Dr Hector Perera

Greasy unhealthy food

If you travel along Kandy Colombo road, turn off to Kirindiwela road. A few miles from there you would be surprised to see a restaurant that offers meals for just one price. You can eat as much as you like for just one price. Sounds not bad at all. There are plenty of choices as well. One morning we went there then there were milk rice, appa, pittu, string hoppers and pol roti and many more. I am sure Sri Lankans know exactly what I mean. I cannot name them all here so why not drop in there and see for yourself.  They have extended their branches to Mount Lavinia as well. Then once we dropped in there for lunch, I couldn’t believe the choice of dishes and different kinds of rice available, just for one price. Now may be they have more branches as well. One thing, the takeaway or eat in food in Sri Lanka are much healthier than other takeaway food. Nearly all five star hotels have, eat as much as you like service but at a price.

If you have no time to go out to get a takeaway meal, just give them a ring and pay cash or card, it will be delivered to your doorstep in a matter of minutes so who would be tempted to home cook? I have seen mopeds are on the move especially in Colombo city area and even in highly developed Battramulla area.

Don’t get us wrong, we love to cook as much as the next person, but sometimes we need a break. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or didn’t have time to buy groceries, it’s good to treat yourself to a night on the town. And luckily, eating out doesn’t have to break your budget. Many restaurants offer great deals on appetizers, pasta and more. Lots of tasty food for a super low price? Sounds like a win-win to us. Check out the best restaurant deals at your favourite chains. 

Buffalo Wild Wings: Buy One, Get One Wings

It’s no surprise that some meals are loaded in calories, as it’s essentially three meals in one. When you order this dish they have to choose three different meats and two different sides and that’s on top of the roasted street corn, French fries, Chile-garlic toast, and pickles that already come with the dish. Indulging in this kind of meal will have you consuming over three days’ worth of the recommended sodium limit, and clocking in at 2,440 calories. This dish would require about 7.5 hours of walking just to burn it off so would you like it?

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What are calories?

Dr Hector Perera London

A calorie is a unit that measures energy. Calories are usually used to measure the energy content of foods and beverages. In order to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than your body burns each day.

How to Reduce Calorie Intake without Starving Yourself

It is known that in order to gain weight, more calories need to be entering your body than leaving it. Conversely, if more calories leave your body than enter it, then you lose weight. That being said, just cutting calories without regards to the foods you eat is usually not a sustainable way to lose weight. Although it works for some people, the majority of people end up hungry and eventually give up on their diet. For this reason, it is highly recommended to make a few other permanent changes to help you maintain a calorie deficit in the long term, without feeling starved.

Here are 5 evidence-based diet/lifestyle changes that have been shown to help people lose weight in numerous studies. Eating more protein can reduce appetite, cut cravings by 60% and increase the amount of calories you burn. Protein is the only food group that provides us with the nine essential amino acids to make muscle tissue. Without those amino acids, we would not build or make muscle tissue, resulting in muscle wasting and malnutrition.

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The ordinary people hardly think of the healthy aspect of the food, they just eat

Dr Hector Perera London

The magazine Health Which? Examined the nutritional content of typical meals from Chinese, Indian, Thai, Italian and Tex-Mex menus.
Recommended daily guidelines (men/women)
These are the daily recommended amounts for men and women
Fat 95g/70g, Saturates 30g/20g, Calories 2,500/2,000, Sodium 2.5g/2g, Fibre 18g, Sugar 70g/50g.
In particular they looked at levels of fat (including saturated fat), sugar, fibre and sodium – all of which can be bad for health in high quantity.

The researchers found that certain dishes from each type of cuisine contained worryingly high levels of fat and sugar that is one way they make them so tasty.

Some Chinese dishes were particularly unhealthy again due to fat and sugar in them. A portion of battered sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice contained 60g of fat and 44g of sugar that means far too much the recommended dose. Even in frying rice they add fat, thinking they are making them very tasty. And the popular dish crispy duck had around 31g of fat per portion.

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Plenty of dangerous chemicals, sometimes germs are found in some takeaway food

Dr Hector Perera London

Fast food restaurants usually have a walk up counter and/or drive-thru window where you order and pick up your food without having to wait long. There is no such thing as a “bad” food, but these are some foods you should try not to have on a regular basis. Because fast food is high in sodium, saturated fat, trans-fat, and cholesterol, it isn’t something you should eat often. The ill effect of fast food and the potential danger that it possesses by its regular consumption is shocking. One of the things is obesity. Regular consumption leads to increase in cholesterol levels, nutritional deficiencies, cardiac disorders, loss of muscle mass, depression and even sexual dysfunction. Soaked in trans-fat and loaded with calories, fast foods are labelled as ‘health hazards’ by many leading medical professionals but most people eat them on regular basis.

Some chemicals in fast food

The processed meat used in some fast food contain nitrates, nitrites, artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate which increase blood flow and can trigger a migraine attack. This monosodium glutamate is also known as “Ajina Motto” is widely available in most Asian grocery shops. Recently I visited an Asian shop in Tooting area and I found these chemicals in small bags just like normal salt. This is a salt that gives a better taste to food, a flavour enhancer. I added this chemical to some fresh beef and left it over night and on the following day; I could pull out strands of comb beef using a fork. The smell and taste was no difference to canned comb beef.

