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Is Idli Good For Weight Loss?


Idli, a South Indian staple, is now very popular in India as an appetizing meal. It is made with rice, urad daal and sometimes methi seed. Each ingredient is soaked separately, then combined into a batter that can be allowed to ferment overnight. This batter is then steamed to prepare soft and spongy idlis, it can be had alongside a variety of chutneys, sambar, and even dry powders (the most popular one is called “gun powder,” named aptly because it’s an extremely spicy mix with dried red chillies as the main ingredient! Is idli good for weight loss, even though it is healthy? Let’s find out:

1. It’s a Fermented Food: Fermentation brings out the best in this nutritious breakfast option. Since it’s left for fermentation overnight, it’s great for the gut and allows the healthy gut bacteria thrive, and as we all know by now, a robust gut means better immunity and greater chances of losing weight. Strong guts are essential for maintaining a high metabolism and optimal levels of important hormones (including fat-burning hormones). Unbalanced guts can cause weight gain or increase inflammation. So, it’s a good idea to include fermented foods such as dosa, ambali, dhokla, and idli to…

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