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Author Archive: Meera Srinivasan

Quinoa? Why not Amaranth?

There is a lot of talk about quinoa these days, which is imported all the way from South America. Yes, it is a nutritious grain but is it worth spending Rs 700 for half a kg, when we have a grain...

Should we worry about Vitamin D?

For most of us, it is hard to not notice the recent hype about the rampancy of vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency among Indians. Some may have already found that they are deficient and probably...

Know your Bread!

Bread has slowly but steadily moved into our homes as a staple food item. Always quite popular in the north for breakfast and sandwiches, now urban households in the south too have started to buy...

Do teen daughters need supplements?

Being a nutritionist I pride myself in ensuring a balanced diet at home on most days. I constantly look at fruit and vegetable intake, the different colours, whole grains, see if there is sufficient...

Understanding the role of fibre

    Definitely children in urban India are undergoing a worrying “nutrition transition”. There is clear evidence to show that their diets have become higher in fat and refined processed food...

Say Yes to Honey!

Being a nutritionist I have always wondered about the health benefits of honey–should I look at it as just another source of sugar? Or should I view it differently given the kind of associations...

Is your child sleeping enough?

When I wrote my article on ‘how to boost your child’s immunity’ for the September issue of ParentEdge, I was surprised at the number of health care professionals talking about adequate sleep,...

Salt comes cheap, but excess consumption can prove to be costly!

How many of us can claim to know the amount of salt we add in our cooking or the amount our family consumes in a day? How many of us know there is a daily recommended intake for salt? How many of us...

Fats and oils – the more you know the better for you and your family!

I had written an article on fats in the Nutrition and Wellness section of ParentEdge in March 2013. This was the first article I wrote for the magazine, and I chose fat as the topic as it is...

Monitor the junk in your child’s diet!

I am often asked by children including my daughter why is this food called junk? While I was still debating whether I need to write a blog on junk food and its implications, as a lot has been said...