Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

“Food al­ler­gies on the rise” (April 1-15, 2014) should serve as a cau­tion note against food- re­lated dis­eases and al­ler­gies. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the cases of food al­lergy in In­dia are in­creas­ing. While its causes are at­trib­uted to fac­tors such as life­style and stress, one as­pect that is over­looked is the con­sump­tion of pack­aged food. These have high lev­els of preser­va­tives and ad­di­tives, many of which are al­ler­gens. We of­ten ig­nore the nu­tri­tional facts printed on the pack­age. Read­ing them will help us bet­ter un­der­stand the pros and cons of what we con­sume. Also, check­ing the date of ex­piry is a must. Al­though pack­aged food is easy to cook, it has lit­tle nu­tri­tional value and is best avoided. V RA­JAGOPAL ra­

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