What Indians eat and drink, in five charts
Fried foods appear to be going out, and meat is in. But fruits are still far from ubiquitous. Alcohol and tobacco are finding fewer takers, especially among the young. Here’s what the NFHS says about India’s food and drink habits
Are Indians becoming more diet-conscious? Do they access better food in villages or in cities? Is meat slowly entering more Indian plates? Which states see better protein intake in their residents? Data from the 2019-21 round of National Family Health Survey (NFHS), released last month, provides a glimpse into these questions. For one, fascination for sugary, aerated drinks is on a decline. Pulses are almost universal in a typical household’s weekly food menu, but fruits are missing. More Indians are eating non-vegetarian food than ever before. India’s drinkers are getting rarer. Here’s more:
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