4 packaged products you can cook at home easily

I come from a family where we make our own pickles; mango, red chilli, green chilli, chick pea, carrot, lime, lesava, kair, etc. We have never got a store-bought jar of pickle till date. Till a couple of decades ago, we even made papad, khakhra, ketchup, jams, potato and banana wafers, etc. at home. There was no McDonald’s then, and the only types we had seen or eaten were the homemade fries.

I remember there was a particular ketchup brand called ‘Volfarm’ which claimed it didn’t use pumpkin as was the case with other ketchup brands. And people believed it. In those days, Indians were a trusting lot. If a TV commercial showed a man wearing a white doctor’s coat lauding a particular toothpaste, oil or biscuit, we never thought that the brands would be lying to us. We fell for them, left, right and center. Continue reading

The dangers of packaged foods for children

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Media is everywhere! Advertising gets to people through different forms of communication – print, television, social media, and what not! Although advertisements help us to become aware of the products in the market, they have their negative effects too, especially on the children! Previously, what the advertisers did was to market children’s products towards the parents. But nowadays, marketers aim their messages directly at the children. Children are known to be picky eaters and take everything at face value and believe the messages conveyed in the advertisements without a shadow of the doubt.

bon happetee Indian food calorie calculator appThe food industry is once again in the eye of a storm, especially junk food industry. This time not for promoting junk, but to make it worse, promoting junk as healthy. Let’s take a look at a few such products out of hundreds out there in the market: Continue reading