Archive for March, 2011

SONY TO LAUNCH 3D POCKET SIZE CAMCORDER


We all have cameras in our mobile phones for capturing videos and photos. But mobile lens does not give us the required quality. If we want quality then we have to go for big cameras or camcorders which are not so compact. So how about camcorders that fits into your pocket? Sony has recently unveiled a range of 3D Bloggie Camcorders. All these camcorders are extra compact. The main feature of the camcorder is that it is a 3D camcorder and displays media via 2.4 inch 3D LCD screen without glasses. The picture can also be seen on any 3D capable television via HDMI connection without glasses.

FEATURES:
•2.4-inch 3D LCD display
•Dual 5.15 Megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor
•4x digital zoom lens
•Can record 3D or 2D HD videos
•Able to capture 5 megapixel still images and 2 megapixel 3D still photos
•8GB internal memory
•A flip-out USB arm
•Steady Shot image stabilization
•Face detection
•Built-in LED light
•HDMI output
•Auto-image rotation
•Auto Focus, & Auto Macro

REVIEW

The camcorder easily fits into the pocket and hence it is easy to carry. The model is designer and catchy. It is equipped with two sensors and two lenses which sets it apart from other camcorders. It provides the facility of capturing both: photos and videos. The moment you click a picture, it will pop out right on your screen. Moreover, Bloggie is not only compatible with 3D TV screens but also with regular 2D TVs. Yet, to view the videos on HDTV, one needs to wear 3D glasses. You can also share your videos on youtube. Sony claims that the uploading of 3D content to YouTube works fine.

Sony Bloggie MHS-FS3 also features 8GB of internal memory that enables you to record for hours using 3D format. You can also use the “Share it Later” for sending photos or videos directly to Flickr, Facebook or other.

Many of us are not into video recording and just click photos. For such people 3D Bloggie FS2 offers a unique feature: a 2-inch, front-facing LCD. The camcorder still has a 2.7-inch screen on its back that is used for regular recording, but the front-facing screen is ideal for making recordings or taking photos of you.

Sony Bloggie has three models having different functionality. The Sony Bloggie 3D has a built in USB connect for easy computer connect. It can also be used for charging the battery which makes it very convenient as you don’t need an extra cord for charging.

You can also choose the other Bloggies in the Sony pocket camcorder range such as the Bloggie Touch which is the non 3D version of the Bloggie, which lets you record your favorite moments any time of the days using MP4. It stores up to 4 hours of HD recordings.

Sony Bloggie will be available in the market from April. It will be available in various colors like white, black, purple and pink. The device will price around $250.

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1.5 LITERS OF WATER A DAY,KEEPS DISEASES AWAY


The importance of water in our body is taught to us right from childhood. When we grow up we hear people saying that 8 to 10 glasses of water is good for health. But very few of us implement it. Actually, 8 to 10 glasses of water just help to maintain the water content in the body and to keep away from dehydration. The amount of water needed varies from person to person and from place to place. Water forms the major part of our body and hence is a very important component.

After returning home tired, first thing that we ask for is water. It revitalizes freshness in the body. A popular therapy concerning water intake is Water Therapy. It is a natural therapy based on internal and external use of water in prevention and treatment of diseases, rehabilitation and improving ones overall well being. The therapy is helpful in curing ailments without the intake of medicines. Drinking 1.5 liters of water a day is a natural remedy for most of the diseases. There are a few things that are to be kept in mind while undergoing water therapy.

Instructions to be kept in mind while undergoing water therapy
One needs to strictly follow these instructions in order to get rid of body ailments.

• Drink 5-6 glasses of water as soon as you get up in the morning. Water should be consumed before brushing your teeth.
• Initially it will be difficult to drink 5-6 glasses of water at a go. Hence you can start with having 3-4 glasses and then gradually increase the intake.
• Avoid drinking alcohol the previous day.
• Avoid drinking or eating anything one hour before and after drinking water.
• Continue with the therapy for a week. After one week try to consume 1.5 liters of water twice a day to get free from all the diseases and to stay fit.
• Consult a doctor to find out whether water therapy will suit your body or not.

