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Benefits of Pickles And Its Side Effects

The process of pickling is popular all across the world. In the traditional pickling, vegetables and fruits were submerged in brine or salted and shredded. Before transferring the food to vinegar, it may be soaked in brine to reduce the moisture content of the food. In the commercial pickling, preservative like EDTA or sodium benzoate may be added. This increases the shelf life of the pickles, while in fermentation, the food used for pickling produces preservative all by itself. It has a lot many health benefits but pickles must be consumed in moderation as there are side effects also.

Benefits of Pickles And Its Side Effects

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Pickles
Nutritional Value of Pickles
Health Benefits of Pickles
Contains antioxidants
Prevents digestive problems
Vital minerals
Builds immunity
Reduces sugar levels
Improves digestion
Improves liver health
Prevents ulcers
Helps in pregnancy
Muscle cramps
Boosts immunity
Controls glucose
Uses of Pickles
Side-Effects & Allergies of Pickles
Origin And Cultivation of Pickles

Pickles

Pickling is the way of preserving and expanding the life of food through anaerobic fermentation or by way of immersion in vinegar. Fermentation in brine results in the food called pickles. In fact, the pickling procedure results to the change in texture of the food and its flavor as well. Vinaigrette or a mixture of vinegar and vegetable oil is used in East Asia as the pickling medium. Some of the food items that are picked include eggs, vegetables, meats and fruits. Pickling procedure reduces the pH of the food material which comes around to 4.6 or even lower to kill the bacteria. This procedure can even preserve foods that are perishable. To prepare pickles or to facilitate pickling procedure, herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, garlic and mustard seeds are added. If there is sufficient moisture in the food content, dry salt may be used to produce pickling brine. Derived from the Dutch word ‘pekel’, pickle means ‘brine’. In New Zealand and Australia, the word ‘pickle’ is used to refer ‘pickled cucumber’. The term is also used to refer to other pickle kinds like ‘pickle cauliflower’, ‘pickled onion’. In different regions of the world, the word ‘pickle’ is used differently.

Nutritional Value of Pickles

According to NSDA, cucumber pickles comprise of energy, moisture, fat, protein, carbohydrate, sugars and dietary fibers. Apart from this, pickles are rich in minerals and mention must be made to iron, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Pickles also comprise of Vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, niacin, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. As nutrients are there in abundance, pickles do have an array of health benefits. Cucumber pickles have a high nutritional value as cucumber is a rich source of fiber, and the best part is that picking will not impact the nutritional content of the fiber.

Health Benefits of Pickles

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Pickles
Health Benefits of Pickles

Contains antioxidants

Pickles are rich in antioxidants and it mainly holds true for ‘Decalepis hamiltonii’ or the Swallow Root. As unripe and raw vegetables and fruits are used for the making of pickles, its antioxidant content is kept intact. Here the fruits and vegetables are stored raw without any cooking and so pickles are rich sources of antioxidants that tend to fight free radicals and reverse the aging process. Foods that are rich in antioxidant can protect our health and save from impacts of cellular metabolism

Prevents digestive problems

Eating pickles can save you from digestive issues. Probiotic bacteria or the friendly bacteria that form the part of human digestive system help in food digestion. But, these friendly bacteria get killed due to invading bacteria or due to use of antibiotics. Any decrease in the number of probiotic bacteria might lead to digestive issues. Eating pickles that are made without the use of vinegar can help restore probiotics. Pickles prepared out of salt and natural process can lead to the growth of probiotics. Fermented salt pickles can lead to the growth of friendly bacteria to aid digestion.

Vital minerals

Pickles supply your body with vital minerals and vitamins. Fresh pickles, chutneys and dips are made from various beneficial herbs like curry leaves, coriander, parsley, spinach. They taste awesome and may be given to kids to let them have their share of herbs and leafy vegetables. Freshly made pickles are rich in Vitamin A, C, K and Folate and essential minerals like calcium, iron and potassium. The best part is that pickles are even loved by kids, and thus they also reap health benefits of pickles.

