The prevalence of diabetes is increasing menacingly. And as of now, India is one of the top 3 countries with a high diabetic population. Surprisingly, as treated earlier as a hereditary disease, diabetes has now turned more into a lifestyle disease. As prevention is always better than cure, people are getting health conscious and turning into maintaining a normal body weight, engaging in physical activities and looking for healthier options in their consumption of food.
Taking this into attention, Seema Pinto and her husband Manoj Pinto, have conceived the ‘Diabetic Food trail’. The food trail also concentrates on food that the diabetes and the health conscious usually dread off – ‘the Desserts’, other than the varied choices (read healthy) at several popular restaurants.
The first one to be held in Delhi-NCR, kick started on 12th Nov’16 and is scheduled to be on for the next three weeks, till 30th of Nov’16. Seema, who is a diabetic herself said, she got conscious about what she was eating just 2-3 years ago and found that not many options that are available were diabetic friendly especially when it comes to desserts. So, along with Britannia Nutri Choice essentials and in association with Biocon, they have come up with a ‘Healthy Food Trail’. There are multiple participating restaurants and all of them will feature complete diabetic friendly menus.
We got an opportunity to be a part of the ‘Healthy Dessert Trail’ that was conducted by Seema and team on 19th Nov’16. Wherein we hobnobbed to dig into delicious desserts without worrying about the calorie intake. The dessert trail consisted of a plan to visit 4 well known restaurants – Bercos, Getafix, Bohemia and G’s Patisserie and tried out the healthy desserts on serve over there.
The menu handed out to us had the kcals, fat, carbs and proteins mentioned against each of the desserts that we tried. Starting from cheesecakes to cobblers, from cakes to pies and from Tiramisu to caramel custards, who knew that diabetics or the health freaks can also have an arrays of options to choose from ? And that too, without compromising on the taste. It’s a general notion that sugar-free based desserts are overtly sweet, wherein in the ‘HDT’ we found out that there is hardly any difference in taste, with the usage of sugar free in the preparation.
Each of the desserts are carefully prepared considering the health and nutritional benefits, and the chefs assured that the calories consumed are almost half of what a non-sugar-free dessert offers. The food trail also includes events like Diabetic food masterclass and fitness camps. The aim behind such an initiative is to inform diabetic people that they have choices and they need to deprive, starve or have tasteless bland food for their major cravings. Making dietary changes and choosing good fats not only prevents diabetes but also helps in keeping your health parameters on check.
37 restaurants are participating in the Diabetic Food Trail this year – to find out more about the participating restaurants, please visit – http://www.diabeticfoodtrail.com/