Be a vegetarian and keep heart problem and cancer at bay says an expert

Hyderabad: Dr. Kalpagam Polasa, head of the Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre Hyderabad has said that fruits and vegetables could be the protection needed against cardiovascular diseases and several types of cancers.

In her talk on ‘Nutrition – the role of vegetables and fruits in chronic disorders’ during the golden jubilee regional symposium 2011 of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad yesterday, she said fruits and vegetables were a part of weight loss diets that were also rich source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. “Five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day per person are highly desirable,” said Dr. Polasa.

The eminent doctor has 85 papers published in Indian and international journals to his credit.

“People go to doctors for a cure. More importantly one should concentrate on sticking to healthy diet to prevent diseases,” she told the seminar. She said every one must consume 500 grams of fruits every day while avoiding fats, oils and sweets.

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