As of now, a green dot signifies vegetarian food, while the red dot stands for non-vegetarian food products. However, very soon a third category i.e, a blue dot will be added to the list that will stand for diabetic-friendly products.
With India becoming the diabetes capital of the world, a group of diabetologists, the United Diabetes Forum (UDF), an association of diabetologists with over 100 specialist diabetologists as its members, based in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, other parts of Maharashtra, and other states, came up with a campaign to get the government to put a blue dot on food packets to state that it is diabetic-friendly. The group will be making a directive and submit it to the ministry of health.
“To improve the quality of life for every diabetic, to enable them to lead a normal a life, to ensure healthy options for food when one chooses to eat out or pick up a packed food, the blue dot is being introduced as a universal sign that represents diabetic-friendly food. The UDF has chosen the blue dot on lines of existing green and red dots. Blue has been the colour picked up by WHO and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to spread awareness about diabetes and educate millions worldwide,” said Dr Manoj Chawala, founder member of UDF. Read the whole article.