Last Sunday the Times of India wrote '" 35% of what Indians eat today is foreign." On reading further one realizes a lot of food grown here originated from other parts of the world are today local. I encourage eating loads of veggies P.C.O.D, Low semen count, hormonal disorders ,depression , psychological problems ,obesity, cancer and a host of degenerative diseases are prevented with fresh produce.
Later on I went shopping with my niece for groceries walking down the supermarket she picks up yellow and red bell peppers, zucchini, various sprouts, tomato ketchup, pasta, bread, yogurt and butter. No bhindi(lady finger), dudhi( bottle gourd), parval(pointed gourd), gavar(sword beans , karela(bitter gourd), kadu(pumkin)tinsa (round gourd )turai (ridge gourd ) etc ....
That evening I was being thanked by someone for helping her cut down on caffeine and I asked if she was eating loads of vegetables and she said daily a lot of broccoli at night. I was so appalled as broccoli is one of the most difficult vegetables to digest especially at night and were not summer or monsoon vegetables. Further on I met my friend who owns a health shop and was venting my distress to her. " I am so careful .", was her reply, " I make it a point that my children and me eat vegetables- I have taught them to make mattar(peas) paneer, soya kheema, moong vegetable and raswala alu ( potato)." WHERE ARE THE VEGETABLES????
I am so frustrated and to top this niece messages. “For dinner I am having a boiled egg and simultaneously I am boiling tindli which I am going to have with chat masala." I nearly threw up .A country that grows and makes amazing vegetable preparations is down to this. No wonder we are becoming the disease capital of the world. I wonder what I will learn this weekend on food habbit.