Nutrition Q&A: Paneer is easily digestible

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Madam, I have just been diagnosed with high BP. How much salt can I take per day?
You may need to keep added salt intake to a teaspoon level in a day.
You can achieve a salt controlled diet if you avoid pickles, salted snacks, organ meats, bakery products, Chinese food, fast foods, pappads etc. Basically eat home cooked foods so the salt intake can be controlled.

2. Hi, my son is 2 years old and has been under treatment for lactose intolerance. Will this be ok with time. I am currently giving him soya milk. Is there any other option?
It is possible to develop tolerance to dairy foods by adding smaller amounts in the diet gradually as he ages.
Rice milk or almond milk are also good alternatives to regular milk.
You could also give him PediaSure (which is lactose free) after consulting your doctor.

3. I have read that potassium is good for the heart. What are the foods that contain potassium. Can these be included daily to prevent heart disease?
Potassium is easily found in all plant foods. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Especially potassium rich foods are orange, watermelon, banana, plantains, apricots, dates, figs, raisins, tomatoes, nuts, milk, whole grains, potato, green leafy vegetables.

4. Hi. Please tell me what is the nutritional value of paneer? Can everyone eat it? Does it lead to weight gain?
Eaten in small quantities paneer is a good protein food especially for vegetarians. Paneer or cottage cheese is 55 kcal/ounce if made from low fat milk. It is easily digestible and can be eaten by everyone.
Calories for ready made paneer may slightly vary depending on the fat content of the milk.Please read the label on the packet. For example Amul’s malai paneer is approximately 72 calories/25gms

5. Dear maam, your article on cholesterol is very informative. Pl tell me if cholesterol can be formed even in children if they eat fatty foods.
Very intelligent question and relevant to today’s eating of junk food by youngsters. Yes, studies have shown formation of plaque even in children who are obese and eat fatty foods. I have come across several children who have high cholesterol because of bad eating habits and obesity.
Since eating is an acquired habit it makes sense to start good eating habits from a young age.

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