Diversified foodsDiversified foods

People sometimes get motivated to buy goods or services after watching videos on social media like Facebook, YouTube, etc. Considering nutritional aspects, one needs to raise a few questions like the following to maintain the quality and standard of life.

1. Is someone more interested in selling his or her goods or services than educating you?

2. Aren’t you buying products that are unavailable to you?

3. Are those things cheaper?

4. Can you afford those for the long term?

5. Do you have alternatives to get similar or even more benefits with the same expenditure?

6. Are those goods or services safe?

Related questions would settle down your emotion to take the right decisions regarding food, health, and care-related unnecessary expenses. For example, if you buy a recommended product with five hundred Taka per month then you will be able to buy 10-50 units or even more diversified leafy and nonleafy vegetable units with the same amount of money in Bangladesh per month. Which one is better for your health? Diversified leafy and nonleafy vegetables help you to get better nutrition than a single recommended product.

Sometimes people get used to different chemicals hoping that they would help them to control their food intake. There is a fair chance to get adulterated and contaminated chemicals in Bangladesh when people create huge demand and get dependent on them. in addition, harmful chemicals may cause damage to your gastrointestinal tracts such as denaturing cell receptors or cell lines, etc. Thus, both limited or excessive use of chemicals or adulterated foodstuffs for the short or long term would deprive you both financially and healthily.

So, do not get easily motivated to buy a product that is not a permanent solution for you. It is better to develop a habit of buying natural, cheap, and locally available unprocessed food items to make you healthy and happy effectively.

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By Md. Khurshidul Zahid, Ph.D.

Md. Khurshidul Zahid Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS) of The University of Dhaka (DU) of Bangladesh. He has completed his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University (TTU), USA. He was a finalist in the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition organized by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), Experimental Biology (EB) meeting held in Boston in 2015. He was also awarded a gold medal by “Professor Dr. Quazi Salamatullah trust foundation” of INFS, DU in 2005.

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