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These 10 Food Items are Popular with Indians and not to be missed this Monsoon!

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-by Surbhi Dhawan

June 26, 2017:  Monsoon season is around the corner and some areas are already experiencing showers in India. The scorching heat does not let people enjoy out in the bright sun. Rain brings relief to the nature lovers. Rain makes people forgo the comfort of their four walls. They sit in their balcony and open their windows to enjoy the cool breeze, sound of rain drops and the sweet fragrance of wet soil.

This pleasure is accompanied by some enticing and mouth watering food. Every chunk of  India has their own delicacies to gratify their taste buds. NewsGram brings you the most favorite and popular food items of Monsoon.

  • The word ‘Pakoda’ can’t be separated from the rainy season. Potato, mix vegetable, chilly, cheese, spinach and onion mixed with different kinds of flour like chickpea, corn flour and all purpose flour. Bread pakora and crunchy onion pakoda are more preferred by certain people. Adding spice and chilly to sizzling hot pakodas enhance its flavor. They are best served with chutney and tea.

 

  • Call it Corn, Bhutta or Chaali, it’s a must have in rainy season. The hot smoked corn in a contrasting cool and pleasant weather is such a relaxation. Some prefer char grilled corn while some other likes it as cooked by the hot sand. Sometimes small pieces of corns are separated from root and served individually. Corn is usually purchased from the street vendors during the monsoons.

    Corns being roasted
  • Sabudana vada / Sabudana tikki/ Sago vada is an authentic dish of Maharashtrian cuisine. It’s a deep fried snack served with spicy green chutney and hot tea. Sabudana vada are also consumed by people during fasts. Arrival of monsoons calls for some crispy sabudana tikki, which satisfies you fully instead of being a light snack.

    Sabudana Snack

 

  • Indian children and youngsters are a fan of Noodles. Nothing can satisfy them more than homemade noodles. People add different vegetables and spices according to their taste and enjoy every bit of it.

  •  ‘Fafda Jalebi’ is a prominent name in Guajarati cuisine. The different kind of combination of salty fafda with sweet jalebi makes a mouth watering snack in monsoon. Fafda consisting of gram flour, spices and water are deep fried in oil. Jalebi is a deep fried snack made of all purpose floor, dipped in sweet sugar syrup. This dish should be not missed this monsoon.
    ‘Fafda Jalebi’ is a Gujarati delicacy

     

  • Hot soup is a very healthy option during monsoons. The chill you experience after getting wet in rain is comforted by these soups. The soups range from very basic tomato to various multi-ingredient soup. It also includes mix vegetable, fish, chicken, and south Indian rasam.
  • Dhokla is another dish for Gujarat. Dhokla is a light snack which can be enjoyed in morning and evening as a breakfast. It is prepared by rice and chickpea flour and served with green chilies at the top. This dish can also be consumed by health conscious people as it is a steamed dish.

    Dhokla
  • Pyaaz Kachori is one of the favorite’s snacks of north Indians. These are deep fried, stuffed with onion and other vegetables, and served with sweet and sour mint and sweet date chutney. It is a very prominent food item in North India.

    North Indian Snack Pyaaz Kachori
  • Kheer is known to be a very royal dish of Indian cuisine. Its sweet rice pudding served on special occasions. Malpua is an Indian pancake which is used as an item of sweet and dessert in India. The platter consisting maalpua and kheer will leave you spellbound, the moment you will taste it.

    The Dessert of the season
    Kheer
  • Fruit Salad: Fruits are a very healthy source of nutrients. Monsoon also brings a lot of allergies, infections, and indigestion problems along with relaxing and pleasant weather. Litchi, plum, cherries, peach and pomegranate, pear, banana, papaya will keep your immune system strong which protects you from diseases.

    Super beneficial fruits
  • Don’t forget to include these food items in your monsoon diet which will keep you happy and healthy.

