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We Are Eating Better

We Are Eating Better K T Achaya THE SIXTIES THERE is no lack of Indian dietary data for the decade 1960-70. National Sample Survey data are available, but ate mostly in terms of consumption expenditure on food items rather than as nutrient intakes, and further have been repeatedly questioned for accuracy, for example by Tyagi.1 The Diet Atlas of India (1971 revision), published by the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, 1' summarises data on intakes of calories and proteins in various states made during the prior decade by the State Nutrition Departments and published as their Nutrition Survey Reports, For calorics, the highest average per capita figure was for Punjab (2832), followed by Madhya Pradesh (2779), Uttar Pradesh (2-307), Maharashtra (2281), Jammu and Kashmir (2265), and Karnataka, then called Mysore (2220). The remaining 7 states listed (Rajas- than, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Kerala, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu) were low-intake regions, falling gradually in that order from 2044 to 1498 average calories. Protein figures followed calorie levels closely; the same top six .states varied in intakes from 98 to 66 grams a day, and the bottom six

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