Agro experts focus on diet diversification
Chandigarh, December 14
An event on health was organised by the Agro experts in Chandigarh at Press Club, Sector 27. Meanwhile, experts deliberate upon diet diversification in metabolic syndrome Panchkosh atta, a newly launched product, with nutritional values.
People generally consume cereals in which majorly our dependence on wheat and rice and that too aligned with their taste. Unfortunately, human body is deprived of nutritional benefits of other grains and also lifestyle changes are getting worse which ultimately takes us to lifestyles diseases.
Keeping this in mind, Dr Mahendra Bishnoi, Scientist –D, National Agri Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Mohali and Dr Sanjay Bhadada Additional Professor, Department of Endocrinology, PGIMER, Chandigarh marked the event with the launch of Panchkosh atta which was aimed to help the consumers to diversity their diet where cereals are the major component of diet which includes Barley, Ragi, Jowar, Chana, Bajra, Soya and others.
The focus of the product is to provide research based food ingredients with maximum health benefits which are convenient, palatable and affordable. The purpose of the product is to introduce the hidden grains again to the society in such a way where they can be easily consumed by anyone and everyone. A week full of health is planned for human body where different grains are decided for each day throughout the week.
Each product is a combination of wheat and a different grain to match the palatability of the food already being consumed. Therefore, consumer will get additional benefits from their routine meals every day.
Dr Mahendra Bishnoi, Scientist –D, National Agri Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Mohali while addressing the media said that with increasing cases of diabetes, pre-diabetes and obesity over the years, importance of whole grains over refined grains should find its place in diet. The importance of diversification of cereals i.e. including variety of cereals in diet such as Ragi (Finger millet), Bajra (pearl millet), Barley, jowar etc helps in fight back the lifestyle diseases. He also brief upon the role of carbohydrate (defining difference between good carbohydrates vs bad carbohydrates) in metabolism and blood sugar levels by explaining the concept of Glycemic Index of food which plays a major role in the health problems such as obesity, diabetes.
Dr Sanjay Bhadada, Additional Professor, Department of Endocrinology, PGIMER lauded by consuming a balanced diet filled with a wide range of foods, it is easy to ensure that you consume adequate amounts of all essential nutrients.
This not only reduces the risk of nutritional deficiencies but also provides numerous health benefits. He emphasized that In general, a diet that’s low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, and salt — and high in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, beans, low fat dairy, and whole grains — has been shown to help people with high blood pressure and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease