Articles on curd

5 Benefits of Curd

Ms. Ashu Gupta, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Healthy for your heartIn a day and age where more and more young people are falling prey to heart disease, consuming curd can go a long way in maintaining a healthy heart. It minimizes the risk of high blood pressure and helps reduce cholesterol levels by preventing the thickening of carotid arteries.Helps boost immunityCurd 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 infections in women. These properties of curd do not diminish even when it is heated along with curry preparations to add flavour.Good for your teeth and bonesAll dairy products are good for your bones, and curd is no different. Like milk, curd 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.Helps get rid of dandruffMany advertisements claim to have found the magical chemical formula for curing dandruff. But, curd can be a simple homemade solution. Why is it good to get rid of dandruff? It has lactic acid which has anti-fungal properties. What more? You don’t even have to add other ingredients to it. Just whip some curd in a bowl, and add it to your scalp. Leave it for an hour, and wash properly with water. You may also like to read about this home remedies for dandruff.Helps you lose weightWhenever 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. you may also like to read about these foods that promise weight loss.

Be a Yogurt Guru: Recipes to Make Yogurt Replace Your Daily Face Cream

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Yogurt is not only one of the healthiest foods, but at the same time it works wonders for our skin too. Yogurt is a natural probiotic and contains healthy bacteria along with many other nutrients like proteins and vitamin B12 that nourish our skin. Here are a few quick recipes using this miracle ingredient for your face that will make you bid adieu to your daily face cream:Sour curd face packSour curd itself is a very good cleansing as well as nourishing pack. Just massage your face with 1-2 tablespoons of fresh curd to remove dead cells, cleanse the skin and defeat acne.Curd and olive oilPrepare a mixture of 2 tablespoons of fresh curd and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and apply it on your skin. Keep it on for half an hour and wash it off with lukewarm water. This will help in reducing wrinkles, dryness and prevent premature aging.Orange peel and curd packThis pack on being used regularly improves the skin complexion and also reduces tan. All you have to do is mix 2 teaspoons of orange peel powder with 2 tablespoons of curd. Apply this mix on entire face and let it dry. Before washing, take some oil and gently rub it on face in circular motions. This helps in exfoliating your skin. Wash it off with cold water.Curd and fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti) face packFuller’s earth is known for its anti ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. It tones and firms the skin and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works well when mixed with curd, so make a mixture by mixing 4 tablespoons of fuller’s Earth and curd to make a smooth paste. You can even add few drops of lemon juice if you have oily skin or one tablespoon of olive oil for dry skin. Apply this mixture all over the face, let it dry and wash it off with cold water.Curd, honey and lemon juice packThis pack works wonders for those constantly plagued with dry skin with an oily T-zone. Make this pack by mixing 2 tablespoons of curd, 1 tablespoon of organic honey and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Apply this paste on your face and rinse after it has completely dried. The honey helps moisturize the skin while the vitamin C and citric acid in lemon act as a bleach and anti-oxidant, removing tan and making you look more radiant.Curd and tomato face packThis pack is especially useful for oily skin as it helps in deep cleansing and also prevents acne and zits from recurring. Make a paste of a tomato and add a tablespoon of thick curd to it. Mix it well and apply on the face and neck. Leave for 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

Curd vs Milk - How Should You Get Your Daily Dose of Calcium?

Dr. Rajiv Mehta, Physiotherapist
Calcium is an essential mineral that is required by the body for various functions. It is used for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. It is also used in the cardiovascular & nervous systems for preventing all kinds of health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, lyme disease, etc.It is, thus, extremely necessary to have calcium-rich foods as a part of your daily diet. Dairy products constitute as the primary source of calcium on an everyday basis. Of these, milk and curd are the two most important. But in case, you're wondering which one of the two is better for you, read on to find out.Calcium contentThere has been much debate about which is the better source of calcium - milk or curd. In very simple terms, milk ranks higher than curd in terms of calcium content. 100g of milk contains around 125mg of calcium, whereas 100g of curd has a lower calcium content of approximately 85mg. So if you really want to up your calcium intake, milk will be a better choice.Other health benefitsIf one is to take into consideration other health benefits provided by these two food products, curd takes the lead by a landslide.Following are the known benefits of curd:It is far easier to digestIt is a suitable dairy product for those who are lactose intolerantIt cleanses the digestive tractIt prevents infections of the stomach and intestinesIn the end, it's for you to decide what your body needs more. If it requires more calcium, choosing milk would be wise but if you cannot digest milk, opting for curd will ensure you get a healthy dose of calcium along with scores of other health benefits.

