Eat Right Mela emphasizes calories over nutrition

To commemorate 75 years of independence, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the district administration organized here on Sunday the Eat Right Mela, a mega food festival that aims to improve public health and fight against negative nutritional trends.

The event curated a variety of delicacies to delight the taste buds of the city dwellers with flavors from Chennai to Kanyakumari. Cultural events were also organized during the festival.

According to a food safety official, this platform would provide an opportunity for the public to learn about safe foods, healthy eating, rapid tests for adulterants and nutritional benefits. Food safety officials educated the public on how to identify adulterated foods using simple techniques and educated them on permitted food colorings.

The event had over 50 stalls showcasing a wide range of traditional food products, including Raagi Puttu, Kollukattai, Millet Laddu, Mooligai Soup and Mudakathan Dosai. Likewise, homemade Parupu Podi, Health Mix, Jaggery Powder, Cookies, Snacks etc were also on display.

The food festival featured a traditional showcase of delicacies across the state including Madurai JigarthandaSrivilliputhur PalkovaThoothukudi Macaronisaturation SevKodaikanal Chocolates, and more. A range of traditional rice and millet varieties were also on display.

Popular eateries and eateries such as Aasife Biriyani, Shri Sangeethas, Madhuram Sweets, Apple Millet, Aswin Sweets and bakeries in town offered a range of food. Aavin, Amul, Lion Dates, Nuts ‘n’ Chocos and Nammalvar Iyarkai Angadi showcased their products.

Educational institutions such as Jamal Mohamed College, Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College, Cauvery College for Women, Bishop Heber College, etc., introduced various traditional dishes prepared from millet.

To highlight the variety of delicacies that could be prepared from kavuni, mappillai samba, moongil and other traditional rice varieties, Kavery Hospital provided a variety of payasam made of rice.

S. Leela from Srirangam, who consumes millet in her daily diet, said that “millet foods that were once the nutritional staple of the poor are now part of everyone’s diet”.

R. Karthik from Puthur, who came with his family, said the festival could have been better with the presence of more traditional food stalls. “There are only a few traditional food stalls; nevertheless, the government has made a good effort, and we hope to see more of these events in the future.

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