BMI is Not a Correct Way of Assessing Someone’s Health Condition
Question / Dilemma: Was curious whether the much talked about BMI (Body Mass Index) is a correct way of assessing someone’s health condition?
Answer: Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated by taking your weight in kgs and dividing it by the square of your height in meters. It’s quite misleading. Let’s take an example for this – two guys equally tall (1.8 m) and with the same weight (81 kg). One is athletic with 13% body fat. Both of them have different body shapes, but will have the same BMI=25 kg/m2! So, BMI can’t be an accurate measure of your health level. It does not take into account, your body measurements or your fitness level.
Answered by Prachi Agarwal, first appeared in HT City (Hindustan Times), Get Healthy Delhi! campaign, where she is a Fitness Expert on the panel of health experts.— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
Why Salt is Bad for Health
Deep fried foods and other processed foods are considered the most unhealthy foods that contain minimum nutrition and maximum calories that are responsible for weight gain & lifestyle related health disorders. What is often forgotten yet an important culprit behind weight gain & health issues is excessive salt consumption.
The daily requirement of sodium is 2300 mg, as per the Indian guidelines of dietary intake, which is got from 5 grams of salt. The most important mineral got from salt is sodium that has many health benefits like enzyme operation and muscle contraction and fluid regulation in the system. This requirement is easily met by the regular meals in the home cooked food.
It’s not about the regular salt content in the home cooked food but the consumption of extra salt through foods like Pickles, chutneys, sauces and ketchups, papads, chips and salted biscuits, savoury items, cheese and salted butter, canned foods (vegetables, dals & meats), bakery products, ready made soup powders, dried salted fish, smoked meats, chinese food. These were some of the obvious products but there are still some not so obvious pre-packaged products that might be harming you. Here is how : to improve the shelf life of a food product preservatives are used. Besides many chemicals that are used to preserve food the two most common artificial or natural preservatives used are salt or sugar. Both are equally harmful for health if taken in large quantities over a period of time. (more…)— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo