Dye-free sweets look dull and may even diverge from their original taste. In Nepal, most sweets are like Ladoo, Barfi etc. They are made with additive color. However, there is much controversy regarding the safety of artificial food colors. All artificial colors currently used in foods have been tested for toxicity in animal studies.
A pediatric allergic patient said that hyperactivity and learning problems in children were caused by artificial food dyes and food preservatives. At that time, there was very little science to support his claim, but many parents adopted his philosophy. The doctor introduced an elimination diet for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The diet eliminates all artificial food colors, along with some other artificial ingredients. While most food colorants have not been detrimental in toxicity studies, there is concern about possible contaminants in the dye that could have a carcinogenic effect.
In Nepal, there is no strict control over the use of colorants in food. Therefore, be careful before consuming foods that contain dyes.
Pakora is an Indian food that is well consumed in the Nepalese market. It is delicious and gives your taste buds a tingling sensation. However, it also has the ability to ruin your health. Pakoras are made by frying your favorite vegetables / rice / potatoes in a mixture of garlic, besan and salt.
They are served together with a sweet and spicy dip. Pákoras increase bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol in the body, leading to obesity and coronary heart disease. The frying process is to immerse the food product in boiling oil, which is generally in the temperature range of 160 to 190 degrees Celsius.
The successful frying technique causes the outer layer of the food to be crisp, although the inner layers remain soft but boil successfully. When the food is immersed in boiling oil, the outer layer rapidly heats up, causing changes in the surface proteins that make it difficult.
This in turn allows only a limited flow of moisture from the inner layers. Fried Pakoras may be tastier, but certainly not healthier. They are low in nutritional value but at higher levels of risk in certain health conditions. Pakoras are generally high in fat and therefore high in calories.
Some of the side effects of excessive consumption of Pakoras are listed below.
- Obesity: Fatty and fried foods lead to weight gain, which in turn can lead to a condition known as obesity. Obesity causes high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes and even death if left unattended
- High cholesterol: Deep-fried foods contain high cholesterol. Without control and without care, high cholesterol levels can block blood flow in the arteries, which can lead to heart failure or stroke.
- Poor digestion: Oily and fried foods are not well digested. Negligence in this area can lead to problems such as excessive gas formation, flatulence, stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, and even more serious problems such as colon cancer.
- Risk of gallstones: The liver has to work more and more hours to eliminate the excess fat that is consumed by fried foods. Along with alcohol and sugar, a lot of pressure is exerted on the livers. Excess fat in the food accumulates in the liver and gall bladder and increases the risk of getting gallbladder stones, which is extremely painful, although it is small
- Nutritional deficiency: If you eat more fatty foods, you tend to eat less healthy foods that cause vitamin deficiencies. In such conditions, the skin becomes pale. It can also lead to muscle loss and anemic states.
While in Nepal most people move to urban areas and are selected for food, they prefer mostly packaged food instead of homemade food. The mother herself sends packaged foods as lunches for her children, as she does not know what detrimental effects this can have on the children.
The toxins used in the production of food packaging materials can affect your health as the quality of these materials changes over time, which also changes the taste and appearance of packaged foods. For this reason, we have listed some harmful effects of packaged foods that you should know.
- Digestive Problems: Well, it’s somewhat difficult to estimate the risk of eating contaminants from packaged foods. However, if rubber and plastic come in contact with food, there is a risk of health problems.
- High blood pressure: Regular consumption of food in fast food establishments can cause high blood pressure due to hard plastic packaging.
- Cancer: In general, food contact material (FCM) is made of plastic and plastic, which is used to package various food products. However, you should be very careful because formaldehyde, a toxic product, is used to make FCM that can cause breast and prostate cancer.
- Heart problems: Bottles and plastic cans contain a chemical called bisphenol A, which can cause heart disease.
- Asthma: Chemicals used in the manufacture of food packaging materials can cause asthma. Bisphenol-A is toxic, a common poison found in most plastic products that can cause asthma in children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.
- Infertility: Bisphenol-A, which is contained in packaging materials, can cause hormonal imbalance and also mimic the actual hormones that can lead to breast cancer and infertility.
- Diabetes: Phthalate is a chemical that is commonly found in plastics and also in cosmetics and household cleaners. It is therefore recommended not to take any takeaway food, as this chemical can damage your hormones and cause heart disease and diabetes.
Bread is a staple of human nutrition. After thousands of years, it is still the food most commonly consumed in the world for its convenience, portability, nutrition and taste. It is also well consumed in the Nepalese market.
There are many types of bread, such as wholegrain bread, sweet bread, cornbread, yeast and unleavened bread, pita bread, fermented dough, sprouted cereal bread with old grains, soda bread, etc. Some are healthier than others. But in Nepal, they are always ignored in the selection of bread in terms of their type and their health effects.
In Nepal, the normal bakery produces white bread for sale on the market. It is not a healthy diet. Here are some important points about white bread. White bread can do more harm than good if it contains too much calories and too little nutrients.
It contains less fiber, vitamin B and minerals. And not suitable for allergy sufferers. Eating bread in moderation will not lead to weight gain, but if you do, you can fill the sandwiches with processed meat and other high-fat ingredients.
Packaged Biscuit & cookies
Biscuits are one of the easy-to-eat foods for lunch and breakfast for Nepalese. It is one of the tiffin foods for several school children. One of the negative aspects often associated with cookies is the amount of unhealthy fats they contain.
This is almost inevitable because you cannot create cookies without some kind of cutback. There are brands that label their cookies and biscuit products as “fat free”. The current FDA regulation states that such information can only be given if the product contains a maximum of 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving.
Of course, if you take enough portions, the amount of trans fat you eat is no longer zero. Biscuits are expected to be sweet, and most commercial products contain lots of sugar.
These are some of the most popular brands and the amount of sugar they have:
Regardless of whether the sugar used is simple sucrose or a substitute such as high fructose corn syrup, the amount of sugar per serving will certainly have a major impact on blood sugar levels.
Manufacturers are likely to use artificial sweeteners to label their products with a “low calorie” label. This can eliminate blood sugar and calorie problems, but such sugar substitutes can adversely affect other aspects of your health. Caramel color is a food additive that is used in biscuits. They are found especially in chocolate flavors.
This staining is done by boiling high dextrose corn syrup with ammonium compounds. The process results in chemical impurities called 2- and 4-methylimidazole. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled these two contaminants as possible carcinogens.
The type of wheat flour used in biscuits and other commercial baked goods is highly processed. As mentioned in the previous article on regular wheat products, this type of flour has removed most of the nutrients inherent in the wheat. It is also likely to be bleached with hazardous chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide. The fact that it is also from wheat makes it an automatic risk for anyone with gluten sensitivity.
Author: Poonam Neupane