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Complementary Foods

Carbohydrate and fats must be consumed with protein at each meal. Food combinations are more important for vegetarians as they must aim for a balanced protein intake and must get adequate amino acids. Pay attention to food combinations. Avoid eating chappaties with only chutney. Vegetables and dhal are essential.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 21, 2003 20:02 IST
PTI

Foods are consumed in combination. Rice is taken with sambar, rasam, or curd; chappati with dhal, iddlies with sambar and chutney and so on.

These combinations are not accidental. Certain foods are nutritionally complementary. Traditionally combinations have been effectively used to include all nutrients in the diet.

Carbohydrate and fats must be consumed with protein at each meal. Food combinations are more important for vegetarians as they must aim for a balanced protein intake and must get adequate amino acids.

Pay attention to food combinations. Avoid eating chappaties with only chutney. Vegetables and dhal are essential. Similarly iddlies with just sugar or ghee do not make for a balanced diet.

(Courtesy: webhealthcenter.com)

First Published: Apr 21, 2003 00:00 IST