Diets rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables can prevent heart attack, paralysis, obesity and diabetes, said Padma Shri, Dr. B C Roy National Awardee & DST National Science Communication Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Sr National Vice President Indian Medical Association.
Dr. Aggarwal said that there are four major types of diets. First is a healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables and legumes. The second is western or Swedish diet full of red meat, processed meat, poultry meat, rice, pasta, eggs, fried potatoes and fish. The third type is alcohol based with wine, liqueur, beer and snacks. The fourth type of diet is sweet taste diet consisting of sweet baked foods, candy, chocolates, jam and ice cream.
It is only a healthy diet, which is associated with reduced risk of heart attack. A low risk behavior is characterized by high intake of whole grains, fish, vegetables, fruits and legumes, moderate alcohol consumption, along with not smoking, being physically active and being relatively thin.
Enlightening about bird flu, Dr. Aggarwal said that it is better to be a vegetarian but those who cannot, should not fear as even if one eats an infected bird or diseased chicken, he or she is not going to get an infection if it has been properly cooked.