In today’s fast-paced world, most working women rarely cook their own daily meals and instead grab them either from their work cafeteria, local restaurants or street vendors. They are led to believe that it does not matter what they eat. However, according to a recent report published, around 70% of the urban population in India is obese and those numbers will keep rising. India is the 3rd most obese country in the world according to an article published by India Today, following closely behind the United States and China.
It’s important to keep in mind that your body is a reflection of what you eat, hence eating right is a very important part of living right. In today’s article and in the ones to follow in the coming weeks, we will be looking into the 3 most important components of a healthy diet.
1. Good Carbohydrates
In this first part, we will be dealing with the importance of Good Carbohydrates (carbs) in a daily diet
So what are Carbohydrates ?
Carbohydrates are a key and a vital element of nutrition and should never be completely eliminated from our diet. Generally, when people go on a health spree, the first thing they do is completely eliminate carbs from their diet. They fail to realize that there are both good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs help in maintaining good health while bad carbs do just the opposite and can damage the immune system. The absence of good carbs can cause sleep disorders, fatigue and low energy. Most of the time people mistake these symptoms as low food intake, thereby consuming more food. For more information on Good and Bad carbs click here.
A typical Indian diet includes some of the most nutritious carbs.
Some of the healthy good carbs are mentioned below.
Brown rice or unpolished red rice
Unpolished brown or red rice is very nutritious. It is a great source of selenium and magnesium. It is also is a natural sleep inducer. Brown Rice is easier on the stomach and is easily digestible, it is also free of the allergy causing gluten found in wheat. White rice should be avoided as the polishing of rice leads to the destruction of its vitamins, zinc, fiber and fatty acids.
Wheat is a great source of fiber, manganese and potassium. It helps in maintaining blood pressure and wheat bran acts as a natural laxative. However, it also contains gluten which some people are allergic to. Gluten is also found in other grains like oats, rye and barley.
Millets are rich in fiber, proteins and manganese . They are cheap and easily available. They are also called the poor man’s food and contain high sources of energy.
These are rich in fiber, vitamins and selenium . They increase immunity, regulate blood sugar levels and are high in antioxidants. Consuming oats in your diet can also lead to good sleep.
Corn is high in folic acid, phosphorous and manganese. Eating corn helps in maintaining a healthy heart.
Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet, and they also provide many important nutrients. Yet all carbs are not good so choose them wisely.
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For more information on eating healthy feel free to check out this book by Shilpa Shetty Kundra book “The Great Indian Diet”.
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