Nutrition, still a tough challenge for India
NIN said many adolescents were going for status foods and suffer undernourishment
Hyderabad: The nourishment of adolescents continues to be a challenge in India, says a study by the National Institute of Nutrition. The institute studied both the genders’ eating pattern and it was found that there was a decline in millets and animal protein. NIN said many adolescents were going for status foods and suffer undernourishment. Dr B. Sesikeran, an ex-director of NIN, said,
“Proteins from different sources complement each other. In India, people are confused about dietary protein and assume that it is meant only for body builders. Protein is a fundamental nutrient. Vegetarian diets have adequate protein if we include pulses and legumes. However, in the case of cereals and pulses, protein digestibility and bioavailability is around 65 per cent only.” NIN found that in the age-group of 13 to 17, there was a deficit of cereals, pulses and legumes.
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