-by Surbhi Dhawan. Twitter @surbhi_dhawan

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Benefits of Taking Vitamin E

Vitamin E due to its antioxidant nature helps in keeping the skin healthy and young

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Eating healthy is very important, especially Vitamin E is very essential for our health. Pixabay
Eating healthy is very important, especially Vitamin E is very essential for our health. Pixabay
  • Vitamin E is a very important vitamin for our body
  • Humans don’t generally experience a deficiency of Vitamin E
  • There are many sources of Vitamin E and also, it has many health benefits

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, essential vitamin, and an antioxidant, our body needs. It prevents the process of lipid peroxidation, whereby the free radicals that are generated destroy the cellular structures of the body. This oxidative damage of the cells has been found in several pathological disorders like Liver cirrhosis and Diabetes, by several studies.

There are many food sources through which one can obtain Vitamin E. Same Condition
There are many food sources through which one can obtain Vitamin E. Credit: www.SameCondition.com

Overt deficiency of this vitamin is very rarely seen. It occurs in those who are unable to absorb the vitamin into their systems and those with inherited disorders that prevent the maintenance of normal blood concentrations of vitamin E.

Vitamin E-Discovery

Vitamin E was first discovered in the year 1922, at the University of California in Berkeley by Dr. Herbert M. Evans, a research physician, and his assistant Katherine S. Bishop. Immediately after the discovery, the researchers set out to find the benefits as well the impact of its deficiency

Alpha-Tocopherol Vitamin-E

There are about eight naturally occurring forms of Vitamin E.  Alpha-tocopherol is the form which is essentially absorbed and stored in the human body. The synthetic forms of alpha-tocopherol are found in the fortified foods and vitamin supplements.

Also Read: Vitamin D can helpful in Recovery from Burn Injuries

Recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E

The Recommended daily allowance for both men and women is 15 mg (35 µ mol)/day (of α -tocopherol). Due to the harmful effects of overdose, like increased risk of bleeding,  the upper limit of consumption for adults is 1,500 IU/day for supplements made from the natural form of the Vitamin and 1,100 IU/day for supplements made from synthetic vitamin-E. The upper limit is lower in children when compared to the adults.

Vitamin E is a great source of energy for the body. Pixabay
Vitamin E is a great source of energy for the body. Pixabay
Vitamin E Function

Unlike most nutrients, a specific role for the vitamin has not been found in any of the bodily metabolic functions. The major function so far identified is nonspecific chain-breaking antioxidant in the circumstances mentioned earlier.

Vitamin E rich foods.

Vitamin E is abundantly found in a normal and balanced diet.

The food sources include

Vegetable oils

  • wheat germ oils
  • sunflower oils
  • safflower oils
  • Corn oils
  • soybean oils

 Nuts

  • peanuts
  • hazelnuts
  • almonds

Seeds like sunflower seeds.

Green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli.

Cereals, Egg Yolk, and

Milk.

Also Read: Vitamin C helps in treating Tuberculosis

Vitamin E Deficiency

Clinically, its deficiency presents as peripheral neuropathy characterized by the degeneration of the large-calibre axons in the sensory neurons. In this condition, the damaged nerves cause weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in the hands and feet. In some cases, the condition can also affect other parts of the body.

In patients who are left untreated, chronic cholestatic hepatobiliary disease, spinocerebellar ataxia, neuropathy, and ophthalmoplegia may occur These terminologies might sound too complex, complicated, and confusing to the reader, but this is the true picture which results from negligence.

Sunflower oil is a great source of Vitamin E. VOA
Sunflower oil is a great source of Vitamin E. VOA
Vitamin E Benefits

Some studies have tried to show the benefits of the Vitamin in preventing the incidence of Heart disease but the actual correlation between the two is not completely understood yet.

The common eye disorders in the older people like cataracts and loss of central vision have shown inconsistent results in terms of lesser incidence, due to the consumption of this Vitamin. Researchers are still working on to prove the connection between these. It has been shown to improve the mental functions, especially in the senior citizens affected by diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Vitamin E in combination with Selenium has also been used as a treatment for infertility.

This Vitamin due to its antioxidant nature helps in keeping the skin healthy and young. It is also a treatment modality to treat scars and stretch marks. It acts as one of the potent moisturizers for the skin.

The article originally appeared at Same Condition- a patient to patient network. The link can be accessed here: https://www.samecondition.com/blog/vitamin-e-benefits-vitamin-e-foods/