7 reasons to not let go your love for pickles

17-Sep-2018

7 reasons to not let go your love for pickles

Pickles are in very common use in South-Asian countries. They are known as achaar in this region and are served in combination with other food as a taste enhancer and are eaten in all parts of the day.

Pickles are in very common use in South-Asian countries. They are known as achaar in this region and are served in combination with other food as a taste enhancer and are eaten in all parts of the day. In breakfast, it is eaten with halwapuri or with plain or stuffed parathaswhile in lunch and dinner it’s eaten with all kinds of curry. People also prepare different varieties of pickles at their home.

These varieties of achaar are made out of different base ingredients like the most common one is “Aam ka achaar” which has raw mangoes as the base ingredient. Other types of achaars are lassan ka achaar, gajarka achaar, limoo ka achaar,amle ka achaar, mix achaar and more.

But what you will be shocked to hear is that these achaars not only serve as taste enhancers instead they also have some health benefits which is a fact unknown by people. Following are the health benefits you can undergo by taking pickles with your meals. 

Probiotic
As we all know that pickles are prepared by the fermentation process and healthy bacteria help in breaking down the hard-to-digest cellulose in food also some of the natural sugar, this process makes pickle pro-biotic. So even if pickle is not high in nutrients, it adds up as a probiotic to your meals.  

Antioxidant Protection 
Through the fermentation process the antioxidant power of the vegetables is preserved which however is broken down in the cooking process. The antioxidants help in fighting against the unstable chemicals that cause damage to the body cells causing health problems like cancer and heart diseases. 

Treatment for Spleen Cancer 
It has been found in recent researches that Japanese traditional pickles have the potential to treat spleen cancers. The probiotics in Japanese pickles are capable of fighting the harmful chemicals produced in the body. 

Better digestion  
Sometimes people experience gastrointestinal discomfort that is either because of imbalance of bacteria or lower intake of fiber. Pickle help in both cases. Itaidsthe imbalance of bacteria in the intestine with the healing action of the probiotics in it. Plus, vegetables in themselves are considered as healthy fiber content. So pickles cross morethan one reason for making it a part of your diet and everyday meal. 

Controlled diabetes
According to some researches, when vegetables are combined with acetic acid, which is a phenomenon that happens in the fermentation of pickles, HbA1c level improves. The HbA1c helps in long term controlling of blood sugar. Eventually becoming a favorable food for diabetics. 

Healthy liver 
Pickles are believed to have the capability of removing toxins from blood assisting in improvement of the efficiency of liver. Pickled gooseberries in this case are considered the most affective. They have the potential of refraining alcoholics from liver damage. 

Improved mental health 
As it is common knowledge that stomach and brain are interconnected in an intimate way. If you’re having anxiety you would start feeling nausea and experience an upset stomach that is because of the Vagus nerve which innervates stomach to the spinal cord. So, the probiotic bacteria produced by the intake of pickles greatly reduce the effect of cortisol on the relay of the nerve which means that these probiotics.

So, pickles are not only good for revitalizing the flavors of your food but are also a healthy food that is capable of creating many positive effects on your health. However, the only factor that could have an adverse effect on your health is the amount of sodium in the preparation of pickles. Hence, if you want to take it with your meals often consider the amount of sodium you use in its preparation and the overall intake. 



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