Celebrate sweets !

दिवाळीचे दिवस आहे पाहुणे ,भेटीगाठी आणि गोड़ पदार्थ हि देखील आगळीवेगळी पर्वणीच! याच धर्तीवर
एका पेशंटच्या सहज विचारलेल्या प्रश्नाचे उत्तर आज ब्लॉग म्हणून पोस्ट करतेय.

“डॉक्टर ,बाहेरील गोड व्यंजने विशेषतः खव्याची व्यंजने टाळावी असे तुम्ही कायम सुचवता. काही सहज सोप्या पारंपरिक गोड व्यंजनांची यादी देऊ शकाल का? थोडे आधी प्लॅन करून वेळ असेल तेंव्हा करता येतील असे काही पारंपरिक वेगळ्या पदार्थांची यादी द्याल का ? दिवाळीत मेजवान्या होतच असतात नक्की करून बघीन”

उत्तर: बाहेरील भेसळीचा खवा,कृत्रिम रंग,रसायने चव आणि सुगंध यामुळे शक्यतो बाहेरची व्यंजने टाळावीत. अगदी खात्रीशीर ठिकाणाहून च आणणे चांगले.इतर वेळी शक्यतो खालील वेगळी आणि साधी व्यंजने घरी करणे उत्तम.त्यातल्या त्यात सोपी,माहित असलेली परंतु कमी केल्या जाणारी पारंपरिक व्यंजने आवर्जून देतेय. ह्या व्यंजनामध्ये पौष्टिकता अर्थातच जमेची बाजू आहेच.
मिठाई गुलाबजाम आणि इतर व्यंजनांपेक्षा काहीतरी वेगळे .


१.कुस्करून एकजीव केलेल्या काळ्या खजुराची सुका मेवा घातलेली वडी (घरी उत्तम बनवता येते)
२.मनुका सुकामेवा खजूर अंजीर ओले नारळ  टाकून लोहयुक्त आणि चविष्ट पाकातील भात(नारळी भात)
३.पंचखाद्य (खोबरे,सुकामेवा,खारीक,मनुका वेलची जायफळ केशर ) घालून सुवासिक तांदूळ भिजवून,बारीक वाटून दुधात शिजवलेली तांदुळाची खीर किंवा फिरनी.
४.रवाळ दळलेल्या गव्हाच्या कणकेचा साजूक तुपातील गूळ घालून शिरा.
५.परतताना भरपूर साय टाकून ओल्या खोबऱ्याची वडी( यात रंगाकरता बिटरसाचे ४ थेम्ब , गुलाबपाकळ्या,केशर,गवती चहाच्या पानाचा २ थेम्ब रस असे वैविध्य ठेवू शकतो)
६.रवा गुळाच्या खमंग साठोऱ्या किंवा सांजोऱ्या तुपाबरोबर.
७.ओल्या किंवा सुक्या खोबऱ्याची करंजी
८.गव्हाच्या दलियाची गूळ,जायफळ वेलची बडीशेप घालून खमंग खीर किंवा लापशी.वरून फेटलेले क्रिम आणि सुका मेवा घालून मातीच्या भांड्यात सेट करून सर्व्ह केली तर अपिलिंग होणारच
९.मुगाचे पीठ खमंग भाजून ठेवावे. हवे तेंव्हा पटकन भरपूर तुपात थोडे भाजून गरम पाणी ओतून शिजवून साखर टाकली कि चविष्ट मूग हलवा तयार.
१०.ओल्या नारळाची खीर घट्ट साय अथवा दूध घालून थंड वाढावी उत्तम पित्तनाशक आणि चविष्ट डेझर्ट देखील होय.
११.कणिक,तांदूळ पीठ दुधात भिजवून त्यापासून पाकातील मालपुवा (हा सुद्धा पटकन होऊ शकतो बरका)
१२.लाल भोपळा आणि गुळाच्या गोड पुऱ्या अथवा घारगे.
१३.उकडीचे गुळाच्या सारणाचे मोदक(वेळ असेल तेंव्हा कराच.हे डेसर्ट नक्कीच भाव खाऊन जाते)
१४.गुळाच्या पाण्यात भिजवून केलेले कणकेचे उकडलेले दिवे छान फेटलेले क्रीम अथवा सुक्या मेव्याचे सारण भरून सर्व्ह केले तर निश्चित वेगळे पण असणारे व्यंजन ठरेल.
१५.पंचखाद्य(खोबरे,सुकामेवा,खारीक,मनुका वेलची जायफळ केशर )घट्ट दुधातील शेवयाची खीर
१६.गुळाच्या पुरणाचे काठोकाठ भरलेले कणकेचे दिंड तव्यावर तुपावर भाजून अतिशय उत्तम लागतात आणि वेगळे व्यंजन हवे ते आकर्षक नाव देऊन वाढा
हमखास आवडतील.
१७.मिश्र डाळीचे पीठ तुपावर भाजून त्यापासून गोड़ पाकातल्या अथवा साध्या वड्या खोबरं किसात घोळवून सर्व्ह करा
१८. पांढरा शुभ्र पाकातील मजबूत वेलची जायफळ घातलेला नारळी रवा लाडू तर मला विशेष प्रिय .
मला वाटते भरपूर पर्याय झालेत. अर्थातच थोडे आधी प्लॅन केले तर ह्या पदार्थाना तशी खूप पूर्वतयारी लागत नसल्याने ते निश्चित करायला जमतील. वाचक आणि पेशंट स्वतःहून आहारशैलीत सकारात्मक बदल करावयास उत्सुक दिसले कि अर्थातच लिखाणाचे सार्थक झाल्याचा आनंद मिळतोच.
वरील सर्व व्यंजने हि बाहेरील विकतच्या मिठाईला पर्याय म्हणून होत, जी बरेचदा भेसळी मुळे अपायकारक ठरत असते. अर्थातच यातील पदार्थ तब्येतीचा अंदाज घेऊन कमी वेळा आणि व्यंजनांच्या मात्रेत च खाणे कधीही हितावह.
(स्वतःच्या पचनशक्तीचा अंदाज घेऊन यंदा दिवाळीत मोजकेच आणि स्वाथ्याला उपकारक तेवढेच आणि तेच खा. या संबंधी अधिक माहिती आपण माझ्या उदरस्थ या आहारविषयक पुस्तकात वाचू शकाल.)