Builds immunity

Constituting vital micronutrients, pickles are rich in vitamins and minerals to protect the body from several diseases. It can strengthen the bones, immunity system, cure anemia, protect vision and prevent several other problems.

Reduces sugar levels

Vinegar based pickles can help in reducing blood sugar level and improves blood hemoglobin in diabetic patients. This directly helps to control diabetes. In fact, it is the presence of acetic acid which helps in the control of sugar. But, you must be careful of salted pickles as that can increase blood pressure.

Improves digestion

Amla and gooseberry pickles, that are so popular in India, improve digestion. When you talk about these two fruits in particular, they are loaded with health benefits. Amla has a great usage in the preparation of ayurvedic medicines. Unripe amla pickles offer a variety of health benefits. In the Indian families, it is customary to have amla pickle as appetizer before the main course meal

Improves liver health

Pickles also have hepatoprotective feature that protects liver. Gooseberry and amla pickles mainly help in improving liver health.

Prevents ulcers

Regular consumption of pickles prepared from Indian gooseberry and amla can reduce ulcers. Ulcers refer to internal wounds caused due to the interaction of acids on tissues and due to the sudden failure of mucus membranes. It is mainly gastric ulcer which is caused by the failure of hyperacidity and failure of mucus membrane. If consumed regularly, amla and gooseberry pickles can reduce the chance of ulcer.

Helps in pregnancy

Pregnant women do have pickle cravings for good reasons. Nausea and vomiting which is so common in the first trimester of pregnancy can be relieved by consuming pickles. Morning sickness may be done away with the consumption of pickles. The tart, tangy and sour flavor of pickles tingle taste buds while reviving appetite. This cures nausea and curbs vomiting.

Muscle cramps

Pickle juice is well known for curing muscular cramps. It can fabulously resolve cramping. As per the studies, the one who consumes 1 ml serving of pickle recovers from muscular cramping much faster than the one drinking a glass of plain water.

Boosts immunity

Suguki or Japanese Turnip Pickle can boost the activity of immunity system to help one avoid Spleen Cancer. Certain special kinds of pickles may prevent cancer diseases.

Controls glucose

To keep the blood glucose level under control, you may consider putting 1ml of pickle in your burger piece. By doing so, you may prevent the blood sugar from rising after the meals.

Uses of Pickles

Eating low-sodium pickle is the great way to add more nutrients into the diet. Fruits and vegetables are used for the preparation of pickles that offer a variety of health benefits. Pickle juice is a solid workout booster. Pickle juice or pickles have a variety of interesting uses. If you have a hangover tummy, pickle is an outstanding way to get over with the hangover. It helps to replenish depleted level of sodium and helps in rehydration as well. In most parts of the world, pickle brine is consumed just before stepping out of the sun. It helps to avoid sun strokes. Pickle brine is also a post-workout drink. The scientifically proven benefits assist in workout recovery or exercise recovery. The juice of pickle can be used in soups, salad dressing and any recipe almost. It also cures heartburn.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Pickles

Pickles are good for health but only when consumed in moderation. Pickles increase the risk of esophageal cancer and gastric cancer, and this holds more truth in case of Asian pickled consumption. Pickles are high on salt content and so it increases the risk of hypertension and also heart disease. The main risk of eating pickles is definitely an increase in the blood pressure. It is better to avoid commercial pickles as they are prepared by using different chemicals that are harmful for health. If there is too much oil content, it can increase cholesterol in the blood.

Origin And Cultivation of Pickles

Pickles are good for health but only when consumed in moderation. Pickles increase the risk of esophageal cancer and gastric cancer, and this holds more truth in case of Asian pickled consumption. Pickles are high on salt content and so it increases the risk of hypertension and also heart disease. The main risk of eating pickles is definitely an increase in the blood pressure. It is better to avoid commercial pickles as they are prepared by using different chemicals that are harmful for health. If there is too much oil content, it can increase cholesterol in the blood.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hey doctor. I am having bloating problem. Even if I am empty I bloat a lot. I feel like some gas is there inside nd I need to forcibly take out. But then also I don't feel comfortable. Also my fingers are numbed at times. Nd I feel pain in the right side of chest. Is that a serious issue? please help.

