The burgeoning Indian army contingent fighting in the Second World War faced problems apart from just the ones it encountered on the field of battle. The Indian recruits were found to be sickly and deficient in essential nutrients.

In this episode ofThe Intersection, Padmaparna Ghosh and Samanth Subramanian investigate how nutrition research has evolved since then and how the Indian army overhauled its diet, while simultaneously overcoming the challenges posed by our country’s diverse food culture and habits.

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