Indian food has many health benefits
Being generally low in fat, high in vegetables, legumes and whole grains, fruit and lean meats, Indian food has many health benefits. It is noted for its inclusion of many spices and vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian options, as well as its variety of flavours and colours.
So, what makes an Indian diet healthy? In answer to this, let’s take a look at the typical components of an Indian diet:
– High in a wide variety of vegetables and fruit (spinach, carrots, eggplant, mango etc.)
– High in a variety of spices and herbs, such as ginger, garlic and coriander
– Low in saturated fat
– Widely vegetarian
– High in fibre, vitamins and minerals
There are specific components of an Indian diet which have a range of health benefits.
Chickpeas, for example, which are often used in vegetarian curries, are a great source of fibre, zinc, folate and protein, which makes them a healthy factor in a vegetarian Indian diet. Spinach and tomatoes, which are widely used in Indian cuisine, are also known superfoods, containing high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Many Indian sauces and accompaniments are vegetable based, such as Sag aloo (spinach) and Gobhi Aloo (cauliflower with potatoes) making them a healthy choice as the majority do not use cream or cheese.
The minty yoghurt dip raita, made from natural yoghurt, cucumber and mint, is a source of calcium and is a low fat alternative to sauces such as mayonnaise.
Garlic features greatly in Indian cooking, which is said to be good for the heart, as do chili peppers, which are good for the immune system and metabolism.
Indian dishes often use vegetable, sesame and coconut oil rather than butter, which keeps them lower in saturated fat.
Finally, as Indian dishes have such an impacting taste often just a small portion can satisfy taste buds, helping you to consume fewer calories. Indian cuisine’s variety and vibrancy keeps it interesting, which is a healthy component to any cuisine as variety can prevent boredom and overeating.
At Aastha Devotional Indian Restaurant we strive to create an authentic Indian dining experience that brings joy and happiness to our customers. We use the finest ingredients and the best spices to create flavourful and delicious dishes that are inspired by a wholistic approach to food and health.