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Title: Food, Nutrition and Beverage
Authors: Pushpangadan, P
Dan, Vipin Mohan
Ijinu, TP
George, V
Keywords: Ethnic foods;Nutrition;Beverages;Phytonutrients;Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: C12N, A23, A21, C12G, A23L 2/00, C12C 12/04, C12G 3/08, C12H 3/00, A23L 1/00, A47G, CO7C 1/00, CO7C 6/00
Abstract: The food we eat, the beverages we drink and the nutrients we consume have a direct link to the culture, customs and beliefs we have inherited over the millennia. The food and drinking habit of people vary from place to place and these are largely influenced by the ambient biological wealth and environment. Further, food and drinking habits are influenced by weather and climtic conditions. India, being a vast country with a multitude of climatic, cultural, racial and religious diversities provide delightful gastronomic variations to the discerning connoisseurs. The ethnic food and beverages of different regions of India have been developed by generations of people keeping in view of the nutritional needs of the common man right from the craddle to the grave. Our ancestors have designed different types of food and beverages keeping in view of the nutritional needs of people of different age groups such as growing children, youth, working class, pregnant and nursing mothers, the sick and the old. The Ayurvedic concept of Rasayana therapy is now being confirmed by the recent advancements in genomics. Nutrigenomics, nutrigenetics, proteomics, metabolomics and transcriptomics, etc. have substantiated the holistic approach adopted by the Ayurvedic acharyas in dealing with human health and nutrition. In this article an attempt has beeen made to review our rich and varied ethnic food and beverages.
Page(s): 26-34
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.11(1) [January 2012]

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