1.5 liters of water is an estimated amount you can consume so that your body can be cleansed. Moreover, the therapy is very simple to follow as it does not require professional guidance. It is useful in many ways and helps you to remain fit and energetic.

Benefits

Water is a magical drink with no side effects. Drinking a lot of water helps in removing toxins from your body through sweat and urine, purifying the body. During summers, it saves you from dehydration. Abundant water intake can even flush out small kidney stones and other harmful mineral build ups in the body. If consumed properly, it can eliminate the problem of constipation and acidity within a few days. If you are diabetic and are unable to control your diabetes then try water therapy as it can control your sugar problem. Moreover, water helps in maintaining the body temperature. For people having blood pressure problems and hypertension, water therapy is an effective aid. In order to cure pulmonary TB, three months of water therapy is enough. It not only benefits the internal organs, but also helps you to look young. As we grow with age, our body becomes less sensitive to loss of water which leads to body wrinkles. Drinking plenty of water is a good idea to keep dry skin, wrinkles, etc at bay. The therapy also alleviates migraine headaches, high blood cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis pain, asthma allergies, and high blood pressure. By hydrating your body you can minimize your back pain. Over and above, increased water consumption often helps to regulate our appetite because we often mistake our thirst for hunger and eat food when in fact our body is craving for fluid. The therapy is also known to cure serious diseases like cancer, general paralysis, ophthalmic hemorrhage, laryngitis and many more.

It will be surprising to know that water therapy helps in weight loss. Weight loss is directly related to body’s metabolism rate and burning calories. Studies have proven that a low consumption of water allows more fat to be deposited instead of being metabolized into energy. Hence higher the consumption of water, lower will be the amount of fat deposits. It is also to be taken into consideration that while you are using water therapy as a weight loss programme, you must not skip your meals. Water suppresses the appetite, yet skipping meals would not accelerate weight loss.

Side effects of water therapy

Too much of anything is harmful to health. This stands true for water therapy as well. Uncontrolled water intake might be harmful for the body. It may cause water poisoning also known as hyper hydration which can lead to the risk of brain damage and heart failure. When you reach the point that your body can’t balance out your fluid levels, you are also disrupting the balance of electrolytes. Hence as a measure of precaution, consume it moderately.

Add this simple and yet important therapy in your routine
Water is the one of the main components of our body. It is not only necessary for survival but also to remain fit and healthy. Those who start with water therapy can experience the changes within. Water is considered to be a healer. It rejuvenates the body and purifies various organs. Moreover it is simpler and does not require major precautions hence nowadays many people are getting attracted to it. Afterall, 1.5 liters of water a day, keeps diseases away.

EXPERIENCE THE MAMMOTH INFRASTRUCTURE AND FEEL THE SERENITY OF NATURE AT KEVADIYA


A place which was surrounded by thousands of people protesting has now been converted into a favored destination by the tourists. Narmada Dam is one of the most controversial dam projects in India and its environmental impact and net costs &benefits were widely debated. The place remains thronged by people round the year as the state government had developed tourism in the area.

The dam is located between the banks of Narmada and Karjan rivers in South Gujarat. It is one of the largest dam projects of South Asia hence it poses to be a pride of Gujarat and India. Narmada River runs along the border of Vadodara district and through Bharuch district. It empties into the sea near the city of Bharuch. The journey can be started from Bharuch, Rajpipla and Vadodara. Bharuch is the nearest station whereas the nearest airport is Vadodara. The Dam is situated at a distance of 82 to 90 kms from these junctions.

The dam site is divided into six points: garden; the foundational stone laid by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961; a site with a side view of the dam; a lake where boating takes place; the first lock gate of the main canal; a trekking site with a nature education camp for students. All these sites give you a spectacular view of the dam and its gushing water from different angles. Moreover, the model room gives you an idea regarding the construction and working of the dam. The moment you reach the spot, the lush green garden can be a resting place. From here you can also get the overview of the dam. You can also enjoy boating in the river which takes you around the river. You will experience the deep waters and cool breeze during the boat ride. Dam II view point will give a very close view of the dam.

