Why do women crave chocolate so much

Women tend to desire chocolate much more than men

Women desire chocolate much more than men. Women crave chocolate, and approximately half of the cravers crave it specifically around the onset of menstruation. Chocolate cravings appear to exist in 40% of females and 15% of males, three fourths of whom claim that no other substance will appease their desire.

Chocolate affect the brain, leading to an increase in neurotransmitters and dopamine and a feeling of happiness sets in. Chocolate increases serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for better mood, sleep, and reduction of anxiety.  Women have a natural decrease in serotonin in the brain in the week before menstruation, so this may partially explain the specific craving for chocolate during this time.

Chocolate affects the brain of women in a different way. The brain of some men and women were scanned using MRI and it was found that chocolate affected the activity of the amygdala more in the brain of women. The Amygdala is a part of the brain that can affect emotions and sexual desire.

Scientists have speculated that chocolate consumption may be even motivated by magnesium deficiency, especially because magnesium deficiency is associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Chocolate and cocoa powder both contain exceptionally high concentrations of this nutrient.

What make women chocolate addict

What make women chocolate addict

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Predictive Genetic Testing : Angelina Jolie, Anne Wojcicki, Anu Acharya

Predictive Genetic Testing

 

Angelina Jolie hit the news headlines in early 2013 by announcing her decision to go for elective double mastectomy after testing positive for mutated BRCA1. People from around the world suddenly came to know about ‘ Predictive Genetic  Testing’. The impact was really big. A retrospective study performed at a Toronto hospital in 2014, for example, reported that the number of women referred for genetic counseling skyrocketed by 90 percent in the six months after Jolie’s announcement. The number of women at the hospital identified as BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers during that period jumped by 110 percent.

Why Predictive Genetic Testing is important

 “Error” in our genes (called “mutations”) can cause disease and predictive genetic tests help to confirm the disease probability in advance.

“Error” in our genes (called “mutations”) can cause disease and predictive genetic tests help to confirm the disease probability in advance. image
  • Determine whether you would get Cancer or other chronic illness in future
  • Determine whether your unborn child is prone to genetic disorders like Downs’Syndrome
  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can prevent a couple from having a sick child
  • For couples who worry about passing along hereditary illnesses 
  • For children with diseases like autism, genetic testing can inform their pediatrician of specific contributing genetic factors influencing the severity of their illness. 
  • From infants to teens, parents can use genetic testing to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis
  • Help in avoiding unnecessary clinical investigations
  • Help in taking preventive measures to reduce the risk and severity of the disease in the future

Finally, Preventative care is the best solution for successfully treating or avoiding future illness

Angelina jolie effect

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How to Raise Healthy Children

The best time to start good dietary habits is during the early years

Complete food, Best growth formulation, Power food, The best health drink – these are tag lines used by various health drink or growth supplement brands. But in reality, there is nothing called complete food. Children need dozens of nutrients every day to maintain growth and development. Offering children the right balance of nutrients –carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals – that can maximize their growth potential and brain development, has become a great challenge for parents. Especially in an age where there are more junk or processed foods than healthier or homemade foods. House becomes a battle ground as children are all in favor of processed foods.
Start eating healthy at early years
The best time to start good dietary habits is during the early years. Researchers suggest that the best way to get children to achieve balance in their diet is to teach them very young and lead by example. This is very essential as nutrition in early life play a crucial role in deciding how health will turn out in later life. Diet, exercise and other aspects of children’s daily interaction with the environment have the potential to alter brain health, mental function and physical performance.
Rather than blindly following ‘balanced diet chart’, ‘best brain food’, ‘top food for growth’, it’s essential to understand where the bond with food begins and how food, nutrients and human body interact. A deeper understanding about food and human body would help parent to dish out right amount of nutrients for their children.

Food preference first develops in the womb

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Prodding little deep into our obsession with Fairness

Let’s understand the important point – No fairness cream can make the individual fairer than the skin with which the person was born.

There’s a creation story in Thailand. In the beginning god created man. At first, he cooked the people too much (dark skinned people). Then he cooked them too little (pasty westerners). Finally, he cooked them just right (light skinned Asians) .

Skin color is determined by the degree of pigmentation of the skin which depends on the melanin content of the keratinocytes. It is the body’s natural protection against solar ultraviolet (UV)  radiation. But all over Asia, the bias towards fair skin that has come from colonial hangover is still on. From Korea to Japan to Thailand to India, dark skinned people are obsessed with fairness cream . That being said, this issue is not just unique to South Asia. Whitening creams are sold by leading brands like Olay, Ponds and many other favorite brands in Africa, the Caribbean and even in the Middle East .

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Science of Samosa

“Samosa” is from the Sanskrit word meaning “the solution (to your hunger) is contained within”, so named because all the needed vegetables and spices are contained inside the samosa.

