At a time when the Indian youth, especially in the Indian pockets, is largely moving towards the western fast-food culture, a research study has disclosed numerous health benefits attached with the traditional Indian diet. As per a report, Scientists believe that there are several qualities in the traditional Indian food which can help fight even genetic diseases. The ill effect of popular fried food options emanating from the West have also been highlighted. A research study carried out by the University of Lübeck in Germany has revealed that simple Indian foods such as lentils and rice are a repository of properties. This therefore corroborates the high nutritional value of the simple and traditional Indian dal chawal meal.
This is the first of its kind research done on the effect of the traditional Indian diet on serious diseases. In what can be described as a groundbreaking find, it has been revealed that only DNA disturbances are not responsible for serious or genetic diseases. Food habits also play a critical role in such diseases. The research which was conducted by three scientists, led by Professor Rolf Ludwijz of Lubeck University, has been published in the Nature magazine. The scientists who conducted the research are- Dr. Artem Vorovyev of Russia, Dr. Yaska Shejin of Israel and Dr. Tanya Gupta of India. It was an extensive research study conducted for two years on Indian food and Western foods. It revealed that high-calorie diets of fried foods promote genetic diseases. On the other hand, Indian food boasts of low-calorie content which helps in fighting diseases.
This research makes a significant departure by relating genetic diseases to food habits. Till now, genetic diseases were related exclusively to the DNA that we inherit from our parents. However, this research study might mark the turning point in the way genetic diseases are looked at. The two year research study was conducted on mice suffering from a genetic disease.
Even in the past, the health benefits attached to the Indian diet have been highlighted. The traditional Indian diet comprises of a variety of vegetables, cooking oils, spices, salts, etc. which take care of the numerous nutritional demands of the body. Ayurveda, for that matter, treats the entire body as the product of food. Regulation of diet is given the topmost priority. In fact, the health benefits attached to the general physical and mental health were always well known, however, it is for the first time that the capabilities of Indian slow food in fighting genetic diseases has been proven by a research study.
This research study should come as a wake up call for the Indian youth, which has been moving away towards westernised fast food in the recent years. Such fast food not only leads to poor health and obesity but also invites a number of lifestyle related diseases. Slow cooked, traditional Indian food is the way forward and that is now scientifically proven. The last couple of decades were about the Indian youth taking up flawed eating habits and now is the time to come back to the roots and taking up the traditional dietary habits once again.