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Desi food and belly fat !

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It was the publication ceremony of my book on food and nutrition ,when one of the guest after a formal talk asked me one question. Yes my readers are welcome to ask their queries anywhere anytime. He knew this ,so he asked it without hesitation.

‘’Mam ,somewhere I read that Indian diet is responsible for the increased fat around abdomen .’’ Is it true?

I promised, “Sure I will write about your query.”

I will put the answers in the form of some facts about obesity or belly fat and some interesting facts about Indian diet. Then you decide the answer.

The rates of obesity and diabetes increased between 2010 and 2014. Today 9.5 percent of adults are diagnosed with diabetes and 4.9 percent with obesity. The number of obese people in developed western countries compared are far more than in India.

 

  1. Eating Habits and addictions : Wrong eating habits are among the major causes of obesity. Obesity never develops overnight; its progresses from poor diet.addictions like alcohol and smoking increases the risk of obesity.
  2. Fast Foods: There has been a drastic rise in the number of obese people in India due to increased availability of junk food. Globally, as people tend to eat out more often, the consumption of junk food is among key causes of obesity. During childhood, children fed junk food will find it hard to develop good eating habits.
  3. Lack of Physical Activity: With advent of modern technology in India, people have become more robotic and depend mostly on technology for daily chores. For instance, instead of taking stairs, they prefer using a lift or an escalator. Instead of walking, people choose to drive to errands. This lack of physical activity aided by technology boom is making us physically inactive and leading to people becoming obese.
  4. Lack of Awareness: Most people are becoming aware about the health risks of being obese and moving towards the path of fitness and wellness. However, the major population in India still lacks basic knowledge about right nutrition, which is again among major causes of obesity in India.
  5. Significant shift from plant base diet to animal based diet : With the trend of following developed country lifestyle significant change in the diet pattern is observed. Even the people in India is used to animal based food  ,the traditional method of cooking according to the local custom is vanished. The food in globalized form is consumed largely .e.g. chicken crisps, chips, crisps, deep fried kebab and various forms of burgers etc.
  6. Globalization has affected the food habits : The localised food consumed is reduced and the junk or fast food is practised in large quantity.

If we observed the generalized pattern of Indian food, it is seen as a balanaced pattern overall. Cereals, grains ,vegetables and fruits  are the common pattern of any Indian cuisine.

But the recent study suggest that the average consumption of cereals,grains vegetables and fruits is reduced and the consumption of sugar,ready to eat and packaged food and meat is increased in the decade.

The relation of obesity and above described food is quite obvious. So not Indian food but the reluctance towards traditional Indian food is the reason for the increased obesity.

