List of Alternatives for Plastic

List of alternatives for Plastic Items

Tamilnadu Government banned Plastic based items. Many other states are already banned plastic items. Now I found people are searching for Altenative items for plastic. Here is a List of Alternatives for Plastic Items.

  • Plantain leaves, Areca nut plates
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Paper Roll
  • Lotus Leaves
  • Glass
  • Metal Tumblers
  • Bamboo
  • Wooden Products
  • Paper Straw
  • Clothe Bags
  • Paper Bags Jute Bags

The main sector where you can find more plastic usage is Hotels. There they are using Plastic Item for packing food items Instead of Plastic plates you can use the plates made of Plantain Leaves and Areca nut Plates for packing food items and serving foods in hotels

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List of Alternatives for Plastic Items

Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018 – India Contingent

Indian Olympic Association in association with Department of Sports and Ministry of Youth Affairs is sending 46 Athletes and 19 Coaches and Officials. Indian Team participates in at least 13 Sports Categories such as Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Sport climbing, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling.

Below is the list of Athletes who represent Indian Contingency in Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018.

Let us wish the Indian Summer Youth Olympic Games Athletes, Coaches and Officials all the very best to win laurels for India and themselves.

Himani Akash


Nisar Ahmed

Sreekiran Nandakumar

Suraj Panwar

Praveen Chitravel

Kumwer Ajai Raj Singh Rana


Vishnupriya Jayaprakashan



Lakshya Sen

Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy






Prashant Kumar Chauhan

Shivam Anand

Rahul Kumar Rajbhar

Maninder Singh


Sudeep Chirmako


Rabichandra Singh Moirangathem

Vivek Sagar Prasad



Salima Tete



Ishika Chaudhary

Mumtaz Khan

Baljeet Kaur


Bichu Devi Kharibam




Tababi Devi



Satnam Singh

Ashish Goliyan



Shahu Tushar Mane

Saurabh Chaudhary

Mehuli Ghosh

Manu Bhaker



Bharath Stephen Pereira Kamath



Srihari Nataraj

Advait Page



Manav Vikash Thakkar

Archana Girish Kamath



Jeremy Lalrinnunga

Sneha Soren


Simran Mansi


Stay tuned for more updates and coverage of Indian Contingent in Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018 in India in Ten.


Top 10 Adulterated and Contaminated Foods in India

Why should I start it so pessimistically? The great land of Indian Nation is still fertile and can yield to billions of people with its unlimited natural resources. For this very reason the nation has been attacked, invaded, looted and now being ransacked by multi-national companies with support of our very own people.

This practice of adulteration may have never existed 40 to 60 years ago in India. People started picked up greediness for better profits, lesser expenses, minimal wages, stashing away money for unnatural spending habits. Before we realize we are now in the midst of a greatly banged-up, messed-up, adulterated food and nutrition supply chain.

Here are the Top ten adulterated foods in India.

  1. Milk

What is considered as the purest food of all from ancient days is fast becoming the slow poison for all of us. In India Milk is a major constituent of our regular diet three times a day. Without Milk or it’s bye-products like curd, butter, cheese, paneer, our Children, kids, adults or even elderly people can’t really survive. Milk offers a steady balance of nutrients like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Would you believe if 70% of all the milk sold and consumed are adulterated and contaminated?

This is a fact from a recent country wide survey. Who is to blame? Whether the Farmers, Traders, Milk bottling plant manufacturers or the careless Government institutions? Definitely not the poor Cows or Buffaloes!

Main Milk Adulterant Agents – Detergents, Melamine, water, chalk, urea, caustic soda and skimmed milk

  1. Honey

Next adulterated food item on our list is the Bee Honey. Bees teach us about the hard work. But Man can be super greedy in simply grabbing all the bees’ hardwork in few minutes and yet worse, adulterating the purest output of those poor honey bee colonies.

Let’s be careful in identifying pure honey from adulterated honey using several tests and ensure its quality before consuming ourselves or feeding it to children.

Adulterants – water, table sugar, sweetening agents, high fructose corn syrup

  1. Spices

This is a favorite topic when it comes to food adulteration in India. Adulterated spices in India affect all economic classes of people in India. Originally implemented by Traders who did it for gaining extra revenue, Adulteration in Spices is now epidemic even among the farmers community. Adulteration happens across the entire food chain from farming to production to storing to packaging.

