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Aloo Sabji with Saunf (Potato Sabji with Fennel Seeds)

Potatoes are rich in carbohydrates and fibre and so very satiating. They have a wonderful variety of nutrients including proteins and have been used as an important ingredient in areas where people lack food and nutrition. Most of the nutrition is contained in the skin so keep it on to ensure you get the most benefit out of them. Moreover, the skin is also alkaline in nature helping keep the pH level in your body in a better condition. Apart from the fibre, especially in the skin, potatoes contain vitamins C and B6, niacin and folate, and minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous, all of which help in maintaining sugar levels. They also contain compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids, which are antioxidants that help to fight free radicals that can lead to lifestyle diseases. With all these benefits all we need to be careful about is not to add oil to our potato dishes as that ruins all the goodness that potatoes can give us.

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Easy Coconut Chutney (with chana dal/split chickpeas)

Coconuts are high in fat and so in calories but they are also high in fibre and low in carbohydrates. This combination prevents one from consuming too much coconut as the fibre and fat soon create a feeling of satiety. The combination of high fibre and low carbohydrates may also help control blood sugar levels. Moreover, the fat in coconuts is in the form of medium-chain triglycerides which the body metabolizes differently as compared to saturated fats by absorbing them directly from the small intestine and rapidly using them for energy. This may promote body fat loss when eaten in place of long-chain saturated fats from animal foods.

Coconuts are also rich nutritionally being especially high in manganese, which is essential for bone health and the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and cholesterol. They’re also rich in copper and iron, which help form red blood cells, and also selenium which is an important antioxidant that fights free radicals. Coconuts may help block the growth of certain bacteria because of the antibacterial effect they have.

Coconuts also contain several phenolic compounds, which are antioxidants helping to neutralize the free radicals, which contribute to chronic diseases. According to one study, some of these antioxidants may help protect against DNA damage and cell damage and death caused by chemotherapy.

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Makai Ki Roti (Maize Flour Flat Bread)

Corn is one of the world’s most popular cereal grains from the grass family with many benefits and is available almost everywhere because it can grow in any climatic condition. Whole-grain corn is not only low to medium on the glycemic index, releasing energy slowly, but is also rich in phytochemicals that help to regulate the amount of insulin produced in the body. The high fibre content in corn helps regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation, haemorrhoids. It is considered good for treating diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), too. The large amount of antioxidants like vitamin E, the phytochemicals and the fibre in corn may help prevent cancers, especially colon cancer. Corn is high in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals including selenium which is not easily found in other food sources. Magnesium and the optimal combination of fatty acids in corn lets the Omega 3 fatty acids get rid of bad cholesterol and replace them at the binding sites reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by a huge margin. Corn also prevents your arteries from getting clogged and even controls your blood pressure as a result lowering your chances of getting heart attacks and strokes. Magnesium also helps bone density. Phosphorous regulates kidney function, induces normal bone growth and maintains bone health. Thiamine helps improve nerve health and cognitive functions. Niacin can prevent dementia and dermatitis. The high amount of beta-carotene in corn helps generate healthy amounts of vitamin A in the body, helping improve eyesight and skin condition. Corn is extremely rich in iron and can help prevent anemia as well as avoid the symptoms of anemia such as exhaustion, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Corn contains a high number of calories and can help people gain weight if eaten in larger quantities. Note: sweet corn is a low-starch variety with higher sugar content.

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