The second wave of COVID19 is knocking on the door. Many countries have already experienced an increased rate of viral infection. The authorized vaccine is yet to release. Now we must focus on healthy eating to strengthen our immunity system. Healthy foods are not always expensive. Though being highly affordable, the organic food ‘Sweet Potato’ – locally known as ‘Misti Alu’ – is miraculously beneficial to the human mind and body. In this article, we are going to talk about the health benefits of Sweet potato.
One average-sized sweet potato can supply about 112 calories, 0.07g of fat, 26g of Carbohydrate, 2g of protein, and 3.9g of Fiber. In addition to these, sweet potato is enriched with a bunch of significant nutrients including Vitamin A, B, C, D, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin, zinc, etc.
The American Heart Association (AHA) advises people to consume potassium-rich foods instead of sodium enriched foods to promote the cardiovascular system. Sweet potato is a rich source of potassium. According to USDA, about 100g of mashed sweet potato contains about 475mg of potassium. The required DV (daily value) of the potassium of adults is about 4700mg.
Potassium can play a diverse beneficial role in health. This nutrient not only removes excess fluid from the body; but also maintains the sodium-balance. These actions contribute to preventing strains on the heart, lower down the blood pressure, regulate the rhythm of the heart, and heal muscle contractions.
Copper deficiency can lead to diverse complications such as blood pressure, LDL cholesterol deposit, homocysteine, etc. Regular consumption of sweet potato can relieve you from these conditions; but how? Sweet potato delivers the essential nutrient Copper that helps to produce fresh red blood cells in the body contributing to improved heart health and functions.
Sweet potato is highly enriched with antioxidants. Consumption of 100g serving of baked sweet potato, you get 19.6 mg of organic vitamin C. The DV of required vitamin C for men and women is 90mg and 75mg respectively. Vitamin C deficiency can cause severe skin disease Scurvy. Lack of vitamin C in the human body can promote iron shortage leading to anemia.
Vitamin C intake can repair tissues and heal wounds. What is more? Vitamin C and Vitamin A can promote the anti-aging process of the body-cells. Besides leaving anti-tumor effects, these nutrients strengthen the immune cells of the body to prevent the attack of viruses and infections. During the coronavirus pandemic situation, Sweet Potato must be included in the everyday diet to fortify your natural immunity system.
The beta-carotene properties of Sweet potatoes functions as a potent antioxidant. This provitamin is converted to the vitamin-A inside the body cells. These antioxidants can prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals and thus cut down the risk of cancers, especially lung cancer and prostate cancer.
In sweet potatoes, about 80% protein is stored as sporamin. Study shows that this special kind of protein inherits anti-cancer properties. Researches also forecast that sporamin may restrain the development of cancer cells in the colorectal, tongue, and gallbladder areas. Though there is no superfood to check cancer single-handedly, sweet potato can keep your immune strong against cancer.
Sweet potato is a slow-burning starch food carrying complex carbohydrates and fiber. About 100g servings of baked sweet potato supplies about 3.3 grams of fiber. Are you scared about consuming sweet potato because it is a starchy food? Don’t worry! The fiber contents of sweet potatoes can prevent the spike in blood sugar.
This food can make you feel full for a longer period. Therefore, sweet potato can help you fight obesity. And some reaches have shown that sweet potato intake may regulate blood sugar in the cases of type 2 diabetes.
Sweet potatoes bear brain function inductive nutrients including +choline, manganese, etc. Choline supports the process of cognitive developments as well as brain-growth. It can also promote the synthesis process of neurotransmitter acetylcholine that works for sending messages to the brain- cells.
On the other hand, Manganese can bind to neurotransmitters and assist the movement of electrical impulses throughout the body in a faster way. One cup servings of baked sweet potato can deliver about 43% of the DV of manganese.
Do you have the tendency of forgetting things frequently? Sweet Potato can help you. The anthocyanins content of sweet potatoes may bear memory-enhancing properties. Furthermore, Sweet potatoes promote relaxation and calmness of mind by virtue of its magnesium property. Magnesium deficiency can enhance the risk of mood swings, depression, and headaches.
The dietary fiber can prevent constipation; maintain healthy digestive functions, and cuts down the risk of colorectal cancers. Sweet potato also bears resistant starch that preserves the “good” bacteria living in the gut area. Adding the fiber-enriched food sweet potatoes to your regular diet, you can improve your digestive health in a natural way.