Nehru Foundation Stone Sthal, is a place where the original foundation stone was laid by Pandit Nehru. The entire area has been specially planned for tourism. The site gives a beautiful view of Narmada River. The best view can be obtained during monsoon after rains when you actually get to see flowing waters in full force. You can also hire a guide who will show the dam site from various points and will also explain the mechanism of the dam. The sound of water flowing in full force from the dam is exciting to hear. Moreover, the white foaming water thrashing down is a beautiful site that catches the eye of every visitor. Some of the lakes that one can see are the Panchmilli Lake, Kalvani Lake, Vagdam Lake and many others. These lakes are large water bodies created between the dam and canal head regulator.

If you visit Sardar Sarovar Dam then you just can’t miss out Kevadiya Colony. Kevadiya is an area that is situated downstream from the dam. The area is situated in the lap of nature and hence contains many places which allure the visitors. The entire place is surrounded by rivers, rivulets, hills, waterfalls and forest covers.The place is best for trekking and camping with many small paths going though the forest and rivers. Tourism is being developed in this area. A variety of plant species and wild life here, makes it an excellent location for recreational and leisure activities. There are plans to develop eco friendly tourist facilities here.

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Kevadiya Narmada also contains several temples situated amidst nature. Narmada Udgam Temple located in the source of Narmada River holds immense religious significance and hence remains thronged. Several shrines are enclosed in one premise at Narmada Udgam. The main attraction of the temple is the sacred kund which is a hub of devotees and where various rituals are performed. The evening aarti in the temple is a refreshing affair with chanting of vedic hymns amidst beating drums and bells. During Navratri, the temple glitters with several diyas and the site looks enchanting.

Shoolpaneshwar Mahadev Temple is yet another temple situated in the area. It is one of the ancient temples of lord Shiva. This temple was earlier submerged and has been rebuilt. Moreover, if you are fond of wildlife then you just can’t miss visiting Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary situated amidst tall canopies, deep valleys, rivers, waterfalls and landscapes. The forest area is rated as one of the best and thickest in the state.

The population here consists of tribals. One can also go around the place and have a feel of tribal culture and lifestyle. Before the construction of the dam the place was unexplored that has saved the sanctity of nature.

The place is a nature’s paradise with a modern touch. The place not only displays the wonders of infrastructure through the dam but also contains the blessedness of nature with all the rivers, rivulets, hills and landscape. It is a good place to visit for religious people as well as it contains many holy ancient shrines. The place takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and you can feel the serenity of nature.

 

CREATOR OF APPLE ON THE COUNTDOWN OF LIFE, JUST SIX MONTHS TO GO


There is a buzz all around regarding the rumour that Apple CEO; Steve Jobs may be counting the last six months of his life. US based tabloid National Enquirer took photos of Steve on February 8 outside Stanford Cancer Center. The photographs show that Jobs has gone extremely thin and frail.

In January, Jobs took third medical leave within a span of seven years so that he could focus on his health. At his request, the board of directors granted him leave of absence. “I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company,” Jobs said.

Employees have said that even after applying for leave, he is seen at the headquarters in California. But new pictures published by National Enquirer shows that things are worse at his end. Moreover, his weight seems to have been reduced from pre cancer 175 pounds to merely 130 pounds. The report says that he is stricken with pancreatic cancer and might have just six weeks to live. Radar.com has confirmed that he has regularly been attending the cancer treatment.

Dr Samuel Jacobson, a critical care physician went through the photos and said, Jobs appeared “close to terminal. I would say he has six weeks.” Whereas, Dr Gabe Mirkin a physician with supposedly 40 years of experience said, “He is terminal. What you are seeing is extreme muscle wasting from calorie depravation, most likely caused by cancer. He has no muscle left in his buttocks, which is the last place to go.”

