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How healthy is our sri lankan diet?

Our very own Sri Lankan Cultural Foods bring out a diverse taste with its many nutritional benfits that is very underrated, with the many types of vegetables we carry, witn Rice being a pre dominant staple meal in our country, and also overly eaten which leads to weight gain, when utilized and controlled well, Our local diet will help build some great Lean Muscle Gains and maintain overall health levels.

 

Breaking down the Nutrition

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“A traditional Sri Lankan dish is primarily pescatarian, with a plant-based approach.” These, together with healthy fats from coconuts and 100% grass-fed cow/buffalo ghee, are essential for lowering inflammatory processes in the body and achieving the appropriate body fat percentage. The deliberate use of their superior spices elevates the meal to new heights.

We Carry a lot of healthy based vegetables that offer a tremendous level of health benifits, low in calories and can be cooked to a tasty and flavorful dish, added to our day to day lifestyle.

Here are a few common ones to name :

Karawila (Bittergourd)

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Bitter melon has a low calorie content, with only 17 calories per 100 g. Despite this, the pods are high in phytonutrients like as dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants.

Bitter melon is high in polypeptide-P, a phytonutrient that has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels. In addition, it contains charantin, a hypoglycemic agent. In the cells of the liver, muscle, and adipose tissue, charantin enhances glucose absorption and glycogen production. These chemicals may have been hypothesized to be involved for lowering blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetic patients.

Curry Leaf

 

What are Curry Leaves, Anyway? | Bon Appétit

Curry leaves are rich in protective plant substances, such as alkaloids, glycosides, and phenolic compounds, that give this fragrant herb potent health benefits.

Research has shown that curry leaves contain many compounds, including linalool, alpha-terpinene, myrcene, mahanimbine, caryophyllene, murrayanol, and alpha-pinene

Many of these compounds function as antioxidants in your body. Antioxidants play an essential role in keeping your body healthy and free from disease.

They scavenge potentially harmful compounds known as free radicals and suppress oxidative stress, a condition that’s associated with chronic disease development

Curry leaf extract has been shown to provide potent antioxidant effects in several studies.

For example, a study in rats demonstrated that oral treatment with antioxidant-rich curry leaf extract protected against medication-induced stomach damage and reduced markers of oxidative stress, compared with a placebo groups.

Other animal studies have shown that curry leaf extract may help protect against induced oxidative damage of the nervous system, heart, brain, and kidneys

Keep in mind that human research on the antioxidant effects of curry leaves is lacking. Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that curry leaves are packed with plant compounds that may help promote overall health by providing powerful antioxidant protection.

Polos curry, or curried delicate jackfruit

 

Polos Curry (Sri Lankan Baby Jackfruit Curry) - Food Corner

Jackfruit is a vegan favorite that is high in fiber and vitamins A and C Jack fruit. Jackfruits contain simple sugars like fructose and sucrose. These sugars are absorbed readily and easily by our bodies and so eating a small serving of this fruit will give you an immediate energy boost. You can have a bowl of refrigerated jackfruit as a post-workout snack to help you recover quicker.

 

 

 

 

Gotu kola sambal 

 

Gotu kola sambol recipe - BBC FoodCentella asiatica (Gotu Kola) provides numerous health benefits. It is utilized in traditional Ayurvedic medicine in Sri Lanka. It is primarily beneficial to memory and cognition. Aside from that, it is beneficial to the eyes, hair, blood vessels, and skin, among other things. Simply Google “Gotu Kola.” You may amaze with its super health benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

Plate wisely!

 

sri lanka healthy diet planWith the various amounts of healthy foods our country offers, where we tend to go wrong is when we overload on the wrong ones, specially as mentioned before with rice being a pre dominant carbohydrate in our day to day diet, it is also a simple sugar when overly consumed daily could lead to weight gain and diabetes.

Try to always follow a method of keeping the plate Prioritizing more vegetables, Protein based Meats, and keeping the carbohydrates to a minimum. Remember to stack up on high fiber based vegetables as mentioned above, not only are they healthy but will also help you stay fuller throughout the day.

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