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International Conference on Nutrition and Helath in Salem

Sharing advice: Dewan S. Alam, Head, Health System and Infectious Diseases Division, Bangladesh (second left) releasing the souvenir to mark the International Conference on Food and Nutraceuticals for Nutrition and Health held at Periyar University in Salem on Thursday. Ravinder Singh (left) of Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi received the first copy. - Photo: P. Goutham

Dewan S. Alam, Head, Health System and Infectious Diseases Division, Bangladesh (second left) releasing the souvenir to mark the International Conference on Food and Nutraceuticals for Nutrition and Health held at Periyar University in Salem on Thursday. Ravinder Singh (left) of Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi received the first copy. – Photo: P. Goutham

The government’s healthcare policies and programmes should be utilized properly by the community to achieve better health and prevention of micronutrient deficiency diseases, said Aruna Sivakami Ananthakrishnan, Vice Chancellor of Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal.

Inaugurating the three-day International Conference on ‘Food and Nutraceuticals for Nutrition and Health,’ organized by the Department of Food Science, Salem Periyar University here on Thursday, she said that the processing of food would convert the nutrients and make them sometimes unviable and destroy the original value.

Hence processing should be in the proper way in order to preserve the nutrient value, she added.

The Vice Chancellor also pointed out that macronutrients constituted the bulk of the food one ate.

“To live a healthy life, healthy food intake is essential and a balanced and nutritious diet should also contain macro and micro nutrients as well as protein, fat, carbohydrates in proper proportions.

“Micro nutrients are needed only in small amounts and its deficiency may lead to critical health problems,” she said and added that the majority of the people were facing diseases due to deficiency of micronutrients.

Prof Asim K. Duttaroy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, in his key-note address pointed out that fruits and vegetables were rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants.

The molecular and cellular level interaction of nutrients with drugs had to be considered for future research in order to eradicate both sides of malnutrition – under and over nutrition levels.

Salem Periyar University Vice Chancellor K. Muthuchelian in his presidential address said that functional food provided the body with the required amount of vitamins, fat, proteins, carbohydrates etc, which were essential for healthy survival.

Market

The expanding nutraceutical market indicated that the end users were seeking minimum processing food with extra nutritional benefits and ‘organoleptic’ value.

The field had a vast potential and implications in the fields of food, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and agriculture industries, he said and added that firms should come forward to take the lead strategically in science, product development, marketing and consumer education.

Dewan S. Alam, Head, Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Unit Health System and Infectious Diseases Division, Dhaka, Bangladesh released the souvenir and the first copy was received by Ravinder Singh, Scientist, ICMR, New Delhi.

Eminent food scientists and experts in the allied fields attended the conference that had been organised.

Source: THE HINDU

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