Indian palate and the love for spices

If there is anything apart from love for Cricket and love for Cinemas that binds India - it is the Love for Spices! The Indian Subcontinent is scattered with myriad variety of Cuisines- Rajasthani, Gujarati, Goan, Kolhapuri, Chettinaad, Andhra, Malabari, Assamese, Bengali and Punjabi to name a few. But the one common thread that strings these diverse and delectable flavours is the copious use of spices that significantly titillates the taste buds of all Indians.

Spices Are Good Too
Adding natural and mild spices and flavours from an early age is a great way to introduce children to a variety of tastes. Spices such as turmeric, Cinnamon, Aniseed, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cloves, Carom seeds, Coriander seeds, Mustard seeds not only taste fantastic but they have a lot of health benefits too. Spices:

  • Are natural anti-helminthes, antibacterial
  • Cure cold and flu
  • Have antiseptic properties -  are natural anti-blood clotting agents
  • Cure stomach ailments
  • Are natural antioxidants 
  • Enhance blood circulation
     

But How Much is Too Much?
Experts opine, “Spices are added to food to make them palatable. However, once they reach the digestive tract, they may cause irritation to stomach mucosal lining. Spices increase the acidic secretion and reduce the strength of mucosal barrier.”

Digestive Ailments - Over-indulgence in spices may cause stomach ailments. Although spices provide vitamins and other nutrients, too much of these nutrients can be harmful.

Acid Reflux- Spices are a combination of acids. When too much acid is introduced over the natural acidic secretions of stomach, it results in Acid Reflux. It causes chest and throat burn. Chronic Acid Reflux leads to Esophageal Cancer. It also affects oral health.

Acute Gastritis- It is caused due to inflammation of Gastric Mucosal membrane that lines the stomach. Simple indigestion is a form. Acute cases include vomiting, fever, diarrhea and bleeding in vomiting as well as in stools.

Gastric Ulcer- Spicy food can cause ulcer in sensitive mucosal lining of stomach, duodenal ulcer (small intestine) and even Esophageal Ulcer.

Insomnia - Hot spicy food increases body temperature and creates excitement in the body which may trigger sleeplessness. Thus, it is advised to avoid spicy food at dinner.

 

Affecting the Palate Itself
Constant consumption of hot food permanently deteriorates the sensation in the taste bud.

 

Some Preventive Methods

  • You can avoid the combination of oily and spicy food that might increase the acid secretion.
  • Drink milk in order to neutralize the acidic content of spicy food​

Excessive intake of piquant comestibles is sure to raise the mercury and give sleepless nights to you. It is always advisable to consult Medical Insurance Companies in India and invest in a customized health insurance plan suited to your current health status.


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