|How to cram and munch, wisely?|
It’s that time of the year again. The examinations are round the corner and students of all ages and sizes are compulsorily housebound. As they burn the midnight oil, writing, revising and re-revising, their mouths move almost as furiously as their minds. Oh yes, tucking in tasty tidbits while poring over mounds of books and papers has always been an inherent feature of ‘exam-time’.
But over the years, one basic factor has changed. The food that is consumed in such large portions is no longer made at home. Snacks fresh-out-of-kitchen have been replaced by packets of chips, fries, cookies and chocolates picked up from the local shopping mall. These maybe a convenient option but certainly not a healthy one. Why? Well to find that out we must look more closely at the ingredients that are used to bake, fry and cook these packaged goodies.
One component that is like the lowest common denominator in all that the children are now addicted to is ‘Transfats’.
What are trans fats?
So why shouldn’t you consume transfats?
What are food items that have high transfat content?
Here is a chart that will help you to identify food that you need to avoid eating, generally...
Does this list cover most of the snacks that school and college goers love to eat? So do we expect them to starve this exam season? Certainly not. We just want them to think before they take a bite. And stay healthy. Here are some ideas.
First things first:
Before buying fresh fast food like a burger or pizza call up the vendor and ask about the type of oil that is being used in the shop. To check the trans fat content use the CSE guidebook on:
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