Presenting ‘Superfoods’ at ‘Foodtech’ expo on Friday, CFTRI scientists said the country’s population was undergoing a nutrition transition and incidence of diabetes and obesity was on the rise. On the other hand, malnutrition was rampant.
An effective solution was required to address these concerns. The scientists at the CFTRI had come up with Superfoods which had superior nutrition profile. Regular consumption of these food items could help in improving health and wellness.
Ram Rajasekaran, Director, CFTRI, and his team of scientists said they had developed agro-technology for growing ‘Superfoods’, viz. ‘Chia’ and ‘Quinoa’, in Indian conditions. While Chia was the richest vegetarian source of Omega 3 fats,Quinoa had excellent protein quality and low glycemic load carbohydrates. Chia and Quinoa had the potential to improve health and blend seamlessly into traditional food preparations, they added. Scientists Deepa Prakash and Arun Kumar said Superfoods such as enriched chocolate bars with Omega 3 fatty acids and proteins and Quinoa ‘ladoos’ were on display. An eco-friendly mobile cart, which had a solar panel and provision for preserving food items, designed by the CFTRI scientists, was displayed at the expo.