Eating an Indian diet may be new to my routine but the health benefits and cultural experience keeps me cooking more. I babysit my young cousins and was first exposed to Indian food when I was watching them. Little did I know how much I would enjoy it! Consider these reasons to incorporate an Indian diet into your life.
1. Spice It up
The spices used in Indian cuisine are very healthy for you. Tumeric not only adds color to your dish but also helps to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain and bloating, gas and diarrhea. Cardamom also has some great benefits including alleviating stomach and intestinal related ailments similar to tumeric. Plus, the spices used in an Indian diet such as cinnamon and cloves help spice dishes up and give them a richer taste than bland, processed food we tend to down instead.
The food you put into your body has a big effect on how your body functions. Studies by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have proven that turmeric prevents the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. The spice naturally blocks the formation of beta-amyloid which causes cerebral malfunction. What’s more, the rate of Alzheimer’s is 4.4 times less for individuals who live in India than those who live in the United States.
If you have diabetes, eating an Indian diet could actually be more helpful than you originally thought. The University of Tasmania observed a positive correlation between the intake of chillies and the maintenance of insulin levels. Garlic also has a similar effect when it comes to regulating blood sugar.
4. Fresh Produce
One aspect that’s key when it comes to Indian cuisine is fresh produce. Sure, you spend more time when it comes to food prep but you can be sure that your body is being taken care of. Fresh food rather than fast food keeps your organs working regularly and efficiently.
CNN reports that Indian food is the fifth healthiest cuisine. It prevents against certain forms of cancer and has anti-inflammatory properties. With fresh food and vibrant spices, it’s no wonder why you’ll love this food. You might be misguided because of heavy curries but the satisfying nature of Indian food helps you from putting on pounds. Well, that is if you mix up your diet rather than only eating fried foods such as samosas.
The use of “superfoods” in Indian cuisine makes it more enticing to check out your local restaurants. Chickpeas are high in protein, zinc and fiber. Adding these or lentils to your curry can have a great effect on the body. Spinach and tomatoes have high levels of antioxidants and vitamins that are worth adding to your diet.
7. Life Expectancy
According to registered Indian dietician Neha Kava, eating a traditional Indian diet can increase your life expectancy by 25%. Processed foods aren’t good for you. You can tell by the sluggish feeling that resonates afterwards. Whenever I eat Indian food, I feel satisfied and ready to go for the day.
It’s interesting to learn about the health benefits of an Indian diet. Whether you slowly add an Indian meal a week or try to incorporate it into your daily routine, you are sure to reap the benefits. What is your favorite Indian dish?