Why Were We Always Told to Eat Something Sweet Before Leaving the House?
In olden days, myths such as these were backed by reasonSweet things like sugar along with curd are an instant source of energyDr. Dhanvantree believes that this superstition is nothing but obsolete
Remember those days when you were in a hurry to leave your house and yet your grand mother would stop you and ensure that you eat something sweet before exiting claiming that it brings good luck. While age old myths do continue to have a strong hold on what we believe and also our values, we are one of the most progressive nations in the world and with that rate, it is important that are mindsets too, must proceed.
In olden days, myths such as these were backed by reason. It was suited to the circumstances back then, when almost all of India was rural India and the distance between villages was so vast. "This provoked people to take certain precautions before leaving the house, as the transportation system back then was quite under developed. People preferred to eat something sweet before leaving the house as sweet things like sugar along with curd are an instant source of energy and thus, with uncertainties regarding time, this helped them to maintain energy levels. This is probably how the myth evolved", explains Ayurveda Expert,Dr .Dhanvantree Tyagi.
When asked about whether the superstition holds true today, Dr. Dhanvantree believes that the superstition is "nothing but obsolete". While it is relative and depends from family to family and household to household, there is no scientific evidence to prove it and thus, the word "superstition' is attributed to it."
The combination of sugar and curd
Just before appearing for an exam or the start to an auspicious day, mothers often give their children sugar and curd. While traditional beliefs have continued over generations and people have been socialized to believe in them, a scientific reason suggests the increase in energy levels and perseverance upon having this combination. This enables good concentration and focus during an exam.
A lot of superstitions are associated with good and bad omens. Our culture and heritage is extremely rich with myths and superstitions, some of which do not acclaim to a certain origin and thus, the origin of eating something sweet before leaving the house is unknown. All things sweet provide a rush of energy to the body and thus, prevent any hunger pangs, weakness, dizziness and claustrophobia. This can be used as one valid reason behind the superstition.
Should You Have Curd During Winters?
Winters are here and we can't be more excitedIntroducing seasonal foods into your daily meal plans is importantCurd often makes to the list of 'to-avoid' foods in winter season
Winters are here and we can't be more excited. As we leave behind sweltering temperatures, it is crucial to adapt to the dipping temperature and safeguard yourselves with appropriate foods, this is easily done by tweaking your eating habits and introducing seasonal fruits and veggies into your daily meal plans. A summer favourite that we find hard to give up in winters is Curd. It is commonly believed that curd should be avoided during winters as it can lead to a sore throat. Is that true? We know that curd is super-nutritious; it's packed with a staggering amount of good bacteria and is a storehouse of vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium and protein. Then how does it make it to the list of 'to-avoid' foods come winter season? We set out to find the truth behind the myth and here's what we got.
Ayurveda Suggests You Should Avoid Curd
Ayurvedic expert Ashutosh Gautam says, "Curd should be avoided in winters as it increases secretions from the glands, thereby increasing the mucus secretion too which would impact the overall health of the body. Curd is Kapha-Kar in nature, the excess mucus building can make it difficult for people who are already suffering from respiratory infections, asthma, cold and cough (in winters), by causing swelling. Hence it is advised to avoid curds in winters and especially during the night."
Science has a different approach
Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora says, "Curd is fermented and is a great immunity booster. It is also rich in vitamin B12, calcium and phosphorous. It is great for boosting gut bacteria that is linked to healing the body from the very root. Having curd during the day in winters is ideal to boost health. Curd could be avoided after 5:00 p.m. in the evening as it creates mucus or ama especially in people prone to asthma and allergies. "
Bangalore based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood had a slightly different view and said it is only the outside temperature of the food that makes the difference, "It is absolutely fine to have curd in winters. It is fermented and is loaded with Vitamin C which is excellent for treatment of cold and cough. Only advice I give to my clients is that you consume the curd as soon as it is set and don't refrigerate it."
So should you ditch your favourite bowl of curd completely ? Perhaps not entirely. If you happen to be dealing with respiratory ailments like cough and cold it would be advisable to limit your curd intake. Curd enjoyed during lunchtime is a safer bet as opposed to when consumed later in the day.
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