The food we consume always needs extra attention, from its nutritional part to the taste it gives. It is not only junk food that is tasty, even nutritious healthy food can be equal in taste. This was demonstrated at Columbia Asia Hospital Mysuru by the dieticians who participated in the ‘Heart Healthy Cooking Without Fire’ competition on Saturday (March 6, 2021).
To mark the World Women’s Heart Day, Columbia Asia Hospital Mysuru in association with the Cardiology Society of India, Mysuru chapter, organised ‘Heart Healthy Cooking without Fire’ Competition with a theme ‘Go Red.’ 20 dieticians consisting of 10 teams from all over Mysuru participated in the event. The competition was conducted to create awareness about the nutritional value of food cooked without flame and the necessity and advantages of healthy eating.
Speaking about organising this event, Dr Gautam Das, general manager, Columbia Asia Hospitals, Mysuru, said “In today’s time everyone talks about immunity development. A healthy eating habit is key in improving our immunity which we always promote. A good diet can keep you away from many health problems. The main aim of this competition was to create awareness about the nutritional value of the food that we consume and how to use these foods in our daily diet with a simple cooking technique.”
Promoting the need for a healthy diet, Dr Sasirekha, consultant – Interventional Cardiology, Columbia Asia Hospitals, Mysuru, said “In today’s busy life the ready to eat food and the processed food have become part of our life. They are easy and faster to cook and tastier. But the real questions are that do they really have enough nutrition required for our body? A nutrition-rich diet can keep cardiac and all other health problems at bay. Following a healthy food habit is our first recommendation to all the patients”. Each team consisting of two participants prepared a variety of dishes using fresh vegetables, fruits, sprouts in the 45 minutes’ duration provided to them.
Winners: Chandana M and Syeda Kowkab, duo studying final year MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics at JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Agrahara, emerged winners and received a trophy and Rs 5,000 cash prize.
The first runner up Noor Ayesha doing final MSc in the same course and college emerged as the first runner-up and took home a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 3,000 while Shaffinbanu S S who completed MSc in a similar course at Manasagangothri, University of Mysore (2020 batch) secured the second runner-up position and took home a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 2,000.
The food prepared by the dieticians proved that it is possible to cook nutritious and delicious food without using any gas or microwave oven.