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If gluttony is the culprit of adiposity is gourmet the panacea of health? A lesson from Indian cuisine.

Sheriff DS, Elsharri FA - Libyan J Med (2010)

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Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Garyounis University, Benghazi, Libya.

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This was explained in much simpler terms by an ancient Indian saying:‘Gluttony and sloth will act like poison and kill you. ’ (Anon) It is high time that we understand the wisdom behind our tradition and culture including our food habits... In this article an attempt has been made to analyze the food habits of a country like India which is very much diversified in its ethnicity as well as in its culture including its food habits... For example, most of the Indian physical attributes and their bodies are not used to fat rich and fully processed food of western food... The body mass index (BMI) which is taken as a physical marker of obesity is comparatively lower for a south Asian population compared to the western population (<25 and <30, respectively)... India is a country rich in tradition and culture... Indian cuisine is unified in the use of spices and diversified in the use of vegetables compared to any other cuisine in the world... The flavor and components of Indian cuisine are influenced by religious and caste restrictions, weather, geography, and the impact of foreigners... Most of the spices used in Indian food have been used due to their medicinal properties in addition to the flavor and taste they impart... Turmeric is splendid against skin diseases and neem leaves are used to guard against small pox... The nutritive and medicinal value of food and food habits have a greater influence on human health... Human health is the key component of a society which in turn influences its well being as well as its economy (Fig. 2)... The saying ‘too much of anything is toxic’ holds true of our eating habits and therefore our lifestyle and health... The concept of health cannot be taken out of context and dealt with separately if we wish to live in a healthy society.

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Mentions: One must remember food is considered as a medicine. Most of the spices used in Indian food have been used due to their medicinal properties in addition to the flavor and taste they impart. Ginger is believed to have originated in India and was introduced to China over 3000 years ago. In India, a knob of fresh ginger added to tea is believed to relieve sore throats and head colds. Turmeric is splendid against skin diseases and neem leaves are used to guard against small pox. The nutritive and medicinal value of food and food habits have a greater influence on human health (8). Human health is the key component of a society which in turn influences its well being as well as its economy (Fig. 2).


If gluttony is the culprit of adiposity is gourmet the panacea of health? A lesson from Indian cuisine.

Sheriff DS, Elsharri FA - Libyan J Med (2010)

Eat what your body wants not what you can.
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Figure 0002: Eat what your body wants not what you can.
Mentions: One must remember food is considered as a medicine. Most of the spices used in Indian food have been used due to their medicinal properties in addition to the flavor and taste they impart. Ginger is believed to have originated in India and was introduced to China over 3000 years ago. In India, a knob of fresh ginger added to tea is believed to relieve sore throats and head colds. Turmeric is splendid against skin diseases and neem leaves are used to guard against small pox. The nutritive and medicinal value of food and food habits have a greater influence on human health (8). Human health is the key component of a society which in turn influences its well being as well as its economy (Fig. 2).

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Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Garyounis University, Benghazi, Libya.

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This was explained in much simpler terms by an ancient Indian saying:‘Gluttony and sloth will act like poison and kill you. ’ (Anon) It is high time that we understand the wisdom behind our tradition and culture including our food habits... In this article an attempt has been made to analyze the food habits of a country like India which is very much diversified in its ethnicity as well as in its culture including its food habits... For example, most of the Indian physical attributes and their bodies are not used to fat rich and fully processed food of western food... The body mass index (BMI) which is taken as a physical marker of obesity is comparatively lower for a south Asian population compared to the western population (<25 and <30, respectively)... India is a country rich in tradition and culture... Indian cuisine is unified in the use of spices and diversified in the use of vegetables compared to any other cuisine in the world... The flavor and components of Indian cuisine are influenced by religious and caste restrictions, weather, geography, and the impact of foreigners... Most of the spices used in Indian food have been used due to their medicinal properties in addition to the flavor and taste they impart... Turmeric is splendid against skin diseases and neem leaves are used to guard against small pox... The nutritive and medicinal value of food and food habits have a greater influence on human health... Human health is the key component of a society which in turn influences its well being as well as its economy (Fig. 2)... The saying ‘too much of anything is toxic’ holds true of our eating habits and therefore our lifestyle and health... The concept of health cannot be taken out of context and dealt with separately if we wish to live in a healthy society.

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