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Fortified rice in India

Fortified Rice Available in Trichy India

Rice has been the staple food of India. The fertile soil in many states supports the cultivation of rice. India is the second-largest producer as well as consumer of rice. Eating rice in all three meals included in the Southern States of India. Polished or milled rice available in the market contains carbohydrates and deprive of several nutrients. People who are economically backward get up to 10-kilo rice from state governments. Eating such type of rice will put people at risk of malnutrition. Indian Government has invested millions of dollars in developing fortified rice.

Fortification of rice with micronutrients helps those who consume rice. Fortification is one of the most sustainable, cost-effective solutions for those who are suffering from malnutrition. It helps to improve health by bringing back the nutrients in the body. This boosts people’s immune systems.

Food fortification is a common procedure we find in the food industry. Oils, bread, milk, salt, and flour are fortified with folic acid, vitamin A, iodine, and iron. To this list, rice is added now. Such fortification will help growing babies, pregnant women, mothers, and children.

Millions of Indians depend on milled rice and fortifying rice helps them to get those essential nutrients that are removed in milled rice. Fortifying rice to meet nutritional needs is essential to keep diseases away.

Look, taste, and smell of fortified rice are like traditional or normal rice. Fortified rice is prepared using a mixture of rice flour and micronutrient blends. This tailored blend meets all nutritional needs. Fortified kernels are produced using an extruder which is like pasta or noodle making equipment. Kernels are added to the rice at a ratio of 1:100.

In India rice has the highest uptake with 3.5 million metric tons. Most schools have a mid-day meal program, temples provide food and many other charities supply free food to people and school-going children. It means rice fortification will help to fill the nutrient deficiency gap and improves the health of those who are vulnerable to diseases due to malnutrition.

This pandemic year, the Tamil Nadu government is launching the distribution of fortified rice to people who hold ration cards. The Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) in Trichy started moving 12,000 tons of fortified rice to 1224 ration shops in the Trichy district. This scheme is funded by the Union Government. The fortified rice contains iron, folic acid, and Vitamin B12. The state government has selected a handful of mills to complete the process. From October 1st rice distribution started and reaching up to 7.5 lakh cardholders via 1224 ration shops. The Rice fortification project was supported by the ministry of consumer affairs and it allocated Rs. 10 crores for three years to complete the process of fortification. This amount includes the cost of supplying fortified rice kernel, mixing, lab work, and transportation. The cost will be shared between state and central governments by 25:75!

Biofortification is the process by which the nutrient density of food crops is increased through conventional plant breeding, and/or improved agronomic practices and/or modern biotechnology without sacrificing any characteristic that is preferred by consumers or most importantly to farmers (WHO)

The other important crops that are biofortified are:

  • Sweet potato, cassava, legumes – with iron fortification
  • Wheat, beans, rice, sweet potato, maize – with zinc
  • Sweet potato, maize, cassava – Provitamin A
  • Sorghum and cassava – with amino acids


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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: October 23, 2020

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Trick or treating 2020

Trick or Treating In This Pandemic

Children and adults both look forward for Halloween day celebrations. This year Coronavirus pandemic is making it difficult to decide whether to go for trick or treat or to attend parties. We all agree, that we must adjust to new normal which is taking maximum precautions to be safe and healthy in the midst of celebrating Halloween. We don’t want to risk our lives and don’t want to add more numbers to already surging Covid cases.

How to celebrate Halloween in this pandemic to have fun and same time to be safe? CDC has several suggestions and tips for this year’s Halloween celebrations.

Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween.

Steps to Take when Trick or Treating

Make trick-or-treating safer

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.

Wear a mask

  • Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing

Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

  • Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time.

Wash your hands

  • Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

Steps to Take for Other Halloween Activities

Enjoy Halloween activities and take steps to protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19.

Remember to always

  • Wear a cloth mask
  • Indoors and outdoors, stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently

Decorate and carve pumpkins

  • Decorate your home for Halloween.
  • Carve pumpkins with members of your household or outside with neighbors or friends.
  • Walk from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.

Visit an orchard, forest, or corn maze. Attend a scavenger hunt.