Moreover  the Indian food can be helpful to reduce the obesity with other needful parameters like exercise, good lifestyle, reducing stress etc.

The Indian food properly consumed is supposed to be the wholesome food.

Why Indian traditional food ?

  1. Variety of ingredients that are used in Indian food and nutritive substances ensures better nutrition.
  2. Traditional base to the local cuisine is proven for better health.
  3. Suitable to lifestyle and body constitution of the particular place.
  4. Freshly cooked and eaten food like in Indian tradition reduces the unhealthy practises like preservation, packaging etc. The extra sugar and salt responsible for obesity in the process of preservation are surpassed in this way
  5. The local and traditional Indian food in every state is according to the geological condition and the constitution of the people living there. That is why the metabolic health is taken care of naturally.
  6. The cooking patterns like steaming, boiling, roasting and fermenting contribute to the better metabolism . Thus the obesity chances get reduced
  7. Various customs, festivals and cultural practises consists the unique food patterns which again take care of the altered physical state of digestive system.

These are some of the facts about Indian food which can be used to treat obesity. Indian food causes the obesity is a myth.

Food waste : Crime with the planet !

wp-1506795574992..jpgThe most disturbing fact about the food is food waste.

There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone.But one third of all food produced is lost or wasted. Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year is wasted.

Each time food goes wasted or , , uneaten, the valuable resources like  producing, processing, packaging, and transporting that food are wasted too. This means huge amounts of land, water, energy, money, and other materials are used unnecessarily. Wasting all this food is costly to individuals, businesses, municipalities and most importantly to the environment.One in nine people do not have enough food to eat, that’s 793 million people who are undernourished.That is why the food waste is inhumanity to the society and environmen.

I was reading some article on internet and found some really disturbing numbers and stats on food wasting.Putting some of them for readers.May the seriousness of the topic reaches.

  1. 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year.
  2. If wasted food was a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the United States and China
  3. Just one quarter of all wasted food could feed the 795 million undernourished people around the world who suffer from hunger
  4. Food waste in rich countries (222 million tons) is approximately equivalent to all of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons)
  5. A  person in a developed country wastes almost 100 kilograms of food per year, which is more than his or her average weight (70 kilograms)
  6. Lack of technology and infrastructure is the main cause of food waste in Africa, whereas household food waste in the developed world is the unfortunate cause .
  7. Food waste in Europe alone could feed 200 million hungry people
  8. Food waste generates 3.3 billions tons of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change.
  9. If one quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.
  10. Almost half of all fruit and vegetables produced are wasted (that’s 3.7 trillion apples).
  11. 8% of greenhouse gases heating the planet are caused by food waste.
  12. One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year.
  13. Nearly three million people are living in poverty, one quarter are children.!
  14. Throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90-minute shower.
  15. 4 million tonnes of food ends up as thrown waste in landfill, enough to fill 8,400 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Moreover apart from economy how insensitive of us to waste or throw the food when someone somewhere though out of our sight is starving out .

This topic needs a second part to this blog .The effects of food waste on planet must need a thought in next blog.

Lets try our best not to waste !

 

‘Rangoli’ that you can literally eat!

Rangoli Pancake

An early morning call from a friend, asking how was the Ganesh and Gauri festival. A causal question from her,“So, what is there in for breakfast today?” I answered expecting her reaction “ Rangoli pancake!”As expected she screamed What??? , I said yes you heard it correct.

Yes you too read it correct.

Gauri Ganpati is a very popular festival in Maharashtra which is celebrated among friends and relatives together.

Festival, flowers decoration and decorative rangolis are inseparable.

The Panse family Gauri decoration rangoli is the centre of attraction for years for all ladies who come for darshan and puja (haldi kunku).

My mother in law ,from many years ,instead of using rangoli and colors had started using various colorful pulses to make beautiful patterns around the Gauri decoration as rangoli. After marriage me and my sister in law follow the same tradition .

The color full pulses like green mung ,cheak peas, red lentils,kidney beans, puy lentils,grain like rice and anything you want can be used to form rangoli patterns.

Arranging those multiple pulses slippery ,running on floor here and there is fun.Yes it does need patience but outcome is wonderful. It looks very beautiful.

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I must say this pulses rangoli is echo friendly too. No waste from silica rangoli ,artificial colors and flower petals. We literally turn this rangoli in to a mouth watering dish. After the festival is over the mixed pulses can’t be separated and refilled in the jars. So we just collect them as it is wash properly and soak them in enough water.

