MoHFW will be launching its nutrition value app containing nutrition value of 586 Indian foods. The data is prepared by National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and Indian Council of Medical Research ICMR, Hyderabad, giving the country its own complete food composition database.
The Indian Food composition Table-2017 will give the base to the application. The table includes fruits, legumes and vegetables, cereals and also condiments and spices, fish, meat and poultry products. The IFCT can be used in the medical field or while preparing a diet plan for the patients in need. It can revolutionize the way people eat, doctors treat patient and especially for the food companies which now can put the right claim of nutrients.
Through this app, a user will be able to track carbohydrates, proteins, calories, vitamins, minerals and fat and sugar values. The app is expected to be ready and launched in next 2 months. According to a NIN Official, there are other nutrient tracking apps in the market are not that effective and not available through most apps. For the first time, any app will have data regarding Indian foods containing bone-friendly Vitamin D2 in products made out of plant and immune boosting Phytochemicals.
Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda, on Wednesday, inaugurated a conference to discuss the potential use of the Food Tables. The nutrition app will be a simplified digital version database of a 2kg book which contains the value. ICMR and NIN are handed with the responsibility to develop the app and the institution itself will ensure how the IFCT, which nonetheless is a scientific document, can be used by common people. The app can be used as a reference for all kinds of nutritional assessment. It is assumed to serve the researchers and policy makers need for easing the malnutrition related disorders spread in the country.
This is first food composition data, which is easy to use, to be launched since 1971 or say in past 46 years. The food from across the country was analyzed to prepare this database. This data will serve people from every field may it be doctors, dieticians or planners to monitor food nutrients availability. Very soon people will get to know the nutritional vale of the foods they order from restaurants or make at home. Patients and diet conscious people would not have to worry about the cholesterol or fat or sugar.