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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

From whole grains, nuts to veggies, 10 healthy staples you must include in your daily diet - Free Press Journal

Last updated Saturday, November 20, 2021 20:30 ET , Source: NewsService

Stocking these food items in your kitchen would not only boost your well-being but will also improve the eating habits of the entire family

Modern India is addicted to ultra-processed junk foods loaded with refined sugar, trans-fat, preservatives, artificial colours, synthetic flavours, and other additives that are directly associated with diet-related non-communicable diseases. Ninety-two per cent of adolescents in India are eating ultra-processed foods regularly. To address this unhealthy eating pattern, it's important to get back to good old cooking habits and make nutritious meals for yourself and your family.

Whole grains

Grains are the major sources of energy in Indian diets and mostly we rely on white polished rice. Therefore, add variety to your grain stock by including nutritious whole grains like millets, brown rice, amaranth, dalia, oats, barley and quinoa. Whole grains are a powerhouse of fibre, B vitamins, and essential minerals such as magnesium, iron and manganese.

Eating whole grains is found to be heart-protective and a better choice compared to white rice or refined wheat flour to control blood glucose levels or obesity. Additionally, whole grains can easily be stored for months at room temperature. Buying whole grains in bulk is a smarter choice.

Pulses and legumes

Indians relish all forms of dals. A variety of pulses and legumes are the next on the list after whole grains — a must in all Indian kitchens. Some nutritious, fibre-enriched legumes and...



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