MSc Applied Biology, Diploma in Naturopathy
Ayurveda, Delhi
If u remain skipping meals ......U may add another problem ,...obesity Take some pure natural , Antioxidants/Probiotics /nuts /low CHO and High protein diet ,,.....If donot understand ask for life style changes plus exercise .........It is not a big deal

I am getting white spots on my skin and scalp wt medicine should I take to get rid of them. Some doctors said that some food items will increase there existence what are those food items? Please help me out.

MD PHYSICIAN
General Physician, Delhi
Foods to avoid if suffering from white spots: Curd, Tamarind, Raw Tomato, Raw Onion, Raw garlic, Brinjal, Papaya, Green chili, Pickles, Citrus fruits & Citrus fruit items / juices as oranges, lemon even grapes are strictly restricted. Fish and red meat should also be restricted. Oily / spicy food & non vegetarian food intake should be lowered. Milk & milk product intake to be lowered (not in case of kids). One should not take medicines containing Amla (Gooseberry - a rich source of Vit. C)... Any eatable made of soda bi carb, stored sour things, junk food, tinned foods or drinks, chocolates, coffee or cocoa products should not be taken regularly. Foods to increase in diet: green vegetables, beetroot, carrot, figs, carrot etc.
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I am having so pains in my legs when ever there gets a little cold outside. And I also loose so much hair. What is the remedy for above 2 things.

BPTh/BPT, PG Dip in Obesity and weight management
Physiotherapist, Ernakulam
Pain when the cold climate due to GOUT arthritis. Construction of blood vessels reduced blood flows so the big particles of blood gets stuck in joints where are the more net like small blood vessels. Just make it warm water fermentation and stretch the muscles those located around the pain site. Avoid ice. Pickles and bakery and junk foods. Drink warm water. Finally never hold urine. Whenever you urging just go to toilet.

My age is 29 and I have hypertension if I take my medicine regularly then it is controlled between 130/90 and 140/100. I am suffering from hypertension and anxiety from march 2017. My Tmt ecg and eco was normal. I feel heavy headed everyday. Please suggest what should I do? I am taking nebistar 5 mg in night, nexito plus 5 was also suggest by my doctor but I am not taking it.

MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
Hi Normal range of blood pressure is between 90/60 to 140/90, anything above or below is is abnormal. Many factors can affect blood pressure, including: 1) The amount of water and salt you have in your body 2) The condition of your kidneys, nervous system, or blood vessels 3) Your hormone levels You are more likely to be told your blood pressure is too high as you get older. This is because your blood vessels become stiffer as you age. When that happens, your blood pressure goes up. High blood pressure increases your chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, or early death. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It is an eating plan that is based on research studies sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). These studies showed that DASH lowers high blood pressure and improves levels of cholesterol. This reduces your risk of getting heart disease. The DASH Diet Emphasizes vegetables, fruits, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Includes whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils. Limits sodium, sweets, sugary beverages, and red meats. Along with DASH, other lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure. They include staying at a healthy weight, exercising, and not smoking. I read your query, by the information I have in hand my advice to you would be 1) Keep a BP daily record for at least one week 2) Basic tests should be one to rule out cardiac / kidney issues 3) unless any recent evaluation has been done I would advice these test ECG ECHO Lipid Profile TSH KFT  Renal doppler  Get back to me with a detailed history and  old / new records for a better individualized advice.
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age-19; height-5.8, I want to know about daily diet for gym and how to build up my body.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Trichy
A physical exercise programme must incorporate the right mix of exercises so that all important parts of the body are exercised. Here Some Important Points to be considered during buid up your body in a healthy way. 1.ADULTS SHOULD CHOOSE LOW - FAT, 2.PROTEIN RICH FOODS SUCH AS LEAN MEAT, FISH, PULSES AND LOW FAT MILK 3.EAT MORE WHOLE GRAINS, SPROUTED GRAMS AND FERMENTED FOODS 4.GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES, OTHER VEGETABLES AND FRUITS SHOULD BE USED IN PLENTY 5.CONSUME RAW AND FRESH VEGETABLES AS SALADS 6.COOKING OILS AND ANIMAL FOODS SHOULD BE USED IN MODERATION AND VANASPATHI / GHEE / BUTTER SHOULD BE USED SPARINGLY 7.EAT FISH MORE FREQUENTLY THAN MEAT AND POULTRY AND LIMIT / AVOID ORGAN MEATS (LIVER, KIDNEY, BRAIN ETC) 8.OVEREATING SHOULD BEAVOIDED 9.NEVER SKIP YOUR BREAKFAST 10. AVOID SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO AND CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL 11. EXERCISE REGULARLY TO MAINTAIN DESIRABLE BODY WEIGHT. 12. EAT SMALL MEALS REGULARLY AT FREQUENT INTERVALS 13. SALT SHOULD BE USED IN MODERATION 14. RESTRICT INTAKE OF PRESERVED AND PROCESSED 15. FOODS LIKE PAPADS, PICKLES, SAUCES, KETCHUP, SALTED BISCUITS, CHIPS, CHEESE AND FISH 16. WATER SHOULD BE TAKEN IN ADEQUATE AMOUNTS AND BEVERAGES SHOULD BE CONSUMED IN MODERATION 17. SUGAR SHOULD BE USED SPARINGLY 18. SLEEP WELL MIN. 7 HOURS DAILY.