He was detected of having cancer in 2004; thereafter he underwent rare radiology treatment during 2009 in Switzerland.
A secret video clip adds more to the rumors. The video shows Jobs leaving a restaurant and climbing into a car with his wife; he appears to have trouble walking and getting in the passenger seat. After viewing the video, CBS Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton stated that his instability on his feet could be from treatments that affect muscles and balance, or it could signify brain involvement with tumor. Inspite of his deteriorating health, he has been living his way since long. Recently he attended planned meeting and dinner with President Obama. The photograph shows that he has gone frail, but he is still mobile and willing to attend meetings with the President as well as visit Apple’s Cupertino campus regularly.

EFFECT OF RUMORS ON APPLE

Apple has acquired its position due to Steve Jobs. Many analysts and observers are uneasy about the prospects of Apple’s future without its co-founder being around. Experts also say that Apple will have a tough time for few years as it is facing major challenge from Google and Android in tablet and iPhone markets.

Even the share prices were affected after the spread of rumours. Moreover, it has been noticed even in the past during 2008 and 2009 when the health issue of Steve came to forefront, the share prices declined.

Moreover, in Steve’s absence this time as well, Tim would take his place. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is more than prepared to lead the company in his absence. “I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011,” said Jobs.

Now it’s the time to see whether Apple would be able to maintain its identity in the absence of Steve Jobs. All Apple lovers are praying for the health of Jobs.

BREAKING NEWS: REGIONAL CHANNELS RULING THE ROOST


TV9 GUJARAT, A REGIONAL NEWS CHANNEL IS TOPPING THE CHARTS SINCE PAST TWO YEARS IT COVERS 25% OF TOTAL VIEWERSHIP IN THE STATE.

• How does a news channel work? What makes it different from the other channels?

News channel is live format while other channels are not. And it is a platform which updates viewers with happenings around the world 24×7.There are two types of channels: News Channels and General Entertainment Channels which we refer to as GEC. The major difference between news channels and GEC is that news channels are telecasted in live format while others are not.

• What is the specialty of Tv9?
TV9 is known for its credibility and the ability to connect with people. People can easily relate to us. If I talk about TV9 Gujarat, being a Gujarati channel, Gujaratis round the globe can easily relate to us. We follow our tagline ‘For a better society’, which says it all. TV9 has consistently focused on how media can facilitate a fair and equal modern society through its news and programming. Maintaining credibility often in the face of political and corporate pressure has meant making tough decisions.

• Your journey from beginning to becoming a channel head?
Like every other child, I too had a dream: a dream to become a journalist. When I was a student, I used to write columns. After completing my education, I started working with print media. As a journo I took my baby steps in print. Then I got an offer for a TV news channel. I joined it as I thought to have a better canvas. After joining electronic media, I started clearing my basics as it is very different to work for electronics than to work for print. I tried to learn everything that was possible. Be it scripts, concepts, camera, graphics, video editing …. all possible areas. I got the exposure to regional media as well as National media. Before joining TV9, I was handling bureau of a National news network.

• What should one do to join a news channel or to get into electronic journalism?
Well, I would say that one should opt for electronic journalism only if he or she has a passion for it. There are certain qualities that are required to perform well. Nowadays there are many institutes that provide courses on electronic journalism. They teach you all the areas of electronic media. One should know that electronic media is not just to earn name and fame. This notion should be removed before entering a news channel. A news channel requires grilling efforts. If these parameters are accomplished then you can give your best.

• What do you have to say regarding the competition between various news channels?
Competition is always good as it helps you in raising your own bar. Clean competition is always welcomed. It is beneficial for news channels as they can improve their standards. At the same time it benefits the viewers as they get to see different perspective of news from various channels.

• Due you think print is slowly fading away due to electronic media?
Well, I don’t think print is fading away due to electronic media. When electronic media was booming it was said that print will fade away but if you see the circulation growth it is positive.

