7 Health Benefits of Indian Food Unavailable In Most Other Cuisines
An assortment of fresh veggies, pulses, grains, meat and dairy, makes every Indian meal loaded with a blend of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fibre, and minerals.
With the right method of cooking, and the choice of spices, the traditional Indian diet is wholesome and a completely balanced one.
Here’s a list of Indian foods that are so rich in goodness that they can challenge any other cuisine globally:
1. Traditional Beverages
Traditional Indian beverages are liquid goodies in the form of Aam Panna, Chhaas, Kokum, Jaljeera etc.
Chhaas (Buttermilk): an excellent source of calcium, is extremely helpful in washing down the fats and reducing cholesterol
Kokum (Garcinia Indica) juice: a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
Aam Panna (Raw Mango juice): rich in Vitamin C, posseses heat resistant properties and cures blood disorders.
2. Healthy Spices
Exquisite flavour, texture, aroma, and immense health benefits make spices the most important ingredient in every Indian dish.
Turmeric: Rich in antioxidants, prevents cancer and liver damage
Ginger: boosts metabolism and kills cancer cells
Garlic: helps in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure
Cumin: seeds cure diarrhea and build immunity
3. Homemade Paneer
Studies show that homemade or local dairy made Paneer is low in fat and carbohydrates and higher in protein content than other forms of cheese.
A 100 gm serving of Paneer has just 2 gm of saturated fat and 17 mg cholesterol compared to 18 gm of saturated fat and 100 mg cholesterol in cheese.
4. Roti – Whole Grain Goodness
Packed with goodness of whole grain fiber, Rotis are easily digestible and are a rich source of vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9), calcium, iron , phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.
5. Grilling Veggie Goodness
The process of roasting brings out and intensifies the natural flavor of vegetables.
Marinated in tangy spices and roasted in tandoor, these classic Indian dishes are filling and healthy for the body.
Dahi (Yogurt) chutney not just brilliantly compliments the dish but also has the least calories than sauces and dips.
6. Pickles and Chutneys
Pickles, rich in anti-oxidants, promote the growth of gut-friendly bacteria.
Moreover, Vinegar based pickles improve the haemoglobin levels in diabetic patients whereas Aamla and lime pickle help in digestion.
Home made pickles and chutneys are even better as you can control the amount of oil and salt.
7. Power-Packed Dals
Lentils have the highest amount of protein (35%) found in any plant, making it a blessing for vegetarians. They are low in calories and rich in fiber, manganese, iron, phosphorus, and potassium.
Also, Lentils are a rich source of iron, help control blood sugar levels and help build muscle.
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