Popular Health Tips

Pickle vs Chutney - Which Has More Benefits?

Ph.D - Ayurveda, MD - Ayurveda, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Diploma Yoga
Ayurveda, Jaipur
Pickle vs Chutney - Which Has More Benefits?

The primary difference between pickle and chutney lies in the fact that pickles are meant to be preserved for months together while chutneys are devoid of preservatives and are required to be consumed very soon. Both of these food items proffer a host of health benefits including an optimum supply of all the needful minerals and vitamins along with the antioxidants. Some of the ingredients present in the pickle and chutney help in controlling high blood pressure, diabetes, improves digestion and immunity.

Pickles and the process of preparing the pickles
The process of making pickles is known to have originated in India, and it was the most viable way of preserving food items so that it can be stored for future usage. The process started as a means of preserving those food items, which are not available all through the year. The conventional means of preparing pickles in oriental style incorporates the usage of ingredients like oil, salt, chilli powder along with other condiments. The ingredients are mixed as per the set proportions, and there are many health benefits of eating pickles on a regular basis.

As per the reports of NSDA, pickles contain moisture, energy, fat, protein, carbohydrates, fibres, vitamins and sugar. The long list of vitamins includes Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and folate. Indian pickles abound in phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The health benefits of pickles include the supply of necessary antioxidants, probiotics which are the gut-friendly antibiotics, helps in digestion, improve haemoglobin levels in anaemic people. There are some pickles which aid in controlling blood pressure levels and have hepatoprotective properties.

Chutney and their health benefits
Chutneys are a ubiquitous component of Indian cuisine, and some of the most common flavours added to the chutneys include ginger, garlic, onion salt, sugar and tamarind among others. Homemade chutneys prepared in almost all Indian households can be preserved for about a week in the refrigerator. Chutneys are filled with vitamins along with other nutrients, and less usage of oil makes it fat-free. They are rich in antioxidants, and sometimes fresh leaves are added to ensure inclusion of chlorophyll.

Just like pickles, chutneys also offer a wide range of advantages for one’s health. It provides the body with the needful amount of antioxidants which are the micronutrients that aid in protecting the body from the free radicals. These free radicals are a type of unstable chemicals being generated at the time of cellular metabolism and react with the cells and cause damage to the DNA. The DNA then becomes unstable and gives way to the production of more free radicals which can be controlled by the consumption of antioxidants. The chutneys also supply the body with all the vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients which are necessary for sustaining healthy living.

To conclude, both pickles, as well as chutneys, are a significant part of the Indian food habits. Both of these items have a great taste and offer a wide variety of health aids which testifies to their consumption on a regular basis. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Diet Guidance!

MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Diet Guidance!

The best dietician in India says that a proper and healthy diet goes a long way in keeping your body as well as mind healthy and fresh. Without a balanced diet, you can never have a healthy lifestyle. Lucknow dietician, the best dietician in India says thathaving a proper diet has many benefits such as- a healthy and happy life, can provide you protection from various diseases, boost your immunity, keep your weight in control, boost energy, improve your mood etc. Everybody should incorporate a healthy diet in their life. Here are some diet options to incorporate for a healthy lifestyle:

Breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It should never be skipped. A hearty breakfast keeps you fuelled through the day. The best dietician in India says that the first meal of your day should be rich in proteins. It should also include fruits.

Breakfast Tips:

  1. Various options for breakfast:
  • Eggs- boiled/ scrambled/ omelette or any way you like.
  • Oatmeal or cereal
  • Brown/ multigrain bread with peanut butter or a sandwich
  • Paratha
  • IdliSambar/ Upma
  • Poha
  • Oats dosa/ oats idli
  • Porridge
  • Moong dal dhoka
  •  Breakfast Smoothies
  1. Beverages:
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Juice
  • Green Tea
  1. Add a portion of fruits (any fruit you like or combination) to your breakfast.
  2. The best dietician in India also suggests adding a few dry fruits to your breakfast. Include about 4 to 5 soaked almonds, 2 to 3 dates, 2 walnuts, 1 anjeer or dried fig in your breakfast.

Lunch:

The best dietician in India, Lucknowdieticiansuggests you to have your lunch lighter than your breakfast.

Lunch should include:

  • Chutneys/ Pickles
  • 2 chapatis
  • A vegetable and dal
  • A little portion of rice

Snacks:The tea-time snacks should also be light.  The best dietician in India says that it is best to have snacks between 4-5 pm.

Snacks Options:

  • Sprouts
  • Fruits
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Sandwich
  • Chivda
  • Moong Pakoda
  • Steamed Corn 
  • Yogurt

Dinner: Dinner should be the lightest meal of the day. Lucknow dietician, the best dietician in India says that you should go by the proverb that says- ‘Have breakfast like a king and dinner like a beggar’.

  1. Dinner Options:
  • Brown Rice
  • 1 chapati with vegetable and dal
  • Oats and include a salad/ soup in your dinner.

The best dietician in India says incorporating the above diet options will also aid you in weight loss if you follow it properly. It will provide you with the necessary food nutrition.

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Gut Health - 10 Best Foods For It!

Dietitian,Nutritionist & Health Management, Sports Nutritionist, Health Coach
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Gut Health - 10 Best Foods For It!

There are a number of good bacteria that can help us and the more number of good gut bacteria we keep in our body, the better our digestion gets. Due to this, there is lesser chance that a specific food will trigger a harmful anti-inflammatory response.

