UNICEP lists dal parantha as healthy for children

April 22, 2023 5:23 pm40 commentsViews: 164

Many may not know that uttapam and sprouted dal parantha are among the best recipes for healthy children. UNICEF has released a book on how to tackle obesity, underweight and anaemia problems among the younger ones. It has cited some nutritious food as suggestions.

UNICEP lists dal parantha as healthy for children

Based on the findings of Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey 2016-18 the book lists out recipes of freshly prepared foods such as potato stuffed paratha, sago cutlets and paneer kathi roll.

The survey found 35 percent of children under five are stunted while 33 percent are underweight. It adds that 40 percent of adolescent girls are affected by anaemia. For the boys the percentage is 18.

The 28-page book lists out detailed break up of protein, fat, carbohydrate, total fibre, iron, calcium and vitamin C.

UNICEF chief Henrietta H Fore said there are two stages in one’s life in terms of nutrition and one is in the first 1000 days of a child and would require healthcare workers to teach young mother about nutrition.

She adds the second stage is at adolescence and this is the time when teachers can communicate about nutritious food requirement.

Fore further said, “If every parent also has that knowledge then we will be better in terms of what we know about nutrition and how we actually feed ourselves.”

She believes the book should be translated in verious regional language so that its target audience is reached.

The book talks about anorexia and other types of eating disorder.


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