• Your views regarding 24 hours news channel and its responsibility towards the society.
TV9 stands for a better society. Such an ideal resides in the depth of every heart but it becomes meaningful only if given forceful expression. We believe that by disseminating impartial, balanced and credible news in a creative and challenging format and by hosting a free and fearless conversation of ideas of all persuasions we help society in making informed choices. The citizen’s interests are at the forefront of our concerns and we exist to articulate them. We shall carry out our watchdog function with alacrity, and try to find solutions to the problems we unearth. In times of citizen distress, we believe it is the journalist’s duty to go the extra mile to facilitate relief and redressal…

• What is the future of regional news channels in India? Is it difficult for a regional channel to survive in front of national and international news giants?
Electronic media is growing day in and day out; hence I would say that the future of news channels is really bright. Regional channels are ruling the roost. If people get to see better quality news in their own language then what is the need of switching over to some other language? Regional channel connects with the local audience in a better way. It is just like regional parties having more influence on local people than national parties. If I talk about TV9, it covers 25% of the total news viewership in Gujarat taking all TV news channels into consideration. We are topping the list in Gujarat. In a span of 3 years only TV 9 Gujarat has become the ONE-POINT-REFERENCE for Gujaratis. They say “Gujarati ma samachar etle TV9”.Hence I would say that the scope is really bright. Regional channels are showing amazing growth and adopting technicalities which is a good sign.

• Describe the most memorable incident of your career?
There are several memorable incidents of my career. There are incidents related to Tsunami, cyclones, elections and many more, so it is difficult to cite one. Right now am able to recall one incidence. When I joined TV9 my friend called me up and said ‘Congrats for being the youngest channel head in the country’. I became a channel head at the age of 28.

• Message to the society?
Well I would just say that be truthful to yourself. It will not only benefit you but will also help the society in some or the other manner. Keep watching Tv9.

– Kalpak Kekre, Channel head,
TV9 Gujarat

“I was filled with inspiration after interviewing Kalpak Kekre, a young ardent journalist. His enthusiasm and passion for media could motivate any person who has a liking for journalism. A young media person, who chased his dream of being a journalist, put in his grilling efforts that made him a channel head at the age of 28. Talking to him aroused my desire to work harder, learn from every bit and bring out the best. I just knew him as the channel head but after talking to him I could realize that he is a knowledge provider, a motivator and a passionate journalist. In a nut shell, I would say that it was not just an interview, but something beyond as it stimulated my aspirations.”

Dhara Vasavada

 

GET YOURSELF COUNTED FOR WORLD’S BIGGEST CENSUS: CENSUS 2011


India is the second largest populated country in the world after China. Experts say that India will soon overpower China in terms of population. Counting of 15th national census of the country is on its move. The first phase of census collection began on May 1, 2010. The enumeration phase was kick started on February 8. India has appointed some 2.7 million census-takers, many of them school teachers, who are also collecting name and address details to be used later in issuing identity cards as part of a National Population Register.

What does census mean?
Census is an official head count of members of population usually residents or citizens in a particular region, often done at regular intervals.

Census is the most credible source of information collected by the government. Various factors such as economic activity, literacy and education, housing and household amenities, urbanization, fertility and mortality, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, language, religion, migration, disability and other socio-cultural and demographic data are considered while studying census.

In order to satisfy the needs of the people and for any nation to grow, census details are required. Census compares different groups of people, their lifestyle, their growth and their activity. It is the only primary data at village, town and ward level. Census is helpful in many ways:

• The total number and age groups extracted from census data, affect the amount of money allocated for a range of services including health services at regional and local level. It also measures the youth and aged population of a country.

– Housing details will help to asses the standard of living of people. It can also help to ascertain number of people living in an area which in turn describes the need for the construction of houses.

• Employment details ascertain the ratio of employed, unemployed and underemployed people in a country.

• Information on commuting and number of vehicles owned, help to identify future transport patterns and also in the development of schemes to improve public transport.

• Census details help in the social and economic development of the country.