  1. Prebiotic power food: A food that is prebiotic, contains ingredients like fiber that the intestine bacteria feast upon, creating byproducts that are fermented and hence, beneficial for the health. The most powerful prebiotic nourishments are almonds, asparagus, bananas, cereal, garlic, greens (particularly dandelion), kiwi, mushrooms, oats and onions.
  2. Probiotic power food: Rather than being cooked or eaten crisp, probiotic-rich food items are made in a moderate cooker or in a way that the microbes get a chance to ferment naturally. These food items provide fiber to our gut bacteria. Some of them include curd, kimchi, carrots, green beans, beet root, pickles and Greek olives, fermented soybeans and cultured dairy items.
  3. Kefir: Kefir, a fermented and somewhat carbonated dairy drink, can add to enhanced metabolic well-being by delivering good bacteria and furthermore helping in the inclusion of vitamins B12 and K.
  4. Whole oranges: Our gut bacteria ferment the solvent fiber found in oranges and one of the side effects is an unsaturated fat called butyrate. Butyrate is the favored fuel hotspot for the cells that line our GI tract and therefore energizes a healthy digestive system.
  5. Sourdough bread: This somewhat harsh, chewy bread is made with a lactic corrosive starter that contains parts of lactobacillus, a type of microscopic organisms that includes good bacteria in this bakery item. Sourdough might be the most healthy bread choice.
  6. Lentils: Lentils can add to our gut’s well-being in a couple of ways. Lentils contain solvent fiber and are additionally a source of prebiotics that feed our current valuable gut bacteria.
  7. Dark chocolate: The microorganisms inside our GI tract can productively ferment chocolate. These byproducts have been found to be beneficial both, for the well-being of the gut as well as a sound heart. Search for dark chocolate with no less than 70% cacao content.
  8. Pickles: Fermenting a cucumber into a pickle increases the benefits, loading the crunchy veggie with probiotics. However, not all pickles offer good bacteria. Search for those made with saline solution (salt and water) as opposed to vinegar.
  9. Sauerkraut: Another fermented sustenance is called sauerkraut. It is also known as fermented cabbage and acts as a vehicle to take healthy probiotic bacteria to the GI tract. Make sure to search for newly made sauerkraut (it will be in the refrigerated area) and not the canned ones.
  10. Butter: Butter is a source of butyrate in our diets that occurs naturally. Dishes that contain butyrate may likewise enhance intestinal boundary function and enhance general gut health. Search for butter from grass-fed cows.
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Pickle vs Chutney - Which Is Healthier?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Kanpur
Pickle vs Chutney - Which Is Healthier?

The primary difference between pickle and chutney lies in the fact that pickles are meant to be preserved for months together while chutneys are devoid of preservatives and are required to be consumed very soon. Both of these food items proffer a host of health benefits including an optimum supply of all the needful minerals and vitamins along with the antioxidants. Some of the ingredients present in the pickle and chutney help in controlling high blood pressure, diabetes, improves digestion and immunity.

Pickles and the process of preparing the pickles
The process of making pickles is known to have originated in India, and it was the most viable way of preserving food items so that it can be stored for future usage. The process started as a means of preserving those food items, which are not available all through the year. The conventional means of preparing pickles in oriental style incorporates the usage of ingredients like oil, salt, chilli powder along with other condiments. The ingredients are mixed as per the set proportions, and there are many health benefits of eating pickles on a regular basis.

As per the reports of NSDA, pickles contain moisture, energy, fat, protein, carbohydrates, fibres, vitamins and sugar. The long list of vitamins includes Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and folate. Indian pickles abound in phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The health benefits of pickles include the supply of necessary antioxidants, probiotics which are the gut-friendly antibiotics, helps in digestion, improve haemoglobin levels in anaemic people. There are some pickles which aid in controlling blood pressure levels and have hepatoprotective properties.

Chutney and their health benefits
Chutneys are a ubiquitous component of Indian cuisine, and some of the most common flavours added to the chutneys include ginger, garlic, onion salt, sugar and tamarind among others. Homemade chutneys prepared in almost all Indian households can be preserved for about a week in the refrigerator. Chutneys are filled with vitamins along with other nutrients, and less usage of oil makes it fat-free. They are rich in antioxidants, and sometimes fresh leaves are added to ensure inclusion of chlorophyll.

Just like pickles, chutneys also offer a wide range of advantages for one’s health. It provides the body with the needful amount of antioxidants which are the micronutrients that aid in protecting the body from the free radicals. These free radicals are a type of unstable chemicals being generated at the time of cellular metabolism and react with the cells and cause damage to the DNA. The DNA then becomes unstable and gives way to the production of more free radicals which can be controlled by the consumption of antioxidants. The chutneys also supply the body with all the vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients which are necessary for sustaining healthy living.

To conclude, both pickles, as well as chutneys, are a significant part of the Indian food habits. Both of these items have a great taste and offer a wide variety of health aids which testifies to their consumption on a regular basis. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.

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How Acidic Foods Affect Your Teeth

MDS Prosthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
How Acidic Foods Affect Your Teeth

We all got together to indulge into our favourite foods this holiday season, where platter overflowed with sweet, spicy and acidic foods. However, when it comes to teeth, sugar isn’t the only culprit that cause tooth decay. High levels of acid in everyday foods and drinks are equally harmful. Lemons to wine, high-acid foods and drinks erode your teeth, causing decay, sensitivity and discoloration. But that doesn’t mean you have to strike all acidic foods and drinks from your diet. The way you consume these items can lessen their damage on your teeth.

