Brief notes on Modification of Diet (Pregnancy and Lactation)

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In the last article, you have read that nutritional requirements of the members of a family are quite different. Cooking separate meals for each member of the family is a very tedious task.

By making few alterations in the planned meals, you can make it suitable for the members of different stages of life.

These alterations in the normal diet are known as modifications of diet, e.g,

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• For an infant or a sick person in the family, small amount of food can be served at short intervals.

• Separate cooking for infants, elderly and sick members of the family are not re­quired if unfired and unsliced dal is served to them from what has been cooked for the whole family.

• Food without salt can be served to the high blood pressure patient from the food which has been cooked for the whole family.

• Modification of diet can be done by serv­ing different amounts of foods to differ­ent members, e.g., an adolescent requires three chapattis and infant one chapatti.

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• Meals can be made suitable to the re­quirements of all the members of the family by altering the amount of food or of nutrients i.e., carbohydrates, fats or proteins.

Thus time, labour and money can be saved by modification of diet.

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