Curd has always been an essential part of the Indian diet. Be it the cooling effect, aiding in digestion or its high phosphorus and calcium content, it been known for ages for its benefits. However, did you know that it can also be harmful to you?
There are a few conditions under which curd can do more harm to your body than good. Have a quick look so you can avoid these conditions.
When taken at night!
Having curd at night can be harmful as it increases phlegm. According to Ayurveda, this is due to the doshas in our body. We have 3 doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha and the Kapha dosha is predominant at night. Curd, having both sweet and sour properties, adds to the Kapha dosha and creates an imbalance, leading to the phlegm formation.
It is, therefore, advisable that if you have cough, asthma or are prone to flu and cold, you should avoid having curd at night.
Apart from this, eating curd at night also poses a risk of stomach disease and causes fear of infection in the body. If you are suffering from arthritis or joint pain, having curd may increase the pain. If you absolutely can’t do without it, substitute it with raita or buttermilk.
When taken with certain other food!
While you should avoid it at night, remember to not pair it up with these foods during the day either:
- Fish: Curd and fish together can lead to indigestion and other stomach issues due to their high protein content. While it doesn’t affect everyone, it can be quite an ordeal for those who experience the harmful effects of this combination.
- Milk: Two animal protein sources should never be consumed together as it can lead to diarrhoea, acidity and stomach issues.
- Oily foods: Oily food with curd can slow down your digestion process and make you lethargic. It isn’t harmful in the real sense but it can bring down your productivity and leave a not-so-good feeling with you.
- Mango/Onions: Both mangoes and onions are hot in nature while curd is cool. Pairing up curd with these food items can cause skin issues like rashes, psoriasis and eczema.
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