Consuming adulterated spices will lead us to short-term and long-term ailments like nausea, vomiting, ulcer, cancer, blurred vision, infertility etc.

Spices Adulterants

  • Turmeric powder – “Metanil Yellow’ dye, corn flour, saw dust, lead chromate
  • Pepper – Papaya Seeds
  • Chilli powder – Brick Powder
  • Asafoetida – Soap Stone
  • Saffron – Maize Cob
  • Cinnamon – Cassia Bark
  • Mustard Seed – Argemone Seed
  • Many more…
  1. Ice creams

What we refer to Ice Creams in general are all not truly Ice Creams. True. Trust me! In a tropical country like India, Ice Creams have become one of the favorite foods and part of their everyday routine. In India, Amul ice cream brand is most famous and widely consumed Ice cream which owns whole manufacturer to retailer line of business. There are many other Ice Cream vendors sell something in the name of Ice Creams.

They sell technically frozen food items that are typically contaminated with the following adulterants – pepperonil, ethylacetate,butraldehyde, emil acetate, nitrate, washing powder etc.

  1. Food grains and flour

Staple foods like Rice and Wheat are the major food crops in India. Rice and Wheat are consumed in various formats. The powdered rice and wheat is usually adulterated with starch. Rice is being adulterated with small ‘grains of stones’ to increase the overall weight per quintal by unscrupulous retailers. Rice, Wheat, Maize, Jawar, Barley, Channa etc. are being contaminated with Dust, pebble, Stone, Straw,weed seeds, damaged grain, weevilled grain, insects, hair and excreta of rodents.

  1. Coffee powder

Indians consume Coffee and Tea as refreshment beverages during several occasions a day. Coffee seeds are mixed with so many other adulterants before it comes as strongly flavored packing.

Coffee Adulterants include husks, sticks, corn, cocoa seed, barley, wheat middling, chicory, brown sugar, maltodextrins, glucose syrups, soybean, triticale and acai seeds.

  1. Tomato Sauces

Fast food culture has introduced us modern Chinese, continental dishes and snacks. Tomato Sauces go well with fried rice, samosa, chat items, sausages and Manchurian dishes.

Adulterants of Tomato Sauces include Pumpkin pulp’, ‘sugar’, ‘non-edible colours and flavours that are highly carcinogenic.

  1. Tea Leaves

Tea is the most preferred refreshment beverage in Indian families. There are people who simply can’t begin and end their days without having a cup of strong tea. Some like tea with milk, some like it without milk, with lemon, without sugar etc. Drinking actual tea leaves does bring lot of excitement and energy to souls to lead tasks. Due to climatic conditions, poor economic wages, greed, lack of government regulations, consumer rights and profit motive, Tea is also getting adulterated.

Tea Adulterants are Bismark Brown, Potassium Blue, Turmeric, Indigo, Plumbago etc. to impart some favourite color or glossiness. Prussian Blue is a toxic substance that is used to color tea.

  1. Vegetable Oils

Mustard Seeds are adulterated with Argemone Seeds and Papaya seeds to add volume and weight. Consuming edible oils from such adulterated oil crops will lead to diseases like glaucoma. Often we hear reports of using petroleum bye-products in edible oils can help us imagine the level of adulteration in this highly priced and much needed food product.

  1. Sweetening Agents

Sugar is derived from Sugarcane, palm trees, coconut trees for getting us sweetening agents. Without sugar or sweetener agents, we couldn’t have tried and tasted many interesting food recipes.

Adulteration in sugar leads to kidney failure, weakening of bones, abnormal weight gain, food poison, cancer and other diseases.

Adulterants in Sugar include Chalk powder, Washing soda, White sand, Plastic, crystals, Urea, White/ Yellow color, Insects, Rawa/ Suji, Stones, Metanil yellow,

Bacterial and fungal contamination.

Let us be very careful in procuring and consuming food products and save our health.


Top 10 Ayurvedic Spices you find in Indian Food and Medicine

India is the birthplace for Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a holistic medicinal approach for healing many ailments of human body and at the same time teaches countless ways to lead a healthy soulful life. Because of its simplicity, Ayurveda has spread its wings across the world.