Lets see the proper way to cook Rangoli Pancake.

Ingredients:

  • Mixed pulses,grain in random quantity soaked for 7 to 8 hours.
  • Green chili,ginger,garlic paste ,
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee / fresh butter

Yes that’s all we need!

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Recipe:  Grind the soaked mix pulses well in to a smooth paste. Add water and salt as per need to form a semi solid paste.Keep the mixture for 3 to 4 hours. No need to over ferment the mixture. Heat the flat pan and pour the mixture forming thin pancake.let it cook on mild flame to form crispy texture.Serve immediately adding ghee/butter, with green coriander and coconut chutney.Deliciously nutritious!No need to mention the nutrition value of pulses in the diet.

The rangoli thus never wastes in stead it rests in our stomach!

 

Fire in the gut.Feed me!

Patients queries and questions are always brainstorming activities for me. They keep me on my toes till i don’t satisfy them with the suitable answers. It is good that these queries help in choosing topics for my blogs because i am sure by this way the content helps the reader more.

One my reader is following diet of her dietician and has lost remarkable weight with the help of her diet. But the pattern of her diet is little unfriendly with her gut. She complains about the flatulence after she started the particular diet suggested by her dietician .

Her questions were, How can i cop up with this flatulence ? Are there any options or substitutions for salads?

Once return from work ,i feel hell hungry and want to munch on junks . What should be the appropriate food that i can munch on in evening time?

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  • Answer 1:

The probable reason of the flatulence is the pattern of diet. Eating cubes of paneer(cottage cheese)(as told by her ) for lunch is little impractical and unacceptable  though it completes the calories, protein fat equation as per the diet rules. But if the same diet is to be continued then adding  ginger, lime, rock salt and luke warm water  in the meal can help to some extent to relive the flatulence (gases) and promoting the digestion. i still would suggest to revise the diet plan.

  • Answer2.

If your dietician is suggesting you salads, they should be salads only. Ayurveda has different approach on uncooked food or salads. the salads eaten in large quantity as a meal can increase load on digestion . Eating uncooked sprouts salads in large quantity and regularly can increase the indigestion, flatulence and also have an impact on bowel habits. Eating the salads regularly in small quantity is beneficial but eating them as your complete meal is wrong in some way. Use black pepper powder ,rock salt, cumin and dry ginger powder to enhance the digestion of salad and preventing the flatulence.

  • Answer 3.

Yes the evening time especially for the Pitta dominant prakriti people is the time for “Fire in gut !Feed me”. Munching on Chivda, Bhel,Chips,another junks are strictly no no. If possible make it as your dinner time.Early dinner is anytime good. If not possible soups are the best options. Red pumpkin, Green lentils soups are advisable. Ready to make soups are not advised at all. Other than soups you can have butter milk and amaranths flakes (rajgira lahi). red rce flakes (salichya lahya) with milk or buttermilk are good alternative to junks.

Note: The diet should be planned according to the region, conditions of person,habits, body patterns and above all considering the person in the center and not keeping the calories as goal!

 

Diet etiquette

“आहाराची बाराखडी”

“आहारात् सर्वभूतानि संभवन्ति महीपते/ आहारेन् विवर्धन्ते तेन जीवन्ति जन्तवः//” (महाभारत)
आहार हा प्रत्यक्ष प्राणाचे धारण करणारा घटक आहे.आहारापासूनच मनुष्याची आणि इतर जीवांची उत्पत्ती होते,आहारामुळेच त्या जीवांची वाढ आणि पोषण होते तर आहारामुळेच(चुकीच्या) त्यांचा नाश होतो.

वेद,काव्य आणि पुराण लिखाणातून आहाराबाबाबत खूप मार्मिक दाखले वाचायला मिळतात.
आहाराबाबत काही साधे सोपे नियम मार्गदर्शन आहेत का? वैद्य लोक खोलात आहाराबद्दल ,पथ्याबद्दल सांगत असतातच. परंतु आहाराची बाराखडी काय असे एक पेशंट ने सहज विचारले. सर्वानाच त्यातून काहीतरी फायदा मिळेल म्हणून हि पोस्ट !
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  1. सर्वदा मिताहारी असावे.मिताहार पाचक अग्नी प्रदीप्त करतो. (मिताहार याचा अर्थ पोटाला पुरेसा हलका आहार होय)
  2. आहार हा सहा रसांनी (गोड़,तिखट,कडू,खारट,आंबट,तुरट)युक्त असावा . फक्त गोड़ , फक्त तिखट असे एक रस प्रधान अन्न खाल्याने शरीराचे पोषण होत नाही.आहारात वैविध्य असावे ते याचकरता.
  3. अन्न जड असेल (उदा.मिष्टान्न,मांसाहार,इत्यादी)तर पोट अर्धे भरेस्तोवरच खावे.पचायला हलके अन्न देखील पोटात किंचित जागा ठेवून पोट भरेल एवढेच खावे .
  4. सहजपणे पचवता येईल इतका आहार म्हणजे आहाराची योग्य मात्रा आहे.पोटाचे चार भाग करून चवथा भाग रिकामा राहील एवढे अन्नसेवन हे आहारसेवनाचे योग्य प्रमाण होय.
  5. शरीराला हवे त्यापेक्षा कमी(उदा. अति उपास करणे, डाएट करणे इत्यादी)आहार घेतल्यास शरीराला बळ,तेज पुष्टी मिळत नाही तसेच वात दोष निर्माण होऊन वातव्याधी होऊ शकतात
  6. अति आहार सेवन केल्यास तर लगेच तिन्ही दोषांचा विशेषतः कफ दोषाचा प्रकोप होऊन अजीर्ण आणि पचनाचे विविध व्याधी उत्पन्न होतात.
  7. केवळ अति अन्न झाल्यानेच अजीर्ण इत्यादी आजार होतात असे नव्हे. न आवडणारे अन्न बळजबरी खाल्याने,करपलेले,वातूळ,खूप कोरडे,खूप थंड,शिळे, नासलेले अन्न देखील विविध विकार उत्पन्न करते.
    पूर्वी खाल्लेले अन्न पूर्ण पंचायच्या आत परत आहार घेऊ नये.
  8. पचायला जड ,गोड़ तसेच घट्ट किंवा कोरडे पदार्थ जेवण्याच्या सुरुवातीला खावे आणि त्यानंतर पचायला हलके, आंबट,मीठ घातलेले तसेच पातळ पदार्थ खावे. असा विशेष उल्लेख पचनाच्या दृष्टीने आयुर्वेदात आढळतो. प्रत्यक्षात मात्र आपण गोड़ पदार्थ भरपूर प्रमाणात आहाराच्या शेवटी खातो. त्यामुळे अन्न नीट न पचणे आणि तत्सम त्रास होतात.
  9. भोजनानंतर घटाघट पाणी पिऊ नये. भोजनामध्ये थोडे घोट घोट प्यावे .पोटात अंदाजाने २ भाग अन्नासाठी एक भाग पाण्यासाठी आणि एक भाग रिकामा ठेवणे अपेक्षित असते. पचनाच्या क्रियेत निर्माण होणाऱ्या वातासाठी हि जागा ठेवली नाही तर अन्न पचताना आमाशयावर या वातामुळे ताण येतो.यामुळे उचकी लागणे किंवा छातीत,पोटात दुखणे असे त्रास होतात
  10. भोजनानंतर लगेच शारीरिक कष्ट जसे जोरात चालणे ,पळणे ,तसेच झोपणे ,खूप बोलणे, उष्णेतच्या जवळ जाणे अथवा उन्हात जाणे,स्नान करणे या गोष्टी वर्ज्य आहेत.निदान ४५ मिनिटे ते १ तास या गोष्टी अवश्य टाळाव्या याने पचन क्रियेत बाधा येत नाही. या कालावधीत शरीरातील अग्नी किंवा सोप्या भाषेत रक्तपुरवठा हा पचनसंस्थेकडे असणे आवश्यक असतो.परंतु शारीरिक कष्टाच्या क्रिया केल्यास तोच अर्थातच हात पाय आणि हृदयाकडे वाढतो. त्यामुळे हृदयावर तर ताण येतोच शिवाय पचन क्रियेत हि बाधा येते. असे वारंवार झाले तर अनेक पचनाच्या व इतरही व्याधी जडतात.
    जेवणानंतर लगेच झोपल्याने कफदोष वाढतो आणि हृदयाचा रक्ताभिसरण वेग कमी झाल्यामुळे ,अन्न पचन क्रिया मंदावते.
  11. जेवताना चिंता,शोक,क्रोध,भीती,किळस आदी भाव मनात नसावे असा विशेष उल्लेख आयुर्वेदात आहे. मानसिक भावभावनांचा पचनावर अप्रत्यक्षरीत्या परिणाम होत असतो हे आता सर्वज्ञात आहे. अगदी हेच या विधानातून अभिप्रेत आहे.
  12. विरुद्धान्न ,असात्म्य (सवय नसलेले),प्रकृतीच्या विरुद्ध ,ऋतूला अनुकूल नसलेले अन्नसेवन टाळावे.

