What are the foods we eat made of? It is useful to know about the chemical composition of foodstuffs as it helps us in determining the type of food we ought to consume. In the case of children, this knowledge is vital as it allows us to choose the right foods for their growing bodies…. [ Continue Reading ]
Author: Brishti Bandyopadhyay
The Overweight Child
Aditi is barely eight years old. But lately she’s put on more weight than many children her age. It’s a cause of worry to her parents, both of whom were overweight as children. They have cut down on her food intake though it’s rather difficult to get her to follow her new diet. For years… [ Continue Reading ]
The Food Pyramid: Dietary Guidelines for Kids
So you want to ensure that your family follows the right diet. But you don’t know how to begin and with what types of foods. How about following the Food Pyramid guidelines? The Food Pyramid is an outline of what to eat each day based on some dietary guidelines. Far from being a rigid prescription… [ Continue Reading ]
Spices of Life: characteristics of the styles of cooking in India
The home of spices! Not for nothing is India known by this epithet as over 50 of the widely-known spices and other countless ones are grown here. From ancient times onwards, sailing ships carried Indian spices to the Middle East and Europe. It was the lure of spices that brought western explorers like Vasco da… [ Continue Reading ]
Calorie and Nutrient Requirements during Pregnancy
When you are pregnant it is very important to eat regular, well-balanced meals as the food you eat provides nutrition to your baby. While tablets can make up for some deficiencies in a pregnant woman’s diet, the best way to get adequate protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron and vitamin C for… [ Continue Reading ]
What is the right nutrition for the baby?
Ever since your baby’s birth a few months ago, one worry bothers you more than any other. What is the right nutrition for the baby? Am I feeding her right? What happens when she grows up a little more? What are the foods I have to feed her then? While every child has his or… [ Continue Reading ]
Maternity Clothes and Shoes
So you’re three months into pregnancy and it’s finally beginning to show. It’s time to step up those changes in your lifestyle that you began when you first came to know. Begin with the clothes. No more tight jeans and figure-hugging churidar kurtas but loose stuff that can accommodate your growing body and give it… [ Continue Reading ]
Of Rat Snakes and Boys who are Different
Kali and the Rat Snake Written by Zai Whitaker Illustrations by Srividya Natarajan Published by Tulika, Chennai An excerpt from the book: Kali’s father was one of the most famous snake-catchers among the Irula tribe. He had caught over a hundred cobras just this monsoon and bought many good things for the family. The snake… [ Continue Reading ]
Why is Your Child Thin?
When it comes to food Shefali just can’t seem to be able to convince her seven year old daughter to eat regular meals. It seems to Shefali that she’d been trying literally to force-feed Tanya, from the day the child was born. But to no avail. Tanya eats only what she absolutely feels like eating…. [ Continue Reading ]
What goes into the making of your favourite food?
Food, wonderful food, yes food may be the fuel that keeps the body’s engine going. But people don’t have it only in order to live. The smell, taste, texture and look of food all appeal to the senses first. Think about a visit to the movies without some munchies to serve as the perfect accompaniment…. [ Continue Reading ]