Curd- The White Elixir of life

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Curd or dahi or Thayir is a superfood today. It has found its place in India.‘Dahi Shakkar’(a mixture of sugar and curd) is given by most north Indians as a good omen food. And who would not want to enjoy that bowl of mustard and red chillies tasty bowl of Thayir saadham.

 

Catalyst in digestion

It is a tradition in most Indian diets to end with a cup of curd or curd rice. Now you will know why?The lactic acid works along with micro flora of the gut in moping up the toxins and speeding up the digestion process.

 

Healthy for your heart

Recent studies have proved the lactic acid has the power to minimizes the risk of high blood pressure and helps reduce cholesterol levels by preventing the thickening of carotid arteries.

 

Lactose Intolerance and curd

Some people, who cannot consume milk because they are lactose intolerant, can safely consume curd. It converts the lactose present in milk to lactic acid, making it easier to digest. Also, you do not lose out on the nutritional boost that milk provides.

 

Helps boost immunity

Curd has ‘good bacteria’ present in it which strengthens your immune system by fighting against several microorganisms that are present in the body. It is also useful in preventing vaginal yeast infection in women. These properties of curd do not diminish even when it is heated along with curry preparations to add flavor. Eat it daily to prevent infections and stay healthy!

 

Good for your teeth and bones

All dairy products are good for your bones, and curd is no different. Like milk, curd too has a high amount of phosphorous and calcium. This makes it beneficial for your teeth and bones as it helps promote bone growth and makes your teeth stronger. Taking care of your bones is essential if you want to avoid painful diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis in the future.

 

Help you lose weight

Whenever nutritionists make a diet plan, the first thing they include is curd. The calcium present in it prevents your body from pumping more cortisol. Hormonal imbalance of cortisol is responsible for a host of problems like hypertension, obesity and cholesterol.

 

Helps release stress and anxiety

Being stressed can wreck your health. Finding ways to relax and rejuvenate is imperative in today’s world. According to a study conducted by UCLA’s School of Medicine, eating curd was linked to lower levels of activity in the part of brain responsible for emotion and pain.

 

All these health benefits make curd a superb food item that you and your family should consume on a daily basis.

 

Prevents osteoporosis

The calcium content in curd is relatively higher than milk. It is also a great source of Phosphorus that aids in better calcium absorption. One serving a day is a must for all women.

 

Best food during paillative care

Curd is a great food for people suffering from fever and diarrheoa .They promote the growth of good bacteria. Some studies have proved curd can cure vaginal infections.

 

What are some great way of eating curd?

For weight-watchers: Low-fat curds ,Butter milk are great options

For kids: Try some yummy yogurts and smoothies. Also try putting them pancakes and cookies.

For others: Try some great gravies, regional cuisine which involve curd.

 

So please do not  miss that one cup of curd in your daily meal.

 

Before you go, let us show you how curd is made

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Published 2015, My Health Basket.

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