• It forms a base for reviewing the country’s progress in the past decade. It can also monitor the on-going schemes of the government and most importantly, helps to plan for future.
The first census in India was started in 1881 by Lord Rippon. Since then it is being conducted every ten years. Last census conducted in India was in 2001. The current census is different than previous censuses as many new dimensions are added to it.
15th National Census of India

Census 2011 will be the biggest census ever in India. For the first time biometric information will be collected. Moreover the census is divided into two phases. The first phase consisting house listing ended on June 15, 2010. The second phase regarding information collection for National Population Register (NPR) started on February 9. The decadal exercise that covers the entire country, started off by collecting information on various characteristics from President Patibha Patil’s household. The exercise took place in the presence of Home Minister P Chidambaram, Minister of state for Home Affairs Gurudas Kamat, Census Commissioner of India, Dr C Chandramouli along with Director of Census Operation Delhi, Varsha Joshi. Population Enumeration phase lasted till February 28, whereas the entire exercise would be completed by March 5. All 640 districts, 5,767 talukas, 7,742 towns and more than six lakh villages of the country will be covered in the exercise. On February 28, homeless population will be counted. The revision round will be held between March 1 and March 5 to enumerate those who missed the first round.

Table Showing data of migrants by place of birth in 2001
SR.NO CATEGORY MIGRATIONS BY PLACE OF BIRTH (%)
1. Total migrations 29.9
2. Migrants within the state of enumeration 84.2
3. Migrants from within the district 70.3
4. Migrants from other districts of the state 29.7
5. Migrants from other states in India 13.8
6. Migrants from other countries 2.0

Population enumeration exercise was a list of 29 questions based on demography details, marital status, cultural, literacy, economic, migration, travel to place of work and fertility parameters. Over and above, various features are added in enumeration form. If a person belongs to any other sex category other than male or female, he or she can choose the ‘other’ option. This has been included for the first time in the history of census. Similarly, commercial sex workers have been for the first time categorized under the ‘others’ section in the work segment as against placing them under ‘beggar’ category in Census 2001. In addition to it, a separate category has been created for beggars. Disability section has also undergone several changes. The number of options in disability section has been increased from five to eight.

In order to calculate the literacy rate, new codes have been introduced to record the status of attendance in schools as the ‘not attending’ category has been sub-divided into options of ‘attended before’ and ‘never attended’.

Furthermore, a new category called institutional household has been created to include all those who stay in hostels, jails and hospitals. Under this clause Ajmal Kasab a Pakistani terrorist who is awaiting the confirmation of his death penalty from Bombay High Court, will be included.

Moreover, in order to solve public queries, a toll free number has been introduced. Advanced technologies will be used in this census to cut short the completion of task from two years to a year. The time period of completing the entire process will be much less as compared to four to five years in 2001.

National Population Register (NPR)
The concept of NPR is new and will be incorporated for the first time. NPR will be a comprehensive identity database that would help in targeting the benefits and services under government schemes in a better manner, to improve planning and to strengthen security of the country.

After visiting and collecting information from various houses, the data will be entered into computers in local language of the state as well as in English. Once this database has been created, biometrics such as photograph, fingerprints and probably iris information will be added for all persons aged 15 years and above. Moreover, all usual residents will be included in the register irrespective of their nationality. Camps will be organized for this purpose.

NRP would have all the details provided by the enumerated person during census including the biometric data and UID number of every person who fits the criteria. National identity cards then will be given in a phased manner. The Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner will be responsible for maintaining and updating NPR database subsequently.

SEVERAL ISSUES RELATED TO CENSUS 2011
Caste based census

The first caste based census took place in the year 1931. After a gap of almost 80 years we are again having caste based census. The decision of implementing caste based census came from Lok Sabha which was given a green signal in May 2010. It was Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sharad Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav and their respective parties who made this demand. Other than the government, the opposition also gave their support.
After a long controversy on the issue last year, it has been decided that caste based census will take place after the initial enumeration is over. From June to September, a caste wise composition of the Indian population will be arrived at separately by expert groups.

Just like caste census, the border population is also important. It also has remained a concern for census drivers of India and Bangladesh.

