June 28, 2022
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An Ayurvedic doctor clears myths about consuming leafy green vegetables

By on September 23, 2021 0 74 Views

When on a diet or trying to eat healthy, green leafy vegetables are the first thing that come to our mind. High in nutrients and light on the stomach, salads are thought to be a great way to feel satiated without consuming too many calories.

But is that true? Are salads all healthy? Certainly not.

Dr Alka Vijayan took to Instagram to share four myths about leafy green vegetables.

Myth : Light on the stomach
Fact: Green leafy vegetables are full of fibre, which puts too much strain on your gut to metabolise it. Even when you chew them properly, it takes very long to digest them.

Myth: Green vegetables have a high water content
Fact: Green leafy salads are high in fibre and can aggravate Vata (dryness in the body), which can lead to bloating, pain in the body, excess flatulence and joint pain.

Myth: Salads are the best meal for dinner
Fact: Your dinner should be the lightest meal of the day. Salads put pressure on the gut as they are consumed raw, which also takes extra effort to break it. Thus, it’s best to avoid salad for your last meal.

Myth: High fibre food keeps your skin and hair healthy
Fact: As salads increase vata, it leads to thinning of the hair and extreme hair fall in some cases.

Myth: It can improve your digestion
Fact: When you start consuming salads initially, they might help with weight loss. But when you start consuming them daily, it can cause dryness of the intestine, which can lead to constipation.

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