Let’s agree, there’s no meal where parathas cannot fit in. This delectable dish makes for a filling breakfast, hearty lunch, and snack-time munchies as well. Layered with ghee and topped with white butter (makhhan), piping hot parathas are a feast! However, the dish can be heavy on your stomach at times, especially during the summer season when it may be hard to digest a hearty paratha. Why? It’s because of the large amount of ghee, butter, and oil used in the recipe, making parathas heavy on the stomach and further heating up the body in the already hot weather.
Why Can Parathas Be A Bad Idea During Summer? 5 Reasons You Must Consider:
1. Hard to digest:
As mentioned earlier, parathas are loaded with ghee and butter, making the dish high in fat. Excess fat makes it hard to digest and can lead to feelings of fullness and discomfort in the stomach.
2. May cause gastric issues:
Digestion plays a vital role in maintaining our overall health. An imbalance in digestion leads to acidity, gastric issues, and imbalanced bowel movement, further affecting our overall gut health. Hence, experts recommend avoiding heavy meals like paratha during the summer season to promote healthy digestion.
3. High in carbs:
A quintessential paratha is made with atta or maida, which are packed with carbs and make the dish heavy on the stomach. Having a heavy paratha for breakfast may leave you feeling fatigued and lethargic in extreme temperatures.
4. May make you feel dehydrated:
While parathas do not directly lead to dehydration, consuming large amounts of oil or ghee can make you feel full for a longer time, reducing the desire to drink water throughout the day. This can further lead to dehydration in the body.
5. Difficult to control portion size:
Summer calls for light and comforting meals that are easily digested, which seems like a distant dream when it comes to paratha. With loads of ghee, butter, and heavy stuffing, paratha automatically becomes a heavy meal, making it tough for people to control their meal portions.
Considering the above factors, we can say that parathas are indeed a heavy option during the summer months. However, giving up your favourite dish altogether is not the solution. Our advice is to enjoy parathas to the fullest but in moderation. Also, balance it out with exercise, healthy meals, and enough water to maintain a healthy gut.
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