by Zareen Afridi | 16 SEP 2017
A report by National Family Health Survey showed that obese people have almost doubled from the past decade. This can be attributed to bad lifestyle and eating habits. Also, higher BMI has also been reported in these cases. BMI is the person's weight in kilograms divided by the height in feet. High BMI is the invitation to a number of heart ailments, high blood pressure, Cancer and type 2 diabetes.
A survey by Healthcare firm Practo revealed that there has been a huge 40% rise in the appointments made by 25 to 35 year olds to Cardiologists. These youths reported to have hypertension and high stress levels.
Dr. Jyoti Chhabria, Senior Consultant, Nutritionist, Founder and Managing Director of Nutriline, Hyderabad suggests that switching the basic food staples with a healthy and nutritious alternative is the first step one can take to lead a healthy life. For example, butter can be replaced by a healthy table spread like canola, olive oil or fruit jam.
Every doctor in the world recommends limiting the consumption of saturated and unsaturated fats. These can be replaced by good fats which are of two types- monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). The benefits of MUFA date back to 1960’s where it was discovered that people of Greece had a low heart-related ailments inspite of lavish fat intake. It was revealed that their main source of fat was olive oil and not animal fat which is a rich source of MUFA.
Benefits of PUFA are listed below:
Generous consumption of PUFA helps to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol in the body.
It also improves muscle movement and prevents blood clotting
Omega 3 removes excess fat from heart
Omega 3 also lowers blood pressure and maintains a regular heartbeat
It improves cognitive functions like removing excess fat from liver and alleviates chances of Cancer, Arthritis, depression and anxiety
PUFA also helps to build healthy cell membranes
Staying away from Cholesterol is imperative as it can lead to clogged arteries and ultimate cardiac arrest. Dr. Chhabria also highlights that our body is incapable of producing essential fatty acids on its own and need to be outsourced. Usually 25-35% of total calorie intake is derived from fat so it is a must that these are healthy fats. A wise choice when it comes to table spreads can prove to be beneficial in a long way.
Some of the many benefits of tables spreads are:
Table spreads are rich in Vitamin D and E.
Vitamin A regulates growth and division of body cells, bone growth and keeps immune system strong.
Vitamin B complex enhances memory, mood and improves metabolism.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and protects cell membrane from damage.
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