Sunday, July 1, 2007

Taste Contributors: Sourness - Why not Tamarind

- Sourness causes the saliva to ooze in mouth hence making the food tasty.

- Sour foods are also rich in Vitamin C

- Eating sour foods can help you get rid of the desire for sweets and salty foods, hence is very helpful in attaining health

- When used correctly, can compensate for salt and hence help you reduce the salt consumed

- Some healthy sources of sourness are lemons, fresh and dried raw mangoes, goose berries, cranberries. Please note tamarind is not a healthy source of sourness.

- Tender tamarind leaves and baby tamarinds are also acceptable. This is because they have not turned into harmful medicinal form yet, as explained in the next page.

Why is Tamarind bad?
- The biggest problem for South Indians is tamarind

- Tamarind is a very powerful laxative.

- Initially, while it is still working as laxative on our system, it will result in the increased movements in the large intestines hence weakening them, and hence leading to constipation

- in this process it will wash out the mucus layers in the large intestines. This will later on result in the sticking of stools to your intestines and hence making the movement of waste difficult, another reason for constipation

- Foods with tamarind take longer to digest. This will hence result in the over-production of digestive acids, the acids staying longer in the stomach, and hence the eating away of the mucus layers in stomach. This will result in gastric troubles and ulcers.

- Since the food stays longer in the stomach it gets fermented and leads to more gastric troubles

- Foods with tamarind require a lot more salt unlike the other healthier alternatives mentioned above

- Hence, it is crucial to completely eliminate tamarind from your food preparation.

- Tender tamarind and tender tamarind leaves are acceptable. This is because the tender ones have not yet attained the laxative medicinal properties

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