About the PURPLE Book

The PURPLE Book is a handbook on general recommendations on diets for common medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and so on. It has been developed as a resource for hospitals, clinics and medical centres. It has been developed and vetted by leading experts in the field of nutrition.


The PURPLE Book may be freely downloaded and printed, without changes, by any individual, company or publisher for individual use or widespread dissemination. This book has been brought out in the interest of public service so it shall not be printed and distributed for commercial purposes. Further, it should not be stated or implied that FSSAI endorses a particular product or business.


We welcome your feedback for regular updating PURPLE. FSSAI encourages the Food Business Operators, Non-Governmental Organizations, Industry Associations, Consumer Organizations and others to widely circulate the booklet electronically or in print form. Back cover can be used by such agencies to publicize messages on behalf of their own organizations.


For individual requirements and concerns, especially regarding nutrition guidelines, it is best to consult a doctor, nutritionist, dietician or specialist. FSSAI is not liable for any negative consequences, health-related or otherwise, as a result of following the guidelines presented in this book.