Be it, vegetarians or non-vegetarian lovers, biryani is first love for many. It brings forth memories when we sit and have it with our family, it can be a topic of conversation on the dinner table or simply be a dish that is a part of many celebrations. Generally, we connect with biryani as a heavy and greasy dish which is full of aromatic spices, but, did you know that it has several health benefits as well? The list below has them all and we bet that you will feel like ordering some for your next meal, with less guilt overdriving your conscience.
Your single plate serving of chicken biryani is a perfect combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. The cashew nuts and the chicken provide the proteins while the rice has carbohydrates and the fat comes from the oil that we use. If you add good amount os veggies as well to your biryani then it also has vitamins and minerals.
When we say anti-ageing, biryani would be the last thing that comes to mind but you are in for a surprise. The chicken that we have, is a source of selenium and 100 gms of chicken can have 27.6mcg of selenium. It gives our body approximately 39-40% of its daily value. Selenium is known to work as an anti-aging device and it also helps our immune system. It reduces free radical damages.
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Our biryani is not biryani until it has all those aromatic spices which make the rice and chicken taste heavenly. These spices are excellent for digestion as well. The presence of spices and herbs like turmeric, ginger and cumin seeds help in speeding the process of the digestive enzymes. The spices also release bile from the liver which is used by our system to process the fat and also for excretion. The intake of haldi helps in preventing bloating, therefore relacing the digestive system. The ginger in the biryani prevents nausea and also helps in absorbing all the nutrients.
Niacin or Vitamin B3
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Chicken has niacin which also known as vitamin B3. Niacin works like a detoxification substance, which helps in supplying energy and also guards the body against serious health issues which could include cancer, cholesterol or even neurological problems which could mean Alzheimer’s disease, depression, insomnia, memory loss, and even schizophrenia.
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You must be wondering how biryani is a detoxifier. Well, the spices that we use in this delectable dish make it full of antioxidants which is good for the internal organs. These spices include ginger, garlic, turmeric, black pepper, cumin, and if you add saffron.
Cumin or curcumin has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-tumor and antiviral properties, which make it a cleansing spice. Black pepper eases digestion, while ginger helps in curing digestive issues. Saffron doesn't just add colour. It helps in increasing the liver enzymes which therefore helps in detoxification.
Biryani is good as long as you have it in limits. Ordering everyday would be a disaster as the risk of cholesterol or obesity is inevitable. After having the biryani, take a walk and have rose oolong tea after 30 minutes. This helps in eliminating the fat.
Get in touch with your dietician before you place that order as he or she must have chalked out a different plan with you and may even let you know the right quantity that you should indulge in.
Add as many vegetables as you can to make it more nutritious.
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