9 Reasons That Prove Curd Is Great for Your Health!

Dr. Namrata Surati, Homeopath
Curd/Yogurt/Dahi, is a popular food item all over the country. In the north, people eat it with flattened rice or chapatis while in the south, people are great patrons of curd rice. Some sections of the society even consume curd for superstitious purposes. It is thought that consuming curd before embarking on a journey will ensure safety and good health. Made from milk, this dairy product has a lot of health benefits. Here are some reasons why you should add curd to your daily diet starting today.1. Helps improve digestionThe nutrients present in curd are easily absorbed by your digestive system. Not only that, it also helps in absorbing nutrients from other food items that you have eaten. It can also be used along with spicy food, as curd cools down and neutralises the heat that these foods create. A Taiwanese study even found that curd is helpful in curing H. Pylori infections which is the most common type of stomach infection.2. Healthy for your heartIn a day and age where more and more young people are falling prey to heart disease, consuming curd can go a long way in maintaining heart health. It minimizes the risk of high blood pressure and helps reduce cholesterol levels by preventing the thickening of carotid arteries.3. Milk substitute for those who are lactose intolerantSome 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.4. Helps boost immunityCurd 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 flavour. Eat it daily to prevent infections and stay healthy!5. Good for your teeth and bonesAll 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.6. Can be used as a skincare productNutrients like zinc, Vitamin E and phosphorus make curd a natural skincare product and it is often used as an ingredient in homemade packs. A simple mixture of curd, gram flour and lime juice can be made at home to give you an attractive and glowing face.7. Helps get rid of dandruffMany advertisements claim to have found the magical chemical formula for curing dandruff. But, curd can be a simple homemade solution. Why is it good to get rid of dandruff? It has lactic acid which has anti-fungal properties. What more? You don’t even have to add other ingredients to it. Just whip some curd in a bowl, and add it to your scalp. Leave it for an hour, and wash properly with water. 8. Helps you lose weightWhenever 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.9. Helps release stress and anxietyBeing stressed can wreck your health. Finding ways to relax and rejuvenate is imperative in today’s world. Along with other things, eating some curd can surely help. 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.

Can I Give Curd, Banana, Milk During Cold , Cough & Fever to My Baby?

Hemapriya Natesan
As a parent, we hear so much advice, home remedies,  tips for prevention and treatment of fever, cough and cold that bewilders a new parent and ultimately we end up doing nothing due to fear of harming our little one.Myths surrounding foods and ailments are always not true except for a few genuine home remedies.Myths associated with Cough and Cold in ChildrenDon't allow the kid outside the house if he has a cold.Do not give fruits like Banana, pomegranate, watermelon, orange and grapes.Do not give dairy products like Milk and Curd.Don't bath the child during a cold.Do not give Ragi in winter or during cold.Do not give ghee during a cold.Here are the answers to all these myths1. Can I allow my child to play outside if he has a cough and cold ?This is a very tricky question since it largely depends on the weather and the intensity of the cold and cough of the child. If you think the child has a mild cold and the weather is amicable you can send your little one to play outside for an hour or so. Please also be aware that if he has an infectious type of cold or a cough he might infect his playmates as well (this is the most common reason for contracting cold in children)2. Can I give Bananas, grapes, watermelon, oranges during cold and cough to my child?It has been programmed into our brain that "No fruits during cold and cough in Children" and many of us follow blindly. This is a myth that has been proved wrong now.It has been proved scientifically that increase in fruits rich in vitamin C are in fact protective against cold and cough in children. This doesn't mean that you stuff your children with fruits when they have, consumption of fruits in moderation is the ideal way to combat cough and cold.The fruits can be given in the first half of the day.Research articles emphasizing the protective & beneficial effects of fruits in cough and cold1. Consumption of fresh fruits rich in Vitamin C and Wheezing symptoms.2. Effect of fresh fruit consumption on lung function and wheeze in children.3. Nutrition and children's respiratory health.According to our Homeopathic Expert Dr Bhavi Mody, fruits can be safely given during cough and cold, especially fruits rich in Vitamin C.3. Can I give Milk, Curd during cold and cough for my child?In my childhood days, if I had a cold, then my mom would ban milk till I recover completely which may be weeks :-(Now this is also has been proved wrong, milk and curds can be safely given to babies and children during cold and cough.Milk consumption does not lead to mucus production or occurrence of asthma.The Milk Mucus BeliefHow to feed milk and curd to children during cough and cold - Dhvani ShahThe best way to give curd is to season it (Tadka) with jeera, curry leaves, and ginger.Ginger Powder can be added to Milk.4. Can I give Bath to my child during cold and cough, Fever?Usually, elders advice not to give baths to babies during fever, cough and cold, it may hold good if you are planning to bath with cold water. But most of us bathe our children in either hot or lukewarm water. It is absolutely fine to bath the child with lukewarm water. Not giving a bath to the child for a long duration may exacerbate infections due to poor hygiene so try to bath at least once in 2 days during cold and cough.5. Can I give my baby Ragi during cold and cough?Ragi and Bajra are good winter foods and Ragi can be given to babies and children during cough and cold.6. Can I give my Ghee during cough and cold?According to Nutritionist Dhvani Shah" Ghee is one of the most nutritious Indian foods. It is therapeutic in Nature, helps line the lungs, prevent infection, prevent a dry cough and throw out mucous from the body".Hope that helps dispel some of the most popular myths surrounding Cough and cold in childrenThis article first appeared on www.mylittlemoppet.com, India's leading parenting website.

