Gandhi followed a diet patter n that most nutritionists consider an ideal diet. But, to what extent is that diet practical for a modern individual?
GANDHI'S DIETARY ADVICEDiet must include milk and milk products such as curd, butter, ghee.
· Condiments such as chillies, pepper, turmeric, coriander, mustard and fenugreek should be avoided, unless prescribed by a doctor.
· Cereals, specially wheat, should be an important part of the diet. Sieving the flour should be avoided. Prefer unpolished rice to polished rice, which is more nutritious.
· Starchy foods should be eaten in a relatively dry form to ensure greater flow of saliva for mastication.
· People leading sedentary lives can do without pulses.
· Fresh leafy vegetables should be taken everyday.
· Daily diet should include seasonal fruits. The best time for taking fruits is early in the morning.
· Food should also have a certain amount of fat. It can be obtained from ghee or oil. Oil is not as nourishing as pure ghee.
· Although sweet fruits supply plenty of sugar, there is no harm in taking one or two ounces of sugar, brown or white, in a day.
· Avoid taking tea or coffee.
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