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Fan of North Indian Food? Study finds this diet may not offer enough nutrition – News9 LIVE

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The study especially focused on the rising trends in salt consumption, potassium intake and protein consumption all of which play a vital role in developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease.

Researchers further revealed some steps for optimal nutrition in the Indian diet. (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi: Indian food is loved all across the world. Especially, north Indian cuisine is famous for its diverse flavour and its rich species. But a recent study has found that the north Indian diet may not offer enough nutrition. The study especially focused on the rising trends in salt consumption, potassium intake and protein consumption all of which play a vital role in developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease.

The study has been conducted by researchers from The George Institute for Global Health India, in collaboration with the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh. The study has been published in the Journal of Frontiers in Nutrition. For the study, 400 adults both healthy and people who had early chronic health issues like kidney disease were included in the study. Based on the examination of the study, the findings were revealed.

According to Professor Vivekanand Jha, the lead author of the study noted further in the reports that a poor nutritious diet poses a major threat to non-communicable diseases (NCD). In India, people eat different foods hence it is important to know what exact nutrients your body needs to prevent chronic diseases.

Men reported higher nutrients than women

The findings of the study noted that men were found to have higher nutrient intake as compared to women. But still, the overall dietary habits showed significant red flags. Moreover, the salt consumption crossing the suggested levels showed a higher risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and kidney diseases.

Additionally, a worrisome trend was also noted as the protein consumption showed a dropping trend as recommended dietary allowance.

Measures for prevention of NCDs

Researchers further revealed some steps for optimal nutrition in the Indian diet. Some of the steps included:

Personalised dietary changes

Providing better food labels

Lower the salt consumption

Reduce consumption of processed foods

Enhance potassium-rich foods in your diet

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