Hello friends! After a break of two months I’m back with my guestpost series. Going ahead with my inclusion of food and health posts on the blog, I’m introducing a fellow blogger, Venkat Ramakrishnan. His writings are interesting and he speaks about important issues concerned with India. Do read his post and share your feedback with me.
What should India eat?
India has gone through roller-coaster rides in terms of food. There have been huge famines, but of late, there’s sufficient availability of food in terms of rice and wheat. We should be pretty happy, but that is going to change because of the water scarcity! We also got to be very cautious on what we consume, as the rice and wheat food has led to chronic health conditions because of the unhealthy life style that we usually adopt.
Last week, I saw an article on how rice and wheat are consuming too much of water to grow and how it is not sustainable. No, this is not the propaganda of the Genetically Modified crops lobby. I also read another article on how heart diseases in India has increased in the past 26 years.
Reading these has led me to believe that we should cut down on rice and wheat cultivation and grow more millets, which are healthy as well as consume less water. A healthy lifestyle is of course necessary, but not every one of us get the opportunity (sometimes it is even a luxury) to exercise, work out and stay fit. Diet is an important component in the equation (by the way, the whole equation is Diet + Exercise + Less Stress) for a healthy lifestyle.
As we already know, because of our sedentary life style, India has been declared as the diabetic capital of the world. So we should only help ourselves with less rice!
Here are some stuff that I have in my list to improve the situation:
- Cut down on the rice and wheat consumption myself, and let my family and friends know
- Talk to the land-owners and agriculturists that I know about this and make them grow more millets
- Talk to the healthy food restaurants chains about this and make them deliver more millets-based food rather than rice and wheat based
- Oh, and yes, share a lot of millets-based menus and recipes!
So, what is your plan of action? A small step in the right direction makes a lot of difference!
Thank you for your attention and time!
Venkat Ramakrishnan is a concerned citizen of India who writes on various topics like India Population, Water and Environment.
You can read other guestposts in this series here.