Today’s women move back and forth between multiple roles: taking on responsibility in the workplace and at the same time taking care of household chores. Therefore, it is not surprising that their daily diet and nutrient consumption cannot keep up with this busy lifestyle. According to a NFHS study (2015-16), one in four women of reproductive age in India is malnourished and has a BMI (body mass index) of less than 18.5 kg / m. This is not limited to urban women. The prevalence of this malnutrition is higher in rural women, about 40.6% compared to urban women (25%).
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World Food Day is celebrated around the world on October 16th each year, celebrating the establishment of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. Part of that resolution is to fight world hunger. So, on this day, let’s check out some “superfood” options that women can choose to maintain their daily nutritional requirements and fight malnutrition.
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- 1.1 1. Spinach
- 1.2 2. Lentils
- 1.3 3. Oats
- 1.4 4. Milk
- 1.5 5. Broccoli
- 1.6 6. Beetroot
- 1.7 7. Almonds
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World Food Day: Here are 7 superfoods you should add to your diet:
This green leafy vegetable is underestimated for its nutritional value and content. It contains large amounts of magnesium, which is known to help the physical effects of premenstrual syndrome experienced by reproductive women before menstruation. It is known to boost immunity and helps strengthen your bones. Therefore, select all check boxes for women’s superfoods.
These are some of the most affordable foods out there that are full of nutrients to benefit from. Lentils are the third highest protein in plant-based foods. Therefore, this is an important dietary addition to the diet, especially for women over the age of 40. Each type of lentil offers its nutritional benefits.
Oats are a healthy carbohydrate and fiber surplus medium to sustain your daily energy needs. It also contains more protein and fat than other grains, and contains healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds.
Working women are at increased risk of decreased bone density and bone structure, causing serious health complications such as osteoporosis. Fortunately, milk is a rich source of calcium and can provide the required daily dose. It also contains protein, phosphorus, B vitamins, potassium and vitamin D.
This member of the Brassicaceae vegetable family is one of the healthiest dietary options for women as it helps maintain cholesterol levels. It depletes estrogen levels in the body that are known to cause cancer, especially cancer of the breast and uterus. It is also beneficial for your heart health. Rich in calcium, it contributes to bone density.
Beetroot is an excellent source of fiber. It streamlines the digestive system that keeps the intestines healthy. Beetroot and its juices are associated with many benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and improved athletic performance. These benefits may be the result of the beet containing inorganic nitrates. Beet roots and their leaves, called beet greens, can also be consumed as superfoods.
Almonds are prebiotic foods. That is, it helps produce probiotics as it passes through the digestive system. In addition, 1/4 cups of almonds contain more protein than eggs and are rich in magnesium.
In the words of Rebecca Milner, “If you check the health of women, check the health of society.” Malnourished women are not only unhealthy themselves, but continue to give birth to malnourished children. Therefore, it takes time to ensure that women get the right amount of nutrients. For a country like India, eradicating hunger is not enough. Instead, a healthy and balanced diet should be made available to the entire population.
Author Biography: Dr. Priyanka Guptamangrik practicing a gynecologist at Rammanohar Rohia Medical Science Hospital in Lucknow
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