List of Indian foods to be avoided by Heart & Diabetic patients

Nobody in the world can beat an Indian when it comes to consumption of Oily and spicy foods. Indians are quite fond of spicy, oily and fried delicacies, which ranks India in the Top 5 countries suffering from Heart Failures and Diabetes of the world. Spicy, oily and fried ingredients are the integral part of their staple food. Unfortunately, by 2030 India will be the fastest growing country with Heart failures in the world.

Eating such foods not only lead to obesity but also to other health problems such as higher blood pressures, Disproportionate accumulation of bad fat across the body and many more. Dieticians across the globe recommend the consumption of fibrous foods for people suffering from such ailments. But, especially for an Indian it is quite difficult to get accustomed with such food. Here are some Indian delicacies that you may have to avoid if you are suffering from Diabetes or Heart ailments.

List of Indian Foods to be avoided by Heart and Diabetic patients

  1. Fried foods and Oily foodsIndian foods

Indian foods such as pakoras, Puris, Paranthas (Fried and oily Indian foods) or any other fried/oily items must be avoided. These fried items contain higher amounts of saturated fats and Cholesterol that can increase the risk of getting a stroke by 15%. Fried foods should be avoided as they may also lead to other serious problems such as Obesity and gastric problems. Good news is, people suffering from heart ailments can consume them once in a month (or lesser) but not frequently. But, people suffering from diabetes and higher cholesterol will have to avoid these delicacies.

  1. Egg YolkIndian Foods

Egg is a great body building food item not just in India but across the globe. But, its yolk is one of the few other items that must be avoided in our diet. Egg yolk contains high cholesterol and higher fat contents. This can lead to an abnormal increase of bad cholesterol in your body and these fats that can obstruct the blood flow in the arteries leading to blockages inside our heart. Eating the albumen part of the egg is very beneficial for muscle growth of the body.

  1. Non VegetarianIndian foods

Non vegetarian foods have been a point of discussion on how much harmful they can be and how they must be consumed so as to reduce the risk caused by them. Non Vegetarian Indian foods contain high amounts of Oils/fats, spices and fried items too! These items are both dangerous to people suffering from heart ailments and to people who are not suffering from any. If you are a frequent consumer, you may have to reduce the frequency as such individuals are at greater risk of getting diabetes or a stroke.

Red meat must be avoided as they contain high cholesterol. Non vegetarian items such as Fish or other sea foods and raw frozen meat can be taken as they are not harmful.

  1. Sweet PorridgesIndian foods

Wow! What is this doing here? If this is what you are thinking now, then you must be unaware that sweet porridges such as Carrot Halva popularly known as Gajar ka Halwa contain large (very large!) amounts of calories and unsaturated fats. Gajar ka Halwa is one of the most liked Indian foods across the globe. It approximately contains 268 calories for every 300 grams, which is actually a very high amount. This is because, ingredients such as Ghee (Clarified butter), Sugar and additional fats are added when it is being cooked. For diabetic patients this delicacy is a definitely a No! But for heart ailing patients, you can have to take it less frequently (say, once in a couple of months) and that too in lesser quantities!

  1. Spicy foodsIndian foods

Indian foods are full of spices and we love and die for spicy food. They are not much dangerous than any of the foods mentioned above and below. But, eating spicy foods can lead to Chest pain, heart burn, vomiting and nausea. These symptoms are quite similar to that of a heart attack and one might get confused between both of them. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to stop taking spicy foods, but it means that you must be in regular touch with your physician and share about your food habits and ask which types of foods might suit your health and which do not.

  1. AlcoholIndian foods

It is quite hard to believe but around 30% of the Indian population consumes alcohol on daily basis, says a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2014. Its consumption has also been a point of controversy by many medical associations and Physicians across the Globe. Many recommend the consumption of Alcohol in lesser quantities while some say a straight no to it. This is because it has both good and bad qualities equally. Alcohol has the ability to increase the HDL (good cholesterol) in the body and prevent the damages caused by the LDL (bad cholesterol) to the body. While, there are arguments to it that excess consumptions can worsen the situation as they can further lead to other serious health problems such as Liver failures, Ulcers and even Cancer. Hence it is advised to consume alcohol (Especially, Red Wine) in lesser quantities (say, half of a glass once a week). One may admit that alcohol is the integral part of Indian foods especially for Northern part of this subcontinent.

It is really hard for a person to suddenly change their food habits. Indian people may not find other items (Foreign dishes) other than Indian Foods tasty but one must get habituated with them. For diabetic patients the above said food habits are a direct no, but for heart patients you can have them less frequently, try to avoid them as much as possible! Wishing all diabetic and heart patients reading this blog best of luck and prosperous years ahead 😉

Soruce: World Health Organization (WHO), American Heart Association (AHA), WebMD

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