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BENEFITS OF MUSHROOM-2

Mushrooms are fungi, but categorized in the vegetable category. Mushrooms are good sources of many nutrients.

Contains important minerals:

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  • Selenium antioxidant to protect body cells from damage and other diseases of aging.

  • Copper which helps make red blood cells,

  • Potassium helps in the maintenance of normal fluid and mineral balance thus controlling blood pressure.

Regional dishes and their importance – South Indian Idli

Indian food is different from rest of the world not only in taste but also in cooking methods. It reflects a perfect blend of various cultures and ages. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations these cuisines vary significantly from each other and have different nutritional significance.

South Indian Food“Idli”                           

                                                                                  

Fermentation process breaks down the starches – more readily metabolized by the body. The main ingredients rice provides energy, black gram provides protein and fenugreek contains vitamins and minerals along with fibre. Low in fat and is easily digestible. Gluten-free so it can be replaced by paratas for breakfast. The fermentation process increases the bioavailability of proteins and enhances the vitamin B content of the food. Helps in weight loss as they are steamed.

Significance: Use of dal and rice in idly is a good combination as the amino acids in them complement each other. Fermentation also destroys certain anti-nutrients like phytates and oxalates that interfere with the absorption of minerals like iron and calcium.

Healthy Food For Hairs

  • Biotin: Biotin, a water soluble vitamin of the B complex, encourages hair and scalp health.  Dietary sources of biotin include nuts, brown rice, whole grains, eggs/egg yolk and oats.
  • Boost Mineral: The minerals silica and zinc are also critical for hair growthFood sources of silica include cucumber, mango, green leafs, beans. Foods high in zinc are pumpkin seeds, beans, almonds and nuts, eggs.

  • Protein: Hair is made of protein; hence protein in your diet helps for making hair strong and healthy and is mainly found in fish, chicken, dairy products, eggs, legumes and nuts.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Food containing omega -3 fatty acids such as flax seed, dry fruits, fish are required to maintain scalp healthy.
  • Vitamin A, C & E: Helps in strengthening the capillaries and nourishes damaged growth. Vitamin ACE mainly found in carrot, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, mango, guava, oranges, papaya, wholemeal, eggs, vegetable oil etc.,
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the hair moisturized. Also, hair becomes healthy and grows faster as water flushes out the toxins.
  • Minimum 8hours of sleep everyday helps in fast hair growth as hair grows when at rest.

If you notice more than the regular hair falls visit a doctor right away.         

White Potatoes vs. Sweet Potatoes

White Potatoes:

  • Potatoes are rich sources of carbohydrates and also contains high amount of starch which would result in increasing of weight.
  • Potatoes also have a high glycemic index which has an impact on blood sugar resulting in type 2 diabetes and its complications.
  • Potatoes might trigger gas, gas pain and bloating, particularly if you are prone to gas and sensitive to the sugars that occur naturally in starch. Also might trigger inflammation and joint pains.

 

Sweet Potatoes:

  • Sweet potato is high in Vitamin B6 which helps in reducing homocysteine in our bodies and also helps in prevention of heart attacks.
  • They are good sources of Vitamin C & D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth and it supports the thyroid gland.
  • Sweet potatoes contain iron which plays an important role in increasing red &white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning and magnesium in sweet potato acts as a relaxation and anti-stress mineral.

TOP 10 FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND NUTS AVAILABLE IN THE WINTERS

oranges 1. Oranges:

Winter is the season for fresh citrus fruits and oranges are our top pick here. This tart-sweet fruit packs in a load of the very essential vitamin-C — that helps your body in its fight against germs; in addition to potassium, folate, minerals and fibre.

apples2. Apples:

Well, we have all heard it – “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. This otherwise super-expensive fruit is available in plenty during the chilly months, which makes it more affordable. Bite into one for your mid-day snack, and reap its benefits!

carrots3. Carrots:

This root vegetable has more carotene (what the body converts to vitamin-A) than any fruit or vegetable. In addition, carrots are an excellent source of vitamins B, C, D, E and K, as well as calcium pectate (a pectin fibre that has cholesterol-lowering properties).

mustard leaf4. Mustard leaves (sarson):

A winter crop, the mustard plant’s leaves are highly nutritious. The young tender leaves of the plant are flavourful – are an excellent source of several vital antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and carotenes.

peas5. Peas:

Peas, with their sweet taste and starchy texture come loaded with phytonutrients that provide us with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

Turnip6. Turnips:

Turnips pack in insoluble fibre, folates, vitamins and minerals. This root vegetable has a rather pungent taste, which becomes mild after cooking.

spinach7. Spinach:

It’s counted among the world’s healthiest veggies. Vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and a host of flavonoids that offer antioxidant protection – this leafy vegetable – has them all.

methi/ fenugreek leaves 8. Fenugreek leaves:

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients. It can lower cholesterol, help keep your diabetes under check and more. Make those methi parathas, today!

raddish9. Radishes:

Radish, a root crop that is pungent or sweet in taste is available in plenty during winter. This root vegetable has a lot of roughage and is a powerhouse of potassium, folic acid and ascorbic acid. Eat it raw, make parathassambhar or whatever.

peanuts10. Peanuts:

A source of vitamins, potassium, protein, carbohydrates, calcium and fat – peanuts are good for you in so many ways. Roast or boil some peanuts and have them with your tea this chilly evening