The Indian samosa is one among the family of stuffed pastries or dumplings popular from Egypt and Zanzibar to Central Asia and West China. Arab cookery books of the 10th and 13th Centuries refer to the pastries as sanbusakc , sanbusaq or sanbusaj. From Egypt to Libya and from Central Asia to India, the stuffed triangle with different names has garnered immense popularity. Originally named samsa, after the pyramids in Central Asia.

 

Biggest secret to popularity and survival over the centuries is its different varieties of fillings catering to carious tastes across the globe. In Kazakhstan, for example, a somsa is typically baked and has a thicker, crumblier crust. Fillings generally range from minced lamb and onions, meat, and even pumpkin. The Hyderabadi luqmi, on the other hand, is strictly meat-filled and far crustier than the regular samosa consumed elsewhere in India and Pakistan. In our globalized world, the growing popularity of fusion food has witnessed the advent of the pizza samosa, chowmien samosa and the macaroni samosa. Dessert varieties inspired by western cuisine include the apple pie samosa, and the chocolate samosa.

Pizza samosa
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“Samosa” is from the Sanskrit word meaning “the solution (to your hunger) is contained within”, so named because all the needed vegetables and spices are contained inside the samosa. 

 

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Make this Valentine’s day special with ‘Love Potion’

Love will be in the air on Valentine’s Day in the form of chemicals called pheromones or ‘Signature Odour’

Valentine’s day is around the corner. Everybody is on last minute purchase for their loved ones. Gift alone may not be enough. Gift, Love and little bit of love potion will definitely do the trick. Love potion is a combination of  scents that can create a soothing and relaxed feeling. Odors can work wonders upon the human mind and body when it comes to getting passionate.

Smell has a strong bond with love, that’s why romantic films show the forlorn hero smelling the sweater or pillowcase of a long lost lover. Aromas elicit emotional responses

Scientists have discovered a potion that really does have a aphrodisiac effect – with women who have inhaled it finding their partners 15 per cent more attractive. The spray contains syntocinon, a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin, which is naturally released in the brain when people fall in love. Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany are behind this discovery. Vero Labs bottles oxytocin like perfume and promises to help people build “relationships that were never possible before.”

Love will be in the air on Valentine’s Day in the form of chemicals called pheromones or ‘Signature Odour’.

 

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Science of Umbilical cord blood banking

The saved stem cells can be used in the treatment of new born, his/her siblings and even parents

This is a must read for Expectant parents. One must know all about umbilical cord blood and their advantages and disadvantages, before heading to cord blood bank. One should be aware of the truth that  the odds that a child will ever use his or her own stored cord blood are small.  Also currently, it is unknown how long umbilical cord blood will maintain its usefulness while frozen, some says 15, some says 20, some says lifelong.  The potential benefits and limitations of allogeneic (from different individual) and autologous (same individual) cord blood banking and transplantation should be known. Even then, storing umbilical cord blood is definitely a good option, but whether one should opt for public or private bank, the decision must be taken after understanding the pros and cons of UCB (Umbilical Cord Blood) and understanding the science around it.

Advantages:

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Do you Remember Dolly ?. Not Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton 

Dolly the sheep, made from breast cells, was famously named after Dolly Parton, the American singer known for her large chest as well as her voice.  Dolly was the first example of successful cloning of a mammal from an adult cell.

Life of Dolly:

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Vaccines: Read this before you head to your doctor for next shot

Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases

Vaccines have been a great life saver. It’s been around from the time Edward Jenner demonstrated in 1798 that we could prevent smallpox in humans through vaccination.  The number of disease cases starts to drop when a vaccine is launched. Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Smallpox has been eradicated from many countries through vaccination. Vaccines definitely are the most effective tool we have to prevent infectious diseases.

But then, vaccine production is a big industry in itself.  80% of global vaccine sales come from five large multi-national corporations. The global vaccines market is expected to reach USD 48.03 Billion by 2021 according to MarketsandMarkets. Newer and newer vaccines are coming into the market every year. There are at least 30 causative agents against which vaccines are available and many more agents are targeted for development of vaccines. The number of shots a baby has to take has increased over the years. New optional vaccines have also entered the Indian market. If we go for all the shots it will add up to 49 doses of 14 vaccines.

The question we need to ask ourselves is do we need all of it, what will happen if we opt out of some, are all vaccines safe, do we know enough about them or we just go by what doctors say, are we aware of anti-vaccination activists.

How many of you have read Vaccine Package Insert

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It’s Cheese all the way….Cheese Science, Story and Snooping

A person who loves cheese or a cheese lover is called ‘turophile’

Cheese is a common food and have found its way into our kitchen at breakfast as cheese slice, cheese omelets; during lunch and dinner as salad ingredient, in pasta, pizza, burger, dosa and more and even in delicious cheese cakes, biscuits,… list is endless.

But did you know that there are 2000 varieties of cheese, Are you aware of the fact that some banks take cheese as collateral against loans or Have of heard of cheese made of Breast milk and Moose milk, Do you know how Swiss cheese gets holes or why we pair wine with cheese….

A lot of cheese facts and Cheese science….

Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality – Clifton Fadiman

Cheese facts:

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