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“Why is National nutrition week celebrated?”


National nutrition week is celebrated from September 1-7. It aims in creating awareness about good nutrition and health. Nutrition plays an important role in the overall development of an individual. As health mind resides in a healthy body, it is necessary to have nutrition like salts, vitamins, Protein etc in our daily diet. National nutrition week history was started by the members of the American Dietetic Association ( now academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) in March 1973. It aimed to deliver the message of nutrition literacy to the public along with the promotion of the profession of the nutritionist.

In the year 1982, National nutrition week celebration was initiated by the Indian Government. This campaign aimed at bringing awareness and motivating people to understand the importance of nutrition.

Some of the most nutritious food to have are:
Salmon: It is a good idea to eat fatty fish atleast once or twice a week to get all the Omega-3s your body needs. A 100gms of wild salmon contains 2.8 grams of Omega-3s, along with lots of high-quality animal protein and ample vitamins and minerals, potassium, selenium and B vitamins.

Of all the leafy green veggies we eat, kale 8s the king. A 100 grams of Kale contains Vitamin-C, Vitamin-A, Vitamin-K1 and large amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese. Kale may be even more healthier than spinach. Kale is low in oxalates.
Seaweed: The sea has more than just fish. It also contains massive amounts of vegetation. There are yet thousands of plants in an ocean, some of which are very nutritious. Seaweed is popular in dishes like Sushi. Many Sushi dishes also include a type of seaweed known as nori, which is used as an edible wrapping.

Blueberries: When it comes to the nutritional value of fruits, blueberries are in league of their own. They have powerful antioxidant substances, including anthocyanins and various other plant compounds, which can cross the blood-brain barrier and exert protective effects on your brain.

Egg Yolks: Egg Yolks have been unfairly demonized because of their cholesterol content They are one of the most nutritious food on the planet. They are rich with vitamins, minerals and various powerful nutrients, including choline.

Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. Make sure to get 70% cocoa content. The best ones contain 85% cocoa or higher.

The year 2020-2021 brought hardships and changes for many people around the globe, and our everyday habits and behaviours have dramatically shifted. Our priorities have changed as well, with many people focusing on their health and well-being, including what they eat As a result, food and culture have changed. A good balanced diet habit improves the quality of life, as poor diet might cause morbidity and illness.

By Bhumika Joshi.

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