  • Go on an outdoor Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard. Remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching frequently touched surfaces, pumpkins, or apples.
  • Go to a one-way, walk-through haunted forest or corn maze.

Other Ideas

  • Hide Halloween treats in and around your house. Hold a Halloween treat hunt with household members.
  • Hold an outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes.
  • Host an outdoor Halloween movie night with friends or neighbors or an indoor movie night with your household members.

For more Halloween and Holiday precautions visit: www.CDC.Gov. Image credit: CDC.Gov

Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: October 22, 2020

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Cumin pepper rasam

Cumin pepper rasam

During cold winter common conditions most of us are suffer from are – blocked nose, running nose, throat irritation, fever, flu, body ache etc. In addition, we all feel like drinking and eating something hot and spicy. In India, a traditional rasam is always preferred for such conditions. Rasam is nothing but soup with simple herbal ingredients. One popular rasam recipe is commonly known as “jeera-menasu” rasam. Jeera is cumin and menasu is black pepper. This recipe also calls for clarified butter or ghee that helps in soothing the disturbed system and gives relaxation.

Preparation time is 15 minutes and one can have cumin-pepper rasam with rice or can drink hot.

Cumin pepper rasam


  1. Cumin – 1 tsp
  2. Black pepper – ½ tsp
  3. Salt – ½ tsp (as per your taste)
  4. Jaggery – One inch piece (or brown sugar)
  5. Curry leaves – 8-10
  6. Coriander – ¼ cup (chopped)
  7. Ghee – 2 tsp
  8. Mustard – ¼ tsp
  9. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  10. Asafetida – a pinch
  11. Water – 2 cups


  1. In a pan heat ghee (clarified butter). Add cumin and pepper and fry for a minute and take it off from the heat source. Allow it to cool.
  2. Prepare coarse powder of fried cumin and pepper mix.
  3. In a container boil water and add salt and jaggery.
  4. To boiling water add crushed powder and turmeric powder. Continue boiling on medium heat for few more minutes.
  5. In a seasoning pan heat a tsp of ghee and to heated ghee add mustard, curry leaves, little cumin and asafetida. Turn of the heat and add the seasoning to boiled rasam.
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander and boil for a minute.
  7. Serve hot rasam with rice or in a cup to drink. Add little ghee to enhance the flavor.

*option: little lemon juice can be added before serving.

** If you prefer you can add a tomato while boiling water (3rd step)

*** Add couple of garlic cloves during seasoning to enhance flavor and to get benefit of garlic

Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: October 5, 2020

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7 Gym Essentials That Newbie Fitness Buffs Should Have

7 Gym Essentials That Newbie Fitness Buffs Should Have

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have rippling muscles or sick pack abs? This is a dream that most out of shape people feel like they could never achieve. However, you can achieve this dream. You just need the right diet plan and workout regimen. 

Aside from the strategy though, you will also need to have the right equipment. They are necessary because they will make your workout regimens a whole lot easier. Here are 7 Gym essentials that newbie fitness buffs should have. 

1. Comfortable Footgear
One of the most essential bits of equipment you should have during your workouts is a pair of comfortable gym shoes. Remember that you will be doing a lot of things during your weight loss journey. You will be running, jumping, skipping rope. If you go to the gym, you’ll use them on the treadmills. If you go out for a jog or a hike, you will especially need sturdy and comfortable footgear. So before you purchase any type of gym shoes, you should do your research. Base your shoe choice according to your choice of activity or sport.  It should have great ankle protection and traction in order for you to run and move properly. 

2. Portable Hygiene Products
Throughout your workouts, you will be sweating a lot. So you will have to make sure that you have the right hygiene products throughout your workouts. Make sure to bring your toiletries,  such as deodorants, soap, and perfume.

It is a good idea to take a shower after every workout, to get rid of any bacteria or germs that have latched onto your skin or clothes. You should also make sure to pack up your other toiletries like your shampoo and perfume in sturdy containers. It would be a good idea to store your hygiene products in custom made glass containers, because it would be easier to store them in your gym bag.  Glass containers are usually very fragile. However, there are companies that create very hardy and exquisite bottles for perfumes and hand soaps that are both functional and look the part.

