Nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy body. That’s why we try to get as many nutrients as possible from our diet. National Nutrition Week is celebrated from September 1 to September 7 every year. It aims at promoting the importance of a well-balanced diet, replete with all the necessary nutrients that our body requires for various functions and for the upkeep of our overall health. The week-long programme is helmed by The Food And Nutrition Board of India, under the aegis of the Ministry Of Women And Child Development.
What Is The Theme Of World Nutrition Week 2022:
National Nutrition Week focuses on a particular theme each year and addresses it with the launch of various programmes. Last year’s theme was ‘Feeding Smart Right From Start’ and this year’s theme is – ‘Celebrate A World Of Flavours’.
National Nutrition Week 2022 – History And Significance:
National Nutrition Week was established back in the year 1975 by the members of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. India began to celebrate National Nutrition Week from the year 1982. The centre plans various activities to impart education on the importance of nutrition and general health improvement through a good diet.
To kick-start the occasion of National Nutrition Week, here we bring you some expert diet tips to get the basic nutritional needs of the body right.
Expert Diet Tips For Optimum Nutrition:
Clinical Nutritionist Dr. Ritika Sammadar shares, “One should get 10 to 35 percent of the daily calorie needs through protein. An average 60-kilogram Indian male needs 60 grams of protein and the average 55-kilogram female needs 55 grams.” She also adds that “eggs, lean meat, beans, dairy, nuts, seeds and lentils must be eaten for their high protein content.”
Grains And Cereals
Medical expert Mahesh Jayaraman suggests, “Give energy and important vitamins and minerals to your body by consuming cereals like rice, maize, millet, sorghum, wheat and barley, starchy roots like potatoes and sweet potatoes, and starchy fruit at least once a day.”
Water not only quells thirst but also helps most bodily functions. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day along with other healthy beverages like coconut water, lemonade and fruit juice. Adding herbs and spices like cumin seeds, coriander seeds, basil leaves and mint leaves to your drinking water is also a good idea.
Fresh Fruits And Vegetables
Along with fibre, vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables also offer immunity-boosting properties via antioxidants and flavonoids that help keep us healthy.
This National Nutrition Week 2022, let’s take a pledge to eat better and move towards a healthier lifestyle.