‘Variety is the key to a healthy diet’

A healthy diet can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer,diabetes,obesity and hypertension.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: March 14, 2009 11:15 pm

A healthy diet can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer,diabetes,obesity and hypertension. “But awareness of proper eating habits is very poor in a major chunk of the Indian population. While people from the affluent section of society give in to overeating and erratic eating habits,the poor are malnourished due to lack of resources,” said Ritu Sudhakar,Chief Dietician at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

“Therefore,it is very important to provide nutrition education to all sections of the population through sustained campaigns. Wrong eating habits result in various health problems later in life,” she points out.

“Eating right means eating a variety of healthy foods in the right amount so that your body gets the nutrients needed to maintain good health. Including a variety of fruits,vegetables,whole grains and lean proteins in each meal will help ensure that your body gets the right amount of essential nutrients. Most processed foods tend to lose many of their vitamins during the manufacturing process,” Ritu adds.

March is observed as National Nutrition Month and this year’s slogan of “Eat Right,Stay Bright” conveys the right message. “National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign that focuses attention on the importance of making informed decisions on eating habits,” explains Ritu.

Suggestions for balanced diet: replace processed foods with fruits,vegetables and plain water. “Most of the vegetables are high on fibre and low on calories. Eating a healthy diet will also make it easier to control weight.”

There are some easy ways to fill your day with fruits and vegetables.

“One should go for variety and colour. Variety is the key to a healthy diet,” she sums up.

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