Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The panic amongst food companies regarding the uproar caused by the plethora of unhealthy food products being churned out by them, containing very high sugar, salt and fat, is making them look for some cover and still market the same products after some minor tinkering. Availability of hundreds of nutrients, some synthetic, some microbiological and others extracted from edible sources has made their task easy. Products with high calorie density do not become healthy if one adds a dash of vitamins or small amounts of fiber. A genuine health food development calls for basic research, formulation studies, efficacy determination in humans and a host of other inputs. If industry feels that consumer can be fooled by the "quick approach"
in launching so called "healthy foods", it is wrong notion.

"The current trend in the food industry seems to be to take any food that people like and juice it up with vitamins, minerals and fiber so as to make all sorts of nonsense health claims, regardless of the nutritional properties of the original item. The school system should be a learning environment. We all know that children go to school to learn more than what is taught in the classroom. Socialization is a huge part of early childhood education and is not traditionally "taught" as part of a curriculum. Nutrition and eating should be the same. In whatever we model and promote within the school system, we should be able to stand behind it and say that our intentions are to teach our children how to make good choices in life".

The truth has been well spoken by the consumer who stated the obvious in the above quote. To day's children are tomorrow's citizens and if they learn and practice truth future of this planet is safe. Unfortunately the prevalent school system and curriculum are tuned to produce mechanical robots out of human beings, the social and ethical values not finding any place any where. The current talk about reforming the education system in India may not amount to much as long as the policy makers do not realize this truth.


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