Tooth erosion:

It is a type of tooth wear where, the protective surface of your teeth or the enamel wears away exposing the underlying material, called dentin. This leaves your tooth vulnerable to tartar, plaque and bacteria, which cause decay.

Causes of tooth erosion:

Calcium is a key ingredient in building strong teeth. Unfortunately, exposing your teeth to acid can leach calcium from your enamel, causing this protective surface to break down. Foods which have Ph. below 5.0 to 5.7 are acidic. This acid can come from many sources, including the following:

· Carbonated drinks. All soft drinks, including “diet” options, contain high levels of acid that can easily dissolve your enamel.

· Wine. Whether you choose red, white or rosé, drinking wine will soften your enamel.

· Pickles. Which are traditionally seen in an Indian platter

· Fruit juice. The most acidic options include lemon, cranberry, orange and apple.

· Citric fruits. Snacking or sucking on lemons, oranges and limes can wear down your teeth.

· Candy. No sugary sweets are good for your teeth, but you should pay extra attention to avoid sour gummies and candies.

· Sugar. Even though sugar itself does not contain high levels of acidity, it promotes the growth of acid-creating bacteria in your mouth, creating an acidic environment.

· Stomach acid. Vomiting and reflux also can cause serious tooth damage when stomach acid comes into contact with your teeth. If you suffer from an eating disorder, acid reflux or a related condition, seek professional help.

Signs of tooth erosion

Acid wear may lead to serious dental problems. It is important to notice the signs of tooth erosion in its early stages (sensitivity and discoloration) before more severe damage occur, such as cracks, pain and decay.

· Sensitivity. As your teeth’s protective enamel wears away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold or sweet food and drink. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.

· Discoloration. Teeth can become increasingly yellow as the thinning enamel layer exposes the underlying dentin.

· Rounded teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or “sand-blasted” look.

· Sharp edges. You might notice thinning of teeth with sharp edges which might cut your tongue and cheeks.

· Transparency. Your front teeth may appear slightly translucent near the edges.

· Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.

· Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth, and fillings may appear to be rising up out of the tooth.

What you can do to prevent tooth erosion

Follow these tips to reduce the effects of acid on your teeth.

· Eating higher pH. Food alongside. This helps in lowering the acidity. Includes food like nuts, cheese, oatmeal, mangoes, melons, banana, apples, eggs, vegetables, brown rice and whole grains.

· Eat with meals. Instead of snacking throughout the day, save acidic foods for mealtimes. This will reduce their contact with your teeth and help neutralize the acid by eating it with other foods.

· Wash down with water. Sip water alongside or after the acidic food or drink to wash it out of your mouth.

· Use a straw. While having acidic beverages, reduce their contact with your teeth by using a straw and finishing the drink quickly, instead of sipping over a long period of time.

· Say no to bubbles. Swap out carbonated drinks with water, milk or tea.

· Wait before brushing. Acid softens your enamel, so brushing immediately after eating or drinking high-acid foods or drinks can actually cause damage. Wait at least half an hour and then start brushing. In the meantime, you can always rinse your mouth with tap water.

· Quit smoking. Studies have showed that smokers are more prone to acidity leading to acid reflux and teeth erosion

· Professional help. See your dentist twice a year for dental cleaning and oral screening.

· Sugar free gums. Chewing on sugar free gums increase the saliva flow which, neutralise the acid and help the teeth to stay strong.

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Table of Content

Pickles
Nutritional Value of Pickles
Health Benefits of Pickles
Contains antioxidants
Prevents digestive problems
Vital minerals
Builds immunity
Reduces sugar levels
Improves digestion
Improves liver health
Prevents ulcers
Helps in pregnancy
Muscle cramps
Boosts immunity
Controls glucose
Uses of Pickles
Side-Effects & Allergies of Pickles
Origin And Cultivation of Pickles