Why South Indians Swear by Curd Rice

Ms. Nisha Singh, Dietitian/Nutritionist
The fire-extinguisherFreshly made curd is loaded with good bacteria that help your body absorb more nutrients and aid digestion. Curd helps you digest spicy food without the burning sensation. No wonder you were given curd rice to eat whenever you had a stomach upset as a kid! The edible cosmeticCurd makes for the most delicious midnight snack or a diet breakfast. Treat it like an alternative to junk food and have it with fruits or cornflakes. Curd’s low calorie count keeps your metabolism healthy and keeps you feeling full for long. It also has anti-aging and slimming properties. Now isn’t that a double bonus?The Versatile HeroFresh curd is bland in taste making it the most versatile base for sweet or savoury dishes. So whether you are making paneer or cucumber raita, make sure you add a dollop of curd.Beat the heat this summer with sweet lassi or salty chaas!The Bone BuilderCurd has one of the largest quantities of calcium and vitamin D amongst vegetarian foods. So if you want to keep your bones strong even after you’re on the other side of thirty,having curd daily is a must.  The Coolest Side DishEver wondered why we Indians consume curd with fried or greasy food like aloo parathas, jalebis and murrukus? The reason behind this is that curd helps the body to clear the greasy food down your throat and reduces the effect of cholesterol-increasing foods on your body.Having curd however is not always beneficial for all*. If you have Asthma, or respiratory problems,you must avoid having chilled curd. If you have acidity issues then make sure the curd is fresh and not sour.Now does it surprise you to know why a typical South Indian meal is incomplete without ‘curd rice’? Keep in mind these hidden benefits and begin your journey towards fitness with that spoonful of creamy goodness!*Consult your dietician to know how much curd you can include in your diet based on your health.

Why Tofu Is Good for You

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Tofu is also known as bean curd, which is a food made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curd into soft white blocks. It has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. Tofu has many health benefits and could be a great addition to your diet. We’ll tell you why tofu is so good for you.1. High in proteinTofu is one of the richest sources of protein. Every 100 grams of tofu yields approximately 17.19 g of protein. Eating protein will keep you full for longer and will prevent overeating. Tofu can be a good replacement for meat, for vegetarians, since it is a powerful source of protein.2. Lowers the risk of cancerAccording to a new study published in the journal Food Research International soybean peptides may slow cancerous growths. Researchers from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville have given one possible reason for these cancer-fighting benefits. The reason is that soybean peptides might block one or more of the pathways in cancerous cells where the exchange of gases and nutrients takes place for growth and development.3. Rich in Phyto-nutrientsFermented tofu is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from free radical damage. Fermented tofu has these phytonutrients in a more concentrated form and with increased bioavailability. But on the other hand, tofu also contains phytates which are an anti nutritional factor and hinder in absorption of different minerals. Therefore, to minimize the anti nutritional factor, try to consume minimally processed tofu because minimally processed tofu contains 1.4-3.0% phytates only.4. Cardiovascular benefitsTofu has more bioactive peptides than non-fermented soy foods, which are associated with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and blood pressure-lowering properties. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of soy peptides found in tofu can help protect the blood vessels from oxidative and inflammatory damage.Include tofu in your diet to pack your diet with protein and get many more health benefits. But don’t just focus on soy protein. Make sure you include all kinds of protein in your diet such as milk protein, whey protein, egg protein, etc. Soy is an essential part of a balanced diet and can help you lose weight and prevent various health problems.

