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Wrapping food in newspaper unhealthy practice: Sushil
Posted 30 Jan 2018 05:03 PM

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Taking forward his drive to inculcate healthy practices among the common populace Dr Sushil and his team reached at Vishawayatam Yog Ashram, Katra and held a day long cardiac awareness camp in collaboration with Jammu Province Newspaper Vendor Association.
More than 300 people were screened, evaluated, diagnosed and free medicines were given as per the requirements.
While interacting with the people, Dr Sushil stated that the vulnerability of the newspaper vendors can be gauged from the fact that they reach to the people early morning and make them aware of the latest happenings at a time which is more vulnerable to heart attack. The research suggests that the circadian system or the internal body clock, contributes to the increase in cardiac event in the morning. The human circadian system causes a morning peak in the circulating level PAI-1, independent of any behaviour or environmental influences. He advised that the prevention is the best tactic. “Know your risk factors, and pay close attention to your cardiovascular health every day,” he said, adding that exercise, a proper diet, management of cholesterol and blood pressure levels and avoiding smoking are keys to preventing heart disease.
He further maintained that another unhealthy practice we should avoid is wrapping fried food in newspapers and its consumption as it is injurious to health, even if the food has been cooked hygienically.
“The reason is simple; the hot oil in, say, Pakoras, facilitates the seeping of chemicals from ink and paper into the food. The newspaper ink contains many hazardous chemicals which can trigger serious health problems. Exposure to a class of organic chemicals called arylamines, such as benzidine, 2-Naphthylamine and 4-Aminobiphenyl, is associated with high risks of bladder and lung cancer. Apart from these, printing inks also contain colorants, pigments, binders, additives and photo-initiators which have harmful effects,” he said.
Dr Sushil elaborated that some offset printing ink formulations use vegetable oils rather than mineral oils, however, they have strong odours and should not be used in food packaging. Given the long-term risk from protracted exposure from an early age, the sale of such tainted foods to school children, a common sight in all our cities, must also be avoided and there is an urgent need to raise awareness on this issue, he added.
All India Newspaper Distribution Welfare Association Office bearers Sanjeev Kerni (Chairman), Rakesh Pandey (Patron), Babbar Chauhan (President), Surender Yadav and Swami Yoganand expressed gratitude to Dr Sushil and his team for showing special concern towards this largely unattended group of the society which are helpful in making the presence of fourth pillar of democracy effectual in real sense.
Dr Kewal Sharma, Dr Akhil Gupta, Dr Kousar Rana and Dr Akshar were also present. Paramedics and volunteers who were part of the team include Vikas Kumar, Kamal Kishore, Raghav Rajput, Harvinder Singh, Suresh Baigra, Manoj Sharma, Rajkumar, Vikas Sabharwal, Shanail Gupta, Rajinder Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Bhanu Pratap Singh and Ankush Kohli.

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