15 responses

  1. Vivek
    July 26, 2009

    Dr. Sanjana, I am Vivek. I live in Bangalore. I would like to know the names of fish in Kannada (especially those like Salmon and other fish which contain a lot of Omega-3 content). If you know the information, please pass it on to me (tambaramvivek@gmail.com)

    Thank you for taking the time to read my request.

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      July 27, 2009

      Hi Vivek,

      I have a few names for you. Firstly salmon is not available in India. You may need to buy them canned, and hence we dont have a kannada name for it.

      Herring is called selakku, anchovies as engallu, mackeral as bangadei and sardines as pedi. These fishes are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. I hope this is of some help to you.

      • Ramu
        March 22, 2010

        Dr. Sanjana,
        How about fish like Bhetki (bass), Rawas (some call it Indian Salmon) & Seer fish? Aren’t these fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids too?
        Thank you.

      • Sanjana Shenoy
        Sanjana – Dietitian
        March 31, 2010

        The fishes that have a oily sheen are known to have the oils rich in omega 3 fatty acids…

  2. vivek
    July 28, 2009

    Dr. Sanjana, thanks for your reply. Yes, it helps me a lot. I already get bangadei(or bangda as it is called in B’lore) here. I will search for selakku, engallu, and pedi as well. This information will greatly help in restoring a good part of my health. Thanks again.

  3. khushboo
    December 2, 2009

    DR.Sanjana,i’m khushboo from yamunanagar(haryana).i wanted to know what i should have in non veg,like eggs,fish,chicken etc..and plz let me know whwn i should take them..thankyou..

  4. Raheel
    November 21, 2010

    Doctor i want to strong my immune system. i make hardcore deiting and lose 25 kgs of weight and now my immune system effected. kindly give me some tips according to the india and pakistan environment.

    waiting for your response


  5. brian
    March 22, 2011

    I heard from somewhere that prawns contain uric acid.
    is this true ?
    if so, how does this affect my health and in what way ?

  6. Lakshmanan
    July 11, 2011

    Hi Sanjana,

    Can I consume ragi (finger millet) foods thrice daily? Will it have any adverse effects (like kidney problems)? Kindly clarify.


  7. mataf
    July 20, 2011

    hey,want to know what effect does prawns have on wound healing? i’m from around mumbai n its a myth here that it has a bad effect on wound healing..is it true??
    plz let me knw coz i’ve been operated for pyeloplasty 2o days back n i just cant live without eating fans but my parents dont allow me……..plz help.

  8. Riyas
    September 13, 2011

    Hi Madam, i am riyas from coimbatore, tamil nadu.
    I would like to know, are the small onions in daily diet is good or bad ?

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      September 25, 2011


      Small onions are very healthy and being a south indian myself, i love adding it to sambhar and other preparations. No harm in including it in your daily diet.

  9. mridul
    October 4, 2011

    hi doctor ,

    is it correct that intake of prawns and shrimps causes migraine ?

    February 16, 2012


  11. David Reyes
    August 8, 2012

    hi Dr. Sanjana,

    I’m 43 and lately discovered a place in Singapore where they sell prawns. I’ve been addicted. I wanted to ask if eating a lot of shrimps/prawns can lead to high uric acid or contribute to gout.

    Recently I started feeling some pain in my knees.

    Could this be directly related to my sudden higher consumption of prawns?

    thank you
    David Reyes

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