If you are also eating packed food then be careful! ICMR told about the harm caused by it

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : The expert committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has suggested that the amount of sugar in packaged food and beverages should be fixed. Foods with high sugar, fat and salt should be avoided. This can have a bad effect on health. Ultra-processed food (UPF) usually contains high sugar and salt. The guidelines state that such foods, including jam, fruit pulp, carbonated beverages, health drinks, should be used in limited quantities. Foods with high fat, high sugar and salt should not be consumed even at home.

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Expert committee issued guidelines

ICMR's guidelines state that regular consumption of ultra-processed food can lead to serious diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease. Many people like to eat calorie-rich ultra-processed food, such foods have low fiber content and high sugar content. Deep fried products should also be avoided. The National Institute of Nutrition and ICMR have also suggested setting limits on the amount of sugar in packaged food and beverages.
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'Sugar content in packaged food should be fixed'

It should be decided how much added sugar and how much total sugar should be there in packaged food. To avoid the potential dangers of excessive consumption of sugar, it is advisable to limit the amount of sugar in cold drinks, packaged juices, cookies, cakes, health drinks. Earlier, ICMR and NIN had issued guidelines, which said that negligence in eating habits is giving rise to many diseases. Diseases like diabetes, fatty liver, blood pressure can be avoided by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Eating high-fat food is very harmful.

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Avoid foods rich in sugar, fat, and salt

A large population is struggling with the problem of fatty liver. This problem occurs when too much fat gets accumulated in your liver. Packaged food which contains more oil, salt and sugar should be avoided. The habit of packaged food is becoming a problem in children. Consuming foods with high fat, sugar and salt can cause many diseases including weight gain, heart disease, skin disease, diabetes, kidney and liver. If a food item is naturally sweet and sugar has been added to that product separately, then it is called added sugar. The guidelines state that people should eat fresh food as much as possible. The amount of processed food should be reduced. The use of millets, pulses, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables in your food will have to be increased.

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What do the experts say?

Dr. Varun Bansal, Consultant Heart Specialist, Cardiologist and Surgeon, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, says that there is difficulty in digesting ultra-processed food. This also increases blood sugar. This increases obesity. Dr. Bansal says that processed food should be eaten in limited quantities. Processed food includes products like maida and bread, while ultra-processed food includes burgers and deep fried food items. If ultra-processed products are consumed in large quantities, then diseases like sugar, blood pressure are invited, which later turn into heart diseases. Suppose if one is going to have diabetes after a certain age, then eating such food will cause it much before time. In such a situation, moderation in eating is very important.

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