Monday, December 31, 2012

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Potato Law


I know title looks strange, but it has everything :)The inspiration for this old story to post, was a 'peace' conversation with my mother 24 hours ago, who is a teacher for 30+ years.

And here goes the story,

A kindergarten teacher decided to let her class play a game.
The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few potatoes. Each potato will be given a name of a person that the child hates.
So the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.

So when the day came, each child brought some potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes; some 3 while some up to 5 potatoes. The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes in the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet) for 1 week.

Days after days passed by, and the children started to complain due to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes. Besides, those having 5 potatoes also had to carry heavier bags. After 1 week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended...

The teacher asked: "How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for 1 week?". The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and smelly potatoes wherever they go.

Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game.
The teacher said: "This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go. If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just 1 week, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime???"

Moral of the story:

Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not carry sins for a lifetime.Forgiving others is the best attitude to take!
Love Everyone & Be Loved 

Regards
Ann


Courtesy: Google

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Job !!

*A little boy went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number.
The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:

Boy : “Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?
Woman : (at the other end of the phone line) “I already have someone to cut my lawn.”
Boy : “Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price than the person who cuts your lawn now.”
Woman : I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.
Boy : (with more perseverance) “Lady, I’ll even sweep the floor and the stairs of your house for free.
Woman : No, thank you.

With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.

Store Owner : “Son… I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.”
Boy : “No thanks,
Store Owner : But you were really pleading for one.
Boy : No Sir, I was just checking my performance at
the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!” *

** This is called self Appraisal”** 


Give your best and the world comes to 

you!!!!!



Friday, December 7, 2012

Eight Ingredients You Never Want to See on Your Nutrition Label



1. BHA


This preservative is used to prevent rancidity in foods that contain oils
Unfortunately, BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) has been shown to cause cancer in rats, mice, and hamsters. The reason the FDA hasn’t banned it is largely technical—the cancers all occurred in the rodents’ forestomachs, an organ that humans don’t have. Nevertheless, the study, published in the Japanese Journal of Cancer Research, concluded that BHA was “reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen,” and as far as I’m concerned, that’s reason enough to eliminate it from your diet.

2. Parabens



These synthetic preservatives are used to inhibit mold and yeast in food. The problem is parabens may also disrupt your body’s hormonal balance. A study in Food Chemical Toxicology found that daily ingestion decreased sperm and testosterone production in rats, and parabens have been found present in breast cancer tissues.

3. Partially Hydrogenated Oil



I’ve harped on this before, but it bears repeating: Don’t confuse “0 g trans fat” with being trans fat-free. The FDA allows products to claim zero grams of trans fat as long as they have less than half a gram per serving. That means they can have 0.49 grams per serving and still be labeled a no-trans-fat food. Considering that two grams is the absolute most you ought to consume in a day, those fractions can quickly add up. The telltale sign that your snack is soiled with the stuff? Look for partially hydrogenated oil on the ingredient statement. If it’s anywhere on there, then you’re ingesting artery-clogging trans fat.

4. Sodium Nitrite



Nitrites and nitrates are used to inhibit botulism-causing bacteria and to maintain processed meats’ pink hues, which is why the FDA allows their use. Unfortunately, once ingested, nitrite can fuse with amino acids (of which meat is a prime source) to form nitrosamines, powerful carcinogenic compounds. Ascorbic and erythorbic acids—essentially vitamin C—have been shown to decrease the risk, and most manufacturers now add one or both to their products, which has helped. Still, the best way to reduce risk is to limit your intake.

5. Caramel 
Colouring


This additive wouldn’t be dangerous if you made it the old-fashioned way—with water and sugar, on top of a stove. But the food industry follows a different recipe: They treat sugar with ammonia, which can produce some nasty carcinogens. How carcinogenic are these compounds? A Center for Science in the Public Interest report asserted that the high levels of caramel color found in soda account for roughly 15,000 cancers in the U.S. annually. Another good reason to scrap soft drinks? They’re among The 20 Worst Drinks in America.

