How Healthy is Indian Food?
The healthiness of curry is something that many people debate, some firmly convinced it can be healthy and others that it is a fatty indulgence only to be enjoyed occasionally. This, then, is something which may prevent you from enjoying curry as often as you might like. But, does that have to be the case?
There are many health benefits when enjoying Indian cuisine, especially if you substitute some of the less healthy options that are a staple of the ‘takeaway’ for more traditional Indian dishes.
Many curries are made up of hearty vegetables, particularly beans, pulses, and lentils. The health benefits that surround such vegetables – especially lentils – include an improvement to heart health, digestive health, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol and it has even been attributed to weight loss.
One of the things that the Indian diet is best associated with, apart from curry, is the spices that flavour the dishes. Some of the most common of these spices include turmeric, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. But, do these spices have any specific health benefits? Or do they just make the food taste good?
Turmeric is one of the most common spices in India and has a distinctive look. However, it is not only a colourful addition to your dishes, but a powerful anti-oxidant. It is known to help cleanse the body, particularly the liver, due to these powerful properties. Another common ingredient in Indian cuisine, cumin is also a great pain relief, relieves nausea and even helps with indigestion and diarrhoea. Overall, the spices added to the dishes are additions which greatly increase the health benefits of the dishes.
Low in Saturated Fat, High in Fibre
There are a lot of ingredients common in Indian cuisine that are particularly high in fibre. Such as chickpeas, which are a common ingredient in curries, dahl and even salads. They also contain high sources of protein as well as fibre. Spinach and tomatoes (often the base of many curry sauces) are also full of antioxidants and vitamins.
As a whole, Indian cuisine is also low in saturated fats. Unsaturated fats are a preferable component to your diet, as they are less likely to raise important health factors such as cholesterol. Saturated fat can be found in butter, pies, cakes, biscuits, and also fatty cuts of meat. As Indian cuisine has fewer of these it is generally healthier in regards to saturated fats.
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