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15 Simple changes in cooking towards healthier you..

Introduction :

Cooking is an art. When you mix it with a science of nutrition you can reap its maximum benefits.'' We are what we eat'' and so focus on the simple changes in your cooking methods for healthier lifestyle.

1. Replace refined white rice with parboiled rice :
Parboiled rice has a low glycemic index making it suitable for diabetics too. It has good amount of fiber,calcium,potassium,and vitamin B6 than the refined white rice.
If you find difficult to use for all the varieties of food, use it for curd rice as parboiled rice goes well with curd rice.

2. Replace refined oil with filtered oil :
Refining process removes all the nutrients and also certain chemicals are added which may be bad for our health. Therefore, use filtered oil.

3. Replace  refined sugar with Jaggery or Honey :
Refined sugar manufacturing involves use of chemicals which are harmful.  Use Jaggrey, honey or stevia which comes with lot of other health benefits too. 

4. Use sprouted grams more than unsp…
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