The Big Gap Of Micronutrients In The Indian Diet
Understanding the micronutrient hole in diets is important to make the diet structure stronger and live healthily.
There is no doubt the Indian diet is the most versatile because it is filled with a variety of ingredients. Across the country, there are diverse types of cuisine, each with traditional ingredients promoting varied health benefits. While some of these are well known, others are not. In the era of fast foods and instant noodles, however, people from all walks of life are generally prone to major deficits of essential micronutrients that act as the building blocks for human cells. As a result, any micronutrient deficiency is akin to a hole in the wall that makes it structurally weak. Even though we add multiple ingredients in making a single recipe, some important nutrients are still missing, which could make the food nutritionally wholesome.
Currently, more than 50% of Indian women and children are afflicted with chronic anaemia. It may be noted that anaemia is classified as a serious health concern if more than 40% of the national or state-level population is afflicted with it. The problem has persisted for decades despite myriad measures being implemented to supplement diets and address micronutrient shortfalls.