Saturday, March 14, 2009

Diet 50 years back

I had this conversation with a friend recently on diet changes. That set me thinking on how has our diet changed in the last 50 odd years?

So, this is what constituted day to day food for my parents generation.

Morning: One coffee - cows milk, presumably diluted
Breakfast: Either rice/dal or kanji (rice gruel)
Special breakfast - Sundays/Holidays: Dosa/Idli

Lunch: Rice, Sambar (or variants), One Vegetable (typically grown in the house) and Curd

Evening: Coffee and One / two Bananas (mostly) or Dosa/Idli (sometimes)

Night: Repeat of lunch

Most vegetables were grown in their own garden and most of the stuff they ate were seasonal. The vegetables were 'traditional South Indian' vegetables - Yam, Gourds, Melons, Brinjals, and other tubers like Tapioca, Jackfruit, Raw Mangoes, Leaves like Amaranth (?) and so on. Potatoes, Onion, Carrot, Cauliflower, Capsicum were unheard of. Fruits were local and seasonal - Jackfruit, Banana, Pineapple, Mango (whatever grew).

The rice is not the white polished rice that you see widely today. It was steamed red rice or coarse rice (unpolished).

Now to see what my grandparents grew up on....


Kavi said...

And btw, spare a thought at the level of work that they did. Physical work !

And contrast it to the activities that pervade our life today. Movement of fingers on the keyboard is no activity !! But has the potential to move a world !

Phew !

We've made progress (sic) ! havent we !?!

purple pitara said...

dude, this is depressing! NO potatoes??!!! well what is worth a thought is what it would mean to grow some of your own vegetables atleast to begin with...hmmm worth a shot