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Diet: How Healthy is Indian Cuisine?

News from 03/11/2020

Curry may be the most famous dish in Indian cuisine, but it is far from the only one. From the peaks of the Himalayan Mountains down to the southern tip, the country is characterized by a wide variety of cooking styles.

Elements of oriental cuisine meet typical Indian food and take on western influences. There has been interest in Indian dishes in this country since the 1980s. Success stories like the Bollywood films drove the Indian restaurant business forward until the hype about Indian cuisine developed. Even in the Westerwald, trips to Indian restaurants are no longer uncommon. After all, the food is not only delicious, but also healthy. Or maybe not?

What is typical Indian cuisine?
The typical menu of India shows cultural and religious influences of the different parts of the country. While tandoori chicken and other hearty meat dishes are common in the north of the country, fresh fruit and vegetables are eaten in the south. There are also rice dishes with coconut milk, such as biryani. In the west, vegetarian legumes like Dal meet meat-heavy dishes like Vindaloo. Desserts and sweets come mainly from the East: for example the rice pudding Khir and the famous confectionery Sandesh. All regions of the country love spices. The main reason why recipes from Indian cuisine are judged to be healthy is that. The typical Indian flavors are based, for example, on:

- chili
- turmeric
- Black cumin
- cardamom
- black pepper
- saffron
- ginger
- garlic
- tamarind
- Fenugreek
- curry

By the way:The Indian spices with proven health-promoting effects include in particular the anti-inflammatory and digestive turmeric and the mood-enhancing chilli.

How figure-friendly is Indian food?
Obesity has become a widespread disease. Losing weight has many health benefits in this context. Whether you want to reduce the risk of stroke, prevent diabetes or prevent heart disease. This is precisely where Indian dishes score. Many typical ingredients of Indian cuisine help overweight people to lose a few kilos, as long as the recipes are prepared with as little fat as possible. This is intended for many Indian dishes. Instead of searing ingredients, they tend to be grilled, baked and smoked in India. The following typical Indian ingredients also help against obesity:

Additions like ajwain caraway, which keeps you full and relieves digestive problems.
filling legumes such as mung beans, which provide fiber in addition to protein.
Low-calorie vegetables such as bottle gourds, which are 92 percent water.
hot spice mixes that increase body temperature.
appetite suppressing drinks such as lassi and chai tea.

Low-calorie legumes such as mung beans can replace fatty ingredients and, with their nutrient profile, promote the metabolism.

Conclusion: does Indian food make you healthy?
Both the ingredients and the preparation methods of typical Indian cuisine are beneficial to health. Another advantage is that meat does not usually play the main role in Indian dishes. The less animal products you consume, the lower your personal risk of diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. The concentration on fresh vegetables also leads to an excellent supply of antioxidants. The latter have been shown to protect the body's cells and thereby increase health resistance. (PRM)