The canteen of the Ministry of Health abandons fried foods; know the full menu

Introducing a change for good, the Union Health Ministry dropped fried foods from its canteen menu in favor of healthy options taking into account people’s health requirements. As reported by ANIthe arrangement was made as part of the operation of a pilot mood to gauge people’s response.

With this new initiative, dishes like samosas, bread pakora and other similar fried dishes will be replaced by healthy options like pea-stuffed dal chillas, healthy curries, millet rotis and millet pulaos with the canteen of the Ministry of Health.

While dal chilla has been tentatively priced at Rs 10, breakfast will be available at Rs 25 and lunch at Rs 40. Health were implemented under the supervision of Union Health. Minister Mansukh Mandaviya who has always considered bringing healthy food options since he took office as Minister of Health and also ordered them in October 2021.

Notably, Mansukh Mandaviya, who is a fitness freak himself, can often be seen adopting healthy options in his daily lifestyle, which includes cycling to parliament on a frequent basis followed by regular exercise and at least 20 km bike every day.

‘Ayush Aahaar’ from the Ayush ministry in his canteen

In a similar move undertaken earlier, the Ministry of Ayush has also, through its “Ayush Aahaar” project in the ministry’s canteen, aims to adopt healthy eating habits. The pilot project which was launched in January this year included healthy dishes such as vegetable poha, bhajani vada, gajar ka halwa and kokum drink.

Speaking at the launch of the project, Ayush secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said that using such a diet in the canteen would be beneficial for health as it is easily digestible. He added that the ministry has collaborated with other states and done a commendable job on Ayush’s national mission and is now focusing on a one-stop system this year.

Meanwhile, purchasers of “Ayush Aahaar” items from the canteen have received a feedback form and based on this response, the new diet will be regularized at the canteen.

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Maria J. Book