is the centre of our lives. For Bangladeshis it
is the core of all functions, the highlight of
weddings, the joy of any celebration, and the
reward for attending a religious ceremony. There
is no doubt that we take our food very seriously.
But are we thinking about what we eat as opposed
to what our taste buds crave for? Not really,
at least not very often. Which is why we are wreaking
havoc with our bodies.
A typically Bangali diet is supposed to be fairly
healthy consisting of all the essentials that
nutritionists recommend--plenty of fish, loads
of veggies, basketful of fruits. Ok, lets not
disillusion ourselves any further. Let's face
it, we no longer consume a typically Bangali diet.
The Bangladeshi diet is a mish mash of traditional
Bangali cuisine to which we have added Mughlai,
continental, oriental and who knows what recipes.
This includes the whole gamut of fast food-- burgers,
fries, fried chicken and so on. Add to this our
inexplicable affinity for inactivity, our weakness
for the lazy good life and we are treading on
the territory of ill health, diabetes, heart disease,
arthritis and obesity. So where are we really
going wrong and is there a way out of this vicious
cycle of eat, eat and eat till you drop dead?