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Sri Lankans need to start leading healthier lifestyles in order to prevent diseases and early aging, says Ms. Nelly Daetwyler, a prominent Health and Nutrition Consultant. "People need to become more aware of what is going into their body", she stressed. A new medical perspective emerging today is that many people are suffering from high acidity levels, often caused by an excess of processed foods and low alkaline levels due to a lack of fresh fruit, vegetables and other organic materials, she said in an interview with The Sunday Island.
Sunday, 12 December 2010 | 3881 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Food and Cooking/Food
Historically, bread is one of humanity’s earliest and most important foods, basically consisting of baked dough—a mixture of flour and water.  In Westernized,developed societies worldwide, wheat flour is most commonly used and the dough is leavened using yeast.  In making bread, the chosen blend of flour is mixed with water, yeast, shortening, salt (and sometimes sugar and milk) to form the dough.  This is then kneaded to distribute the gluten [the grayish, sticky component of wheat flour and other grain flours] throughout the mix, left to rise, kneaded again, moulded into shape and left to rise a second time before baking in a hot oven.  Wheat flour bread is generally high in carbohydrates and low in protein.  The vitamin and mineral content depends on the ingredients and additives used.  It is not a basic item of food in the tropical belt to which it was introduced during the Colonial Era by Europeans whose staple food it was.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 | 2426 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Food and Cooking/Food
Our multicultural diversity on this little Island in the Indian Ocean has given us an amazing variety of food that is healthy to consume and appropriate to our specific ecosystem and natural environment. Much of what we consume raw, steamed, or cooked by boiling or frying, is supportive of the natural healing process inherent to our bodies. Many are specific herbal cures for a variety of common ailments that afflict us during our lifetimes. When we find rural dwellers extremely healthy and virile much like the Adi-vasi or Veddha aborigines we learn that their secret is their diet and lifestyle. When we marvel at peasants labouring from dawn to dusk in the paddy fields and under an unrelenting sun we find out once again that it is due to what they eat and drink and how they live free of the stress of modern, urban life.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 | 1355 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more

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