Harvest festival which is celebrated in the middle of January, midwinter, is also a time when people are affected with viral and flu. We can’t forget the pandemic of 2020 which began in January in Wuhan in China and gradually engulfed the whole world. With cold wave and harsh winters sweeping across the country, one needs to change nutritional requirement to suit the climatic conditions. Though our ancestors were not too familiar on the dietary requirements, but these festivals actually gave them an opportunity not prepare foods that would keep them warm and free from viral infections.
Gur or Jaggery
Gur, or jaggery is the perfect sugar replacement. This is a natural sweetener prepared by sugarcane juice and prevents damage to the lungs, manages diabetes and also helps with weight loss. Jaggery is known to produce heat and therefore helps in keeping warm.
Til or sesame seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The antioxidant property of sesame seeds may help in preventing inflammation and help in reducing the risk of cancer and cholesterol levels in the body.
Coconut is another ingredient which is used religiously in most of the religious festivals in India to make sweets. It is packed with nutritional benefits that helps in weight loss and enhancing immunity.
Moong dal is used for preparing Pongal and Khuchdi during the harvest season. It is rich in nutrients like fibre, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and protein.
Peanuts are filled with Vitamins B and E, magnesium, iron and zinc. It is good for pregnant women and also helps in preventing of heart diseases.
All festivals in India have cultural significance and the delicacies enjoyed have their own benefits. Indulging in the different food items during the harvest festival provides a lot of nutritional benefits. Fulfil your sweet cravings this season guilt-free.