Bhubaneswar, Mar 3(LocalWire): The eye-catching packaged food items have now become indispensable with the shopping malls and small grocery shops. The coloured, smartly crafted packaged with attracting visuals often woo the visitors and tempt them to get some packs back to their home.
However doctors and experts opine that many of the ready to eat packaged foods and other snacks can slowly make you prone to early onset of several lifestyle diseases.
Some national studies recently have also hinted that many of these packaged foods have higher salt contents which can exceed the daily limit of intake of these components.
Dietitians and nutrition experts from the city claim that these packaged foods make people more prone to lifestyle diseases. “If a person is addicted to consumption of these junk foods and on a regular basis crossing the daily need of salts and other harmful contents like fats and trans fats chances of obesity and early onset of diseases like hypertension and diabetes are higher,” said Dr Shiva Sharan, a physician from the city.
On the other hand the dietitians bat for adhering to the natural forms of food. “Packaged foods are kept wrapped in plastic covers for months with added preservatives.
They are neither healthy enough compared to home cooked food nor a good alternative to the home cooked foods. It is better to shun its increased usage,” said Maheshwari Sangoli, a dietitian from the city.
A recent study by a New Delhi-based think tank-Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed that most packaged foods and fast food items being sold in India contain dangerously high levels of salt and fat – the levels have been found to be much higher than the thresholds set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), but not notified.
“Junk foods and their consumption are the primary contributors to this huge burden of non-communicable diseases that India is now grappling with.
We cannot afford to ignore the warning that the CSE lab study has sounded,” said Amit Khurana, programme director (Food Safety & Toxins), CSE, New Delhi in a written media statement.