Top 3 Indian Food Habits Behind Good Health
When you talk of cooking and eating, there is nothing called ‘a typical Indian way’. The country is just too big and varied for that to happen! However, certain healthy habits and traditions are deeply rooted in the DNA of Indians. It is probably because most of our cooking traditions stem right up from Ayurveda, which is the world’s oldest healing system. Ayurveda is 5000 years old and it is amazing that it exists and is practiced till today. The ancient texts of Ayurveda prescribe certain foods as medicine. The healing powers of such foods have been passed on from one generation to another and this is why they are called ‘grandma’s remedies’.
For now let us talk about top 3 food habits that are quite common in India and adopting them into your own lives will be beneficial to your health.
1) The spice box is a little pharmacy
Spice is the most common word associated with Indian cuisine. Various spices are present in the kitchen and they include cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, fenugreek, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom, cumin, cayenne pepper and many more. Each one of them boast of healing properties that have been tested by time along with the aroma and flavour they add. Most Indian curries look a tad incomplete without the golden-yellow colour of turmeric. Our sages were well aware about the healing powers of turmeric, it has the potential of healing things right from simple burns to cancers; modern science has agreed with that too. Cayenne pepper which gives the heat to Indian stir fries and curries is an immune –boosting spice that can cure several common ailments. You would have noticed that post a meal, most of us chew on fennel seeds or cardamom. The purpose of doing so is not just to freshen the mouth but also aid digestion. I can go on and on with the benefits of spices but let me say in a nutshell that each spice is worth its weight in gold!
2) We Indians make our food fresh
There are lots of people in the West who cook for the upcoming week on a Sunday. While this is quite practical, Ayurvedic healers say that eating food that has been made and stored for long is not a good idea. The reason is that with every passing hour the food loses ‘prana’. In terms of modern science we can say that the chemical composition of food changes and this makes it less enjoyable and flavourful. However, this practice of cooking fresh food is getting difficult these days, thanks to the fast paced lives of people but lots of women wake up at dawn and cook fresh breakfast for the family instead of heating up the leftovers. Frozen and packaged foods are not yet a big hit in India!
3) Many of us are vegetarians
I am not against non-veg eaters but it is a well known fact that being vegetarian is healthy. A vegetarian diet meets all the nutritional needs plus it lowers the risk of developing heart disease, obesity, diabetes and certain kinds of cancers. Scientific evidence shows that wholesome veg diets have a lot of advantages to offer when compared to diets containing meat and animal origin foods. The benefits are from the high intakes of complex carbs, fibre, folic acid, magnesium, vitamin C and E, carotenoids and other plant chemicals. Your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol and protein of animal origin will be low if you are a vegetarian.
Indian cuisine can be considered to be healthy. Period.
Great to know that about incredible India, isn’t it?
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