Salads; it is one of the healthiest and raw kind of food which contains plenty of benefits in it. Everyone of us eat salads with food. Today we will be describing the benefits of salads and how its ingredients affects your body.
Salads are used and eaten in many forms like those who are interested in reducing weight they intake raw cooked salad as their meals with several types of toppings. Also many people eat salads as a side dish while dining or as a dessert.
Types of Salads:
Salads are also of many types; Ambrosia that is Fruit salads, Arab salads that is Vegetable salads, Cheese slaw that is Cheese salads and many more.
Mostly, we Indians intake salads as a side dish or dessert but the foreigners eat raw cooked salads in varieties as their regular meals. They use grilled fishes, meats, chickens, berries, lettuce, fruits, and olives as the toppings.
In fact it is really a healthy kind of food. Now we will be telling you the health benefits of Salads.
Benefits of Eating Salads:
Provides hydration to your body-
As we know that raw veggies specially the salads stuffs contains ample amount of water in it. If you intake salads in a regular basis, you will notice that your body is hydrated very well without using any extra consumables.
Rich in vitamins and minerals-
Doesn’t matters which kind of salad you eat; each and every kind of salads is rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients as they are free from getting cooked.
As you munch the salads stuffs, raw or grilled it is a good source of nutrition; so the correct amount of salads is must in your daily diet.
Prevents all the types of minor skin disorders-
As the salad items like lemon, cucumber, radishes, lettuce etc are the natural skin purifier they prevents the skin disorders and keeps your skin healthy, glowing and plump.
Cleans your intestines and colon–
As the ingredients used in salads are very light and gets easily broken down by our body system. This eases our intestines to be free from extra burden of synthesizing food and keeps it fit.
So guys, these were the benefits of including salads in your daily diet. Now we will march toward the ingredients of salads and their own benefits.
Following are the ingredients of salads and each of them having their own specific role in boosting up your health:-
It is one of the most important ingredients used in preparing salads. Cucumber belongs to the Plantae group from Cucurbitaceae family. Its binomial name is “Cucumis sativus”.
It is a widely cultivated as a gourd family. Cucumber contains 95% of water in it hence good in hydration. Also the nutritional values of cucumber are very high. Although it is overall good for our body.
Cucumbers are the good source of Vitamin B and helps in reducing stress, these are also rich in magnesium, potassium and enzymes that ease your digestive system.
Cucumbers are rich in sterols that are a huge factor for curing cholesterol problems. So by this we came to know that cucumber is a simple edible that is combo pack of nutrients.
It is an edible taproot portion of the beet plant. It is crimson lake in color. It is also called table beet or golden beet. First of it has acquired taste and rich in iron.
Beetroots are rich in antioxidants, fibers, proteins, folic acid, carbohydrates. This makes this edible root a complete package of health.
Beetroots are good for heart; it oxidizes the LDL cholesterol and reduces the risks of heart ailments and blockages. Not only this, it is also beneficial for stabilizing blood sugar.
It is also a topping stuff for salads. Avocado belongs to the kingdom Plantae and Lauraceae family. Its binomial name is “Persea Americana”. Avocados contain almost 25 vital nutrients; like Vitamin A, B, C, E and K.
Avocados are rich source of fibers, protein, phosphorus, and beta-sitosterol. It keeps the cardio-system healthy as by lowering the triglyceride level and increasing good cholesterol in the body.
An avocado contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risks of degenerative disorders. It is also rich in antioxidants.
Avocados are rich in benefits such as it strengthens our cardiac muscles leading to the decreased risks of heart strokes. It is also very beneficial in strengthening our bones and avoids arthritis.
It is an orange colored edible root part of the carrot plant. Carrot belongs to the kingdom Plantae and from the Apiaceae family. Its binomial name is “Daucus carota”.
First of all this crunchy orange colored edible is very good for eyes as it increases our vision power. As a salad ingredient it works a lot, as it flush out the toxins and protects the liver as it reduces the bile secretion.
Carrots also contains rich amount of antioxidants in it which makes it a Super metabolism booster. During monsoons, carrots are specially advised as it prevents the pathogens and cures our body from infections.
Carrots also contain beta- carotene and lycopene that acts as a protecting cover against cancers. Carrots also contain lots of fibers in it that keeps our body fit and aids our digestive system.
It is also a kind of edible root vegetable. Radishes belong to the kingdom Plantae and Brassicaceae family. Its binomial name is “Raphanus stius”. Radish is sweet and pungent in taste.
Radishes are mostly eaten raw as it is a crunchy salad vegetable. It is one of the beloved parts of your salads. These are also used as pickles and curries. It is a pinkish-white colored veggie that is full of benefits.
The motive of salad is the proper digestion of the foods. Radish occupies the same property. Radishes cure the urinary disorders too. These are diuretic in nature hence increases the production of urine that aids the kidneys and urinary system, thus is natural remedy for various renal form of disorders.
Radishes are rich in Vitamin C, phosphorus, zinc and Vitamin B-complex. It also contains several enzymes like myrosinase, diastase, amylase and esterase that remove extra bilirubin from the blood.
It is a red colored, shiny and lustrous fruit cum veggie. It belongs to the kingdom Plantea and from Solanaceae family. Its binomial name is “Solanum lycopersicum”.
It is also main ingredient of salads. Tomatoes contain a antioxidant called lycopene that reduces the risks of cancers and cleanses the skin tone. These are the rich source of Vitamin A, C and folic acid and also contain wide range of nutrients, antioxidants, alpha-lipoid acid, lycopene, chlorine, folic acid and beta-carotene.
Tomatoes contain very less amount of sodium in it that is essential for stabilizing your blood pressure. Tomatoes are miraculous veggie as salad; it is a natural remedy for depression, constipation, improving skin texture, diabetes, kidney stone, strokes, cardiac disorders and many more.
These are the bulb group of vegetables. Onions belong to the kingdom Plantea and Amaryllidaceae family. Its binomial name is “Allium cepa”. Onions are best known for their pungent smelling aroma.
In salads dressing, onions are commonly used as the raw shallots are rich in nutrients and have many health benefits in it. These are also the best remedy and an inflammatory veggie that protects us against flu’s and infections.
Onions contain phytochemicals in it that improves the action of Vitamin C and hence builds the immunity. For the diabetic patients, it is very beneficial as onions are rich in chromium that regulates the blood sugar.
Raw onions produce good cholesterol (HDL) and keep your heart healthy. The top green bud of the onions is rich in Vitamin A.
Onions contain; flavanoids, sulfur, antioxidants and quercitin. It also contains amino acids called metnionine and cystine. Onions destroy the tumor cells in the test tubes and avoid the growth of tumor cells.
It is a leafy and biennial plant that is related to cole crops. Cabbage belongs to the kingdom Plantea and Brassicaceae family. Its binomial name is “Brassica oleracea”. It is good for skin; as it rejuvenates your skin into glowing and beautiful.
It is good for enhancing immunity and fights off the infections. Cabbages are rich in Vitamin K, C and many other antioxidants. Cabbage ease the blood flow as its high potassium content opens the blood vessels.
It is also very good vegetable for several types of cancers. It detoxifies the body flushing out all the toxins and cures arthritis, dermal diseases, rheumatism and gout. Cabbages are low in calories and rich in fibers that aids in weight loss.
These are also called sweet pepper or colored capsicum. It has a hot, bitter and pungent taste. Bell pepper belongs to the kingdom Plantea and Solanaceae family. Its binomial name is “Capsicum annuum”.
Bell peppers are found in many colors and has its own different tastes; orange, red, yellow, green and deep red. These are low in calorie and the rich source of Vitamin A and C.
These nutrients power your immune system and gift a youthful glow to the skin. Bell peppers are also rich in phytochemicals, carotenoids, beta-carotene and has many anti inflammatory benefits.
These were the ingredients used as the dressing and toppings of the salads. Each and every ingredient has its own benefits. Salads are one of the healthiest foods, which must be there in everyone’s diet.
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She holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Medicine and interested in Naturopathy.