Snack Attack

I am a well educated software engineer and I enjoy good health. However I could never resist an extra dollop of ghee or butter in almost all of my foods –breakfast, lunch&dinner. This had resulted in a rise in cholesterol level, which was then bordering on the margin, and was slowly inching towards a high cholesterol level.

Then I happened to read an article in a Health magazine which mentioned that we have a craving for fats and this makes us reachout for fatty foods. Ithen realised that if I did not make a conscious effort to curb my tendency to reach for that extra dollop of butter/ghee, it could play havoc with my health. Besides being an eye opener, the article also brought about a shift in my attitude, and I no more felt the need to reach out for that extra topping of butter or any fatty food. As I understood, it could only be a matter of having a control over the mind, apart from fatty foods being a sort of comfort food, and a habit wrongly developed in early childhood, which tends to make us associate memories of childhood comfort with the kind of foods we tend to reach for. I am eternally grateful to my reading habits, which makes me browse for articles on various topics and eventually, I land on useful material.This Superb article, named Snack Attack from the Health &Nutrition magazine, December 2011 issue played a great role in shaping my attitude. If we are fortunate in being blessed with good health, it is our duty to ensure we remain healthy. Moreover it is easy to take care of your body when you are healthy as it is absolutely true “Prevention is better than cure”. I have also read recently, that taste for fatty substance is now a sixth taste in addition to salt, sweet, savoury ,bitter, spicy and I salute Health & Nutrition for coming up with such articles which are not only interesting but also eye –openers.

However, this is not to say that all fats are forbidden. No, certainly not. On the contrary, it is mandatory that our diet contains a minimum of 20% of fat intake. .Lack of oil in diet leads to rough skin, lack lustre hair, skin that does not glow, arthritisand may lead to depression & obesity. Eating a diet too low in fat can interfere with the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Because these nutrients are fat soluble, your body needs dietary fat to utilize them. These vitamins are stored mostly in the liver and fat tissue and are important in bodily functions such as growth, immunity, cell repair and blood clotting. {Low fat intake by SARAH HAAN, RD}

The best option we have is to eat awell-balanced diet, comprising of healthy fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins &minerals. This should not be too difficult, as already as Indians, our forefathers had a ritual not too long ago, and some families still do, of preparing thali which was actually a complete  balanced meal.

So really speaking, if we eliminate, fast foods, like burgers, pizza, the newly developed habits that our youngsters are now fixed on, we would be doing ourselves a great favour. The younger generation does not realise the harm they are doing to themselves by copying the West. Coupled with the rising stress, the fast food generation is on a completely wrong track which leads to nothing but havoc with health in the form of increasing Diabetes and Obesity. Unfortunately, the ill effects of bad eating habits ae seen only after it is too late. It is said, what you eat in your twenties shows on your face and body in the thirties, and what you eat in your thirties reflects in your forties.

All it really requires is eating sensibly, and choosing the best from the available options. Moving towards healthy food is the best option. The best thing is if a person is in the habit of binging on fast food, and suddenly decides to enjoy only healthy foods, and makes a diet plan, will see benefits of balanced food in a matter of weeks. The reason being, the body that has been deprived of proper meals suddenly relishes healthy food, and results in the mental wellbeing of the individual. The long term effects, will reflect in few months or few years, and the individual will be thankful for having made the switch to healthy food.

All in all with rising awareness of health benefits, the intelligent youth of today would definitely move towards achieving optimum health in their own interest.

References:womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/advice/a5547/is-your-fat-intake-toolow-115055 courtesy Reader`s Digest

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