An all-time favorite and a basic ingredient of the chatpatta chat, the sweet lassi, the salty matha or chaach. Children love it for the fact that it is non-spicy and creamy in taste. Read on to find out the goodness of including curd in your diet.
Curd is also synonymously known as yogurt. It is basically formed by coagulating milk through a process called curdling. Children and adults both equally love curd mainly due to its creamy taste. The fact is that curd not only tastes good but also has health benefits associated with it. If compared with milk it is much easier to digest and has more calcium content and proteins in it. Those who suffer from lactose intolerance should eat curd.
Curds must be included in the diet daily as it has many health benefits. It is not only good for the teeth and bones but also good for the stomach, intestines and the brain. The curd is believed to be rich in many minerals and vitamins such as potassium, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin B5 and B12 and riboflavin. It is good for people who have high blood pressure, kidney and liver problems. The good bacteria of the curd help to heal the stomach in case of indigestion and other abdominal issues. It aids in the digestion if had regularly. It also reduces flatulence and gas issues. As it is enriched with nutrients, so the consumption of curds boosts the body with these nutrients along with the good bacteria. However, the flavoured curds should be avoided as they have preservatives and might not be as beneficial as the plain curd.
When the curd is included in the diet on a daily basis here is what happens:
- People who have high blood pressure should have curd daily. According to a research if people with high blood pressure eat curd daily then they have fewer chances to develop heart and kidney diseases and not to forget high blood pressure. This is mainly due to the potassium present in the curd.
- Those who have curd daily have strong brains with an increased ability for concentration. This is due to the good bacteria which are present in the curd and has been backed by a study which shows that cured eaters have a better memory.
- As per a study, curd helps in reducing the size of the tummy/belly as it aids in digestion and eliminates gases. The proteins which burn the fat and good bacteria help in melting the belly fat and prevent the constipation problems as well.
- Curd is also believed to melt the fat around the waist as it increases the resting metabolism. This literally means that more calories can be burnt by doing nothing!! Eating curd also minimizes the production of the stress hormones which accumulate in the body and are the main cause of fat in the waistline.
- Eating a lot of unhealthy food, then try to curb those cravings by eating curd. Curd helps in reducing the food cravings as the proteins of curd give a feeling of fullness and the food eaten is less.
- Curd is enriched with various minerals and vitamins but the most important one is vitamin B12 which is good for the nervous system. This vitamin is mostly found in animal foods and the only substitute for vegetarians is curd. Vitamin B12 reduces depression and stress.
- Last but not the least eating curd can reduce the risk of the cavities. The risk of getting cavities in teeth is higher with milk consumption as it consists of lactose sugar which is responsible for the decay. Thus curd should be consumed for strong teeth and bones.
So did you eat your curds today?