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Healthy delicaciesOne of the judges at the cookery competition organised in connection with World Diabetes Day in Vellore on Thursday
Healthy delicaciesOne of the judges at the cookery competition organised in connection with World Diabetes Day in Vellore on Thursday

Seventeen teams participated with great enthusiasm in the cookery competition on the preparation of a `Diabetic Dinner’ organised by the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Christian Medical College here on Friday.

Sundhari Arumugam of Sankaranpalayam, Vellore who prepared `Best Bela Bath’ using wheat rava, spinach green soup, radish chutney, banana stem salad and ragi idli won the first prize, while the second prize was bagged by Saritha Sathish who prepared bottle gourd and almond soup, vegetable sprout salad, raw papaya raita, gobi and methi masala, dal palak, jowar roti, ragi uppuma and China grass.

Roja Rekha who prepared thoodhuvalai, wheat dosa, herb chutney and mixed vegetable sabzi won the third prize. Kavitha, Sweethi and Meenakshi won consolation prizes.

A team of judges comprising Mary Mammen, former Head of the Department of Dietetics, CMC, Latha Ravikumar and M. Vengadasubbu, Managing Director of Hotel Darling Residency judged the entries. Gigi Chandy of the Department of Reproductive Medicine, CMC gave a talk on the importance of a healthy diet for diabetics, and distributed the prizes to the winners. Nihal Thomas, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, CMC said that the cookery competition was conducted in commemoration of the World Diabetes Day.

It is an effort to create awareness on the nutritional aspects of diabetes home management and to encourage the participants to exhibit their innovative ideas in making a tasty, low-calorie, low-fat dinner for diabetics.

Eating right is vital if you are trying to prevent or control diabetes. While exercise is also important, what one eats has the biggest impact when it comes to weight loss.

But what does eating right for diabetes mean? One may be surprised to hear that the nutritional needs of a diabetic are virtually the same as everyone else: no special foods or complicated diets are necessary.

“A diabetes diet is simply a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat and moderate in calories. It is a healthy diet for anyone. The only difference is that you need to pay more attention to some of your food choices—most notably the carbohydrates you eat”, he said.

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