5 Traditional Foods You Need To Bring Back Into Your Diet If You’ve Replaced Them With Modern Substitutes

In recent years, healthy eating and diet foods have taken a 360 degree turn. When it comes to losing weight or managing a healthy diet, most of us are drawn to modern substitutes rather than traditional Indian food. For example, instead of the traditional cow’s milk that our generations have consumed and lived healthily for a long time, most of us have found substitutes like almond and soy milk. Instead of taking a traditional Pinjari bowl, we choose a dark chocolate. The traditional Daliya has taken a back seat and Quinoa has become a new bowl of health.

For years, doctors and dieticians have emphasized including traditional, homemade foods in your diet to achieve all health-related goals. Here are five foods available in all Indian cuisines, which may be healthier options for your health journey compared to the modern substitute.

Panjiri or dark chocolate?

The winter season in India has already started and we are consuming foods like pinni and panjeri, but these foods are criticized by many as unhealthy choices. On the other hand, dark chocolates are recommended as a substitute for these traditional sweets by many dietitians. However, a cup of Panjiri not only has less sugar but also less fat than dark chocolate; 100g of dark chocolate is said to contain around 34.6g of fat and 46.5g of sugar, compared to 23.2g of fat and 29.2g of sugar in a cup of Panjiri.

Traditional milk or vegetable milk?

Currently we have a variety of milk options, such as skim milk, raw milk, lactose free milk, cashew milk, oat milk, tonic milk, goat milk, coconut milk and almond milk. But traditionally, and still today in most parts of India, people prefer cow’s milk, which is a healthier option.

Moreover, other alternatives like soy milk and almond milk, there is a huge difference not only in the nutritional value but also in the cost of the products.

A 250 gram bottle of cow’s milk would cost around ₹50/L and have a calcium value of 300mg and protein content of 8g. Soymilk, which is also expensive, would cost around ₹110/L, have a calcium content of 75mg and a protein content of 6g. Almond milk, on the other hand, would cost around ₹220/L and contain a serving of 240mg of calcium and only 1 gram of protein. Cow mink, on the other hand, would cost you Rs 50 for 500 grams with more benefits for your health.

Fast food or traditional Indian cuisine?

While dieting throughout the week, sometimes we tend to lose control and eat fast food to satisfy our taste buds. The temptation to lick our fingers is not bad, but the foods we eat must be chosen wisely.

For example, if you want to take away a burger, opt instead for a traditional Indian dish with fewer calories than the modern burger. A veggie burger contains about 753.2 kilocalories, 94.7 grams and 33.2 grams of fat, and just by adding the medium fries we add another 340 kilocalories. Instead, a gobhi parantha with butter (10 g) for breakfast, then rajma chawal for lunch, and butter chicken curry with 2 rotis for dinner, the total sum of calories would be about 851 kilocalories. What is the best?

Dalia or Muesli?

Recently, muesli, which is recommended by many self-proclaimed fitness enthusiasts for weight loss, can easily be replaced by traditional Dalia.

A bowl of 100 of Dalia contains about 1.5 grams of fat. It is high in fiber and will have 65 calories. Speaking of muesli, 100 grams will contain 6 grams of fat, less fiber than Daliaand about 8 grams of protein.

In addition, muesli contains about 23.5 g of sugar per 100 g, while in Daliya does not contain sugar. Clearly, Daliya is more nutritious and healthy, and at the same time it is easier to transport than Muesli.

Bajra or oats?

Oats are considered one of the best foods for weight loss. It is high in fiber and a good vegetarian source of protein. On the other hand, Bajrahwhich is eaten by almost everyone in northern India in winter, is not only a part of traditional food but contains similar carbohydrates and less calories than oats.

Bajrah flour contains fewer calories than any other flour available; it is rich in fiber and helps in weight loss. It also contains high levels of vitamin B6, which is good for people with high cholesterol issues.

Bajra has a high amount of soluble fiber and a low glycemic index, both of which are beneficial for type 2 diabetes.

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