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Sugar- Healthier Alternatives Should Try!

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Sugar sweetens, preserves, and enhances the flavor of food. This makes it hard to avoid and resist, but the health benefits of reducing your sugar intake are clear. A diet high in sugar has been associated with a wide range of health conditions, either directly through its effect on the body or indirectly due to complications from obesity. Thus it is advised to switch to healthier alternatives.

1. Acesulfame potassium (brand names: Sunett, Sweet One)

Type: Artificial sweetener

Potential benefits: As an artificial sweetener, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K) doesn’t contribute to tooth decay or raise chances of diabetes and it adds no calories.

How to use it: Besides adding it to food at the table, Ace-K is also heat-stable. This means you can use it in cooking and baking. It’s also often used in frozen desserts, candies, and beverages. Ace-K is about 200 times sweeter than but doesn’t provide the same bulk or volume, so be sure to make appropriate recipe modifications when you use it in the kitchen.

2. Agave nectar

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Type: Natural sweetener

Potential benefits: Agave nectar provides more nutrients than regular sugar but fewer than honey. It’s very flavorful, so you may not need to use as much. However, it’s high in calories and contains a lot of fructose — even more than high-fructose corn syrup — which can lead to weight gain and obesity in excessive amounts. Agave nectar may not be a good choice for people with diabetes.

How to use it: Agave is sweeter than sugar, has a long shelf life, and can be used in place of other sweeteners in nearly any cooking situation. Its taste is similar to honey, and it lacks the bitter aftertaste of some substitutes. But because it is a liquid, you might have to make some other changes to your recipes, especially when baking.

 

3. Coconut sugar

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Type: Natural sweetener

Potential benefits: Coconut sugar is unrefined, so it retains all its vitamins and minerals, and doesn’t lead to fluctuations in blood sugar. However, coconut sugar has the same amount of calories as table sugar, and it’s still high in carbohydrates and fructose. This means people looking to lose weight should limit it. Also, it may not the best option for those who have diabetes.

How to use it: Coconut sugar can be used as a 1-to-1 replacement for white or brown sugar, so it’s easy to use in the kitchen. However, it can be very coarse. You may want to grind it in a blender or food processor for a few moments before using it for baking or in place of powdered sugar.

 

4. Honey

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Type: Natural sweetener

Potential benefits: Honey contains more nutrients, including antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It’s also easier to digest than regular sugar. However, like table sugar, honey is high in calories and breaks down to glucose and fructose, so it poses some of the same health risks.

How to use it: Honey can be particularly tasty in smoothies, baked goods, sauces, marinades, and salad dressings. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may have to reduce the amount you add. Since there’s water in honey, you’ll also want to reduce the liquid you use when substituting honey in baked goods.

 

5. Monk fruit extracts (brand names: Nectresse, PureLo)

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Type: Novel sweetener (high intensity)

Potential benefits: Monk fruit may be a healthy substitute to try if you’re looking to restrict calories. You don’t need to use much, since monk fruit extract is 250-300 times sweeter than sugar. It’s also a zero-calorie sweetener, with no harmful side effects, according to the FDA. However, commercially available monk fruit extracts have all been processed to some extent and may contain other sugars or sweeteners, so make sure to check the label.

How to use it: Some find that monk fruit sweeteners have an aftertaste. If you’re sensitive to that type of flavoring, be cautious when incorporating it into cooking and baking. As with any other high-intensity sweetener, you may need to make alterations to your recipes.

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iPhone 12 To Be Launched At $649 (48000) Only!

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Iphone 12

Apple fanatics wait every year for the new improved apple products. The design, the look, the features- it has a certain ring to it. There are several leaks that are surfacing on the internet relating to the release of iPhone 12. We couldn’t be more excited! The company is expected to release the smartphone in the second week of October and some details about its India pricing have also surfaced online. According to a leak, the smartphone 12 mini will start at $649, with the highest price tag being $1,399 for an iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, recent reports have suggested that the new iPhone 12 series will get five and not four smartphones. The phone is expected to get a wide variety of colour options which includes Black, White, Blue, Red, Yellow and Coral.

 

Phone 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Apple 12 mini $649 $699 $799 N/A
Apple 12 $749 $799 $899 N/A
Apple 12 Pro N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
Apple 12 Pro Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

 

Each iPhone 12 version will have three memory options, with the lower two going 64/128/256GB, and the more premium duo having 128/256/512GB versions. The iPhone 12 mini is said to have a 5.4” screen and cost as much as $799.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the largest and most expensive. It will start at $1,100 its basic version with 128 GB storage. The screen will have a 6.7” diagonal, which is bigger than the already massive iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Features

  • Four iPhones
  • New physical design
  • 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″ sizes
  • Triple-lens 3D camera
  • All OLED displays
  • 5G connectivity
  • A14 chip
  • New Blue colour option
  • No power adapter or EarPods

iPhone 12

 

No power adapter with iPhone 12? WHAAAAT?

Apple has no plans to include a power adapter or EarPods in the box with the iPhone 12 models, letting the company cut down on production costs and packaging. Instead, Apple may offer a 20W power adapter that can be purchased separately. The USB-C to Lightning cable could get an upgrade, though, with rumours indicating Apple plans to offer a new braided cable design.