Moreover, some Studies revealed that Sweet Potato can also improve the healing process of ulcers and wounds in the stomach. If you can add sweet potato to your regular balanced diet, it may lessen inflammation. The Cyanidin property of sweet potatoes can reduce the inflammation of the digestive tract and other parts of the body.
Sweet potato is an excellent natural source of beta-carotene or vitamin A. Consumption of one sweet potato can deliver 400% of the daily required amount of Vitamin A to the human body. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for preserving eye health.
Besides this, Sweet potato carries some other nutrients that also contribute to improving vision and eye conditions. Among these, nutrients, there are some potent carotenoids, such as lutein, alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, etc. Furthermore, research shows that sweet potatoes contain anthocyanins, a group of antioxidants that also contains vision enhancing properties.
On the whole, sweet potato is no less than a superfood for its multifarious benefit to the mind and body. However, like any other food, the surplus consumption of sweet potato can harm your health. Sweet potato contains oxalates that bind the calcium and other minerals. Excess oxalate intake may encourage the formation of stones in the kidney. Therefore, people who have a history of kidney stones should consult with doctors before eating sweet potatoes.
German cultural institution Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in partnership with HerStory Foundation will host a digital reading circle of My Young And Foolish Heart, a play by German author-playwright Anja Hilling on Wednesday, 7 pm on the online platform Zoom.
Open to any adult audience upon free registration, the event titled 'Sister Library: Circle Reading Apart Together' will feature the short 6-character play that explores the topics of memory, will, love and interpersonal connections.
Powered by female excellence, the reading circle is a space to celebrate female creativity. The Sister Library holds one thousand works of women writers, artists and zine makers and gradually becoming an evolving, generative venture that engages with an in-depth reflection on the visual and reading cultures of the current times. The goal of the project is to bring the readers together, to explore literary contributions, showcase the artistic quality and celebrate women in the creative world as well as to foster interests and understanding of the accomplishments of female writers and artists - according to the Goethe-Institute Bangladesh.
The author Anja Hilling, born 1975, is a graduate of the course in creative writing for the stage at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany - where she studied from 2002 to 2006 after doing a degree in theatre studies and German literature at Munich and Berlin. She wrote her first play during the time, which earned her an invitation to the Stückemarkt at the 2003 Berlin Theatertreffen, where she was awarded the Dresdner Bank Young Dramatists’ Prize.
At present, Anja Hilling is living in Berlin and working on a new play for the Thalia Theater Hamburg. She will join the online event from Berlin to read her play.
Goethe informs that following the usual format of the event, the circle readers take turns reading from the text and it is not mandatory for every participant to read, instead, the participants can continue listening while the speaker narrates the play. The participant can read considering the limitation of the session timing.
To register for the session, participants can fill out the form available in this link - https://forms.gle/dkfDqEoVLWhEkycD7. Once registered, Goethe will send the English/Bangla text and the zoom link to the meeting.
For additional information, interested readers can visit https://www.goethe.de/ins/bd/en/ver.cfmfuseaction=events.detail&event_id=22025662.
Renowned art arena Gallery Kaya virtually inaugurated a fortnightly exhibition, showcasing 23 artworks of 15 renowned Bangladeshi artists.
The virtual exhibition, titled ‘Scaled Up’ was virtually inaugurated on Oct 31. Works done in acrylic, oil, charcoal, pastel and mixed media on canvas and paper are being showcased in this exhibition.
The special exhibition features enthralling artworks from noted artists including Nitun Kundu, Samarjit Roy Choudhury, Hashem Khan, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Chandra Shekhar Dey, Mohammad Eunus, Jamal Ahmed, Ranjit Das, Goutam Chakraborty, Mohammad Iqbal, Aloptogin Tushar, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, Ashraful Hasan, Kamaluddin and Bishwajit Goswami.
“During this ongoing pandemic, we have done other virtual exhibitions, but in this special fortnightly artistic venture we are thrilled to showcase artworks that are made in larger canvases by all these eminent artists, as the name of the exhibition suggests,” Rajen Gain, Coordinator of Gallery Kaya, told UNB.
The exhibition is sponsored by ADN Group and its online partner is www.artitude.com.bd. Art enthusiasts can visit Gallery Kaya’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/gallerikaya or mail to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for related information and catalogue.
