Indian experience

| Post published on June 3, 2011
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Numbers of Indians with cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes are skyrocketing, and numbers of overweight or obese people in India are no less alarming. A recently published study set out to identify key food patterns in several Indian regions and determine problematic foods linked to the above conditions. The food patterns were labelled as: fruit – dairy, vegetables – pulses, pulses – rice, fruit – vegetables, sweets – snacks, snacks – meat. Not surprisingly, diets across all regions characterised by dairy, meat, fried snacks, and sweets were associated with fat accumulation around the waist. Conversely, dietary patterns characterised by vegetables and pulses were found to be protective against diabetes and high blood pressure.

Daniel C.R. et al., 2011. A cross-sectional investigation of regional patterns of diet and cardio-metabolic risk in India. Nutrition Journal. 10: 12.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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