3. A Sturdy Water Bottle
Hydration is extremely important during workouts. So it is important that you have a sturdy water bottle with you at all times. That way you will always be able to refill your water supplies and stay hydrated all the time.

When you purchase your water bottle, make sure that it has certain features such as non-slip hand grips, secure water spouts, and non-stain insides. They should be non-stainable because you may want to drink protein or creatine shakes during workouts, and your water bottle will need to be able to store them without messing up the color or your water bottle, or leaving an aftertaste.

4. Gym Bag
If you are going to go to the gym on a daily basis, you should have a trustworthy gym bag. A good gym bag is not just any old bag. It should have various compartments that can hold your gym equipment in place. It should also be made of easy to wash and dry fabric because your sweaty gym clothes could leave an unpleasant odor. A gym bag should not be too big that it won’t fit into your gym locker. Nor should it be too small, that it won’t hold any of your other gym essentials. 

5. Workout Clothes
When you buy your workout clothes, you should make sure that they fit you perfectly. You should be able to move with ease, and they should be able to absorb your sweat effectively. 

When you select workout clothes, they should be sturdy and won’t tear at the slightest form of tension. It’s also a good idea to use sweaters and sweatsuits during your workouts. However, you should make sure that you wash them after every workout because they can be breeding places for bacteria and other viruses. So make it a habit to dump all your gym clothes in the laundry after every workout.

6. Towel
One of the most important things you could bring with you to the gym is a good towel. You will be sweating buckets during your workouts, and you will also be taking a bath afterward. So a towel is a necessity. Your towel should be large enough to wrap around your body, and absorbent enough to handle a large amount of sweat. It should also be made up of an easy to dry fabric, so you could hang it out to dry at any time. 

7. Workout Supplements
Aside from working out in a regimented and effective manner, you should make sure that you supplement your diet with the right vitamins and minerals. Make it a habit to drink vitamins on a daily basis. By doing so, you will be able to strengthen your immune system, before every workout. If you want to gain muscle without adding fat to your diet, you should also take some protein powder and creatine before and after you work out. The creatine will help you burn fat a lot faster, and give you energy throughout the workout session. Protein powder on the other hand will help you build muscle. Try to take these supplements after every workout, because they will be able to heal and rebuild torn muscle fibers. Workout supplements can be a bit expensive, but they will ensure that you will reach your full workout potential.



The fitness journey could seem like an insurmountable obstacle for newbies. However, it is still possible for you to achieve your fitness goals. You just need the right equipment and the right training. With these gym essentials, you will be able to achieve your fitness goals in the best way possible.

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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: September 14, 2020

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6 Reasons Why Floyd Mayweather Jr. Should Come Back to Boxing

6 Reasons Why Floyd Mayweather Jr. Should Come Back to Boxing

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is many things. He is the darling of Las Vegas. He is the most well-paid athlete of the decade. Floyd Mayweather is also known for his high-rolling lifestyle and cocky attitude. It is this attitude that has made him a polarizing personality in the sport of boxing.

His last professional boxing match was in 2015 when he fought Andre Berto. He announced his retirement soon after. This does not mean that he stayed away from the fight game though.

In the past five years, he has fought MMA fighter Connor Macgregor and kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in exhibition matches. Many fans have speculated whether or not he should come back to the squared circle. Some say he is too old, however, there are some legit reasons why he should come back. Here are 6 Reasons why Floyd Mayweather should come back to boxing. 

1.His Extremely Extravagant Lifestyle

Aside from his incredible skills as a boxer, Floyd Mayweather is also known for his extremely extravagant lifestyle.

This is the man who has diamond-studded wrist watches that are installed with top quality watch circuits and coils. He has multiple mansions and a fleet of luxury cars. To say that Floyd Mayweather lives like a king is an understatement. However, this type of lifestyle can drain even the richest man’s bank accounts.

This does not mean that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in financial straits. On the contrary, Floyd is as financially stable as they come. However, it can’t hurt to have an extra hundred million in the bank, and Mayweather can still command that kind of price and a whole lot more. If Floyd wants to live this kind of lifestyle into old age, it would be a good idea to come back to the fight game 

2. To silence his detractors

Although Floyd is considered one of the finest boxers in his generation, he is not without detractors. Some boxing fans don’t like his defense-first style. They consider it too safe and boring. However, it is this defensive skill and his brash personality that makes him such a bankable fighter.

