How an Indian meal differs from a healthy meal

The opulent and delectable Indian thali of rotis, rice, at least two curries and curd are enough to make your mouth water. But it’s far from what a human needs to live a healthy life, according to new recommendations from government agency ICMR.

According to the new “My Plate of the Day”, the Indian Medical Research Body recommends that vegetables, fruits, green leafy vegetables, roots and tubers should make up half of the plate per day. In reality the average thali has 50-70% of grains, while the recommendations say that grain intake should be limited to 45%.

The average Indian meal also has the wrong protein content (including legumes, eggs and meat), at around 6 to 9%. The recommended levels are 14-15%. What Indians eat regularly is far from a healthy meal Roti And bhaji takes precedence over the recommended plant-based diets for a healthy body.

“In fact, most Indian families consume only a few tablespoons of cooked vegetables per meal. Also, most of them overcook the vegetables; do not blanch the vegetables,” says Dr Kinjal Upadhyay, a Mumbai-based nutritionist.

An Indian’s salad portion thalilike the bhaji or subji, It is also eaten as a side dish, unlike continental meals, where salads form a main dish during the meal.

According to experts, vegetable consumption in India is low both in terms of quantity and variety. Add a modern eating style to this and fruit and vegetable consumption drops even lower.

“The positive side of an Indian diet is that cooked vegetables follow the vegetable guidelines. However, given modern lifestyles, most people tend to consume fewer vegetables. Ideally, a healthy diet consists of equal portions: 50% vegetables and on a plate. The other worrying fact is the inadequate consumption of vegetables based on variety,” says Deepak Pal, sports and functional nutritionist at SENS Clinic.

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