Mumbai, May 15: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in collaboration with the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), has unveiled a set of 17 dietary guidelines aimed at fostering healthier eating habits among Indians. Amidst the release, the ICMR has called for moderation in the consumption of tea and coffee, two staples of Indian culture.

Highlighting the potential health risks associated with excessive intake, the ICMR pointed out that both beverages contain caffeine, a stimulant that can lead to physiological dependence. The guidelines provide a detailed breakdown of caffeine content, revealing that a 150ml cup of brewed coffee contains between 80 and 120 mg of caffeine, instant coffee has 50 to 65 mg, and tea has 30 to 65 mg. Unhealthy Diets Cause 56.4% of Disease Burden in India, Says ICMR; Releases 17 Dietary Guidelines.

ICMR Advises Against Drinking Tea and Coffee Before and After Meals

The medical body has recommended a daily caffeine limit of 300 mg. Additionally, it advises consumers to avoid tea or coffee at least one hour before and after meals due to the presence of tannins, which can inhibit iron absorption and potentially lead to iron deficiency and conditions like anaemia. The guidelines also caution that excessive coffee consumption may increase the risk of high blood pressure and cardiac irregularities.

Drinking Tea Without Milk Beneficial, Says ICMR

On a positive note, the ICMR acknowledged the benefits of drinking tea without milk, which include enhanced blood circulation and a lower risk of coronary artery disease and stomach cancer. ICMR-NIN's Dietary Guidelines for Indians to Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies, Addresses Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases, Obesity and Diabetes.

The guidelines promote a balanced diet and encourage the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and seafood while reducing the intake of oil, sugar, and salt. The new dietary recommendations underscore the importance of variety in diet and an active lifestyle as key components of overall health and well-being.

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