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A thick cooling drink churned out of milk, which is a staple food in the homes of India- Curd needs no introduction. Also called ‘Dahi’ in India, this fermented milk product is especially beneficial to consume during summers. So, what are some curd benefits? You name it, curd serves it!
3 Reasons How Curd Benefits Weight Loss During Summers
- Hydrates The Body
Since it is composed of 81% water, it is the best way to hydrate yourself! Instead of sugar-loaded drinks in the market, take natural homemade curd and you are sorted.
- Maintains The Balance Of Electrolytes
Rich in potassium, phosphorous and other minerals, curd helps maintain a balance of electrolytes in the body which is very important as in summers we lose salts due to heat. So, excess sweating or not, have a bowl of curd and keep your worries away.
- Acts As Gut Coolant
Curd benefits include it being a laxative that helps cool the intestine, aiding digestion and also cooling the stomach.
Other than weight loss, let us go through the remaining multitude of benefits of consuming dahi.
1) Curd Benefits Digestion- Probiotic Superfood
Curd or yogurt is a probiotic that is formed after the fermentation of milk. It contains the bacterial strain- Lactobacillus which helps promote good bacteria in the gut and aids digestion. Probiotics help improve the gut flora greatly, thus aiding proper digestion.
2) Curd Benefits Weight Loss- A Low-Calorie Food Comprising 81% Water
Curd or yogurt is mostly composed of water i.e. more than 81%. In addition to that fresh, unprocessed curd gives 59 calories per 100 grams, only!
3) Zero Sugar And Trans Fats
Natural curd contains no sugar and no trans fats. Hence, both these factors contribute greatly to unhealthy weight gain. However, natural homemade curd contains unsaturated fats also, which are good fats that are needed by the body.
4) Curd Benefits Heart Health- Good Source Of Potassium
1 cup (approx. 245 g) of curd provides 380 mg of potassium. Potassium helps the body get rid of water retention in the body. Potassium is also helpful to reduce high blood pressure levels.
5) Curd Benefits Bone and Teeth Health- Rich Source Of Calcium And Phosphorous
Curd is an excellent source of the micronutrients- calcium (11% Daily Value in just 100 g) and phosphorous, both of which contribute to maintaining healthy bone and teeth health.
6) Curd Is Excellent Protein Source
We mostly consider milk, paneer or tofu as viable vegetarian sources of protein. But do you know curd is an excellent protein source as well? In fact, it contains slightly more amount of protein than milk! Protein helps increase satiety and keep the tummy full for long, thus managing unnecessary hunger pangs.
As mentioned in the Research Paper titled “Impact of yogurt on appetite control, energy balance, and body composition”, A. Tremblay, C. Doyon, M. Sanchez, it was observed that consuming yogurt leads to
- reduction in body fat
- improvement in satiety levels
- decrease in Glycemic and insulin response
- change in gut hormone response, also a positive change in gut flora
How to make curd?
You require just 2 ingredients to make curd or dahi traditionally at home.
- Firstly, take 1 litre of milk in a pan. Let it simmer on a medium flame for a few minutes and then boil it.
- Then when the milk is still warm, add a tablespoon of curd to it- this works as a starter culture that will carry out fermentation to convert the entire milk into curd.
- Mix the curd evenly and cover and store the utensil in a warm place to let the curd set.
- Finally, after 6 hours, shift the utensil to the fridge to avoid it from getting sour.
How To Consume Curd For Weight Loss?
You can relish curd benefits in the form of many easy recipes, like
- Fruit Or Vegetable Raitas
- Lauki Ka Raita
- Beetroot Raita
- Homemade Sweet Lassi
- Fruit Smoothies
- Curd rice
- Homemade Tadka Curd
- Kuttu/besan curries without pakoras
Best Time To Eat Curd For Weight Loss
You can take curd in breakfast, major meals and even as mid meals to aid the fat-burning process. So, if you are taking curd at night, make sure you consume it 2-3 hours before going to bed.
Which bacteria is responsible for the formation of curd?
The interaction between Lactic Acid Bacteria (Lactobacillus) and the milk protein casein results in the formation of curd.
Which acid is present in curd?
Lactic Acid is present in curd, which is responsible for its acidity.
- Avoid consuming artificially flavoured Greek yogurt as they contain a high amount of sugar (levels are up to dangerous amounts). You can still have the unflavoured ones.
- If someone is having sinus, then refrain from consuming curd at night.
Now that you have read the entire blog, tell us what the best probiotic superfood is? Curd? We have another equally beneficial option that is made from curd- Lassi or Chhachh!
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