(यातील प्रत्येक बाबीवर एक लेख होईल. लिहिण्याचा निश्चित प्रयत्न असेल.)

A tale of not so tonic ‘Tonic Water’!

It was an usual visit to the grocer. He has recently renovated his small grocery shop into a plush air conditioned supermarket. The product range too changed a lot with the shop.

While waiting in queue for bill, i was having a look in cart of next person. (Come on it was just a human natural trait and nothing more).

I saw some different cold drink cans in her cart.I just found the same bottles in nearby cabinets (image is attached with the blog). Initially I thought it as a new brand of any cold drink. Out of curiosity I look,read and found it as ‘Tonic Water’. Frankly I was not much aware of this thing, so got out of the queue and started reading it. Clearly written on can “contains Quinine” made me exclaim “WHAT?”. I clicked images for my references and thought to read more about it.

My husband too told me that in his USA office people buy large boxes of dozens of Tonic or carbonated water bottles and regularly drink them as normal water.

This blog is all about what I read and my concern and everybody should know it !

So what is Tonic water ?

If you think tonic means the water must be fortified with the things that will nourish our body, you are wrong just like me.

Just like any soda the tonic water too contains carbonated (Carbon di Oxide added) water , sugar and hold your breath Quinine. Yes you read right its Quinine. For those who doesn’t know what is Quinine, it is a potent medicinal drug used to treat the Malaria. The medicine has tremendous side effects and it is the last choice of doctors to treat malaria if other drugs fail.

Then for heaven’s sake why the tonic water contains Quinine? And what is it doing on my grocery shop shelves?

An interesting story!

In 1880s the tonic water containing very low dose of Quinine is discovered by the British people. It is used as the prophylaxis after the treatment of malaria.The British people used to carry it to their India visits to avoid the encounter to deadly Malaria which was epidemic that time.

Let me underline the point that the tonic water was supposed to use for medicinal purpose. The bitter taste was unpleasant, to make it easy to consume they start mixing Gin or other alcohol in it. Interesting right?

Everything seems interesting with alcohol, so obviously commercial interest started pouring in,in the tonic water.

The carbonated water with quinine later was added with various flavors and sugar. Among foods and drinks that are ingested solely for reasons of taste, tonic water is unique in that it was first and foremost a medicine. Since medicines tend to have side effects, is it possible that a hidden health risk is swirling around in tonic water. Today this is the only medicine which people use as regular mixer for the alcohol drink and various cocktails.

The whole thing is so strange.

  • The quinine though in very low dose has its own adverse effects on body.
  • The most common side effect is Thrombocytopenia (drop in platelet count in blood).The condition is called Gin and tonic purpura.
  • Quinine passes through placenta. So pregnancy is contraindication. But if the bottles are placed just like any cold drinks in grocery shops the chances get increased that anyone can just pick it up as cold drink. Anyways consumer is least bother to check the ingredients or what exactly they are consuming unless and until it is tasty. A scary fact but true unfortunately!
  • Allergy and sensitivity to quinine can trigger allergic reactions even in lower doses.
  • Other than quinine tonic water has almost all health hazards that soda has. Refer my previous article “Soda: A bubbly frizzy sweet addiction”

Global consumer market is playing with the health of their consumers. Ideally this Tonic water is not supposed to sell in grocery shops. It should be termed as drug and medicine category.

First of all an innocent question what is the problem with plain water?

Why do people need aerated water, cold drinks, sodas while eating? In my previous blogs too I mentioned that plain water is the best thing one can drink with their food.

My second and most important concern is what if consumer not at all aware of what she or he is drinking. The package, the taste, the purpose is just like soda or cold drinks. Imagine the danger, if like any soda the mother buys tonic cans and family, yes the child to consume it.The person next to me in queue i am little worried about her now.

If you are aware of the ingredients and still you are buying it the thing is different .It is personal choice but if innocents are consuming it without any knowledge of hazards. Time to think !

The second concern made me pen this blog.

Don’t let the media and market play with your health!

Be selective and aware .

Note: I don’t have any intention against any specific brand. Image is used for the basic and general purpose.

(The above write belongs to Dr.Rupali Panse. Changing the matter in the blog ,copying and changing the author name is considered illegal .)