World Malaria Day 2024: Foods To Eat During The Disease, Experts Suggestion

World Malaria Day 2024: Foods To Eat During The Disease, Experts Suggestion

The theme for World Malaria Day 2024 is "Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world.".

Aanchal ChaudharyUpdated: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 04:10 PM IST
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Every year on the 25th April, the world celebrates the World Malaria Day. It is celebrated to spread awareness about Malaria disease and mosquito-related illnesses. Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite, where people fall sick and have a high fever. The parasite is caused by the bite of infectious mosquitoes. The theme for World Malaria Day 2024 is "Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world.".

Foods to consume during Malaria

Nutrients rich foods

If you are a malarial patient, then it is important to intake healthy nutrients that are essential for your body to recover. Opt for food which contains high carbohydrates and is rich in vitamins. Consume rice that can be digested easily and release energy. Fresh vegetables and fruits like papaya, carrot, grapes, berries, orange, beetroot, carrot, and much more can be consumed. 

"During fever, two main problems are appetite loss and body weakness, so for appetite, you can have Tomato Rasam as an appetizer. For the strength of the body, you can have Rice Kanji or Millet Kanji.", said Dr Nupur Krishnan, Clinical Nutritionist, on a panel at Sports Ministry & Railway Hospitals.

Fluid intake 

We often don't feel like eating during the fever, which is a big challenge. If not food, then you must consume fluids, which are healthy for your body. Hydration is also essential during the recovery, so opt for fresh fruit juice, glucose water, coconut water, and other fluids which are healthy for your body. 

Consume protein 

Foods which are rich in protein and carbohydrates are necessary for your body during Malaria. It helps in repairing tissue, increases immunity and gives energy. Incorporate foods like fish stew, vegetable soups, chicken soup, curd, buttermilk and lassi.  

Zainab G, Clinical Dietician and Sports Nutritionist said, "Protein is essential during malaria for several reasons, such as it supports the weak Immune system. Proteins play a key role in fighting off infections and aiding muscle repair, and provide energy to reduce fatigue and weakness."

Nuts and Seeds 

If you are a malaria patient, then you must include phytonutrients in your food consumption. Nuts and Seeds are ideal as they contain phytonutrients, protein and healthy fats. You can munch on them as a snack and intake all essential nutrients. 

"Nuts and seeds can be a good source of protein for malaria patients, as they are packed with not only proteins but also essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. One can include it as a trail mix, in smoothies, sprinkle on salads and soups. Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are all good options. They can be soaked and consumed to make it soft and easy to digest." Zainab G added. 

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