I am going to share with you during National Nutrition Week India (1st–7th September) why the Indian diet is the only diet the world should follow.
I love India as it is the epitome of diversity— topography, demography, cultures, traditions, and most importantly—food. My subcontinent is home to a wide range of plant produce like grains, millets, pulses, good fats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy. We have a platter of options at our disposal, with numerous health benefits, be it gluten-free, vegan, or simply vegetarian.
I really get harrowed when people don’t realise how rich in life-supporting nutrients our Indian food is. I proudly say that balanced Indian diet can prevent, reverse, and retard diseases, obesity, and improve mood and performance—a truly nourishing and immunity-boosting diet! To the naysayers who run behind Brazilian nuts, avocados, and acai berries, let me show you the treasure trove of health sitting in our backyard.
Many nations show the balanced diet food pyramid in the form of a plate which depicts a proportion of whole grains, protein, fats, fruits, and vegetables, emphasising plant produce. Sounds familiar? Let me light your bulb. A home-cooked Indian thali consists of a balance of all nutrients and the added benefit of spices, providing a medley of flavours. The combination of grain, pulse, and vegetable cooked in herbs and spices in good quality fat satiates, heals, and energises us. Let me run you through India’s incredible variety of food.
Vegetables and leafy greens: Indians have intelligently mastered the art of cooking vegetables, preserving flavours, fibre, and accessing antioxidants and vitamins. Antioxidants fight infections and uplift immunity. This is reiterated in the Dietary Guidelines published by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Fifty per cent of every plate at every meal must constitute vegetables. Choose from India’s huge repertoire, unlike the rest of the world.
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