Idli is a staple South Indian breakfast, but now, extremely popular as an appetizing meal all over India. Made with urad dal, rice, and sometimes methi seeds, all soaked separately and made into a batter which is allowed to ferment overnight. This batter is then steamed to prepare soft and spongy idlis, it can be had alongside a variety of chutneys, sambar, and even dry powders (the most popular one is called “gun powder,” named aptly because it’s an extremely spicy mix with dried red chillies as the main ingredient! So, even though idli is healthy, is it good for weight loss? Let’s find out:
1. It’s a Fermented Food: Fermentation brings out the best in this nutritious breakfast option. Since it’s left for fermentation overnight, it’s great for the gut and allows the healthy gut bacteria thrive, and as we all know by now, a robust gut means better immunity and greater chances of losing weight. From keeping metabolism high to maintaining important hormones at their optimum levels (including that of fat-burning hormones), a strong gut does it all! An imbalance in the gut can trigger weight gain and increase inflammation. So, it’s a good idea to include fermented foods such as dosa, ambali, dhokla, and idli to strengthen the gut and clear the path for successful weight loss.
2. Rich in Nutrients: Urad dal is a good source of protein and rice has complex carbs. Upon fermentation, the batter becomes rich in vitamins such as riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamine (B1), and folic acid. According to research, thiamine helps to metabolize fat, protein, and carbohydrates, so great for improve metabolism.
3. Since idlis are cooked using the steaming process, there is little to no oil required to get steaming hot idlis.
4. Keeps Fuller For Longer, Curbs Frequent Hunger Pangs: The combination of protein from urad dal and complex carbs from rice keeps one fuller for longer, and helps keep a check on appetite.
Summing up, idli is a great breakfast option, a much better one than heavily processed breakfast cereals that are high in sugar and refined carbs. Though idli is healthy and delicious, it’s very easy to overeat idlis and with it high carb and calorie count, can lead to weight gain if portion control is not practiced. Please do remember that at the end of the day, fat burning is triggered by being in a calorie deficit, and that’s why you need to eat even healthy foods within the calorie limit. Most importantly, if weight loss is on your mind, you should check out the amazing diet plans on the Rati Beauty app.
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