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1. What are the best sources of calcium if I am lactose intolerant?
The main type of sugar found in milk is called “lactose” and lactose intolerance is when someone is unable to digest this sugar because of the deficiency or malfunctioning of an enzyme called “lactase”. So, milk consumption in this condition can lead to bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, and flatulence.
The non-dairy sources of calcium include-
Soy– Soybeans and other soy products like tofu, and tempeh. Unflavoured natural soy milk is also a great source of calcium. One cup of raw soybeans contain around 515 mg of calcium.
Sesame seeds are another power-packed tiny superfoods loaded with calcium. You can add these to your soups, salads or veggies. Sesame seeds can also be grounded and consumed in the form of tahini.
Ragi is another super grain which is gluten-free and loaded with calcium. You can include it in the form of chapatti, dosa, ragi malt, or porridge.
Another wonder nuts rich in calcium are tiny almonds that are nutritionally dense. One handful of calcium will provide you with 74 mg of calcium. Soak them overnight and enjoy the next morning to gain the maximum calcium benefits.
2. I have heard aluminium utensils are bad for health, why and what’s the solution?
Latest researches have proven aluminium to be one of the unsafe metals that’s being used as a kitchen staple in many households. Aluminium utensils are very common because they are cheap and can stay rust-free. But, when an aluminium vessel comes in contact with oxygen present in the air, it can form aluminium oxide which can affect brain, neurons, and cause dementia. Kit can also cause hyperacidity, indigestion, and flatulence.
There are many practical and logical replacements of aluminium cookware. These include- iron cookware, copper cookware, stainless steel, brass, glassware, and earthen cooking pots. In place of using aluminium foil to pack your food, you can use seaweed paper or parchment paper.
3. What are the possible side effects of consuming artificial sweeteners?
The sugar industry is really huge and it completely relies on the gratification principle. Once, the potential side effects of sugar consumption started cropping in, the market came up with the substitutes by the name of “artificial sweeteners” also known as sugar substitutes. The truth is all of these artificial sweeteners are chemically produced and are processed. Out of these, aspartame is one of the most widely used sugar substitutes. Others include- acesulfame, sucralose, saccharin, cyclamate, neotame, and advantame.
Current research is limited to the long term adverse effects of artificial sweeteners consumption, but many consumers have reported certain side effects as follows-
The best thing to do is control your sugar cravings and if at all you have uncontrollable sugar cravings, opt for natural sugar sources like fruits, dates, figs, and raisins.
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