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The frenzy of functional beverages – drinks designed to do more than just taste good or hydrate - has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

What does science say about the ingredients in functional beverages?

Functional beverages — or drinks promoted as offering mental or physical benefits beyond hydration — are growing in popularity around the world. Hundreds of companies have jumped into the market, hoping to get some buzz with trendy and sometimes unfamiliar ingredients.

From fruit juices to flavoured yoghurt, these seemingly harmless foods are laden with high amount of sugar and artificial colouring or chemicals that can have a detrimental effect on children, raising their risk of obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.

Fruit juice to flavoured yoghurt: 6 foods with hidden sugar that can damage your kid's health

Bournvita and similar drinks have come under the scanner ever since Ministry of Commerce asked for their removal from the category or health drinks. This has also shined spotlight on an array of processed beverages foods be it breakfast cereals, granola bars, fruit juices or flavoured yoghurt that are touted as nutritional products but may not be an ideal snacking or breakfast choice for your children. These seemingly harmless foods are laden with high amount of sugar and artificial colouring or chemicals that can have a detrimental effect on children, raising their risk of obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases

Ram Navami 2024 date and history: Chaitra Navratri began on April 9, Tuesday this year and will conclude on April 17 with the festival of Ram Navami.

Ram Navami 2024: Date, puja timings, rituals, history and celebrations

Ram Navami, one of the most significant Hindu festivals, that commemorates the birth of Lord Rama, falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra. The auspicious occasion coincides with the final day of Chaitra Navratri festivities every year. On Day 9 of Chaitra Navratri, Maa Durga and her incarnation Maa Siddhidatri is worshipped.

Fashion model Alexsandrah poses with a computer showing an AI generated image of her. The use of computer-generated supermodels has complicated implications for diversity.

AI-generated models could bring more diversity to the fashion industry or leave it with less

Proponents say the growing use of AI in fashion modelling showcases diversity in all shapes and sizes, allowing consumers to make more tailored purchase decisions that in turn reduces fashion waste from product returns. And digital modelling saves money for companies and creates opportunities for people who want to work with the technology.

Individuals who have experienced childhood maltreatment, such as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, or emotional and physical neglect, are more likely to develop mental illness later in life.

Childhood maltreatment continues to impact mental, physical health in adulthood: Study

Although there is more to do to understand how these effects operate at a cellular level in the brain, the researchers believe that their findings advance our understanding of how adverse events in childhood can contribute to life-long increased risk of brain and mind health disorders.

Kareena Kapoor practises the Chakrasana at her home gym.

Backbends with Bebo: Kareena Kapoor's Chakrasana series will inspire you to add yoga pose in your routine. Here's why

Kareena Kapoor loves practising yoga to stay physically and mentally fit and healthy. The actor and her fitness trainer, Anshuka Parwani, often share glimpses of her workout routine on social media. According to their posts, there's one yoga asana the actor loves to practise during her sessions - the Chakrasana, also known as Urdhva Dhanurasana or Wheel Pose. Continuing their love for backbends, Kareena and Anshuka shared a new post on Instagram where the actor can be seen doing the pose.

Radhika Merchant poses with her friends, including Janhvi Kapoor, during her bridal shower.

Radhika Merchant with Janhvi Kapoor and her girl gang has a blast during her pink-themed bridal shower. Pics inside

Radhika Merchant will soon marry Nita Ambani and Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani. The couple's star-studded pre-wedding festivities from Jamnagar recently made headlines. Now, pictures from Radhika's intimate bridal shower with her girl gang are doing rounds on social media. The celebrations were also attended by Janhvi Kapoor. The actor reposted pictures from the pink-themed shower on her Instagram page, shared by Radhika Merchant and her friends. See what Janhvi and Radhika wore.

Ranveer Singh and Kriti Sanon turned showstoppers for Manish Malhotra's show in Kashi.

Kriti Sanon-Ranveer Singh walk for Manish Malhotra in Kashi; celebrate Indian heritage in Banarasi silk outfits: Watch

Ranveer Singh and Kriti Sanon travelled to Kashi from Mumbai to walk for designer Manish Malhotra's heritage show in City of Lights. As the city is known for its world-famous Banarasi handicrafts, Manish Malhotra took inspiration from the handloom for his fashion show, held on the Banaras ghats. The designer's collection aims to "bring together modern Indian fashion and tradition, showcase the historic heritage of Kashi, and bring the handicraft of Kashi to every corner of the world. For the show, Manish dressed his showstoppers Kriti and Ranveer in Banarasi silk ensembles.

Chaitra Navratri 2024 Day 7 bhog: Maa Kalratri is offered prasad made from jaggery.

