Nutrition Q&A: Keeping typhoid at bay

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. How healthy is corn and how frequently can we eat it? Is it easy to digest?
Corn is healthy and can be used frequently along with other whole grains/cereals. It is best to go for variety instead of using the same daily. Like all plant cellulose, corn kernels are a little difficult to digest So chew well.

2. Going by the typhoid cases in monsoon, what is the best way to prevent it?
Avoid unboiled water, ice cubes, ice creams, eating from street vendors, uncooked foods like salad, fresh fruits and semi cooked foods from restaurants.
Drink bottled water or carbonated bottled drinks. Wash fruits and vegetables well.
If you are travelling to places with typhoid, get vaccinated against it.

3. Is there any specific diet to lower eosinophil count?
Eosinophil count is increased in a wide range of illnesses, including allergy. You need to identify the reason and treat the illness to bring the count down.

4. dear parvathy. how can i make traditional and healthy marwadi food choices? i have reduced the ghee, apart from that can you suggest some items to avoid?
You need to avoid ghee, butter and cream totally. Reduce deep fried dishes on the menu. Try to curb the Marwari sweet tooth and stress on dried fruits and nuts. Also use low fat buttermilk or milk.

5. Hi. does eating oats cooked in salt water provide the day’s fibre requirement. how else can we increase fibre intake for vegetarians?
Oats alone will not provide a day’s fibre but will add substantially to the daily fibre need. Being a vegetarian it is easy to increase fibre as all vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and whole grains will provide sufficient fibre.

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