Chowdhury Tasneem Hasin

Health benefits of citrus fruits

Regarded as a nutritional powerhouse, citrus fruits are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It includes a variety of healthy ingredients, including vitamin C, an antioxidant that guards against cell damage.

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The rainbow diet: Health benefits of coloured fruits and vegetables

From white, the brightest orange, to the deepest purple — make your meals and snacks as colourful as possible. Each colour provides unique health benefits and no one colour is superior to another, which is why a balance of all colours is most important. The ultimate goal of a ‘rainbow diet’ is to add 30 plus different colourful fruits and vegetables to your meals every week. Just plan for one colourful plant-based food at every meal and instead of rich, sugary treats after the meals or for between-meal snacks, use fresh fruits to satisfy the sweet tooth. Read on to learn more about the health benefits of coloured fruits and vegetables.

What to eat during winter: Your essential diet for the season

We observe a drastic change in our food preferences, metabolism, and even energy levels during winter. With falling temperatures, our cravings for food also increase. However, no season justifies unhealthy eating habits, and we must maintain a balance in what we consume. Irrespective of the season, we should make a proper meal plan to fulfill our nutritional needs.

Diet and nutrition for Hepatitis: Foods to eat and avoid when you have a liver problem

There are many confusions and misconceptions surrounding the ideal diet of a person suffering from liver diseases. The diet of a person effected by liver disease like hepatitis and liver cirrhosis must be balanced yet nutritious as it is a part of treatment therapy.

The health benefits of eating hilsa

Not only does it taste great, but hilsa is also a powerhouse of nutrition. A diet rich in hilsa fish has many health benefits and the fact that it’s the season for hilsa gives us another reason to include it regularly in our diet. A 100g of edible hilsa contains roughly 310 calories, 22g protein, and 19.5g fat. Polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA obtained from fish oil are reported to have potential in curing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, diabetes rheumatoid arthritis, brain development, cancer, and depression. It also supplies the daily requirements of 27 percent of vitamin C, 2 percent of the iron, and an incredible 204 percent of calcium.

Special food for special needs like Autism

Many individuals with autism have food aversions and sensitivities. Many also have behavioural issues that make mealtime particularly challenging. Researchers have found that children with ASD are five times more likely to have mealtime challenges such as tantrums, extreme food selectivity and ritualistic eating behaviours. Inadequate nutrition is also found to be more common among children with autism.

Summer fruits for diabetes: What to eat, and how much?

We generally tend to think that sweet things are not good for people with diabetes. At first glance this seems to make sense. However, there is a big difference between the sugar that we find in a fruit and in the added sugar that we might sprinkle on top. In a fruit, the fructose accompanied by fibre, vitamins, minerals, and so many other nutrients are good for our bodies.  Fruits have other health benefits, ranging from controlling high blood pressure to reducing inflammation and even blood sugar levels. A person with diabetes should not avoid fruit in general, as it is essential for a balanced diet. When eating fruits, all we need to be mindful of is our serving sizes — one serving of fresh fruit is approximately the amount that can fit into the palm of an adult hand!

Hidden calories in everyday food

Frequently, we receive patients in our chambers with heaps of frustrations that they are starving and depriving their body and souls, suffocating the desire for food, but still failing to make any substantial positive results in terms of weight reduction.

Foods that can help you sleep well

The connection between sleep and diet is not a simple one. Many aspects, including physical and mental health, exposure to light, and other underlying physical issue, affect sleep. Diet too is multifaceted. Individuals can have distinct reactions to different diets, making it hard to generalise about the perfect regimen to good eating for everyone.

Food for a healthy heart

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) account for nearly one-third of all deaths worldwide, and is on the rise in Bangladesh. Diet plays a major role in cardiovascular health, and can impact our risk of developing heart diseases.

Nutrition for healthy eyes

Our eyes are complex organs that need many different vitamins and nutrients to function properly. Common conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts can impact our eyes, and malnutrition seems to have an influence on all of them.

