An atlas ( book) of Indian food has been brought out by Madras Diabetes Research Foundation .
MDRF founder, Dr.Mohan said a team of 14 people ( endocirnologists, dieticians and nutrition experts) worked on the project for seven years tasting and testing every day food from across the country to bring this atlas.
The atlas features calorific values along with details regarding carbs, protein and fat content and also the dietary content in each food.
"The 200 items listed here were shortlisted from about 5000 food items across thecountry.
While the western cruisine is standardised, the Indian cruiisine is very chaotic. So we have arrived at the average nutritionlvelratioo " says Dr.Mohan, the president of MDRF.
"The atlas comes close to analyzing food in personalised manner" says a health care consultant.
A typical representation is given below:
Idli ( large ) :50-60 gms
Energy kcal :90
Protein : 2.8
D.Fiber : 0.9
The last info is very imporatnt as it can be deducted from carbs to arrive at the net carbs which actually leads to increse in blood glucose.
Since long, there was a cry about the need for suggestions for " what food/diet to follow for diabetes.." in the Indian context, though such manuals are plenty on western foods.
This atlas would go a long way in filling that gap: Coming from experts who are in this field for decades, and from a reputed Indian institution, I feel proud as an INDIAN.
As soon as I get a copy from MDRF I will share some of the contents with my readers in this forum. I may also start quoting from this book reg food/diet intake ( a field which I have desisted so far).............
BE INFORMED... TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH.... YOU CAN....