Nutrition Q&A: Traditionally cooked food is healthy

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. i have type1diabetes and ckd what type of diet i should follow
You have not mentioned your age and medication. Basically you should eat high fibre foods, low in saturated fats, restrict sweets and fatty foods as any diabetic should do. Also if you are on Insulin your food content and timing should be according to the dose of insulin.

More importantly if you have kidney disease then your diet should be adjusted for protein, potassium, sodium, etc according to the kidney function tests done regularly. For this you need to visit a dietician at the same place where you see your physician and get diet assessment and regular follow up advice.

2. It is said that grains, vegetables, fruits etc produced in a region is most suitable for the people of that region. But, it is suggested to avoid coconut oil. Is it so dangerous, especially when one follows a controlled diet. ?
SR Pillai
Yes it is true. People should ideally eat their traditional foods cooked traditional way.

Having said that it is important to mention that in the present times people do not follow tradtitional way of living which was very physically active. Also, in olden days most Keralites used to make their own coconut oil which was virgin and not hydrogenated, were physically active and ate simple home cooked foods.

Now times haves changed, people are less physically active, mostly eating fatty commercially made foods and topping it with saturated fats is injurious to health.

If one’s diet includes a healthy combination of fats, a little saturated fat should not be harmful.

3. i m 21 years old guy & height is 170 cm , but my weight is just 53 , may i take any protein after my exercise in gym….
Yes you should eat both protein and carbohydrates after exercise. There is a window of 3 hours where there is optimal uptake of these nutrients soon after exercise and you should make full use of it. Also drink enough fluids.

4. im 48yrs old having diabetes for last 10yrs and also havg lower back pain . i weigh 102 kgs and though im on diabetic diet,im unable to lose my weight . can u suggest proper diet which will help in my weightloss .
Your diabetes and back pain will improve with weight reduction. You have not mentioned your medications and gender so I cannot give you a diet. But bottom line of any diet plan is to eat lesser quantities of starchy foods and more of vegetables and high fibre foods. Your caloric requirement can be decided only after taking an assessment of your present caloric intake.

Send in your questions on nutrition to now! And don’t forget to include `Nutrition FAQ` in the subject line. Please provide complete details of your age, sex and medication if a diet is required for specific ailments.