Fighting dengue with proper diet

Along with proper medication, the right food intake is essential in fighting dengue and ensuring quick recovery of patients. Through a balanced diet one can not only detoxify the body and improve the platelet count, but also prevent severe complications like gastrointestinal bleeding, dehydration, etc.

Post-partum diet

A healthy postpartum diet can help heal and boost energy levels during those sleep-deprived days. Every woman’s nutrition needs are different and depend on many factors.

Ramadan in summer

The body enters into a fasting state eight hours or so after the last meal, when the gut finishes absorbing nutrients from the food. In the normal state, body glucose, which is stored in the liver and muscles, is the body’s main source of energy.

Puberty — dietary needs at a special age

A surge in appetite around the age of 10 in girls, and 12 in boys, foretells the growth spurt of puberty. This paves the way for early adolescence when the human body needs more calories than any other time in life.

Managing menopause through dietary regulation

The female hormone oestrogen begins to decline during perimenopause, which usually begins in a woman’s 40s.

Nutrition for school going children

School-going age is the perfect time for children to learn about healthy food, healthy bodies and productive activities.

Dietary tips during COVID and POST COVID condition

Dietary tips during COVID and POST COVID condition

FAQ on diet and Covid-19

There has been much talk about nutrition as a defence mechanism to reduce the chances of contracting the Coronavirus. How important is a change in our dietary intake towards fighting the virus?

Low carb diet: Does it really help treat obesity?

The low carbohydrate diet — also known as the “low carb diet” has become the latest big thing in weight-loss plans. The low carb diet requires adhering to an extremely low-carb, high-fat diet in order to put our body into a metabolic state called low ketosis, in which, it has to burn fat rather than sugar for energy.

Fighting fever with a change in diet

Fevers can be caused by several factors — infection caused by bacteria, fungi, virus, and also, as a result of certain inflammatory conditions like arthritis, inflammation of the lining of joints, etc. Heat exhaustion, extreme sunburn can also be the cause.

Essentials for a healthy winter

Cold and flu bugs thrive in dried-out throats and nasal passages, but drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day can help keep our mucous membranes moist, so they are better able to trap microbes.

Diet for the groom

No matter the schedule or grandiosity of a wedding, every bride and groom deserve to look and feel abso-lutely incredible from the inside out. While women are often found trying to lose weight for the big day, grooms too are not falling behind.

All that is good for your heart

Heart disease accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths worldwide. You could say that this disease is the king of the silent killers.

Managing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Few women in our society realise that while PCOS is a serious health issue, simple adjustments in their diet can aide in the treatment and desired recovery.

Make food safe again

Eid-ul-Azha is just around the horizon. However, preservatives, various additives, tainted animal feed, and antibiotics have been inundated in the news, making people think twice about what’s on their plates on this holy occasion.

Nutrition needs for summer

It’s a natural trend to eat light during summer, and shift from high calorie food to things much lower. Dehydration is a common possibility due to excess perspiration and that’s the time when people feel like reaching out for something cold like sodas, beverages or even cold water.

Ramadan for children

Parents are often faced with a predicament of managing young children who wish to fast. It is not a bad idea to make preparations as soon as Ramadan starts, or even before.

Life cycle & Nutrition: First 1000 days

The “National Nutrition Week 2019” kicked off on April 23, with this year’s focus theme on the nutrition requirements of children’s, and their mothers’, first 1000 days.


'Detox' is a term thrown around a lot. And detox drinks supposedly have numerous health benefits. Although it may seem silly, but what exactly is 'detox'? And can you please explain how a drink can detoxify the body?

Dietary dos and don'ts for kidney patients

14 March is observed as World Kidney Day all over the globe. Around 850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases brought on by various causes.

Proper diet can help fight cancer

Cancer treatments are designed to kill cancer cells, but can also damage healthy cells, which can lead to eating problems. Common eating problem during cancer treatment

The myriad benefits of fish oil

The need for consuming fish on a daily basis can never be over-emphasised, and it is thus no surprise that fish oil, as a part of diet or supplement, is one of the primary nutrients recommended by dieticians.

Diet preparation for wedding

Wedding diet plans for couples ensure a glowing skin, as well as the energy levels that are so important for the big fat wedding to go through without a hitch.

