Dahi and the Benefits of Eating Curd
Curd is prepared by fermentation of milk. It contains the strains of Lactobacillus bacteria. The bacterial fermentation produces lactic acid which gives the curd its texture and sourness. Curd is a good source of protein, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, Vitamin A and, most importantly, beneficial bacteria known as probiotics that have numerous health benefits.
Health benefits of eating curd
1. Curd is a good source of bacteria which help in detoxification, regularizing bowel movements and helps soothe an inflamed digestive system. It is commonly eaten during an upset stomach especially diarrhea.
2. It is a good source of calcium, therefore good for teeth and bone health and helps in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
3. The probiotics, the beneficial bacteria present in the curd help gut health. Probiotics in dahi are beneficial for optimal functioning of the digestive system. It is a source of casein rather than lactose, hence can be eaten by those who are lactose intolerant.
4. The live cultures in the curd help in balancing blood sugar levels and prevent insulin spike and thus can help in weight management.
5. The presence of good bacteria in curd helps to boost overall immunity and helps to fight infections. Remember 70-80% of the immunity lies in the gut which is largely managed by the gut bacteria.
6. It is also rich in protein.
Adding curd to your diet
Considering its many health benefits, dahi should be a part of our everyday food. It is an integral part of many Indian cuisines, take a look at some of easy ways in which you can add it to your diet.
1. Buttermilk and chaas – A yummy drink made from curd, jeera, kadi patta, ginger and salt is refreshing and can be had at any time of the day. Along with dahi, jeera in this drink also helps with digestion. Use Tata Sampann Jeera Powder, which is sourced from Nagaur region of Rajasthan, known for its jeera produce. It has naturally occurring volatile oil that gives aroma and colour and is also responsible for all the health benefits associated with Jeera. To make this even healthier, alsi (flaxseed) powder can be mixed in buttermilk or curd. It is rich in omega 3 and helps has various health benefits like insulin sensitivity, water retention, good skin and helps to raise metabolism.
2. Chaat – Dahi is an excellent addition to chaat items. Whether it is dahi bhalle or ragda patties or sev puri, every street food dish becomes tastier with a dash of cold dahi. You can also make an easy chaat or salad using dahi at home. Add some health benefits of curd to some boiled moong sprouts, cucumber, tomato and onion along with coriander chutney. This can be a light meal or an evening snack.
3. Curd rice – If you are suffering from digestive distress, curd rice with a tadka of mustard seeds, curry leaves and spices is a good option for a light meal. Mix soft, cooked rice with curd. Heat some oil in a pan add the spices and herbs. You can also include urad dal and red chilies to the tadka for some extra taste. Add the tadka to curd and rice mixture and combine it well.
4. Raita or a side - Raita made by adding onions, tomato, pinch salt, black pepper and coriander to dahi tastes delicious. It can be eaten with vegetable parathas like cabbage, potato and pumpkin paratha for breakfast in the morning. It is a good source of protein and fiber, known as thermogenic foods, that help you feel fuller and as well as help in increasing BMR. Dahi can also be consumed as a side dish during lunch and dinner. You can also make hung curd dips by adding spring onions, spices and herbs to accompany your evening snacks.
They are many other easy ways to add dahi to your diet as there are several benefits of eating curd. Pick your way favourite way and ensure that curd becomes a part of your diet to avail all its health benefits.
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