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6 Whole grains hacks that can fight diseases like cancer

Every year we have Pongal celebration in the month of January and we cheer for the first harvest of the year. It’s been an ancient custom where different parts of India celebrate in different ways like Makar Sankranti, Bihu, and Pongal as well. So, this year we thought why not show some love to ourselves by including whole grains in our diet. And also embrace our farmers who put all their effort throughout the year to ensure three meals in a day for us.

Here, is a blog telling you why whole grains should be your focus for this pongal celebration. And to add happy memories to your pongal celebration we are going to tell you about products that come straight from farmers. So apart from trying out healthy food, you will support a farmer and thank him for all this efforts throughout the year.


What are whole grains in food?

A typical whole grain is a grain which is in its pure form and retains all the parts without anything missing. Whether in a crushed, rolled, or roasted form, a whole grain has all its parts as it is and is very healthy for your overall health system. Now, you must be wondering what these parts are because the whole grain itself is very small in size.

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A grain has three major parts, i.e. bran, endosperm, and germ.

Bran is outer fibrous part which also contains antioxidants, whereas endosperm is the middle part and also the most nutritious one. The endosperm has fusion of three nuclei and the grain uses its metabolic product to grow in the process of maturation. Any seed or grain which has remnants of endosperm is considered very healthy and nutritious. The innermost part is germ which contains most of the vitamins and minerals along with proteins.

Hence, any grain which has these three components unaltered, is considered as whole. And these whole grains are loaded with benefits that will not only convince you but will leave you surprised. So, let’s explore them without wasting much time.


Nutrition profile of whole grains

  • It has lots of fiber to line your gut and make your digestion process very smooth
  • They contain major vitamins that improve your skin, eyesight, and overall health.
  • Whole grains are reservoir of minerals like potassium, magnesium, zinc, etc. and ultimately maintain the ionic balance of your body.
  • Protein is the major content of whole grains and you don’t have to worry if you have gym scheduled every morning.
  • As already mentioned above, the bran has antioxidants which prevent harmful chemical reactions from taking place in your body.
  • Apart from these major elements, it has a number of chemical compounds that play important role in prevention of life-threatening diseases.

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After knowing this, you would be curious to know about major benefits of whole grains in disease prevention. Why not start a healthy diet as a part of your pongal celebration? After all, festivals are here to spread happiness, so why not start with your health? Isn’t it a good idea?


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  • Lowers the risk of heart disease

With fiber and good cholesterol being the components of whole grains, you don’t have to worry about the well being of your heart. A survey conducted in 2016 proved that small consumption of whole grains everyday will reduce the risk of heart disease by 22%.

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Also, a survey that monitors annual trends noticed that those who start consuming whole grains at early age tend to have 47% lesser chance of suffering from any kind of heart disease. Even the processed food which has whole grain and is assured with purity is way more beneficial than ordinary refined grains.

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  • Fighter against obesity

Again, the overall nutrition profile of whole grains make sure that you stay away from obesity. Even if you are overweight or gaining weight rapidly, you can save yourself by switching to whole grain rich diet on regular basis. You will be amazed to know that obesity causes 12 types of cancers and by opting for this diet, you are saving yourself from a dangerous risk.

Consumption of whole grains ensures reduced belly fat by lowering the basic metabolic rate. A scientific study created a cereal that had more amount of whole grains and bran rich elements. This in turn proved to be highly beneficial for people trying to get rid of obesity.

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  • Protects you from type 2 diabetes

If you are someone who is afraid of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes because it genetically runs in your family, then here is the time to save yourself from it. A study proves that taking whole grains in your meal twice a day will save you from this disease. Also, the whole grains reduce obesity as we discussed earlier and hence, it will obviously reduce your chances of suffering from type 2 diabetes.

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Apart from this, you would love to know that magnesium, which is present in most of the whole grains, are responsible for regulating insulin sensitivity. Hence, not one but there are two reasons why you should immediately include a diet rich in whole grains.



  • Stops the root cause of chronic disease – Inflammation

Whole grains work like magic for people suffering from chronic disease. Also, it helps you protect yourself from such chronic ailments in future because the first reaction taking place against your health is inflammation.

WHO openly recommends whole grains in regular diet in order to reduce inflammation and thereby deal with any kind of chronic disease. So, what are you waiting for? Switch to a whole grains rich diet now!


  • Anticancer properties

Whole grains are so rich with fiber and minerals that it prevents colorectal cancer in both men and women. It works like prebiotic that goes into your body and releases all good elements to protect you from all kinds of infections and diseases.

The three major components which are a part of cancer drugs and are approved by medical journals are present in whole grains. Phytic acid, phenolic acid, and saponins are the compounds that will help you keep yourself away from this deadly disease.

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  • Prevents foetal deaths and disorders

Refined grains are polished and have added minerals which are not in their pure form. This will lead to accumulation of unwanted chemical compounds in your blood. There are chances, you might pass it on to your foetus during pregnancy. And this might be a reason for miscarriage and disorders.

So, opt for whole grains which are pure and untamed in nature. This will provide proper care to your child through your diet.


Whole grains’ recipe worth including in your diet

Some of the whole grains rich diet you can include in your diet are given below:

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  • The whole grains which are recommended for people with busy lifestyle trending across the globe. These are millet, rice, wheat, oats and cereals.
  • You can have millet idli or dosa for your breakfast or dinner. You can have it alongside some chutney podi or Andhra gun powder for taste.
  • In order to have tastier breakfast or brunch or evening snacks, you can use poha. It is also available with tangy lemon flavour in our store. Buy lemon poha mix online


Thus, after knowing so much about benefits of whole grains, we don’t think you will ignore your health for even one more day. Switch your diet and include whole grains rich diet on regular basis. Also, spread the word about these information and save your friends and family members. Save them from falling the trap of refined grains. Stay healthy and stay aware!

