Prof Rajender S Sangwan, Director, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, on Friday stressed on the need for balanced nutrition in food.
“Both over-nutrition and under-nutrition in food lead to diseases. Over-nutrition causes heart disease, obesity and diabetes, while undernourishment leads to malnutrition, anaemia, stunted growth and ortho-related diseases,” he said at the inaugural function of a 21-day refresher course on “Technological advances in functional food ingredients and validation of claims” at National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here.
Later, talking to The Tribune, he said around 2 billion people across the world were over-nourished, while 1 billion were undernourished.
“It is a paradox that a large number of people are suffering due to overeating in the world compared with under-eating. We should concentrate on a proper dietary pattern and follow it strictly,” Prof Sangwan said, adding “one should inculcate a healthy pattern of eating, particularly children”.
He emphasised on value-added functional food and said it was the need of the time. He stressed on limiting the use of sugar, salt and trans fat in daily diet.
“The main objective of the refresher course is to impart knowledge to participants about the role of functional food in improving the well-being its therapeutic role in a human being,” said Dr RRB Singh, Director, NDRI.
He added, “In recent times, functional food, particularly functional food ingredients, have received considerable interest because of their presumed safety, potential nutritional and therapeutic effects.”