Today's generation relies very much on processed and packed foods either because they don't have time to cook meals at home and fast food seems like a necessary convenience or they are not familiar with the healthier alternatives and tend to binge on junk food. The most common unhealthy foods include highly-processed items such as fast foods and oily snacks. Highly-processed foods tend to be low in nutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) and high on empty calories due to the content of refined flours, sodium and sugar. Consistently making wrong food choices can have long term and devastating impact.
Due to the growing awareness of how our food habits are related to chronic conditions in later stages of life, many food entrepreneurs have started creating healthier food options to inspire more conscious food decisions.
We talked to one such entrepreneur Ms Mani Sahai who is a Clinical Dietician by profession and the founder of Healthy Noshies, a healthy snack brand. Ms Mani has a masters degree in Food Science & Nutrition and a diploma in Food Processing. She understands food and encourages people to eat healthy. Here is an excerpt of her interview with us :
Tell us about your business
I'm a Clinical Dietician & Nutritionist by profession and also a Yoga instructor. I have pursued M. Sc. in Food Science & Nutrition and I also have a Diploma in Food Processing. I work at a multispeciality hospital and see a number of clients daily. The most common problem these days is the wrong eating habit. We tend to eat junk and oily food on a daily basis. And this leads to a variety of health issues from obesity to hypertension and diabetes. I came up with Healthy Noshies in order to encourage people to stop eating junk and snack on something healthy. Our products are :
✔ FSSAI Certified
✔ Has 0% Trans Fats
✔ Healthy replacement for Namkeen & Snacks
✔ Devoid of artificial colours & preservatives
✔ High in fibre, proteins & antioxidants
How was your journey from a Clinical Dietician to an Entrepreneur?
Frankly speaking, it was not easy to start something while working full time. There has been a lot of ups and downs in my journey, many failures too but it has made me the person I'm today. Through my knowledge and expertise, I always wanted to bring a positive change in the life of those around me and I truly believe that I'll be able to do that soon.
How supportive is your family?
Whatever I'm today is because of my family. Their support, love and care is unconditional.
What problems do you face as an entrepreneur?
For an entrepreneur, problems are part of everyday life. But the biggest challenge that I face is educating and sometimes persuading people to eat healthily. Some people just can't change their eating habits and it is sometimes very difficult to change their mind.
If a young girl walked up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
"Believe in yourself. You can conquer the world with your hard work!"
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