Impact of a South Asian Mediterranean-Style Diet
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“What I do want to say is that while holding on to your culture, I think there is a space for promoting good nutrition, going back to your roots, and remembering that with minimally processed foods, it can be healthier.” - Dr. Bhupathiraju

This week, we will hear from Dr. Sharan Rai and Dr. Shilpa Bhupathiraju, co-authors of the article “A South Asian Mediterranean-style diet is associated with favorable adiposity measures and lower diabetes risk.” In this episode, we will discuss exactly what this diet is and how it can prevent and treat diet-related chronic conditions. We also discuss the role of cultural foods, something fundamental to Yumlish’s mission, how these foods and the surrounding community can illuminate our normalized understanding of diet, and how the knowledge could help assist in the journey to a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. 

Dr. Bhupathiraju is an Assistant Professor in Medicine and Nutrition at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Her research focuses on dietary and lifestyle predictors of cardiometabolic disease.

Dr Sharan Rai is a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. She recently completed her PhD in Population Health Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focused on dietary and lifestyle predictors of gout and other cardiometabolic diseases. 

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