Delays due to COVID-19

iPhone 12 models will not ship out in September as usual due to delays caused by the global health crisis this year. Apple instead plans to introduce the iPhones in October, perhaps on October 13, and start shipping them out later that month. Rumours have suggested we can expect a staggered release, and some models might not come out until November.

Keeping all the excitement aside, we know that the difference with this iPhone and the rest won’t be that much. But we will still buy it because it’s a style statement. How else will all the tik-tokers and our beloved celebrities take mirror selfies?

But there’s one thing we are darn happy about- THE PRICE!

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DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion: A Respite From Handwashing

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7 months into the pandemic we are still washing our hands all the time. We are doing it more than ever as we’re amidst a pandemic. Most of us are sick of it by now!  Whether you have a normal skin type or sensitive skin, constantly rinsing your hands is irritating your skin now. Our hands are prone to dryness and itching. We can’t skip it altogether it will prove to be detrimental. Moreover, the World Health Organization recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds.  Don’t worry we have got you covered. Apply hand cream or hand lotion to soothe your skin and make your hands super soft. Ditch those expensive hand creams and lotion from luxurious brands, make your own instead. We bring to you an easy peasy DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion Formula:

To store: You can keep it in any glass container at home or small plastic bottle to keep it in your purse. You can purchase it from Amazon or Miniso.

To make the hand lotion, you need:

  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • Essential oils: you can add essential oils to make it smell nice. If you’re going to be using this lotion while you’re out under the sun I recommend you don’t use any of the citrus essential oils. Some of my favorite combinations are:
    • Vanilla and Lavender
    • Vanilla and Pink Grapefruit
    • Rose Otto and Vanilla
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Lavender
    • Sweet Orange

Hand Lotion

Directions:

  • Use a hand mixer and mix the shea butter for a few minutes. Make sure it looks all fluffy.
  • Then add the grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil. Mix it for a few minutes until all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Add the arrowroot powder a little at a time and mix it in until it’s not grainy.
  • Then add the Aloe Vera gel.  Mix it a bit more until it feels like a fluffy, soft lotion.
  • It will look like this:

Hand Lotion

 

  • Keep it in a small mason jar or transfer it to a small glass jar like this one to carry in your bag.
  • Apply as often as you want.
  • You can also use this lotion on your kids.

 

Read: Akki’s Bell Bottom: First Movie To Start and Finish Amidst A Pandemic

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Marijuana: How It Effects Your Mind & Body

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Marijuana, weed, pot, dope, grass. They’re different names for the same drug that comes from the cannabis plant. You can smoke it, vape it, drink it, or eat it. Most folks use marijuana for pleasure and recreation. But a growing number of doctors prescribe it for specific medical conditions and symptoms.

Marijuana has mind-altering compounds that affect both your brain and body. It can be addictive, and it may be harmful to some people’s health. Here’s what can happen when you use marijuana:

 

It May Affect Your Mental Health

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Not everyone’s experience with marijuana is pleasant. It often can leave you anxious, afraid, or panicked. Using pot may raise your chances for clinical depression or worsen the symptoms of any mental disorders you already have. Scientists aren’t yet sure exactly why. In high doses, it can make you paranoid or lose touch with reality so you hear or see things that aren’t there.

 

Your Thinking May Get Distorted

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Marijuana can cloud your senses and judgment. The effects can differ depending on things like how potent your pot was, how you took it, and much marijuana you’ve used in the past. It might:

  • Heighten your senses (colors might seem brighter and sounds might seem louder)
  • Distort your sense of time
  • Hurt your motor skills and make driving more dangerous

 

You May Get Hooked

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About 1 in 10 people who use pot will become addicted. That means you can’t stop using it even if it harms your relationships, job, health, or finances. The risk is greater the younger you start marijuana and the more heavily you use it. For instance, the odds of addiction are 1 in 6 if you use pot in your teens. It might be as high as 1 in 2 among those who use it every day.

You could also grow physically dependent on marijuana. Your body could go into withdrawal, leaving you irritable, restless, unable to sleep, and uninterested in eating.

 

It May Impair Your Brain

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Marijuana can make it harder for you to focus, learn, and remember things. This seems to be a short-term effect that lasts for 24 hours or longer after you stop smoking.

But using pot heavily, especially in your teen years, may leave more permanent effects. Imaging tests with some — but not all — adolescents found that marijuana may physically change their brains. Specifically, they had fewer connections in parts of the brain linked to alertness, learning, and memory, and tests show lower IQ scores in some people.

 

Your Lungs May Hurt

How Smoking Marijuana Affects Your Lungs

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Pot smoke can inflame and irritate your lungs. If you use it regularly, you could have the same breathing problems as someone who smokes cigarettes. That could mean ongoing cough with colored mucus. Your lungs may more easily pick up infections. That’s partly because THC seems to weaken some users’ immune systems.

 

Though some might also say, that Marijuana has ZERO deaths recorded directly linked to it. Which is true. Some may also suggest that alcohol is more dangerous. Which may only seem fair to say. But do you really want to take the gamble?

Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Also read- Do your dreams have a deeper meaning?

You should also visit- https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-are-marijuana-effects

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