Reduce salt and sugar intake: ICMR’s guidelines for a better and healthy living

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Published May 9, 2024 at 6:03pm

    ICMR releases guidelines for a better living

    It advises reduction in salt and sugar intake

    It also advocates regular exercising

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has unveiled a comprehensive set of dietary guidelines for Indians, aimed at addressing the country’s pressing health concerns related to nutrition and noncommunicable diseases. According to the guidelines, unhealthy dietary habits contribute significantly to around 56.4% of India’s total disease burden, underlining the urgent need for dietary interventions.

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), under the auspices of the ICMR, spearheaded the revision of these guidelines after a 13-year hiatus. Emphasizing the pivotal role of healthy diets and physical activity, the report highlights that adopting these lifestyle changes can potentially prevent up to 80% of type 2 diabetes cases and reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) and hypertension.

Also Read: 10 foods to help regulate blood sugar levels for individuals with diabetes

The 148-page report comprises 17 guidelines, advocating for a shift towards healthier dietary patterns. Recommendations include reducing cooking oil usage while obtaining essential fatty acids from nuts, oilseeds, and seafood. Additionally, the guidelines stress the need to limit the consumption of highly processed foods high in sugars and fats, advocating for a balanced and diverse diet.

Among the key recommendations are the moderation of salt and fat intake, regular exercise, and the minimization of sugar and ultra-processed foods. The guidelines suggest a daily sugar intake of 20-25 grams from natural carbohydrates.

Led by Dr. Hemalatha R, Director of ICMR-NIN, the Dietary Guidelines for Indians (DGIs) underwent rigorous scientific review to ensure relevance and efficacy in addressing India’s evolving food landscape. Dr. Rajiv Bahl, Director General of ICMR, expressed satisfaction with the guidelines, noting their alignment with contemporary food trends and emphasizing the importance of practical advice on food safety, minimally processed foods, food labels, and physical activity.

Reduce salt and sugar intake: ICMR’s guidelines for a better and healthy living

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    ICMR releases guidelines for a better living

    It advises reduction in salt and sugar intake

    It also advocates regular exercising

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has unveiled a comprehensive set of dietary guidelines for Indians, aimed at addressing the country’s pressing health concerns related to nutrition and noncommunicable diseases. According to the guidelines, unhealthy dietary habits contribute significantly to around 56.4% of India’s total disease burden, underlining the urgent need for dietary interventions.

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), under the auspices of the ICMR, spearheaded the revision of these guidelines after a 13-year hiatus. Emphasizing the pivotal role of healthy diets and physical activity, the report highlights that adopting these lifestyle changes can potentially prevent up to 80% of type 2 diabetes cases and reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) and hypertension.

Also Read: 10 foods to help regulate blood sugar levels for individuals with diabetes

The 148-page report comprises 17 guidelines, advocating for a shift towards healthier dietary patterns. Recommendations include reducing cooking oil usage while obtaining essential fatty acids from nuts, oilseeds, and seafood. Additionally, the guidelines stress the need to limit the consumption of highly processed foods high in sugars and fats, advocating for a balanced and diverse diet.

Among the key recommendations are the moderation of salt and fat intake, regular exercise, and the minimization of sugar and ultra-processed foods. The guidelines suggest a daily sugar intake of 20-25 grams from natural carbohydrates.

Led by Dr. Hemalatha R, Director of ICMR-NIN, the Dietary Guidelines for Indians (DGIs) underwent rigorous scientific review to ensure relevance and efficacy in addressing India’s evolving food landscape. Dr. Rajiv Bahl, Director General of ICMR, expressed satisfaction with the guidelines, noting their alignment with contemporary food trends and emphasizing the importance of practical advice on food safety, minimally processed foods, food labels, and physical activity.

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