‘Limit the use of sugar, salt and oil in foods for good health’ | Goa News
Panaji: Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Designated Officer Richard Noronha advised against consuming excess salt, sugar and oil.
“Lifestyle disorders today are mostly attributed to our lack of control over salt, sugar and oil intake,” he said, addressing students and teachers at the a National Consumer Day program in Margao.
The country has a very heavy burden of non-expendable diseases, where diabetes and hypertension have now become household names.
The Eat Right India Movementan initiative of the Indian government and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), aims to ensure healthy and sustainable diets and raise awareness on how to reduce salt, sugar and oil, he said declared.
“If you investigate why we fall prey to these diseases, it shows that somewhere we have given up on these three aspects. We don’t control the sugar, salt and oil we consume,” he said.
Disease not only weighs on the individual and reduces the years of his productive life, but it also weighs on the whole economy. “A large amount of manpower and funds are required to treat this population,” he said.
“We’re not saying any particular food is bad, rather it’s the way we eat the food that harms us,” he added.
Noronha also stressed the importance of a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables consumed generously, cereals and legumes consumed in adequate amounts, milk and dairy products, meat, fish and poultry. Foods and drinks high in fat or sugar should be consumed sparingly, he said.
In addition to this, one should drink the right amount of water to flush out toxins.
He advocated the need to limit fast food consumption and return to traditional local foods that our bodies are biologically better able to digest.
Noronha explained to the students how excessive sugar consumption stresses the pancreas and develops insulin resistance, and asked the students to learn about the glycemic index.
“White rice has a higher glycemic index than brown rice. Brown rice contains fiber, so the sugar won’t rise as fast as eating white rice,” he said.