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The 6 best South Indian food that will add unique element to your new year plans

Just like you, we all are excited for our new year plans because we have some amazing South Indian food instant mixes to serve. While some of us have cheat day everyday, there are other set of people who are continuously finding low calorie Indian food. So here, we have some new year plans that will not only satisfy your taste buds but also serve you low calorie Indian food.

Go ahead with this blog because you will thank us for sorting your new year plans with south Indian food. These are the combinations and recipes you never knew existed and we are bringing it to you for the very first time.

Benefits of south Indian food that doesn’t affect your resolution for healthy diet

So before we tell you about making new year plans with south Indian food, we would tell you why! Because there should be reason behind leaving aside pizza and changing your cuisine for your new year plans, right? Hence, here are some benefits of south Indian food that you need to consider in mind.

  • South Indian food is highly rich in protein. Be it anything starting from dosa, sambhar, and idli; you will find it rich in protein. This will turn out to be the best option for health conscious people. The plus point with this plan is that you will not gain calories. It’s like having a cheat day without actually having a cheat diet.
  • The reason why everyone loves south Indian food is because of its fiber content. The fibre makes the food easily digestible without leaving any sign of flatulence. So, your new year is definitely not going to leave you bloated on the very first day of 2019.
  • South Indian food gets easily digested, so in case you want to eat more yummies, you can always have room for it. It gets digested super soon and doesn’t make you lazy or lethargic.
  • One of the most prominent characteristics of south Indian food is that it is perfect diet if you want to lose weight. You can actually binge on south Indian food or snacks and feel totally okay about your body weight.

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South Indian food combination which can make your new year plans better

Now, is the time for some amazing south Indian food combo because in the previous section we have stated enough reasons for you to choose this over other options. Without wasting much time, let’s just jump to explore these amazing combinations that we have for you on our website.

Rava idli with groundnut chutney

Rava idli is just a fancy recreation of normal idli which is a very healthy as well as tasty option for you. You can have this with our instant groundnut chutney mix and serve this lovely combination to your family and friends. In addition to it, you can try our pickles that will just add more taste to your rava idli and groundnut chutney.

Ragi idli with Andhra gun powder

We have seen a lot of people replacing normal carbohydrate with ragi, so why not start your year with a healthy option. We have ragi idli mix for a healthier option, which can be combined with spicy Andhra gun powder. This will just add taste to your one healthy meal and you can enjoy authentic south Indian food.

Adai dosa with Lemon rasam

Adai is a special type of multigrain dosa which not only fulfills your appetite but tastes amazing. This is not similar to your regular dosa, but even better than that. The best part is you can add chopped tomatoes, onions, coriander leaves, and anything you like to our instant mix and make this a vegetarian version of omlet. In order to cheat a little, don’t mind adding some butter or cheese while serving. Can you already feel the water in your mouth?

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We are not done yet because we have to tell you about lemon rasam too! This is a very healthy and refreshing south Indian drink that can be taken alongside rice, idli, dosa, or adai dosa. It is actually considered as a drink which can make you feel better when you are sick with fever or cold. So why not combine the charm of adai dosa with tangy touch from lemon rasam.

Multi millet dosa with Chutney podi

This is the kind of dosa that comes in a dream of every dosa lover who is going to gym and avoiding their cravings. This multi millet dosa is packed with nutrition and gives you a perfect reason to have a cheat day. Multi millet food tops the list of Indian low calorie food and here is the instant mix for the same to save some effort.

And in case you think this is a boring suggestion, we have instant chutney podi mix which can just add flavour to your multi millet dosa. To get the best out of these mixes, you can make podi dosa roasted in ghee. Needless to mention again, but all this with health under your check. Amazing isn’t it?

Lemon poha with pickles

Now, why stick to south Indian food when you can have a spicy blend from Maharashtra too! Here, we have lemon poha which is unique as well as a healthy option for starting your new year. You can have this poha with any of the pickles listed on our website. If you need a twist, you can chop some cabbage, spring onion, or potatoes and add it to your poha.

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On a brighter side, if you like the poha spicy, you can add our podi mix or Andhra gunpowder to the mix. This will give it a very spicy touch without compromising on your health.

Ragi dosa with groundnut chutney

Ragi dosa is one of the most preferred south Indian food when we talk about low-calorie Indian food. People who are not used to having ragi can combine it with lemon rasam or Andhra gunpowder. But we would recommend groundnut chutney mix with our ragi dosa because it complements the taste and makes it very yummy.

So with all the above combination of south Indian food instant mixes, you might have got some of your own ideas too. We would love it if you share it with us, so start spamming with your creative combination. We hope you liked our suggestion and now it’s time for you to give us feedback on our blogs.

The entire team of The South Indian Store wishes a very happy new year to you and your family. May you stay healthy, creative, and positive throughout the year.

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5 Healthy South Indian Recipes Anyone Can Eat As Breakfast!

Mustard seeds, curry leaves, coconut and tamarind, these are some ingredients which are an important part of most South Indian recipe. But do you how healthy certain dishes are? Steamed idli or yummy rasam, there are many recipes that you can cook in your kitchen. They are easy to cook and tasty to your taste buds. Let’s find out about 5 healthy and tasty South Indian recipes which you can eat as breakfast at home!

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