6. Castoreum



Castoreum is one of the many nebulous “natural ingredients” used to flavor food. Though it isn’t harmful, it is unsettling. Castoreum is a substance made from beavers’ castor sacs, or anal scent glands. These glands produce potent secretions that help the animals mark their territory in the wild. In the food industry, however, 1,000 pounds of the unsavory ingredient are used annually to imbue foods—usually vanilla or raspberry flavored—with a distinctive, musky flavor.

7. Food Dyes



Plenty of fruit-flavored candies and sugary cereals don’t contain a single gram of produce, but instead rely on artificial dyes and flavorings to suggest a relationship with nature. Not only do these dyes allow manufacturers to mask the drab colors of heavily processed foods, but certain hues have been linked to more serious ailments. A Journal of Pediatrics study linked Yellow 5 to hyperactivity in children, Canadian researchers found Yellow 6 and Red 40 to be contaminated with known carcinogens, and Red 3 is known to cause tumors. The bottom line? Avoid artificial dyes as much as possible.

8. Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein



Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, used as a flavor enhancer, is plant protein that has been chemically broken down into amino acids. One of these acids, glutamic acid, can release free glutamate. When this glutamate joins with free sodium in your body, they form monosodium glutamate (MSG), an additive known to cause adverse reactions—headaches, nausea, and weakness, among others—in sensitive individuals. When MSG is added to products directly, the FDA requires manufacturers to disclose its inclusion on the ingredient statement. But when it occurs as a byproduct of hydrolyzed protein, the FDA allows it to go unrecognized.





Courtesy : 
Wake Up World

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Colours


I always had been in trouble in explaining colours to people in distant places, to get things I like and see, hope this helps some one too in choosing there favourite colour, as always courtesy to owner of pic



Monday, October 29, 2012

Truth Behind Freshly Squeezed 'Tropicana'



Have you ever wondered why ever glass of fresh juice taste the same ?
How could a freshly squeezed and packaged juice could stay fresh for more than a year ?
But we know each orange/ lemon has different sweetness/ sourness !!!




Truth is 

The industrially-produced orange juice, after the oranges are squeezed, stored in giant holding tanks.Then oxygen is removed from them, so that  the ' liquid ' can be kept for year with out spoiling or bacteria attack.

Removing oxygen also makes the juice completely flavourless. So the big brands like 'Tropican' uses “ flavour packs” to re-flavour the juice. Now juice companies  hire chemical engineers   to find best chemical formula  to the juice to make it taste 'fresh'

Flavour packs aren’t listed as an ingredient on the label because technically they are derived from orange essence and oil.Yet those in the industry will tell you that the flavour packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature.”
Courtesy: Renegade


That said, drinking orange juice, whether fresh-squeezed or not, is actually NOT as healthy as it sounds.
In fact, orange juice is one of the top five "health" foods I recommend but make it fresh at home :)


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Be Careful when eating apples.


Please don't eat the skin of the apples because it's coated with wax. Check before you eat many of the fruits. Wax is being used for preservation purposes and cold storage. You might be surprised especially apples from Europe and other parts are more than one year old, though it would look fresh.

Because wax is coated, preventing bacteria to enter. So it does not get dry. Please Eat Apples after removing the wax.



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall Back











The term “to fall back” suggests that one must set the clocks one hour back when Daylight Savings Time ends. It is associated with the fall (autumn) season because the Daylight Savings Time schedule ends in the fall. The fall season and the end of daylight saving time mark a period when the days become darker, in that there are less hours of sunlight during the day, particularly in the afternoons or evenings, as winter soon approaches. 

Ps. This is for UK



Friday, October 26, 2012

GMO free Halloween


We all have our favourite sweets, some of us have more than one. But we all should know what we are having or gifting lovely kids.

GM foods or GMO's (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques.

Even though genetically-modified foods have the potential to solve many of the world's hunger and malnutrition problems many children in the US and Europe have developed life-threatening allergies to peanuts and other foods.

The info graphic displays some of the most popular candy that is given away to children who trick or treat on Halloween.



This year, please be informed and aware of what you are giving to the children as treats. All of the candies displayed in the info graphic contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's).

Please be sure to share this information with your friends so they can be aware and informed. 

Advance Halloween Greetings!!!

Regards
Ann

Courtesy: CSA