Welcome to the Nutrition Centre

A joint initiative between Aga Khan Health Boards around the world and TheIsmaili.org, the Nutrition Centre is your guide to traditional foods of African, Central and South Asian, and Middle Eastern origin.
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A to Z of food ideas

On Navroz 2014, The Ismaili Nutrition Centre launched a series of articles on simple ideas for popular foods. New entries in this A to Z of different fruits, vegetables and everyday ingredients will be published every two weeks.

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C is for… Chuqander (Beetroot)

Chuqander (Beetroot). Photo: Valentina R. / Dollar Photo Club

Chuqander are usually a deep red colour but there are varieties ranging from white, orange and even striped. Both the beets and their greens can be eaten as they are tasty and full of unique nutritious properties.

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B is for… Badaam (Almonds)

Badaam (Almonds). Photo: Mivr / Dollar Photo Club

You may have memories of your grandma telling you to eat “saath (seven) badaam a day.” Well, as explained in this latest Nutrition Centre A to Z article, research suggests that she was giving you good advice!

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A is for… Amla (Indian gooseberry)

Amla (Indian gooseberry) is a tangy seasonal fruit that is high in vitamin C. Photo: Swapan / Dollar Photo Club

The Ismaili Nutrition Centre has launched a new series of articles on simple ideas for popular foods. This A to Z of different fruits, vegetables and everyday ingredients builds greater awareness of basic nutrition and encourages you to try healthy and easy ideas for preparing a range of tasty dishes. This week's entry is about amla, a tangy seasonal fruit that is high in vitamin C.

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Doing the Mediterranean diet, South Asian style

Using fresh garlic, ginger, and herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, and oregano makes it easier to prepare great-tasting food, while reducing the need to use excess salt. Photo: MANGO STUDIOS

High in vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruit, and fish, the Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant improvement in quality of life. Many South Asian foods work well with it, and some simple changes can help you incorporate the Mediterranean lifestyle into your daily living.

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