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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why you should Eat Salad?

Salad is arguably one of the most important ingredients of our food. Often ignored, it is a health wonder. Even those who know about its colossal importance, turns a Nelson eye, when it comes to consuming salad. Here are some of the reasons why you should not escape salad in your diet.

To get fiber
Rashmi Bhatia, Consultant Dietician and Nutritionist of Health Mantra, says that women need 25 grams and men 38 grams of fiber are needed every day. According to a research, Indians average 15 grams of fiber per day. Salad is a great source of fiber. It helps in keeping cholesterol levels low in the body and keeping the digestive system well. Food containing fiber also protects against heart diseases and cancer.

To eat fruits and vegetables in their natural form
A senior physician at Kailash Hospital Dr Shukla says that salad is essential for our entire health. Raw vegetables provide essential enzymes to the body, which help the body absorb nutrients from food. The more nutrients the body will feel, the healthier it will be. Vegetable salad increases the blood volume in the body and gives vitamin C, E, Folic Acid, Lycopene, alpha and beta carotene just to the body.

To reduce calorie intake
Dr. Shukla says that if you want to lose weight then eat salads. While weighing down, we always emphasize on reducing the amount of food, but in the case of salad, this rule changes. The rule of 'there is better' applies here. Eat as many salads as you like. More in salad,  but less in calories. A cup salad contains only 100 calories. The fibers present in it help to calm down and feel full of stomach. Therefore it is advisable to eat salad before eating. Salad over protects from over eating too.

Eat more to live
Raw fruits and vegetables contain plenty of antioxidants. Modern research has shown that those who eat fruits, vegetables and good fats, their average age is high.

                                                                          --Sheetal Gaur


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