We have heard of two categories of people – those who live to eat and those who eat to live. Here is the latest version - we have people who live to eat and there are people who eat to die! Eating right has never been so critical as a considerable part of the modem generation is engaged in eating non-nutritious, unhealthy and harmful junk food that is resulting in many lifestyle disorders.
Should you be eating to simply mitigate your hunger or indulge in satisfying your taste buds or should you consider the actual nutritional requirements of your body? Which are the macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins and minerals your food must contain and in what quantity? What should be the ratio of proteins, carbs and fat in your daily diet? If the nutritional requirements of different age groups differ, can food be the same for all or should it be personalized? When should you have your breakfast, lunch and dinner? Should you stick to fixed timing or should you have frequent mini meals? Master the art of what, when and how much?
Various nutrients in your food interact with your genes that may increase the risk
of common chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke
and certain cancers. Studies have clearly shown that consumers respond differently
to diet, depending on their genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment. The study of
this interaction is known as nutrigenomics. This has led to creation of personalized
nutrition as One Size Fits All phenomenon does not hold water anymore.
To improve public health in India and combat negative nutritional trends to fight lifestyle diseases, FSSAI launched 'The Eat Right Movement’ on 10ThJuly, 2018. The food industry, public health professionals, civil society and consumer organizations, influencers and celebrities came together on a common platform and pledged to take concrete steps to amplify ‘The Eat Right Movement’ in the country.
The 2019 EAT-Lancet Commission analysed data from 195 countries and found that one in five deaths globally - equivalent to 11 million deaths - are associated with lack of optimal amount of food and nutrients.This study compares food consumption patterns in India, from different income groups, regions and sectors (rural/urban) and concludes that Indian diets, across states and income groups, are unhealthy. Indians also consume excess amounts of cereals and not enough proteins, fruits, and vegetables and there is an urgent need to make healthier and sustainable diets more affordable, accessible and acceptable.Did you know that your food directly determines how frequently you fall sick?
Recommended For: Anyone who wants to enhance their Nutritional Profile for healthy living