chocolate – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:12:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://htv.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/cropped-iphone-retina-1-32x32.png chocolate – HTV https://htv.com.pk 32 32 7 Foods To Help With Anxiety https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/7-foods-to-help-with-anxiety Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:23:26 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42235

Anxiety is what you feel when you are in the face of stress. Apprehension, tension, fear, nervousness, irritability, trouble concentrating are all characteristic of anxiety. Anxiety is present in everyday situations and is considered normal up to a certain extent. Make a few lifestyle changes and add particular foods to your diet and it may […]

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Anxiety is what you feel when you are in the face of stress. Apprehension, tension, fear, nervousness, irritability, trouble concentrating are all characteristic of anxiety. Anxiety is present in everyday situations and is considered normal up to a certain extent.

Make a few lifestyle changes and add particular foods to your diet and it may help in relieving or managing your anxiety.

Tips to reduce anxiety and stress

Research shows that anxiety manifests due to combination of genetics, environmental factors and brain chemistry. Certain foods are known to increase brain health and may prove to be beneficial in managing anxiety.

Related: Spending too much time on your phone may be a sign of anxiety

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan which aids in the production of serotonin, our happy hormone. It is also loaded with potassium, which regulates electrolyte balance and decreases feelings of stress and anxiety.

Vitamin D Rich Foods

Foods that are rich in Vitamin D might help curb feelings of anxiety. These include fatty fish like salmon, egg yolks, lean meats, soy, nuts and seeds. Eggs also contain tryptophan. Here are 5 ways to add eggs to your diet.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids in particular. These may reduce inflammation and cell death in the brain. Chocolate is also linked to improved mood.

Benefits of eating dark chocolate

Turmeric

Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin. It is very common in South Asian cooking and many people use it as a home remedy to treat many illnesses. It reduces inflammation and helps with episodes of anxiety.

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Chamomile

Chamomile tea calms the nerves. The flavonoids present in chamomile have relaxing and anti-anxiety properties. It doesn’t necessarily prevent anxiety but can manage its symptoms.

Green Tea

Green tea has theanine. Theanine increases production of serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals can improve mood and increase feelings of calmness.

You can also use Green Tea for all your beauty needs.

Yogurt

Studies are showing a link between fermented products and positive effects on brain health. Fermented products may improve problems related to social anxiety and increased levels of happiness in some people.

Yogurts and dairy products in general have anti-inflammatory properties.

Make your own yogurt at home!

Please keep in mind that if anxiety persists over a longer time period, then it may be due to GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and will need to be evaluated by a doctor.

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Must Have Classic Desserts From Home Bakers https://htv.com.pk/htv-eats/must-have-classic-desserts-from-home-bakers Fri, 04 Jan 2019 07:51:36 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42148

In Karachi, there’s no shortage of home-based bakers. While we have a few staples when it comes to cakes, fondant or otherwise, this list focuses on the most popular and classic desserts from some of the best home bakers. It isn’t a small task to make it to a Classics list. There is a lot […]

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In Karachi, there’s no shortage of home-based bakers. While we have a few staples when it comes to cakes, fondant or otherwise, this list focuses on the most popular and classic desserts from some of the best home bakers.

It isn’t a small task to make it to a Classics list. There is a lot of hard work, perseverance and a touch of magic that goes into these desserts. So, thank you to the dessert maestros that have made our lives so sweet.

Auntie Munawer- 3 Milk Cake

photo: facebook/auntie munawer

Auntie Munawer is now a household name and even though her menu has some delicious offerings, the three milk cake she makes is unparalleled.

 

Reema- Chocolate Lava Cake

photo: facebook/ reema’s chocolate gateau cake

One of the first to enter the home baker’s scene, Reema makes an orgasmic chocolate lava cake. Just return her tin plates please.

 

The Saucy Mistress- Naughty Saucy

photo: facebook/the saucy mistress

It was difficult to pick one of these iconic ‘desserts in a jar’ since all of them are so.damn.good. The Naughty Saucy is the most popular, and the best-selling, dessert in the Mistress’ menu.

Not convinced to cheat? Try these healthy desserts that won’t leave you feeling too guilty.

Shama- Chocolate Malt Cake

photo: facebook/shama’s bakery

Shama Askari’s signature chocolate cake is the epitome of classic desserts in Karachi. No questions asked, hand me a fork, Delicious with a capital D.

