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Fittr Podcast

Episode 18 – Season One Finale

Fittr Podcast – Season 1 Finale Season 1 of Fittr Podcast with Jitendra Chouksey aka JC has been about exploring food through the lens of history, culture and science. As we bid adieu and take a well-deserved break, JC lays down his thoughts in a free-wheeling discussion on what it takes to be fit. We’ll…

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Episode 17: Breakfast ‘Cereal’ Killers

If you’ve always believed that you should eat breakfast like a king, then you need to know that you’ve bought into one of the best marketing gimmicks of all time! Breakfast Cereals such as Corn Flakes and Wheat Flakes have been eaten every day for decades. But the story of how these packaged foods became…

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Episode 16: Lentils (Dal) – An Ultimate Comfort Food

There’s nothing more satisfying than hot dal! Eaten plain or stewed or with a ghee tadka on top, no Indian meal is complete without a piping hot bowl of beautiful, mushy lentils. The ancient history of this most staple of all Indian foods is interesting, to say the least. Eaten with relish by Kings and…

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Episode 15: Coconut Oil – New Darling of the Western Dieters

Coconuts have been grown in the tropics for millennia. In India, everyone south of the Vindhyas has been in love with its natural goodness and has conferred the coconut palm with the title “Kalpataru” – The Tree Of Life”. Recently, The West has woken up to the goodness of this ancient oil and has taken…

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Episode 14: Onions – Nothing To Cry About!

Can anyone imagine their curries without onion? Well, if prices continue to rise, then they just may have to! What was once considered a common man’s food, eaten by the Pharoah’s slaves and modern labourers alike, onions have today become worth their weight in gold! The stuff of every curry lover’s dreams, onions are an…

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Episode 13: Whey – World’s Oldest Diet Obsession

The world is divided into two camps – those who think whey protein is a steroid and those who think they can’t build muscle without it! The truth, as always, is something else. Whey is one of mankind’s oldest foods and was being consumed long before it made its way into your shaker. Join Jitendra…

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Episode 12: Olive Oil – Our Obsession with Virginity

What keeps the people of the Mediterranean healthy and oh-so-sexy? The secret, or so the urban legend goes, is Olive Oil. This exotic oil has adorned the dining tables of everyone from the Ancient Greeks to the modern healthy bunny. Those who love it swear by its magical properties. But do these claims stand or…

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Episode 11: Beetroot – The Original Love Drug

A vegetable that has been associated with love, beetroots have been around for ages.  Linked to Aphrodite, beets were part of ancient rituals before they made it to our plates. Now, it seems, the world may have found yet another use for this root vegetable – a sex drug and performance enhancer.  Join Jitendra Chouksey…

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Episode 10: Ghee – An ancient Elixir?

Food that’s now taken the world by storm, ghee is one of those uniquely Indian foods that has been used for millennia in South Asia. Long used by our Indian grandmothers as a panacea for all kinds of ills, ghee is also considered an excellent food not just for the Gods but for anyone who…

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Episode 09: Nothing Ordinary About The Soya

High in protein and used as a vegetarian and lactose alternative for many foods, soya has transcended its Asian origins to become the most widely cultivated legume across the globe. That’s what we’re exploring in this episode of Fittr Podcast. Join Jitendra Chouksey aka JC as he takes you on a journey through the interesting…

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Episode 08: Cheesy Tales!

Pasta and pizza, wine and…mice? – No, we’re not talking about last Friday night’s misadventures but rather, the stuff that is associated with these things – cheese. We all know Cheddar, Mozarella, and Parmesan. But did you know that India has its very own varieties of local, home-grown cheese? That’s what we’re exploring in this…

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Episode 07: Eggs – The Perfect Food?

What’s white on the outside, golden on the inside and totally misunderstood by everyone?  Loved and hated in equal measure, eggs are often cast as the villain because they’re a storehouse of cholesterol. The truth is that they are one of the oldest and most culturally significant foods ever known to humans.  Join host Jitendra…

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Episode 06: Avocado- Pre-historic Fruit That Just Won’t Quit

If there were a prize for ugliest fruit ever, then this week’s food would be the hands-down winner! Originally known as the Alligator Pear, it underwent a major makeover and is now known by a rather exotic name – AVOCADO. A pre-historic berry that now finds a place of pride in every well-heeled Indian’s pantry,…

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Episode 05: The Caffeine Buzz

Do you know why the whole world craves their morning cup of Joe? It’s because of the caffeine. Everyone from shift workers to guys that work out wants that caffeine kick! But did you ever wonder what caffeine actually does? It’s time to find out in this latest episode of Fittr Podcast. Host Jitendra Chouksey…

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Episode 04: Peanuts – The World’s Favourite Snack

The whole world is nuts over peanuts – it is, quite literally, the world’s favourite snack. Peanut Butter is as much a part of Americana as Bourbon and Halloween. But how did this humble food become so popular? From being treated as a poor man’s food, how did it make it into every home and…

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Episode 03: The Sweetest Thing – Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes, low calorie sweeteners – are they a god sent for people with a sweet tooth or are they, as the alarmists claim, toxic agents of mass destruction? The stories of these little devils take us on a roller coaster ride through Ancient Rome where the first sugar substitutes were invented and…

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Episode 02: Potato- An Unlikely Royal Vegetable

Aloo ki Sabzi, Mashed Potatoes and – everyone’s favorite – Batata Wada. One vegetable, so many different avatars! This starchy spud is so versatile and ubiquitous that you may think it’s always found favour with people. But the story of the potato is a long and chequered one!From being discovered by the Spanish to being…

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Episode 01: Rice – A Knight in a Golden Armour

Based on all the myths, you would be excused for believing that rice causes obesity, arsenic-related problems, diabetes, and makes you fat overnight. On the contrary, rice is known to have a high satiety index – meaning it gives the feeling of fullness. Did you know the origin of the word rice? Well, it was…

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Episode 00: Introduction

Fittr Podcast looks at food through the lens of science, history, culture and its unrevealed impact on our bodies. Host Jitendra Chouksey will realign the facts and stories we claim to know about everyday foods and help you demystify delusions about how you eat.

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