Re­duce obesity

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

“There are pro­grammes to cut down salt in food, cut down oils. Even in su­per­mar­ket there are su­per­vi­sions (to check the qual­ity of food). There is aware­ness to re­duce obesity as well.”

In the past few years there have been a num­ber of aware­ness cam­paigns to high­light the im­por­tance of healthy living and push peo­ple away from un­healthy eat­ing habits. Ear­lier this year, there were in­creas­ing calls for schools in Oman to be­come junk-free zones and en­cour­age chil­dren to in­clude more fruits in their diet.

Dr. Sa­jeev Bhaskar is a fam­ily prac­ti­tioner at the Al Lamki Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Mus­cat, and has ad­vised peo­ple on im­prov­ing their health for over 27 years in the Sul­tanate.

“The oils that are used by peo- ple to­day are hy­dro­genated, and this leads to a low­er­ing of good choles­terol in the body,” he said.

“Good choles­terol, also known as high-den­sity lipids (HDL), helps clean the inside of the body. Hy­dro­genated oils lower the lev­els of HDLs in the body, which means the body can­not clean it­self ef­fi­ciently, and that is the cause of all of these car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases.”

“Ear­lier, we used to get un­pro­cessed oils di­rectly from mills, but these oils had a very short shelf life,” added Bhaskar. “Now the oils have a longer shelf life, but our shelf life is go­ing down. It is very dif­fi­cult to get un­pro­cessed oils in the mar­ket to­day, and they are very ex­pen­sive.”

In light of this, he asked peo­ple to use safer meth­ods of cook­ing.

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