Gaining Weight with an Indian Diet!

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
Usually Weight loss is the most searched topic in health section,but the pain of being skinny or underweight is the one that only people who are suffering from it can imagine.The following is a Weight gain diet plan one can follow to get the desired body along with proper exercise.Note: This diet plan is for gaining weight. It is entirely based on Indian Food. IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONSDrink at least 10-12 glasses of water every day.Maintain your body weight within normal limits.Avoid fats, sweets, Ice-creams, soft drinks, chocolates, butter, ghee, sugar, salt and fried/junk food stuff.Avoid tinned and packed foods.Be liberal with fruits and vegetables.Maintain good personal hygiene and sanitation.Follow the diet plan and exercise schedule regularly and strictly to lose the required body weight. Try to have your dinner at least 2 hours before you go to sleep.EARLY MORNING( 5:00 a.m. To 6:00 a.m. )   Dalia (Without Sugar)20-50 gms. Black (Sprouted) gramsAlmonds (5 to 10 piece)Half Glass of Skimmed Milk (Without Sugar)BREAKFAST(7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.)1 Glass of Non Fat Milk,1-2 Bananas / 2-3 Food Supplement (+ or) 1-2 slices Toast with White butter/vegetable, cheese, sandwich (+ or) 1-2 Parantha with white butter/curd prepared from (Non-Fat) milk or corn flakes. AFTERNOON(11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. )    1 Glass of fresh juice (No Salt) (or) 2 Boiled potatoes with salad.       LUNCH(2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.)Dal (or) sabzi (Boiled and prepared in refined oil or olive oil)(+) Green Salad(+) 1 Bowl of Curd/Raita (Non Fat Milk)2-3 Chapatis of 1 Plate Brown Rice(+) Vitamin B-Complex.After 15 to 30 Mins Plain water as per your capacity.EVENING(5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)  1 Glass of Juice/Shake/Soup (+) 1-2 Bananas/1-2 Boiled Potatoes/25-50 grams if Raw Cheese with Salad.DINNER  Same as Lunch + (Soyabean, Raw Cheese, Green Veg., Non Veg.)(Don’t ad B-complex)After 15 to 30 Mins,Plain water as per capacity + 5 Mins Walking.Before Sleeping½, Glass of Skimmed milk (Food Supplement- 1-2 spoons).

Say Yes to Yoghurt!

Dr. Renu Garg, Homeopath
Which is better-milk or curd? Many people would like to know the answer to this common question.Both milk & curds have similar composition and there is no difference between their nutritive values. However, curd has increased health benefits in general.* Curd is easy to digest: the proteins in curd are more easily digested than the protein in the milk and also absorbed more easily due to the fact that they are " pre-digested" by the bacteria present.It has been estimated that regular milk is only 32% digested after an hour whereas 91% o curd is digested within the same period of time.*Great for those who are lactose- intolerant.*Curd may also be used in preventing antibiotic associated diarrheoa*Curd helps to boost immunity, curd strengthens our overall resistance, it stimulates immune system to produce more protective enzymes. Bacteria present in curd prevents potential cancer causing compounds in the body from turning into active cancer causing compounds.Milk is a wholesome food and curd is a fermented product. Too much fermented food creates an acidic environment. Buttermilk is a very good alternative to milk and curd.It has all the benefits of curd without fat or milk solids.That doesn't mean you have to give up on milk, some hormones in our body need fat, so that they can be produced well & some vitamins which we take in our food are also fat soluble.Fresh curds have all the benefits but commercially frozen yogurts are highly processed & may not have the same properties.People who have arthritis, asthma, bloating,  should avoid curd.