Importance Of Curds To Our Body

By: Ajanta Sen

Curd is the most coveted food item in an Indian diet. It is savoured in almost every Indian household daily and is in maximum demand, especially during the summer seasons. A variety of recipes can also be prepared from curds and are relished in different forms in various parts of the country.

In northern India, it is enjoyed in the form of “Lassi”. Apart from Lassi, curd is also added in different recipes such as “Dahi Bhalla”, “Raita”, Buttermilk, Vegetable Salads, “Shrikhand”, etc.

Curd is also enjoyed with Parathas, Biryani and Chapatis as a side dish. In South India, people enjoy the Curd-rice recipe that is very popular among the southern states.

There is plethora of benefits of eating curds. It not only enhances your complexion, but also offers a myriad of health benefits. It is also believed to be more advantageous than milk.

Curd contains carbohydrates, proteins, fats and minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It is also loaded with vitamins A, B12 and D.

Daily intake of curd can boost your digestive power and keep all your stomach problems at bay. Thus, if you have always ignored this amazing dairy product, start included it in your diet without any delay. Below are the various health and beauty benefits of eating curds, have a look:


Eat Curd For Stronger Teeth

Healthy and strong teeth are very important to give you a beautiful smile. Thus, teeth also play a very important role in enhancing your beauty.

Moreover, one of the beauty benefits of eating curds is to have stronger teeth. Curd is rich in phosphorous and calcium. Both, phosphorous and calcium, are vital minerals that help to make your teeth stronger. The stronger your teeth will be, the prettier you will look.


For Skin And Hair

Curd abounds with phosphorous, vitamin E and zinc that are good for your skin and hair. Daily consumption of a cup of curd can give you a glowing skin and healthy hair.

One of the various beauty benefits of eating curds is that it gives you a soft and radiant skin and a lustrous mane.


Curd Is An Immunity Booster

Curd can boost the immunity of your body. It can protect your body from different microorganisms by building up your system's immunity.


Curd Is An Excellent Alternative Of Milk

If you have problem in digesting milk, you can eat curd instead of milk. People who are lactose intolerant should eat curd as a substitute of milk.

Curd converts the lactose into lactic acid, which can then be easily digested by your body. Thus, this is one of the best benefits of eating curds specially for people who are lactose intolerant.


Good For Heart

These days, a lot of people are suffering from heart diseases, owing to imperfect lifestyles and incorrect diet patterns. One of the numerous health benefits of eating curds is that it helps in keeping your heart healthy.

Curd averts the cholesterol formation in your arteries, and hence prevents you from having high blood pressure and hypertension.


Curd Helps In Weight Loss

The high amount of calcium present in curd averts the cortisol formation in your body. According to recent studies, if you eat about 18 ounces of curd on a daily basis, it can help you reduce your tummy fat because the high calcium content present in it allows your body's fat cells to discharge smaller amounts of cortisol that aids in weight loss.

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Story first published: Sunday, December 20, 2015, 17:00 [IST]
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