A bout against the common cold

As the temperature continues to drop, it becomes increasingly challenging to maintain a healthy body, although we can easily steer clear with minor changes in our diet, using only some fresh ingredients found in abundance during winter.

Nutritional benefit Country Chicken or Broiler

Country chickens are all native domesticated fowl that are bred by local farmers on a small-scale basis in natural environments – without much interference from farmers.

Food Planning for Eid

Eid is the most important festival for Muslims. To stay fit in this festive time, we have to be more conscious about our eating habits, especially for Eid ul-Azha.

Let's talk about the benefits of mango

The mango originated in Southeast Asia where it has been grown for over 4,000 years. The English word "mango" originated from the Portuguese word "manga". Over the years, mango groves have spread to other parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world, where the climate is ideal for mangoes to grow. It is a seasonal fruit and is

Ramadan and pregnancy

Pregnancy is quite a demanding time for the body in terms of the nutrition. The impact of fasting during pregnancy may depend on the overall health of the mother, the stage of pregnancy and the time of year Ramadan occurs. There could also be other complications like constipation, headaches, indigestion, lethargy etc.

Ramadan for chronic conditions

Muslims worldwide observe an absolute fast from dawn to sunset without any food or drink. Ramadan can be a challenging time for many people, as their usual eating routine changes significantly. But it is especially important for people with chronic conditions to be aware of the special dietary needs that fasting can entail for them.

Ramadan calling!

Fasting is an essential part of faith in innumerable religions spread across the world. Yet, the fundamental difference between fasting in Islam and other beliefs is that the one prescribed in the sacred book of Islam ensures that although abstinence is there, the permitted period of food consumption guarantees that there is no real chance of malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake.

Country fruits

In the current context, where food adulteration is a common phenomenon, perhaps consuming seasonal fruits, in their right season, is as safe as we can be from toxic chemical preservatives. They are also cheaper and as the years go round, makes sure that the taste buds don't get bored.

Effect of diet on a diseased kidney

When you have chronic kidney disease, diet is an important part of your treatment plan. Dietary treatment sometimes can be extremely complicated with coexisting conditions like diabetes and may changes over time depending on the functional status of the kidney.

Go Organic

Organic food refers to food products that are produced, prepared, and processed without the use of any chemicals. It prohibits the use of chemical pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or chemical preservatives. Organic livestock raised for meat, eggs, and dairy products must have access to the outdoors and be given organic feed. They may not be given antibiotics, growth hormones, or any animal by-products.

Food boosting the cancer fight

Cancer treatments are designed to kill cancer cells. But this treatment can also damage healthy cells, which can cause eating

Healthy food for healthy hair

Several factors influence hair growth — genetics, age, hormones, and nutrients. Hair strands are basically made of protein and because of this, unless we consume foods high in nutritional content

Fight the cold with food

As the temperature continues to drop it becomes increasingly challenging to maintain a healthy diet, though we can try to enrich our menu with some winter friendly foods.

Why should we eat vegetables?

It would not be easy to find a child who hasn't questioned the need to have fruits. Most fruits are sweet and possibly, the reason for being such favourites.

August 1, 2017
August 1, 2017

Food allergy

A food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by our body's immune system.

June 6, 2017
June 6, 2017

Skipping sehri…no good

Sehri is the differentiating factor between the fast we Muslims keep and the fasts of other religions. Holy Prophet(S) is reported to have said, “Verily, Allah and His Malaikah send mercy upon those who eat Suhur.”

May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017

Healthy food habits for Ramadan

It is common knowledge that fasting has myriad health benefits. Besides increasing immunity, endurance, and the ability to face challenges, fasting contributes to our outward physical appearance by getting rid of excess fat.

March 6, 2016
March 6, 2016

Nutrition in liver diseases

Liver is the seat of metabolism in the body. Whatever food we eat, after digestion passes through liver. 85-90% of the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines carries important nutrients to the liver where the proteins are processed and broken down into amino acids, carbohydrates into glucose and fats into amino acids.