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Chew on this: Avoid junk food every day

M. Balaganessin

It results in indigestion and gastric problems, opine doctors



watch what you eat:It may be mouth-watering, but is it good for health?

PUDUKOTTAI: The concept of junk food has been popular among the masses in the Pudukottai town particularly in areas in the vicinity of the markets, weekly shandy and hospitals.

These are all make-shift stalls working from the morning till late evening, catering to the needs of the people, a large number of floating population from nearby villages on the occasion of ‘shandy'. There are a few stalls which have a standing for about 15 years, indicating the patronage they have been enjoying from the traders.

Run and manned by a group of single families, these stalls prepare a variety of junk food of which three dishes-‘bajji', ‘ulundhu vadai' and ‘paruppu vadai'-are much sought after by the people. While the female members prepare the dishes, their spouses take care of distribution and manage sales.

They say that they make hay on occasions like weekly shandy on Fridays when a large number of villagers from nearby areas gather in good strength. Moreover, occasions like Thursdays – the only day when the temple dedicated to Lord Dakshinamurthy is opened also fetch adequate revenue to the stalls located at the Dakshinamurthy market.

“We have been patronising the shop for the past several years,” says V. Gnanasekaran, indicating the delicious and mouth-watering dishes available at some of these shops.

How far these dishes ensure health and hygiene, particularly when consumed daily is a moot question, say doctors.

They say that although these dishes would not be injurious to health if consumed occasionally, in-take on a daily basis would do more harm than good.

“Only solace in Pudukottai town is that the concept of ‘fast food' has not raised its ugly heads in the town, thanks to the nature of lifestyle and the predominantly agriculture-based activities for a majority of the population,” says S. Ramadas, a doctor.

However, a cluster of ‘fast food' shops had been recently started in the past few months.

Explaining the side-effects of the fast and junk food, Dr. Ramadas says that the gastric problem and indigestion were the main problem caused by fast food and junk food.

Dr. Ramadas says that adequate awareness should be created among the masses about the health and hygienic food. Also, the Health Inspectors should ensure quality of the ingredients, especially oil being used for making the dishes.

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