Bangla border to be included in census

Bangladesh border is one of India’s borders where migration problem is rampant. For census to be really authentic, border population should be included. Hence, it is likely that residents along the disputed tracts along the Indo-Bangla border will be included in 2011 census. District administrations are likely to take help from the BSF while conducting census. According to current official records, there are 551.8 acres of Bangladeshi land under “adverse possession” of India (Assam and Meghalaya) while 226.81 acres of Indian land is under adverse possession of Bangladesh. Moreover, there have been talks regarding a joint survey in this area, but neither New Delhi nor Dhaka has come up with a final word.

The work was started by conducting survey in the lands of Bangladesh and Meghalaya. Bangladeshi miscreants armed with sharp weapons illegally entered India and confronted the joint team of survey officials several times after the survey began on December 7, bringing to halt the exercise. The survey virtually remained suspended since December 16.

The issue was reported to external affair ministers of both the countries. Moreover the final word on whether the border population will be included in census or not is yet not confirmed.

DO NOT FREEZE CHEESE FROM YOUR DIET


MOST OF US LOOK UPTO CHEESE AS A FATTY FOOD AND THUS FEAR CONSUMING IT. BUT CHEESE HAS LOT MANY HEALTH BENEFITS. OVER AND ABOVE SEVERAL CHEESE VARIETIES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET WHICH KEEP YOU AWAY FROM THE FEARS OF CHEESE.

It is rightly said that ‘Cheese is milk’s leap towards immortality.’ But how did cheese go immortal? How and where was cheese invented? Let us go through a short story. Most authorities claim that cheese was first invented in the Middle East. According to a legendary story, cheese was accidentally made by an Arabic merchant who set on a long journey. He carried along milk in a bag made from a sheep’s stomach. After travelling for hours together, he opened the bag and found that milk had turned into pale watery liquid and solid white lumps. The rennet in the lining of the pouch combined with the heat of the sun. This led the milk to separate into curd and whey.

It is believed that with the advancement of civilizations, the art of cheese making spread via the Mediterranean basin to the rest of the world. The earlier records in Vedic hymns in India (6000 to 4000 BC), Egyptian records (4000 BC) and Babylonian records (2000 BC) clearly show references to milk, butter and cheese. There are a certain evidences which say that cheese is an age old delicacy. Cheese was a part of the Sumerian diet that dates 4000 years BC. Egyptian tomb wall paintings approximately of 2000 B.C.E. show butter and cheese being made, and other paintings which show milk stored in skin bags suspended from poles demonstrate a knowledge of dairy husbandry.

Cheese has maintained its popularity till date. Cheese is found in almost all kinds of junk foods which are preferred by youngsters. But, the world is trying to get healthy with people becoming more and more health conscious. Hence all that is highlighted is that cheese is a hub of fat and makes people obese. Many people are trying to avoid eating cheese as it is reported to have high content of saturated fat which can cause cholesterol problems or other unwanted health conditions. This fact is so hyped that the benefits of cheese remained under shadow.

BENEFITS OF CHEESE:

Not only for good taste but cheese is also essential for good health. It can be made from whole, low-fat, or skim milk or a combination of these. Regardless of the type of milk used to create it, cheese is a concentrated source of the nutrients naturally found in milk, including calcium.

Recently, scientists found out that regular consumption of cheese and dairy products in moderate amounts can assist very effectively in weight management. A group of researchers led by Wendy Chan, a specialist at Curtin University of Technology, Australia, found out that combining regular cheese consumption with low fat diet can increase the effectiveness of any weight loss program. After the experiments that lasted for several months, those participants who were consuming cheese on a regular basis experienced improvements in blood pressure and in the functioning of their cardio-vascular system. In addition to speeding weight loss, the nutritionist also point on other benefits of regular cheese consumption, which include reducing the amount of tummy fat. It can help improve metabolism and lower the risks of sleep disorders.