According to Ayurveda, poor digestion leads to a lot of disorders. It is very important that the food we eat is well digested otherwise ‘Ama’ gets accumulated and paves way to many other diseases. Ama is Sanskrit means Undigested. Controlling the production of Ama leads to a healthy and ? body.

Adding a small amount of spice not only not only takes the flavour to next level, but also helps the body to digest food better which in turn results in better absorption of food nutrients.

This is a list of highly recommended Spices by Ayurveda. In India, it’s a common practice to use these spices in day to day cooking. Be it a Briyani or a traditional veg gravy these spices always find a place in any cuisine across regions.

  1. Dry Ginger

Dry ginger is very effective in promoting digestion and flushes out toxin out of body. Dry ginger powder mixed in a glass of warm water along with lemon juice and raw honey acts as an immune booster and clears lung passage from congestion. Externally also dry ginger paste is used to treat headache, muscle strain. So let’s welcome more ginger in our daily routine to attain a super-charged immune system!

  1. Black Pepper

Black pepper also called as “King of Spices”, is a widely used healing spice that treats asthma, sinus, cold, flu and fever effectively. Black pepper powder mixed with honey heals stubborn coughs and respiratory congestion. Research also shows its anti-carcinogenic in nature and acts as a diuretic (promotes urination) thus eliminates toxins through urination.

  1. Cumin

There are numerous benefits of Cumin(Jeera) like – reduces cholesterol, detoxifies lives, improves memory power, rich source of iron, eliminates constipation etc. This power packed spice enhances flavour when added in cooking. To strengthen immunity cumin tea(1 spoon roasted jeera in 3 litres water) can be regularly consumed. Cumin aids digestion as it contains thymol that promotes saliva and other digestive enzymes.

  1. Basil

Basil is an aromatic, warming herb that is considered sacred in India. Basil leaves are used to treat respiratory disorders(in the form of Kashayam), stabilizes blood sugar and enhances digestion. Basil is said to work holistically to improve mind and body’s overall health. Regular intake of Basil tea ensures healthy heart with improved mental clarity. In India, Basil is added to bath powder, bathing water, face pack and even for steaming purpose.

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is the golden spice that promotes overall well-being. Turmeric is one spice that is extensively used in Indian cooking. This highly antioxidant rich spice improves nervous system and an excellent blood cleanser. External application of turmeric is an age old beauty treatment followed in India through generations. Turmeric is now getting popularised in Western countries by the trending ‘Turmeric latte’ or the ‘Golden milk’. Just add it to curry, gravy, dal to pep up the goodness and make the cuisine more inviting to the eyes.

  1. Cardamom

Cardamom is a highly flavourful spice that is added extensively in Indian deserts. Chewing cardamom helps food to digest better and reduces bloating. Cardamom are chewed to fight bad breath and often added in a variety of natural mouth fresheners served in restaurant/wedding.

  1. Coriander

These brown coloured seeds are called as Dhania in India. Ayurveda recommends dhania as a cure for many stomach related ailments. Many researches also prove Coriander seeds consumption has shown benefits in controlling cholesterol levels and blood sugar. It can be used along with blend of spices like fennel, cumin, pepper too to prepare various Kashayams. Coriander is the most popular spice to flavour cuisines across regions.

  1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a bitter and warming spice excellent for healthy skin and hair. Regular intake of methi water purifies blood and builds better immunity. This fibre rich spice regulates bowel movements and relieves constipation on regular usage. Externally when applied to scalp as a mask helps to alleviate dandruff and arrests hair fall.

  1. Clove

Cloves are beautiful unopened flower bud that is extensively used in therapeutic and culinary purposes. Clove essential oil is used to treat oral infection, tooth ache, bad breadth and external cut and wounds. Studies show clove extract has anti-bacterial properties and relieves joint pain. Clove is found to be beneficial to treat morning sickness of pregnant women.

  1. Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds are those perfect round shaped seeds from mustard plants. Indians use mustards in many of their cuisines from chutneys, dhal, mixed rice, curry and salads. Mustard oil is also used by a lot of people in the northern and eastern India. Mustard seeds have many health benefits including treatment of Asthma, arthritis, cancer, hair fall, disease prevention etc.

In India, people treat food as the medicine. That’s why Indian foods have many ayurvedic spices. Share your voice and comments about Indian way of cooking and the science behind it.