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There are some negative Health Effects of Fast Food so you need to be careful

Dr Hector Perera London

Takeaways are often cheap, convenient and satisfying but, unfortunately, they’re not always very healthy. Some takeaway meals can push you over your recommended daily maximum amount of salt and fat, which can lead to a variety of health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. Takeaway food are plenty but which one to choose?
A meal cooked and bought at a shop or restaurant but taken somewhere else, often home, to be eaten, or the shop or restaurant itself. A lot of takeaway food is perfectly safe for people with coeliac. However, you do need to be careful what you order and be aware of the risk of cross contamination in some takeaway restaurants. Britain will spend almost £8bn a year on takeaways by the end of the decade as a surge in smartphone usage and time-pressed households cooking fewer meals boosts the country’s predilection for takeaway food.

Expenditure on pizza, curry and Chinese food is expected to grow by 28% during this decade to £7.6bn a year according to figures from Euromonitor International. Forget hunting around for paper menus. There are plenty of instantly access a wide array of local favourites, whether you’re after Brighton’s best fish & chips or a full English breakfast in Liverpool. Browse peer-reviewed takeaway menus and filter by opening times, accepted payment methods, deals and discounts. With online payment and convenient re-ordering. Some on line takeaway even got you covered for a wine or beer to go with it. I think even in Sri Lanka, mainly in Colombo city area there are plenty of home delivering takeaways. No wonder some housewives are not bothered to cook at home. Whether they are healthy and clean is your choice, food on the table in no time. Why bother in smoky, dusty and hot kitchens, just pick up the phone then meals come on wheels as fast as they could, what a change!

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My scientific energy saving cooking help the public to save energy

Dr Hector Perera London

I have practically demonstrated in front of The Sustainable Energy Authority then to The Invention commission how to cut down wastage of energy in cooking. Not only I just pointed it out but I gave a solution as well. Before I went to see these authorities for many years I experimented out how to save some energy in cooking that is I cooked and tried how to save energy. In England I had only one room for studies, sleeping and for cooking so cooking aroma depositing on my clothes was a problem. The room next to my room was a former kitchen but no one used it for years then I moved my cooker to that room to cook. Most Asians like me eat rice and curries and I ate that kind of things in the weekend and for supper. Just like any other University student, I had my lunch at the University and hardly ate takeaway food for supper. There were so many reasons why I didn’t like takeaway food.

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One must apply some science in cooking because all the food we eat and drink are chemicals

Dr Hector Perera London

Since I was doing my Advanced Level science in Colombo, I tried my best to home cook something and eat than depending on takeaway food. The boarding house where I lived in Colombo was just room only basis, no kitchen to cook. I started by cooking in the room then moved to the end of the passage where there was the bathroom due to unbearable smell given out while cooking. The smell sometimes deposited on me then on the clothes. Two other friends as well joined with me so cooking was fun and easy and shared the work. We never tried to save any energy used for cooking and didn’t know how to stop any cooking aroma getting on us while cooking. We had kerosene cookers and kerosene was home delivered by a bullock cart just for less than one rupee a gallon.

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What is diabetes?

Dr Hector Perera London

Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, caused by different things, but they are both serious and need to be treated and managed properly.

There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong, autoimmune condition. Type 1 diabetes can affect anyone, at any age. It isn’t caused by poor diet or an unhealthy lifestyle. In fact, it isn’t caused by anything that you did or didn’t do. There was nothing you could have done to prevent it.

In Type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly, meaning glucose builds up in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is caused by a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors. Up to 58 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases can be delayed or prevented through a healthy lifestyle. About 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2.
Your immune system – which is meant to protect you from viruses and bacteria attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas, called beta cells that produce insulin. We don’t yet fully understand why this happens.

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British TV cooking demonstrations would help home cooking or eating takeaways?

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Dr Hector Perera London

I assume that TV cooking demonstrations would help the general public in many ways such as encouraging them to cook at home then saving energy wastage. There is no point of rushing from one to the other without a proper explanation or just talk something totally irreverent to cooking. In some cooking programmes there are a few people come to demonstrate their kind of cooking of different things. Sometimes there are two judges as well watching their progress. The contesters make so many mistakes while cooking various dishes such as cooking at high temperature then letting out too much cooking aroma and sometimes they let the cooking aroma catch fire for no reason. The cooking aroma sometimes contains inflammable vapours from the ingredients added to cook. It may be attractive to see something catching fire but does it help in cooking? Yes people like to see fireworks that is why they go and watch firework displays during New Year and Christmas. The so called judges witness these actions and reactions but they sometimes express an impressive facial expressions than saying something to the contestants about that kind of cooking.

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Beef is very unhealthy to eat due to research evidences

Dr Hector Perera London

However much it is stated that beef is unhealthy to eat due to a number of reasons, still people eat beef in their daily diet. It may be in the form of beef burgers, also called hamburgers, stakes, roast or cooked. The number of reasons why beef is unhealthy to eat are far too many to mention here but a few are as follows. Sometimes the supermarkets sell beef in attractive prices to keep the business going and the customers find it is too difficult not to buy beef for their daily meals.

Far too many chemicals are either injected or fed the cattle during it’s life time and eventually those chemicals enter into human digestive system when people eat those kinds of beef. That may be because they are not properly cooked still some chemicals remain in beef even after cooking. In cooking for a reasonable time, some chemicals get destroyed or decomposed so they are not harmful to consume but sometimes they do not get properly cooked. Just watch some British TV cooking programmes where they toss these pieces of beef on a hot cooking pan just a few times then they shout, “It’s cooked”. When they are cut to eat, you would see virtually red, blood still dripping red meat. Even the cooking programme judges eat them happily and enjoy that kind of raw beef. You might have heard some judges shout out, “Wow” or sometimes, “It’s divine”.

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