I Love You India But… Things Have Changed
March 31, 2011
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The ancient Indian diet used to…
- be rich in saturated fats (especially from dairy, ghee and coconut).
- contain only little vegetable oils.
- only contain grains that had be fermented/sprouted extensively.
- include a multitude of different spices (turmeric, holy basil, coriander etc.) with amazing health benefits.
- provide enough calories (and carbohydrates) to fuel the intense activity of our ancestors.
The present typical Indian diet…
- is dominated by grains which are cooked too quickly and carelessly.
- has little to no protein.
- is high in vegetable oils.
- is stripped out of healthy fats.
- is loaded with anti-nutrients from grains and legumes due to lack of sprouting/fermenting.
- is deficient multiple vitamins (especially A and B12) and minerals due to the lack of vegetables and animal foods.
- contains more carbohydrates than is safe for the current lifestyle.
- is extremely high in (empty) calories (and carbohydrates) for the obvious sedentarism being commonly exhibited.
Though the country isn’t plagued with junk food and fast food chains yet and though most people still eat home cooked meals, today India…
- has the highest number of diabetics in the world.
- accounts for 60% of heart disease cases worldwide.
- is home to ~ 174 million overweight/obese people (in spite of widespread hunger and poverty)
- has ~ 71 million people suffering from iodine deficiency.
- ranks 2nd in the world with respect to children suffering from malnutrition.
- has 4 children under the age of 5 dying every minute due to preventable diseases and lack of immunity.
- is the country in the world with the lowest number of total Olympic medals per capita.
Maybe there is a connection? Maybe we need to be a bit more open minded? Maybe we should stop with the ‘The Indian vegetarian diet is the healthiest diet!‘? Maybe we should consider a change?
You tell me!