There are certain advantages of cheese that might surprise you. Cheese contains calcium and hence is it good for teeth. It helps to reduce plaque and stimulates saliva which in turn helps to keep the mouth clean. Rather than visiting a dentist, everyone would look out for ways in which cheese can help our teeth. It also makes the bones strong and healthy. It may prevent osteoporosis (a disease caused due to calcium deficiency) and other bone problems associated with aging. Being a good source of calcium it also helps in curing migraine. Cheese is a product that contains B vitamins which are good for maintaining supple, healthy and glowing skin. It also enhances blood development, strengthens liver and facilitates assimilation of nutrients in the body.

Not only the small benefits but cheese may also help cancer patients. There are a lot of studies going on through which people are trying to determine how to prevent cancer. One thing that seems to be true is that CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) may be a product that prevents cancer. Cheese contains CLA. Also, cheese may specifically help to prevent colon cancer due to its high calcium content. Eating certain types of cheese has been found to actually have a positive effect on the immune system. This prevents many forms of illness and disease.

Athletes or people who are growing thin by age or the ones who are not able to put on proper weight, cheese intake proves to be a boon. The high fat content helps to put on weight. But one needs to eat it properly as part of a balance diet along with regular exercise.

SOME BETTER CHEESES USED WORLD OVER:

Cheese may be good or harmful to our body depending upon the type of cheese that is consumed. There are many types of cheeses available in the market for cheese connoisseurs and also for the people who are health conscious. Cheese is mainly divided into categories like soft cheese, hard cheese, low fat cheese, organic cheese and many more. Let us talk about healthy cheeses.

• Feta is the Greek cheese, made of goat milk. This cheese is suitable for lactose intolerant people, but may be bit too salty.
• Gouda is made out of cow’s milk. There are Gouda types: made of skimmed milk, with less fat content, and aged gouda, that has much less lactose than the standard type.
• Parmigiano Reggiano might be one of the healthiest cheeses.
• Ricotta is an Italian cheese, usually made of whey. It is a low fat cheese as the fat content in this cheese is just about 5%.
• Cream cheese: It is made from raw unpasteurized milk in small batches by hand. The aging process produces acids which pasteurizes the cheese making it safe to eat.
• Cheddar: It can be firm, crumbly, smooth, dry or mild depending upon how old is it. It can be six months to sixty months old.

LOOK OUT FOR THE HEALTHIEST CHEESE FORMS:

Normal cheese contains chemicals and preservatives which are harmful to the body. Organic cheese is much healthier than normal cheese though a bit more expensive. You can benefit yourself by switching over to organic cheese because there are no preservatives present into it. Organic cheese has all the goodness of regular cheese, including healthy levels of calcium and protein. Research has shown that due to the cows’ more natural pasture-fed diet, cheese made from organic milk is actually higher in nutritional value.

Apart from organic cheese cottage cheese is also suggested when it comes to health. Cottage cheese is a product of cheese curd but unlike most cheese, which is dehydrated and has color; this type of cheese retains its whey content because it is only drained, not pressed dry. It is sweet and has mild flavor because it does not undergo the aging process and is washed. As compared to all other cheeses, this type of cheese has low fat (5 grams where 3 grams are saturated fat), low carbohydrates and high in protein content. If you want to have a well toned muscular body, then cottage cheese diet is the right diet for you. It is a good source of calcium and Vitamin D. The truth is that cottage cheese can prevent stomach disorders and it even helps your bones as you get older.

Now comes the turn of Paneer (Indian Cheese) which is a fascinating dairy product which is used in abundance in India. In its most basic form, cheese is the curdled milk of sheep, goats, cows or other mammals. It has high quality protein than soya. It is a good source of calcium, which helps to build strong bones and teeth and prevents osteoporosis. Paneer is associated with lower body weight as well as reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome. It is a good source of protein and it reduces cancer risk. It can prevent stomach disorders. It also helps in lower, back and joint pain.

HAVE IT ALL IN YOUR DIET:

While going on a diet, now you will not restrict yourselves from having cheese because cheese is not all about high fat content and carbohydrates. It is a healthy source of calcium and proteins. Moreover, with various types of cheeses available in the market, you can go on a diet and still can enjoy the delicacies of cheese by choosing an appropriate type of cheese.

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