 

The Poached Pear- Pavlova

photo: the poached pear

Actually just go ahead and order the weekend variety box, you will not regret it. The poached pear has managed to make pavlova a popular dessert option- it is no easy feat to introduce new flavors to people who are quite set with their chocolate-y options. A bite of their lemon curd pavlova with fresh fruit is enough to excite the keenest of chocolate lovers.

 

Zoya marri- Banana Bread

photo: facebook/zoya marri

It sounds simple enough to get right, but great banana bread is actually a rare find. You can try all you want, but trust us, you will not find a better banana bread anywhere else in Karachi.

 

Rania’s Sweet Eats- Bite-sized Treats

photo: facebook/sweet eats

Mini cupcakes from Sweet Eats should be mandatory at all birthday parties. They are no fuss, clean, cute and delicious.

From the Kitchen of Fatemah Rawji- Black Magic Cake/ Tiramisu

photo: facebook/ from the kitchen of fatemah rawji

It is difficult to narrow down one choice as a classic when it comes to Fatemah Rawji’s kitchen. So we’ve split it into personal favorite, Tiramisu and crowd-pleaser classic, black magic cake.

A quick, honorable mention goes to Bilal Khan from Petit Four.
photo: facebook/petitfour

We are not including him in this list as he has very recently opened up shop. But we will say that his Coffee Ice-cream Cake is nothing short of a classic.

How many desserts have you tried from this list?

Read our review on Easy’s Decemberistan Menu

 

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Chocolate Can Boost Your Physical And Mental Performance https://htv.com.pk/news/chocolate-can-boost-physical-mental-performance Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:53:42 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=19661

More good news for chocolate lovers, with two new studies published this week

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More good news for chocolate lovers, with two new studies published this week finding that consuming a little dark chocolate can help boost physical as well as mental performance.

In a study out of Kingston University, U.K., Rishikesh Kankesh Patel and his team split nine amateur male cyclists into two groups to look at the effect of dark chocolate on athletic performance.

Participants in the first group were asked to replace one of their normal daily snacks with 40g of dark chocolate for a two-week period, while the control group substituted their daily snack with 40g of white chocolate. After two weeks the groups swapped.

The cyclists’ sports performance was measured before the study and after each two-week period using a series of cycling exercise tests.

The results showed that after two weeks of eating dark chocolate, the participants’ sports performance had improved, with participants using less oxygen in one cycling test and covering more distance in another.

Mr Patel believes that the performance-boosting effects of dark chocolate are thanks to epicatechin, a flavanol found in the cacao bean, which increases nitric oxide production in the body, which gives a similar exercise boost as beetroot juice, already consumed by athletes to improve performance.

“Both dark chocolate and beetroot juice are known to increase nitric oxide, which is the major mechanism we believe is behind these results,” said Mr Patel, adding, “We found that people could effectively exercise for longer after eating dark chocolate — something that’s not been established before in this way.”

The study can be found online in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

In another study published this week, in the journal Appetite, a team of researchers from the University of Maine, University of South Australia and Luxembourg Institute of Health found that eating chocolate can also improve cognitive function.

The team looked at data from 968 participants aged 23-98 and found that those who ate chocolate at least once a week performed better on cognitive tasks than those who ate chocolate less frequently.

However the team also found that when compared to those who never or rarely ate chocolate, those who indulged in chocolate on a weekly basis also had higher levels of cholesterol, including the “bad” LDL cholesterol, although those who ate chocolate also had lower glucose levels, and were less likely to suffer from Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure than those who didn’t eat chocolate.

Source: AFP/Relaxnews

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Dark chocolate is good for your heart and arteries https://htv.com.pk/news/dark-chocolate-good-heart-arteries Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:07:25 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=17683 Dark chocolate

MOST scientific studies agree that antioxidant-rich cacao powder and dark

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Dark chocolate

MOST scientific studies agree that antioxidant-rich cacao powder and dark chocolate help protect the heart. One reason to stock up on the dark stuff.

Phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and manganese: dark chocolate is packed with nutrients, minerals and trace elements that assist our immune system, facilitate metabolic processes and help with tissue growth and regeneration.

Cacao beans are also rich in flavonoids, compounds that are found in plants and act as antioxidants, meaning they combat free radicals in the body. There has been renewed interest in studying flavonoids now that they are thought to act against cancer and cardiovascular disease.

In July 2012, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said daily consumption of 200mg of cocoa flavanols (contained in 10g of dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao) was good for blood vessel elasticity, thereby improving blood circulation.

