Winters are here and from now on there will be many ailments like cold, cough and fever that we all start suffering from. We pay attention to our diet, but many a times we do not know what is the truth and what is a myth about the diet in winters. Well-known dietitian Dr. Shikha Sharma clears all these doubts, so that there is no confusion –
Truth: People think that milk has plenty of power and is filled with nutrients, but it is not so. Milk has calcium and little protein, but it does not contain iron and vitamin C, thus it is wrong to treat it as a whole diet. If someone is dependent on milk then he will always lack the necessary nutrients in his body.
Truth: There is absolutely no truth in this! Cholesterol is not found in any plant product. All animal products such as paneer, ghee, eggs and meat have cholesterol in them. In fact, almonds contains omega 3 fatty acids that are beneficial for the heart.
Truth: Winter is the time to pay attention to your health. One does not gain weight by eating peanuts. Our weight increases when we eat an excess of refined foods such as sugar, ghee, flour, but eating natural foods like peanuts, coconut or almonds has its own advantages.
Truth: Not much, milk has the tendency to increase cough, especially buffalo’s milk. And if you have cough or cold, do not drink milk for a few days. That is why milk consumption should be reduced in winter so that it does not lead to excessive cough.
Truth: Curd can be consumed at any time, but it should not be too cold, meaning it should be consumed at room temperature. And if you are suffering from a cold, then do eat curd, because curd is easily digested and is very beneficial for the body.
Truth: In winters all these spices are considered to be healthy. They have various benefits- bay leaves destroy the liver’s bacteria or virus, cinnamon is an antioxidant and antibiotic, ginger is very good for winter colds and black pepper is very helpful for throat infections.
Truth: This is true to some extent because when you eat white rice at night, water gets accumulated in the body and the body swells up, but it all happens gradually. By the way, one should always try to eat a low calorie meal at night, but if you are fond of eating rice at night then remove the starch and then consume it.
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