Tuesday, 12 July 2016


Besides reducing the risk of cancer and heart attacks, consuming up to eight portions of more fruit and vegetables a day can also substantially increase levels of people's happiness in life, finds a new study.
"Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health," said Andrew Oswald, professor at the University of Warwick in London.
The findings showed that happiness increased incrementally for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables up to eight portions per day.
People who changed from almost no fruit and vegetables to eight portions of a day showed an increase in life satisfaction. Usually people's motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that these were predictive of alterations in happiness and satisfaction later in life.
"However, well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate," Oswald added.
Large positive psychological benefits were found within two years of an improved diet consisting of more fruit and vegetables, the researchers said. "There is a psychological payoff now from fruit and vegetables -- not just a lower health risk decades later," noted Redzo Mujcic, researcher at University of Queensland in Australia.
The results could be used by health professionals to persuade people to consume more fruit and vegetables, particularly in the developed world where the typical citizen eats an unhealthy diet, said the paper to be published in the American Journal of Public Health. For the study, the team followed food diaries of 12,385 randomly selected people. The authors adjusted the effects on incident changes in happiness and life satisfaction for people's changing incomes and personal circumstances.

Check out: June's 20 best selling cars in India

Maruti Suzuki once again claimed top spot on the list of best-selling cars in June 2016.The list of top 20 cars sold during June 2016 was dominated by Maruti Suzuki. Alto, DZire, WagonR, Swift, Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Celerio, Omni, Ritz and Eeco featured in the list, even though Maruti Suzuki posted decline in sales for the month.

Maruti Suzuki Alto sales in June 2016 stood at 15,750 units, a dip of 25% as compared to 21,115 units sold in June 2015. Sales of Maruti Suzuki DZire also saw a 29% fall in sales with 15,560 units sold in June 2016 as against 21,866 units sold in June 2015 while sales of WagonR dipped 10% from 13,221 units sold in June 2015 to 11,962 units sold in the past month.Maruti Suzuki Swift sales also suffered a setback in June 2016 with a 48% fall in sales. The company only managed sales of 9,033 units during the month as compared to sales to the tune of 17,313 units in June 2015. Sales of Baleno and Vitara Brezza stood at 6,967 units and 6,673 units in June 2016 while sales of Celerio stood at 5,797 units, down 28% as compared to sales of 8,078 units in June 2015.

Sales of Maruti Suzuki Omni also dipped 9% to 5,530 units as against sales in June 2015 at 6,084 units. Sales of Maruti Suzuki Ritz that experienced outstanding performance with a 250% increase in sales. Sales of Ritz stood at 4,682 units in June 2016 as compared to sales of 1,337 units in the same month last year.Hyundai Motors saw its i10 Grand, i20 Elite, Creta, Xcent and Eon on the list of top 20 best-selling passenger vehicles in June 2016. Of i10 Grand, the company sold 12,678 units, up 41% as compared to 8,970 units sold in June 2015. Sales of i20 Elite dipped 17% to 8,990 units from 10,841 units sold in June 2015 while Creta sales increased 369% to 7,700 units in June 2016 from 1,641 units sold in June 2015. Hyundai Xcent and Eon suffered set back in sales by 24% and 32% respectively.

Renault Kwid, Ford EcoSport, Tata Tiago and Mahindra Bolero also found mention on the list of 20 best selling passenger vehicles in June 2016. Biggest of them all being Toyota Innova Crysta. In the history of Innova in India, sales peaked to the highest number ever for June 2016. Innova Crysta sales stood at 8,171 units, making it the best selling utility vehicle in India for the second month in a row.

Renault Kwid sales stood at 9,549 units while sales of the Ford EcoSport increased 26% from 3,666 units sold in June 2015 to 4,609 units sold in the past month. Tata Tiago sales in June 2016 were at 4,205 units while sales of Mahindra Bolero dipped 39% to 3,699 units from 6,093 units sold in June 2015.

Top 20 Cars sold in June 2016
     Car Name    Jun-16    Jun-15    % difference
1    Maruti Alto    15750    21115    -25
2    Naruti Dzire    15560    21866    -29
3    Hyundai Grand i10    12678    8970    41
4    Maruti WagonR    11962    13221    -10
5    Renault Kwid    9459    –    –
6    Maruti Swift    9033    17313    -48
7    Hyundai Elite i20    8990    10841    -17
8    Toyota Innova    8171    4144    97
9    Hyundai Creta    7700    1641    369
10    Maruti Baleno    6967    –    –
11    Maruti Vitara Brezza    6673    –    –
12    Maruti Celerio    5797    8078    -28
13    Maruti Omni    5530    6084    -9
14    Maruti Ritz    4682    1337    250
15    Ford EcoSport    4609    3666    -26
16    Maruti Eeco    4344    4381    -1
17    Tata Tiago    4205    –    –
18    Hyundai Xcent    3800    4999    -24
19    Mahindra Bolero    3699    6093    -39
20    Hyundai Eon    3600    5313    -32