In Expert Diet Tips On 04 August 2015
Something chilled to cool you off this summer! According to Hindu traditions, eating a spoonful of curd was always considered a good omen before beginning your first activity of the day or a bright new venture.There are many other ways it helps us, for example it helps in keeping your head cool in summer. Dahi is easily available, nutritious and easy to prepare snack available all round the year. It forms an integral part of a normal Indian diet. As a child, we were told that dahi is a great food for health and were made to eat it daily with our meals. Yes, indeed, our elders were right. Just as milk is an important source of proteins and calcium, so is dahi. But it has an added benefit of having hundreds of thousands of probiotics (live bacteria) which are excellent for overall health. Dahi has a host of benefits: Immune system: The live bacteria in dahi helps prevent the growth of illness-causing bacteria in the intestine and protect us from infections like vaginal infections, stomach infections etc. thereby adding more years to your life. It also prevents ulcers and protects from stomach cancers. Digestion: These bacteria also promote the growth of good bacteria which improve digestion and metabolism. They also help in the absorption of other nutrients from food. Lactose intolerance: Milk cannot be consumed by lactose intolerant people, but dahi is easily digested due to the live bacteria. Proteins: Just like milk, dahi is a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians. Osteoporosis: Dahi has very high levels of calcium which helps to prevent bone degeneration, thereby, preventing osteoporosis. Bone and teeth health: The calcium in dahi also helps to strengthen the bones and teeth. The lactobacillus bacteria reduce the risk of cavities and improve gum health. Weight loss: Calcium helps in fat breakdown. Dahi also gives a fuller filling for a longer time, thereby, helping reduce weight. Vitamin B12: Dahi has Vitamin B12, which is generally found in non-veg foods, and hence it\'s a great food for vegetarians to improve blood formation and nerve functioning. Cholesterol: Dahi helps lower bad cholesterol as well prevent heart problems. Making dahi at home is an easy procedure. Heat the milk slightly and add 2 teaspoonfuls of dahi into it. Mix it well and keep it overnight to ferment. During this process, milk sugar lactose is converted to lactic acid by the bacteria in the starter which gives it a refreshing tart flavour and a pudding like texture.