A typical conversation in my clinic with a client
Me: So Mr. X, how much oil do you consume in a month?
X: Just about a litre for each member of my family but we use the most expensive, heart -friendly **** oil with omega -3, zero cholesterol, you see. And of course, only virgin olive oil for salad dressings (proudly).
Me: What about ghee, butter or cheese?
X: Oh! Ghee is absolutely homemade from buffalo milk; butter thrice a week with brown bread, cheese is only when we eat pizza, once a week. We also do healthy snacking on nuts, cashews, almond and walnuts.
Me: What about coconut?
X: Hey, Iâ€™m South Indian. We canâ€™t cook food without coconut. But we use not more than 1-2 a week.
Me: And weekends?
X: You see, Saturday & Sundays dinners are eaten outside .After all, thatâ€™s the only family time we have. My children love Italian and Mexican food. Its healthy naa!!
(Ha, Ha! Are you kidding me? I was thinking to myself).
I think as a nation we are oil and fat-friendly people and moreover, we are unaware about how excess fat has creeped up in our daily foods in an unhealthy way. We cook vegetables till they lose their original flavour, colour and texture, we love to see oil floating in curries and almost everything we eat is far away from its original form , be it gajar ka halwa/ milk shake/ almond burfi/ walnut muffin. Between traditional eating and western food adaptation, we try to find healthy ways (so we think) and end up eating total fat far more than our requirements. As a result, the next generation is moving fast towards childhood obesities, blood pressure in twenties, cardiac problems in early thirties, diabetes, PCOD, infertility, arthritis, etc., all lifestyle diseases.
Itâ€™s time to stop and think and get some facts right: