Here are a few ways how one of Britain’s most popular foods – curries – can actually have some health benefits attached to the ingredients in.
Normally, we associate curries as being unhealthy greasy and meaty bowls of loveliness. But here are a few ways how curries can actually be healthy if the following spices and chillies are eaten in normal to moderate amounts.
- The curry you normally get from take-aways is loaded with oil and meat. Traditional Indian cook books will show you the same but with a healthier version.
- Curries don’t always have to be meat. There are many curries that can be equally delicious but with vegetables and cheese. These can be learned from Indian cook books again.
- Turmeric has been proved to be anti-cancerous right from leukaemia to breast cancer. It is a natural liver detoxifier and it is a natural painkiller. It speeds up the process of healing wounds.
- Chilli added to the diet gives better sleep at night.
- Capsaicin found in peppers is an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory and is a decongestant for those who suffer sinusitis. It improves digestion by stimulating digestive fluids in the stomach and fights diarrhoea that has been caused by bacterial infection.
- Red and yellow chillies and capsicums are full of Vitamin C which is essential to your body.
- Garlic is also another spice that can destroy cancer cells but disrupting the metabolism of tumour cells.
- Ginger can reduce motion sickness or just plain nausea and may relieve pain caused by arthritis.
- Cinnamon can lower blood sugar and the total cholesterol level in Type 2 diabetes sufferers.
- Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric is said to combat Alzheimer’s disease.
One note of advise though which I can’t stress enough – please do not overdo any of the above that has been stated because then the health benefits are reduced and instead, you might find yourself stuck in the bog if it is too much. Normal to moderate amounts or the amount you can bear to eat is the advised amount. Any more than that will have adverse health effects. You can eat a small amount in frequence like every day but do not try and eat a large amount in one day and continue that every day.
These are only the tip of the iceberg but spices and chillies are good sometimes! So, curries aren’t that bad now are they?