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After 12 years, ICMR-NIN plans to revise dietary guidelines

India is revising dietary guidelines after 11 years that will recommend what to eat to maintain a healthy diet, including for the first time an entire chapter on ways to reduce intake of salt, fat and sugar, according to people familiar with the matter..

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These guidelines have different goals. You can call it a handbook that will, in the simplest way, explain everything that healthy persons from different population groups need to know about what to eat and what not to eat, and also how to eat, to maximise the intake of nutrients in food that they eat based on what is required for that population group,” said R Hemalatha, director, National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad.

About the Guidelines

There are about 15 reference points in the revised guidelines that will cover all population groups from six months onwards that include children, adolescents, pregnant women, lactating mothers, the elderly, and so on.

The reference points pivot around a balanced diet — how to make food safe; need for more food for adolescents; moderate salt and sugar intake; reading food labels properly and what to look for in them; and what the nutritional needs are in old age, among pregnant women, etc.

“The handbook will talk about both the quality and quantity of as many as 11 food groups such as fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, legumes, etc., that are seen on one’s plate,” said Hemalatha. “A balanced diet is important for a person’s healthy growth as we already are facing issues pertaining to not just malnutrition, but also obesity in our population. Therefore, it is important for people to know what are the right things to eat that would benefit them in the long run.”

source : Times of India


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