In many ways, this dislike from fans was what made his fights so popular. However, no fighter worth his salt wants his skills to be disparaged. If Floyd could come back to the fight game and beat a legitimate superstar like Errol Spence or Terrence Crawford, then he could silence his detractors once and for all.

3. His Legacy

It is a well-known fact that Floyd is one of the best fighters in boxing history. He also calls himself TBE or The Best Ever. His many fans totally agree with this title and proclaim him to be the best pound for pound fighter of all time. However, a good number of boxing historians and experts don’t totally agree with this.

Some say that Muhammad Ali is the greatest, while others go with the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson. Boxing has a myriad of great champions who can lay claim to the title of greatest, but if Floyd could come back and beat this generation’s top fighters, then he can really make a claim for being TBE.

4. He Can Still Scrap

Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be 41 years old, but he is still a very competitive fighter. He still trains on a daily basis and his past fights with Mcgregor and Nasukawa are proof that he is still a force to be reckoned with.

His defensive fighting style has also saved him from concussive blows and any lasting damage from past fights. He is still a very well-preserved fighter. And can compete with the young lions of the sport.

However, he should be as well-prepared as possible, because these young boxers have everything to gain, so they will always bring their A-game

5. His Expanding Promotion Business

Fight promotion is one of the best businesses that a retired fighter could get into. Only fighters know how dangerous the fight game could be. Former fighters also know how unfair it could be.

Floyd has been in boxing for decades, and he knows the ins and outs of the fight game. He also has his very own fight promotion business, and like any good businessman, Floyd knows that he could make a lot more money if he represents himself.

 If he fights again, he will not only earn an astronomical amount of money, he will also get a great deal of positive publicity and make his promotion business even more prominent.

6. So Much Money to Be Made

Floyd has fought many champions, and he has beaten most of them convincingly. However, his greatest rival will always be Manny Pacquiao. 

The Filipino legend has always been compared with Floyd throughout his career, and even though he handily beat Pacquiao during their 2045 bout, there have still been calls for a rematch. Although there are many young lions who are vying for a fight with Floyd, none of them has the same star power that Pacquiao has.

If Floyd does deign to come back and fight Pacquiao, there is no doubt that they will break pay-per-view records once more.


Floyd Mayweather is arguably the best boxer of his generation. He is also a multi-millionaire that owns multiple businesses and his very own boxing promotion.

However, he is still a force to be reckoned with. He is a fighter through and through, and he can still battle with the best of them. He is also a huge draw and can rake in millions of dollars with just one fight. Overall, there are many reasons why he should come back to boxing.

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Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: September 9, 2020

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Rich in protein- simple Sattu flour mix is made by grinding Bengal gram alone or Bengal gram with cereals and pulses.  It is simplest and one of the great protein source food used in Indian states on regular basis and for everyday meal.

Sattu powder made of Bengal gram, can be mixed with water to prepare sharabat drink during summer to provide cooling effect. It can be consumed in solid form by preparing curry. Sattu is known as poor man’s protein. But its nutrition value is making it as one of the most desirable nutrient food. From centuries Sattu has been staple food of many Indian and neighboring countries. Because of its nutrition values now it is considered to be one of the famous exotic food ingredients and available in markets.  

History traces sattu’s origin in Tibet where it is known as Tsampa.

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How to prepare sattu

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Traditionally sattu is prepared using Bengal gram. Dry roasting Bengal gram using sand as medium  followed by sieving the sand and grinding the roasted gram is traditional method. People also mix chickpea, Bengal gram, pulses and cereals – dry roast all ingredients and prepare powder. This adds good and interesting flavor and taste to Sattu.

In some places sattu is made of barley. Using barley sattu, lemonade type of drink can be prepared. Any of the sattu type can be prepared at home using iron wok and a grinder. Sattu is available commercially in stores with wheat, barley, sorghum Bengal gram, lentils and cereals combinations. All sattu powders contain some amount of roasted Bengal gram as ingredient.

Sattu is preferred by people who work in constructions, agriculture fields and involved in other tough jobs that require lot of hard work.

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