal quantity and app to your body.  Shower after 15 mins with lukewarm or cold water. Follow this step for month  and you’ll see stunning results.
* Wash your face with lime juice mixed with ice water. It will not only cleanse your skin but also give fresh look.
* Use more glycerin-based soaps.
Hope these tip will help you control the problem of oily skin. Let me know   if my articles help you, I have tons of information on beauty to write on.   Just want some appreciation to give you more beauty tips and information.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

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