Fats in the diet
What would be the critical minimum requirement of external fat? In practice
the answer was probably nil, since invisible fat in Indian cereal diets is
substantial and, fortunately, high in essential fatty acids as well. Indeed many
people, perhaps a third of the Indian population, eat no external fat at all.
Consumption of just 400 grams of any Indian cereal alone would furnish at least
10 grams of latent fat.
Of course addition of fat would raise the calorie density of children's
foods, but the cost of this world be high. The soybean is important in
agriculture. especially in Madhya Pradesh, but has little role as a food that
would help the poor as it cannot be consumed directly. On the other hand, when
processed the oil would of course find use, but the protein cake must
necessarily be incorporated into processed foods, which then go out of reach of