Flavonoids also lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and improve blood clotting, thereby diminishing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

And vitamin B3 helps to reduce artery-clogging, according to the French Federation of Cardiology.

According to a study featured in the European Heart Journal and presented at the Chocolate and Health Symposium in Paris on June 22, 2010, daily chocolate consumption provides a reduction of 37% in cardiovascular diseases, 48% in the risk of a stroke and 27% in the risk of a heart attack.

Its protective effects are thought to be achieved essentially by lowering blood pressure, the main risk factor in cardiovascular diseases.

Nevertheless, it is better to opt for traditional chocolate manufacturing methods, rather than those that reduce the contribution from flavonoids by adding artificial flavorings, preservatives, dyes, texturing agents and other fatty and/or sugary ingredients.

Premium dark chocolate contains at least 30% cacao powder, is less sweet and has superior nutritional qualities. Milk chocolate only has 20% and white chocolate does not have any.

It is worth bearing in mind that chocolate should be eaten in moderation as it is high in calories. One hundred grams of dark chocolate is equivalent to 500 calories, which is a quarter of our daily requirements.

Source: AFP/ Relaxnews

 

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Here is why we all love chocolate https://htv.com.pk/news/here-is-why-we-all-love-chocolate Sun, 09 Aug 2015 05:00:47 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=9687

Be it birthdays, anniversaries, functions, parties, New Year or even casual days, chocolates have found their way into every occasion as a gift or a source of celebration.

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Be it birthdays, anniversaries, functions, parties, New Year or even casual days, chocolates have found their way into every occasion as a gift or a source of celebration.

This is because chocolates are a versatile food item that is liked and enjoyed by people from all ethnicities and age groups. You will hardly come across someone who is not fond of chocolates, except pure diabetic people who have to hold back in spite of their longing hearts.

Has someone ever thought why it is that chocolates are so irresistible? Why do people enjoy them so much? And how come not even the famous eastern traditional sweet – the meethai – is as popular as chocolate?

Well, the answer lies in the fact that chocolates give us pleasure and this has been proven by scientific reason too. Scientists found out that chocolates contain a protein called phenethylamine, which is the same hormone that is released from the brain when a person falls in love. Some more digging into the physiology of this hormone tells us that it causes the release of other neurotransmitters in the body – norepinephrine(noradrenaline)anddopamine.

It is widely known that norepinephrine increases the heart rate and makes our palms sweaty. High levels of norepinephrine in the brain also narrow down the appetite and increase the scale of pleasure. The release of its corresponding neurotransmitter, dopamine, makes us feel happy and good, bringing about a more  sociable  and friendly change in the body by activating five types of dopamine receptors in the brain that also trigger the ‘pleasure system’. But it’s not just this; high levels of phenethylamine itself increase the energy of the living system, making it more enthusiastic and bugged.

That being said, there is another side to the story. Phenethylamine has a very small half life and is readily metabolized in the body, so that it is not available to drive the body down the charming lane; so much for the credit given to Phenethylamine for the happy chocolate feeling, when it is mainly dopamine that is the forerunner. But we still cannot defer the role of phenethylamine in this regard, as it has also been suggested that phenethylamine is occupied in the presynaptic vesicles, which are usually the home of dopamine. This allows dopamine to regulate freely, giving the body a happy boost.

This brings us to the conclusion that although dopamine is the main cause of the brain’s emotional drive, the other two neurotransmitters discussed above cannot be neglected either. Indeed it may be helpful to think of dopamine as the driver, and phenethylamine and noradrenaline as the occupants of the back seat, giving dopamine a leg up.

Nowadays, people have just made chocolate an affection icon, a way to express their feelings and joys. Chocolate ads in this era mainly depict the alluring emotions.

Long gone are the days when chocolates were also showed in ads involving childhood joys. But whatever the story may be, the theme remains the same: chocolates are there if you have to win over someone, apologize to somebody, celebrate and so on. This is also made easier by the vast variety of forms the chocolates come in – dark chocolate, white chocolate, liquidchocolate, chocolatebars,chocolatedisks,etc.

People also like to have them in all sorts of ways – in cakes, in biscuits, dairy stuff, with milk, wafers, ice-creams or even raw. It is a universal favorite and has now found its way into almost every occasion. So the next time if you are dealing with something related to emotions, do try chocolates – it is naturally made to make you happy!

About the author: Sehrish Khan is a House Officer at Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. She is interested in the field of Cardiology and is currently working as Senior Editor and Blogger for JPMS Blogs.

Article source AFP

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