These days lot of dietary statements are coming from #celebrity #nutrionist #HealthCoaches #Dietitian Which doesn’t give clear picture to people which food group or nutrition is
good for them and most important for their health. To clear all the doubts, “Dr. Jagmeet Madan”, PhD In Nutrition, National Vice President Indian Dietetics Association and Principal SVT College of Home Science to provided clarity regarding some of the statements made by few Celebrity Nutritionists in social and print media.
Here is what Dr. Madan had to say in response to same:
” Please do not make blanket irrelevant loose statement without any scientific explanation
I would like to quote a few –
1. Fructose in fruit will manage your sugar
2. Eat ghee it decreases cholesterol
3. Eat ghee it keeps your waist slim
4. Ghar ka kachra has fiber so oats also has fiber. Don’t eat oats
5. Do not have green yellow blue tea
6. Sugarcane is a real detox
7. Do not have brown rice
All these statements have no scientific basis and cannot be generalised.
To clarify I would like to add my comments to each one of them with an
explanation which is scientific evidence based.
- Fruits are not free food for diabetics. More than the variety of fruit,
the portion and placement at the right time in the diet are very important,
i.e. always fruits should be consumed in between the meals and never after
meals. Fructose in fruits cannot manage sugar if we do not pay attention to
the glycemic index and glycemic load (indices which determine the effect of
food on blood glucose). Thus, it’s very important to consider glycemic
index and glycemic load of the variety of fruits before consumption.
- Eating ghee cannot reduce cholesterol as it is high in saturated fatty
acids which are medium chain triglyceride. Ghee may be digested easily but
when consumed in excess, ghee will increase bad cholesterol and
triglyceride. Total fat intake including oil and ghee should not be more
than 15-20 g/day. Also one needs to pay attention to the hidden fat which
you get from a number of bakery, fried and fast food items which we may eat
4. All breakfast items like poha, upma, etc. can have a high glycemic
response if they are taken in large quantities and without added fiber
through vegetables. Oats are rich in soluble fiber and also a petrochemical
beta glucan which helps in reducing the spike in blood sugars. However, it
should be kept in mind that oats should also be consumed with bran as oat
bran and cooked with added vegetables. So the message to diabetics is to
have cereal options which are coarse, less processed and they should be
supplemented with vegetables to add fibre both soluble and insoluble fibre.
All meals should have good amount of proteins. The cereals in a diabetic
diet should be portioned and rationed as per the needs and sugar levels.
Brown rice may be considered as it has added benefit of high fibre content
but should always be consumed with vegetables and curds. Vegetables also
add antioxidants to the diet.
5. Use of green tea is encouraged due to the presence of phytochemical which
are potent antioxidants and improve the internal environment and helps
improve immunity and other functions in the body.