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Moong Dal: Good for Babies and Mommies

Puneet Kaur

Puneet Kaur
24 December 2020

This article is written by Puneet Kaur. She is a well-known nutritionist, fitness enthusiast and a lifestyle changer. An army wife, a mom and the CEO of 'Its Healthy Moms', she focuses on the overall wellness of women.

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The moong dal bean, also known as the green gram, mung, or maash, is a plant species in the legume family. This bean is mostly cultivated in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It is a common ingredient in many of the dishes in Indian cuisine.

There are two types of moong dal – green (split with skin) and yellow. The yellow variety is one of the best vegan and vegetarian superfoods. This dal is low in fat, high in fibre and is a significant source of plant-based protein along with vitamins and antioxidants.

This Indian dal can be cooked in a number of delicious ways. However, if you are looking for an uplifting, light and at the same time delicious way to add moong dal to your diet, then moong dal khichdi is just the perfect answer. Moong dal khichdi is often one of the first foods given to toddlers as well as considered to be the best baby food. A one pot meal that is nourishing not only for the babies and toddlers, but also for the mommies. Feeding khichdi to your baby has its own part of benefits. This supports not only the physical development of the little one, but also overall well-being.

Benefits of Moong Dal for Babies and Mommies

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1. Strong Bones

It adds nutrients like calcium and magnesium to your diet. They help to build stronger bones.

2. Improves Metabolism

It is a good source of B vitamins. Thus, helps to maintain the energy levels and improves metabolism of both - the growing baby and the new mother.

3. Better Growth and Development

The essential amino acids present can do wonders for not only your hair, skin and nails, but also for your baby's growth and development. Also, it is a good source of folate. Folate is extremely essential for the baby’s growth. After all, it works with the bodily processes to make new cells and enriches the internal development of numerous parts of the body.

4. Aids Digestion

It is extremely essential for the baby to digest food for better growth and development. The soluble fibre and resistant starch present in moong dal khichdi promotes digestion.

5. Aids in Postpartum Recovery

It helps with early recovery of new moms after delivery, be it normal delivery or C-section.

6. Immunity

The zinc present in this dal promotes immunity, hence leading to a healthy immune system. It also determines the way neurons function, thus affecting memory and learning as well, which are extremely crucial for the growing baby.

7. More Active

Moong dal khichdi has complex carbs. This will keep you and the baby full for longer hours. Hence keeping both of you more active and again making it one of the best baby foods.

While it forms the healthiest food for kids and mommies, one must not overdo the same. Moreover, if you have just started to wean your baby, first adjust him/her to simply mashed rice. Once the little one is adjusted to mashed rice, start with khichdi after a week or two.

With all these amazing benefits of this dal and moong dal khichdi, it is certainly essential to make it a part of your regular diet. Making this food for kids is just as easy as it is for them to digest. Try the Tata Sampann Moong Dal as it is a bold premium grain. The desi moong variants are sourced from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, which are known for fine quality of the same.



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Diet, exercise and sunlight: Three factors women shouldn’t ignore for good bone health

Dr. Dharini Krishnan

Dr. Dharini Krishnan
11 January 2021

This article is authored by Dr. Dharini Krishnan, an award-winning Consultant Dietitian, she believes that for a healthy body and mind, we must combine modern medicine with native Indian practices which are proven to benefit us.

Barring a significant injury or fracture, we rarely tend to think about bone health. Yet, for women, particularly those who are middle-aged or older, this is a vital concern because of the risk of osteoporosis.

In 2013, it was estimated that there were 50 million Indians who were osteoporotic or having low bone mass. Some studies have found that the prevalence of osteoporosis could be as high as 42.5% in women over the age of 50.

Osteoporosis and health complications

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Osteoporosis comes from the Latin for “porous bone”, and is a condition where bone tissue loses its density, and becomes weaker and more fragile. Such bones are easily susceptible to breaks, resulting in pain, disability and loss of functionality in everyday life.

Bones, which form the primary supporting framework of the body, grow from birth till our early twenties, which is the period of peak bone mass. Bone is an active tissue that undergoes regular replacement in conditions of health.

In osteoporosis, however, bone formation is outpaced by bone loss, leading to porosity or thinness of bone tissue and brittle bones. Such bones could easily be fractured even in the absence of significant trauma. Such fractures tend to reduce mobility and lead to increased hospitalization and dependence on others.

Why osteoporosis affects women more

Women are particular at risk for osteoporosis because they have lesser bone mass to start with. The geometry and structure of bone have also been increasingly recognized as important risk factors for fracture.

The risk of osteoporosis significantly rises during menopause because of the hormonal changes women undergo at the time. This is because estrogen plays a significant role in maintaining bone health, and the secretion of this hormone falls drastically during menopause.

The importance of protein and calcium in the diet

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For some time now, awareness of the importance of calcium for bone health has been growing. Hence, women are advised to consume sufficient amounts of dairy, green leafy vegetables, soya products and nuts.

What many don’t realise is that sufficient levels of protein are just as important for strong bones. After all, protein makes up roughly 50% of bone volume and about one-third of its mass. Daily intake of protein is also necessary to provide the raw materials for bone formation. Unfortunately, research shows that the levels of dietary protein consumed by Indians are actually reducing.

For non-vegetarians chicken, fish and eggs are good sources of protein. For vegetarians, pulses are one of the primary sources of protein, along with dairy products. Daily intake of protein in at least two major meals of the day, particularly in healthy forms such as sambhar or dal is, therefore, vital.

The role of exercise and sunlight

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Bone health also requires good muscle health. This makes it necessary to undertake moderate exercise as often as possible. A 45-minute walk six days a week as well as resistance training using the body weight, such as surya namaskaras, can go a long way to building muscles. Importantly, the body also requires Vitamin D to mobilize calcium for bone health. Hence, exposure to peak sunlight between 11am and 3 pm at least twice a week is also vital for bone health.

Osteoporosis can be a serious health problem that disrupts life and limits mobility, particularly for women. However, a healthy diet, rich in calcium and protein, together with exercise, can go a long way in maintaining bone health.



DISCLAIMER

The views and opinions expressed, and assumptions & analysis presented in this content piece are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

 

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