Are Indian Pickles Healthy?
Indian food is incomplete without pickles. The little pieces of lime and mango marinated with oil, salt and other spices are served at all meals. Pickles have always been a favourite for Indians and are even mentioned in our Vedic Texts! The sweet & sour taste of pickles makes them a favourite. Being so popular, pickles are used in India’s staple diet but the tangy lime pickles can be quite harmful to the body. Surprised? Read more to know why pickles are not healthy for us:
PICKLES HAVE LOW NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Pickles have low nutritional value because of the pickling process. During the process of pickling, fruits or vegetables are diced or chopped and then dried out. During the drying out process they are coated in salt and left out to dry in the sunlight. This is to ensure that no water content is left in the fruit or vegetables. But the negative point of this process is that drying in sunlight leads to further loss of nutrients.
INDIAN PICKLES HAVE HIGH SODIUM CONTENT
In Indian pickles, a high amount of salt is added for seasoning and preparation. Excessive use of salt in pickles increases the sodium content in our diet which leads to ill health effects like water retention, abdominal bloating, high blood pressure and an increase in the work load for our kidneys. A high salt diet also reduces the calcium absorption which leads to low bone density.
INDIAN PICKLES CONTAIN A LOT OF OIL
Oil is used in pickles to preserve them. Basically oil acts as a barrier to prevent the contact of moisture with pickles which prevents pickles from being invaded by fungus, mold and bacteria. The oils used in pickles have trans fats. Trans fats gets added to the oil during hydrogenation (passage of hydrogen gas to the oil). Trans fats increases the shelf life of the pickle. Trans fats even increases the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and reduce the HDL cholesterol(good cholesterol). They also increase the level of triglycerides.
So, it is always advisable to moderate your consumption of Indian pickles.
Sunlight for Weight Loss
Now that you know that vitamin D helps in weight loss. The next question is how do you use this information to lose weight. Seems like you could just take a Vitamin D supplement, and take care of it. Turns out, it’s not that simple. Read on to find out…
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has recommended a daily of 200 International Units (IU) till 50 years. However, if you are above 50 years of age then you would require 400 IU of vitamin D.
Naturally vitamin D is limited to small amounts in fish oils, eggs, and milk. Although pasteurized milk is fortified with vitamin D, dairy products made from milk, such as cheese and ice creams, are generally not fortified with vitamin D. Food thus provides marginally low amounts of vitamin D.
Turns out that to get enough Vitamin D in your body, you just need to spend some time in the sun. Exposing yourself to sunlight, helps your body produce vitamin D. UV rays from the sun trigger vitamin D production in skin.
Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can be harmful, so all you need is (more…)— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo