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The harvest festival known as Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the middle of winter every year. The festival will be celebrated on January 15 this year with much fanfare across India. Bacterial and viral infections are more common in the winter. Did you know that the auspicious occasion aligns with the solar cycle? This festival marks the beginning of the harvest season in India. Considered a day of happiness and prosperity, Sankranti also includes delicious food people enjoy. What most people don’t know is that the foods included in this festival are also healthy.
Our forefathers enjoyed the food without knowing the nutritional requirements, calories, or other healthy components that people need. However, festivals are designed to protect the environment and the climate. The food prepared for these celebrations keeps us warm, provides us with energy, and prevents bacterial and viral infections.
Pongal, Ellu-Bella (Sesame seeds), sugarcane, and ber (small turmeric plant) are commonly consumed during this festival. Here are all the health benefits of eating delicious and healthy foods this Makar Sankranti.
Pongal is typically prepared outdoors, where the sunshine helps us receive vitamin D. The turmeric present in Pongal is also anti-viral. While providing a pleasant scent and flavour, ghee used in its preparation also aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. This dish contains the strongest antioxidant, vitamin E. During the winter, ghee also hydrates dry skin and hair.
It is a blend of groundnuts, dry coconut, sesame seeds, and jaggery.
3. Ber, bore, or jujube fruit
This fruit is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which helps fight free radicals and prevents cell damage. It promotes acne-free, glowing skin and brightens and clears dull skin in the winter. The saponins in jujube detoxify the blood and remove toxins from the body.
Now you know the benefits of Makar Sankranti food, it’s time for you to enjoy the festival all in its glory! Happy Makar Sankranti!
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