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National Nutrition Week 2018: Dos and Don'ts Of Healthy Eating

September 5, 2018, 8:45 PM IST India India
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Agreed, eating healthy is a formidable task for many. But you need to understand that staying committed to a healthy diet can undoubtedly be the best decision you can ever make. The reason? Eating well determines your calorie count which further establishes how active you are in life. So if you eat or drink excessively, it would make you put on weight. And if you eat and drink not in moderation, but way too less, it'd make you lose weight.Nutritionist Namita Nadar spoke exclusively to News18.com to help us understand the dos and don't of healthy eating. Excerpts from an interview.

On energy drinks being less harmful than soda
Soda is a plain drink. It contains little calories, but no nutrition and electrolytes. In energy drinks, electrolytes (like sodium, potassium) are added intentionally. These are usually got from ORS, which has been developed by WHO. So these kinds of electrolytes are healthy for body.

On egg yolk raising cholesterol levels
Yes, it does. Egg yolks have several benefits. It has vitamin D which is good for bones, but along with it also raises our cholesterol levels. However, it should be taken in moderation (2-4 eggs daily is permissible), but you should cut down on yolk.

On peanut butter being healthy
If you want to gain weight, it is a healthy option. It helps you gain calories. The type of oil that peanut butter carries is helpful for the proper growth of body, bones, muscles and calcium. It has several nutrients, and is indeed beneficial.

On Oatmeal being a healthy option
It is healthy, as it contains fibre. Since it is a cereal, it also contains calories. But a huge chunk of calories are cut down, as a major portion is taken up by fibre. So that can help you cut down weight, cure constipation, reducing bad cholesterol, and cleansing of colin.

On multi-grain, wheat bread being better than white bread
It is true. White bread only contains maida, doesn’t have any fibre. But brown or multi-grain bread is made of wheat, flax seeds and sunflower seeds. So you get fatty acid from flax and sunflower seeds. And has 4-5% of additional fibre as compared to white bread.

On nutrition bars really nutritious
Moments when you are hungry, travelling and food isn’t available easily, these nutrition bar do come across as a healthy option because they contain calories. 1 nutrition bars consist of 275 calories, and 21 gram protein from protein bars. So yes, they are healthy as compared to junk foods.