The Good -The bad-the ugly of Gats- The food bytes Sunday Express 22nd May 2011 by Monish Gujral

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The Food Bytes By Monish Gujral

Sunday Express 22nd May 2011

Healthy eating is a vital part of good health. What we need is to be aware and be knowledgeable about the food we eat and its nutrition . Wouldn’t it be nice to finally get information about what it takes for you and your family to be healthy? Of course it would! I would definitely love to know what one needs to do in order to become healthy without having to sift through all the other healthy eating tips.

Finally a Balanced Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle

In a world filled with increasing hustle and bustle, many people have turned to fast food to help necessitate the needs of their busy day. However, in doing this, many people are sacrificing the healthy nutrition necessary to keeping your body in its best working order.

Obesity rates in industrialized nations , are rising to a fever pitch.

The big fat and very important question and one of the post modern health hazard is how to reverse the effects of trans fats?
Any suggestions?Lets debate the topic .
My side of the debate-
Mention the word fats and most people automatically think of unhealthy ones which we should try to eliminate or reduce in our diet. However, good fats also exist and these play an important role in the functioning of our bodies.Our Brain compromises Around 60% of fats so to devoid your self good fats can effect the brain in the ong run.
So the question is ,”which ones are good and which ones bad?”
Trans fats are also known as trans fatty acids, and are a specific type of fat formed when liquid oils are made into solid fats like shortening and hard margarine.
Trans fats, which are considered to be the most harmful to people’s health, behave like saturated fat by raising low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol which increases your risk of coronary heart disease. They can be found in some of the same foods as saturated fat, such as vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, sweets, biscuits, snack foods, fried foods, baked goods, and other processed foods made with or fried in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
people should avoid products that have trans fats added to them by food manufacturers. “This does not mean one should abstain from all cakes, biscuits etc – alternatives include cakes and biscuits made with butter rather than hydrogenated vegetable oil.”
some Nutritionists recomend , people can help reverse some of the adverse effects of trans fats by taking a good omega supplement.I guess we should talk to our doctors and nutritionists to have diet recomendations from them inorder to mantain healthy balance in our diet depending upon our body requirements and deficinecies .The best way is to get the blood test done as recomended by your physician or doctor and then let him advise how to reverse the effect of the transfat . In my opinion,
· Cut down on eating saturated fats. Even if your cholesterol is just moderately high, you can cut it back and reverse its effects by cutting down on foods that are high in saturated fat. The most common culprits include whole milk and other dairy products, certain types of meats and egg yolks.
· Cut trans fats out of your diet. This can be accomplished by avoiding processed foods and those cooked by frying in trans fat-containing oils.
· Eat cholesterol-lowering foods regularly. These include salmon, tuna, almonds, walnuts and oatmeal.but everyhing to be eaten in moderation as it may increase your calorie intake
· Every one must consult their doctors as every body is specific and need special advice to get the diet plan .
· Exercing is important but again depends upon ones physical condition .so the exericing also should be done under special guidance.
In many countries the governments have banned Transfats or made mandatory for manufacturers to mention so on their products.I feel the governments and food authorities have an important role to play in the policy making regarding these issues
But I feel as a restaurateur , Chef and food wrier its my duty to appraise people on such issues and take your health and diet seriously.

First chef from India to be invited to Le cordon Bleu to demonstrate in Paris. Monish is credited with the trailblazing turn-around of Moti Mahal, from being a small but iconic presence in Delhi, to becoming a multi-national corporation that is well on its way to defining how the world eats Indian food. A traditionalist, Monish has remained true to the signature dishes that made Moti Mahal a legend, while reinventing the dining experience into one that is exciting and avant garde to suit modern sensibilities.

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