The Healthy Indian Diet

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How Indian Food Can Be Good for You...

The latest research reveals why traditional diets are good for you, especially those of South Asia, and what's wrong with food today, much of which is refined and mass produced. While modern diets have been planting the seeds of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many cancers in America and around the world, the Healthy Indian Diet can help prevent them from ever taking root.

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Overview

How Indian Food Can Be Good for You...

The latest research reveals why traditional diets are good for you, especially those of South Asia, and what's wrong with food today, much of which is refined and mass produced. While modern diets have been planting the seeds of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many cancers in America and around the world, the Healthy Indian Diet can help prevent them from ever taking root.

Like the Mediterranean Diet, the Healthy Indian Diet is a way of eating based on natural foods and traditional techniques of preparation. This book aims to be a useful guide of what you can eat to optimize your well-being. In these pages, you'll learn:
* How refined grains and other easily-digestible carbs in modern diets are linked to chronic disease
* Why wellness experts like Dr. Oz, Dr. Ornish (who showed how to reverse coronary heart disease without medication), and Dr. Servan-Schreiber (of "Anticancer" fame) praise elements of Indian food, especially spices like turmeric
* How whole-grain breads, certain fruits and vegetables, fermented dairy, and other elements of the Healthy Indian Diet can help you reduce your risk of chronic inflammation, keep your insulin levels in check, and control your weight

In addition to learning about the Healthy Indian Diet, you'll find 31 mouth-watering recipes ranging from dahi (yogurt) and chana masala (a garbanzo bean curry) to oats-and-brown rice dosa (a savory crêpe) and coriander chutney. In the end, you'll have a better understanding of what's meant by the saying "food is medicine" and how we have control over our health based on what we eat.

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Can a healthy Indian diet help prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer? The answer is yes, according to Patel, a medical doctor passionate about the power of diet to ward off and even reverse the negative and all-too-common effects of the modern diet. Citing the most recent scholarly research as well as studies dating back to the 19th century, Patel makes a clear case for Indians, who are genetically disposed to heart disease and diabetes, and non-Indians alike to switch from a diet of processed foods high in fat and sugar to one low in meat consumption and high in vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Whereas the deservedly touted Mediterranean diet offers an acknowledged road map for healthy eating, the traditional Indian diet is, Patel claims, an equally good alternative with the added benefit of being heavy in spices, which have been proven to have curative powers; for example, the compound curcumin in turmeric, a spice common in Indian cooking, has been shown to have cancer-fighting abilities. This book, however, is not meant to be merely a treatise on medical and food science; it's also meant to be a practical manual. To that end, Patel offers advice on how to make a healthy Indian diet an everyday reality and, to get readers into the kitchen, Balasubramanian and Jannu of ShowMeTheCurry.com contributed more than 30 flavorful recipes for vegetarian, meat and grain-based dishes as well as chutneys, pickles, spice blends and yogurt. Although this book is useful to anyone interested in healthy eating and Indian cooking, the recipes are not geared toward the beginning Indian cook. Many use ingredients or spice blends—such as curry leaves, dried fenugreek leaves and Chana Masala—that will require a trip to an Indian market and, in some cases, ingredients mentioned in the method do not appear in the ingredients list, making a general familiarity with Indian cooking a help to "sleuth out" what Balasubramanian and Jannu intended. An enthused, accessible argument for and explanation of the benefits of eating a healthy Indian diet, complete with recipes for the seasoned Indian cook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461122135
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 6/26/2011
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Raj R. Patel, M.D. is a physician-writer interested in how nutrition can help prevent chronic disease. He studied the scientific literature on the Mediterranean Diet and other traditional cuisines and their effects on human health. His research led to "The Healthy Indian Diet." He currently resides in Houston.

Hetal Jannu and Anuja Balasubramanian, co-founders of ShowMeTheCurry.com, use their step-by-step cooking videos to guide viewers to create delicious and healthy Indian cuisine at home. They provide a modern and practical approach to traditional Indian cooking, much of which appears in "The Healthy Indian Diet." They live in Dallas.

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