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OK guys! The festival has begun. Dashain, as a time of food and family, often turns into an excuse for binge eating and drinking. Family gatherings and card parties are accompanied by liberal amounts of liquor and plate after plate of deep fried red meat dripping with oil. Relatives who come seeking blessings are plied with food and polite refusal is easily disregarded. Last Dashain, over 1 million kg of meat was sold during the festival season alone. This over-consumption is made worse by two factors—the passive lifestyle of most during the holidays and the popularity of deep fried and roasted meat dishes, which are consumed alongside liquor. Fried mutton, the favored Dashain delicacy, is red meat and high in saturated fats, which leads to a spike in cholesterol levels. The reliance on meat also means that grains and greens are neglected, leaving the body in sore need of nutrients that are present in smaller quantities in meat, like carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Posted on: Sun, 06 Oct 2013 07:21:02 +0000

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