Pickles are at the heart of the Indian cuisines everywhere, adding a great tangy twist to whichever dishes they accompany. Since time immemorial, Pickles became an authentic part of every Indian family’s kitchen when Grandmas used to prepare them with their own hands using various spices. Considered people’s favorite condiment around all parts of the […]
Pickles are at the heart of the Indian cuisines everywhere, adding a great tangy twist to whichever dishes they accompany. Since time immemorial, Pickles became an authentic part of every Indian family’s kitchen when Grandmas used to prepare them with their own hands using various spices. Considered people’s favorite condiment around all parts of the country, they add to the richness of Indian culinary heritage. Whether it is a steaming hot basmati rice or chapattis (tortillas) or some fried papads, a pot of pickles are seen hitting everywhere.
Sometimes spicy, sometimes saucy, sometimes sweet and sometimes pungent, there are lots yet to be discovered about the Pickles. However, here are some ravishing healthy facts about them that will make everyone understand why it remained a consistent part of the Indian diet.
Source of nutrients
Made from fresh veggies and fruits (raw or dried) and sometimes chicken, they are a source of basic nutrients, proteins and vitamins. Retained for long days by fermenting the ingredients, they are actually free from any microbes or bacteria.
Ever wondered why Pickles are often eaten along with heavy meals like Rice (chawals) or Rotis in dinner or lunch? It boosts the metabolism of the body and improves digestion. Pickles, which are completely fermented with salt and other spices, when consumed mushroom the growth of Probiotics, the gut-friendly bacteria that reside in the digestive system. They help in better digestion and hence prevent gastric problems.
Helps to fight diabetes
Pickles that prepared with vinegar have some superficial benefits for the patients of diabetes. The vinegar has acetic acid that keeps the blood pressure and the fluctuations in sugar levels controlled. Also, having an alkaline effect, vinegar containing pickles helps the body fight against all kinds of inflammation.
Vital source of Vitamin C and E
Comprising of two vital vitamins, i.e. vitamin C and E, pickles made with citrus fruits, or Mango, papaya, avocadoes and pineapple will protect the body from all diseases. They are an incredible source of antioxidants and hence strengthen the body’s immunity when consumed with regularity. While the garlic used in most pickles preparations also are a source of extra antioxidants, the acidic pickle juice also helps the body to realize the essential nutrients by absorbing them quickly.
Aids in weight loss
It comes as a boon for the people struggling with obesity. The juices derived from the pickles after fermenting, bring in weight loss benefits such as cider or vinegar-curded pickles. The acetic acid runs in the digestive system and interferes with the body’s capability to digest the carbohydrates or starch. So, that keeps calories or body fats out of the body’s blood stream.
Pickles These perhaps make clear why Pickles are an intrinsic part of every diet, and a secret source of health benefits. However, having too much of anything have grave consequences on health and that applies for pickles too! Thus, consuming the spicy and tangy Pickles in restricted quantities but with regularity can keep your health, as well as taste buds, pleased.