Not that you needed them, but here are 5 reasons why Indian food can be healthy:
1) Turmeric (Haldi).
This intense yellow spice gives colour and flavour to many Indian dishes.
Whilst turmeric has been used in cooking for thousands of years, it still continues to surprise researchers on its vast array of health benefits. For some time, research had become focussed on the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric as well as possible reductions in cancer risk. Studies, however, have now started to delve deeper into possible links with an improved cognitive function such as attention span, memory improvements and reasoning. Improvements in blood sugar balance and kidney function are also currently being studied.
Suggested turmeric intake can often vary from study to study. Whilst some suggest 1-2 grammes every day, health benefits have even been shown when intake of turmeric is as little as 50 milligrammes over several months. Next time, why not toss in a little when cooking that divine curry?
2) Spinach (Saag)
Argued to be one of the world's healthiest foods. Saag (Spinach) is a must in much of traditional Indian cuisine, in particular, Punjabi food.
Health benefits include good eyesight due to spinach being a rich source of beta-carotene, lutein and xanthene, all of which are beneficial for eyesight. Specifically, beta-carotene is supplied to the eyes when the spinach is cooked and eaten. It has been known to prevent people from suffering from vitamin A deficiency, itching eyes, eye ulcers and dry eyes.
3) Chai (Indian Tea)
Okay, you got us. It's not strictly a food, but Chai (Tea) culture has been an Indian pleasure for many years.
Far more than just a refreshment, tea plays an important role in Ayurveda. In Indian Chai, ingredients such as cardamom, ginger and basil are added to the steeped tea leaves to give a spicy beverage that is both calming and rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been proven to prevent cell damage in many cases.
4) Yoghurt (Dahi)
Perhaps the backbone of Indian cuisine.
To many the softener of spice with the creamy texture, it offers to a dish. It boasts being low in fat, high in protein and filled with probiotics that can aid a healthy gut. According to a recent study, yoghurt regularly consumed can lead to lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
5) Lentils (Dals)
A staple food for India.
A must for Vegetarians and Vegans on a daily basis, as well as those looking to cut back on meat consumption. These protein enriched lentils help meet their protein needs and maintenance of muscle health.
Dal also contains ‘resistant starch' which mimics fibre in the body to help control blood sugar levels, clear bowels and aid in weight loss. Popular Dal types include Toor Dal, Moong Dal, Chana Dal, Urad Dal and Masoor Dal. Alternate between the types of lentils you eat to gain maximum exposure to different nutrients.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health benefits from Indian food. Stay tuned as we uncover more and more, to help improve your knowledge of the cuisine we all love.Read more
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With people on the whole more conscious of their health than ever before, control of what enters your body has never been so important. Let me put it one way. When you visit a restaurant to eat, your judgement is on the taste of food and service you receive. So logically a restaurant's primary goal is tasty food and good waiters/waitresses. Tasty. That makes sense right? Who would want a bland curry?
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