"Good health can be maintained if you know what to not eat"

Published: Dec 16, 2013, 06:17 IST | The Guide Team |

Dr Linda Tapsell Professor of Nutrition, University of Wollongong

1. Your university has a totally different department for nutrition and dietary, a rarity in India. Your comments.
We have a different department where we teach about diet and nutrition. Our students become scientists in their subject and further contribute to the field. On the point of Indian universities; sure, we would like to come and teach in the Indian universities if we are invited and given a chance. A dietician has to study psychology, bio-chemistry and all aspects of human body to understand the diet needed for a person.

2. Tell us something about your research.
I have done research on walnuts as I feel they have untapped potential when it comes to health. They have fibre, protein and good fatty acids that our body needs all packed in one nut. The walnut group also shows improvements in insulin levels when taken. As per research, one can harness the ‘good’ oils from walnuts which are rich in polyunsaturated fats, Omega oils and vitamins.

3. What is the right way to reduce weight?
Change in lifestyle is the best way; it is about making the right decision on what to eat and not. Eat more fruits and nuts to keep healthy, which also helps in shedding weight. Most importantly, one needs to exercise. Even the basic form of exercise such as walking makes a big difference. For the winter season, I feel one must avoid eating fried food and drink a lot of water, to stay healthy.

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