Chaitra Navratri 2024 Day 7 bhog: Check out easy to make jaggery prasad recipes for Maa Kalratri

Day 7 or Saptami of Chaitra Navratri falls on April 15 this year. The nine-day-long festival is dedicated to the worship of Maa Durga and her nine divine incarnations. On Day 7, devotees of Adi Shakti worship Maa Kalratri. The Goddess is the fiercest form of Maa Durga. To worship Maa Kalratri on Day 7, devotees should offer her jaggery or prasad made from jaggery. So, we decided to round up two delicious recipes for you to try and make Maa Kalratri's prasad at home. Check out the recipes inside and try your hand at making them.

Chaitra Navratri 2024: Goddess Kalratri is worshipped on Day 7 or Saptami tithi of Chaitra Navratri.

Chaitra Navratri 2024 Day 7: Who is Maa Kalratri? Puja rituals, shubh muhurat, samagri, significance, colour, mantra

Maa Kalratri is one of the nine avatars of Maa Durga worshipped on Day 7 or Saptami tithi of Chaitra Navratri. Maa Kalratri is the fiercest form of Goddess Parvati. According to beliefs, the Goddess rules Saturn. She is of dark complexion, rides a donkey, and is depicted with four hands - her right hands in Abhaya and Varada Mudra and her left hands holding a sword and a deadly iron hook.

Before diving deep into a relationship, it's crucial to recognise the warning signs that could indicate trouble ahead.

Relationship warning signs: From love bombing to gaslighting; 9 red flags you should never ignore

Our lives depend heavily on our ability to connect with others. Our mental health is influenced by our sense of connection and love, but not every relationship improves our quality of life. Some partnerships are unhealthy for us. Instead of improving our well-being, they make it worse. Some can even be toxic, so it's important to recognise the warning signs.

Cimafunk's music is a fusion of Afrobeat, funk, and hip hop, offering a unique exploration of movement and relief through infectious beats and spirited performances.

Cimafunk makes history at Coachella as first Cuban artist to perform, redefining contemporary Cuban music scene

A magnetic performer who fuses Caribbean groove with New Orleans-style brass, Cimafunk made history this weekend as the first Cuban-born artist to play Coachella. It's a cherry on top for the rising artist who's collaborated with Afrofuturist funk royalty George Clinton and drawn comparisons to James Brown, as he fills venues across North American and Europe. "I'm making the dream come true," the 35-year-old told AFP backstage, just after delivering a kinetic set with his nine-person band, La Tribu, or, The Tribe.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, one of the world's largest museums, wants to offer its millions of visitors an approach to art that is less "Western-centric" and more focused on Africa and its 3,000 years of cultural history.

NY's Met Museum shifts focus to African art, history in bid for diversity

New York's prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art wants to offer its millions of visitors a less Western-centered view of the world, a shift that will highlight works from Africa and the continent's 3,000 years of cultural history. That shift in perspective will also help the world's fourth most-visited museum -- behind the Louvre, the British Museum and the museums of the Vatican -- attract more African American and diaspora visitors, Met CEO and executive director Max Hollein told AFP in an interview.

Chaitra Durga Ashtami falls on Tuesday, April 16.

Chaitra Durga Ashtami 2024: Date, timing, significance, rituals and everything you need to know

Chaitra Durga Ashtami also referred to as Mahashtami, holds significant rituals in Hindu tradition. During Durga Ashtami, nine small pots are arranged, each representing one of the nine forms of Goddess Durga, and worshipped accordingly. This day also marks the revered Sandhi Puja, occurring at the juncture of Ashtami and Navami Tithis, deemed highly auspicious during Durga Puja. Sandhi Puja serves as the pinnacle of the entire festival, symbolizing the union of energies. Traditionally, it involves the ritual of Balidan, or animal sacrifice, performed at this sacred moment. On this auspicious day, devotees observe fasts, offer prayers, and participate in various rituals to honour the divine feminine energy embodied by Goddess Durga.

Embrace the essence of summer indoors with a refreshing home makeover

Summer interior design trends 2024: 7 decor ideas that will make your home feel cool and fresh

As Indian summers invite us to stay indoors and enjoy our surroundings, homes become havens of warmth and holiday vibes. With the days getting longer and temperatures rising, it's the perfect time to infuse your space with summer decor ideas. Whether you're longing for a tropical getaway or a serene retreat, summer-inspired designs offer limitless opportunities to revitalise your home. Experiment with vibrant colour palettes and incorporate light, airy materials to capture the essence of the season. Whether you opt for subtle changes in one corner or a bold transformation of the entire room, embrace the spirit of summer and create a refreshing sanctuary within your home.

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