Anyone can contact the gallery for a virtual catalogue featuring the 23 artworks till November 15.
Higher vitamin D during the first year of life can help to beat obesity in adolescence, according to a study.
The study which was posted on the website of the University of Michigan (UM) on Thursday, said low levels of vitamin D during the first year of life are inversely associated with metabolic syndrome in adolescence, reports Xinhua.
The study used data from more than 300 children from a cohort of about 1,800 participants recruited as infants. The children from 50 low- and middle-income neighborhoods in Santiago, Chile, were followed through adolescence for a cardiovascular risk assessment.
The researchers measured blood concentration of vitamin D at age 1 and examined its association with body mass index-for-age at ages 5, 10, and 16-17. They also measured the percentage of fat and muscle mass and a metabolic syndrome score and its components, say waist circumference, blood pressure, blood lipids, insulin resistance, at age 16-17.
They found that every extra unit of vitamin D in the blood of a 1-year-old was related to a slower gain in body mass index (BMI) between ages 1 and 5, a lower metabolic risk score at age 16-17 and less body fat and more muscle mass in adolescence.
Another important aspect of the study was that it was conducted at a time when early cardiovascular risk factors in Chilean children were on the rise, driven in part by the obesity epidemic in this Andean country.
"The fact that you can have 16-year-olds with high blood pressure, a poor lipid profile and insulin resistance is very sobering. Finding potentially modifiable factors that might modulate that risk could be valuable," said senior author Eduardo Villamor, professor of epidemiology at UM School of Public Health.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions such as high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that together increase risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
The study has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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After suspension of all activities in the last six months due to Corononvirus pandemic, the theatre scene is bringing back the festivity again with a brand new play titled Ekti Loukik othoba Oloukik Steamer by renowned theatre troupe Dhaka Theatre.
It was inaugurated on Friday evening at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Theatre Hall and earned massive applause from the audience.
Directed by noted stage, television and film actor Shahiduzzaman Selim, the play is written by playwright Anan Zaman, Associate professor of Drama and Dramatics at Jahangirnagar University. Ministry of Cultural Affairs is associating the play as its patron.
Featuring eminent actors from the theatre arena of the country, the play has several respected and talented individuals behind the scene including Rosey Siddique as the costume designer, Snata Shahrin as the choreographer, eminent actor-director Afzal Hossain as the overall design in-charge, popular musician Rahul Anand as the music director and Saifuddin Ahmed Dulal as the chief-coordinator.
Ekti Loukik othoba Oloukik Steamer narrates the story of a group of people waiting for a steamer to escape from the ugly reality, which caused themselves being infected with an unknown virus. The reality is they are polluted with their criminal activities, corruptions in several sectors in the societal system, injustice-inequity and more.
Gradually they start confessing to their crimes while waiting for the steamer that can rescue them; however, the question remains on if there is any actual steamer or it is just their illusion as to their escaping route from their deadly reality.
After the staging of the play, director Selim welcomed the distinguished guests of the inaugural show on stage including state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid, renowned actor-theatre activist and former state minister of cultural affairs Asaduzzaman Noor and Liberation War Museum trustee Dr Sarwar Ali.
"The pandemic brought an exceptionally unimaginable situation for the cultural arena all around the world as the whole process involves enjoying the festivity with a great gathering of people, something that unfortunately welcomes and accelerates the contamination risks of the coronavirus in this ongoing global pandemic situation. However, the cultural arena is rising again by adopting the new normals and helping people to get over these hard times, and I really admire the effort behind this wonderful presentation, something our ministry is proudly associated with", KM Khalid said after the play ended.
Former state minister and respected thespian Asaduzzaman Noor applauded the performers, saying, “We, the cultural workers have always performed our responsibilities towards the society whenever there has been any crisis. Currently, we are going through such a situation and I am proud that the performers have stepped up again with such a wonderful presentation like this”.
Noor and other special guests also wished eminent cultural personality and Dhaka Theatre team leader Nasir Uddin Yousuff his speedy recovery, who could not join the event due to his illness.
As part of the two-day inaugural festivity, the play will be staged again at 7 pm on Saturday at the same venue. Audiences can visit Dhaka Theatre’s Facebook page for additional information on tickets.