There is nothing worse than opening your tiffin box to find that the food has gone stale. What if we tell you that there are stale foods that are more nutritious than the fresh ones? Yes, you heard it right! Recently this has been proved when the researchers claimed that eating stale roti (chapati) has more health benefits. While this has been documented now, but people all over the world have been eating stale food for years for its numerous health benefits. Even various food habit journals suggest eating stale food for its rich nutrients. Here is a list of 7 such food items that are more nutritious when consumed stale.
2. Panta Bhaat/Basi Bhat
Poitabhat or Panta Bhaat or Basi Bath is traditionally eaten in Bihar, Bengal and Orissa. It is prepared by soaking rice overnight and is served with salt, onion, and red chilli. The partially fermented rice is rich in iron, potassium, sodium, and calcium and is considered effective in case of diarrhoea. It is also believed to protect against sun-stroke.
According to a recent study, stale roti (chapatti) balances blood pressure, controls body temperature and also eliminates stomach problems. The study also says that stale chapatti should be consumed within 12-15 hours of preparation.
Have you ever tried chilled kheer or payesh? If not, next time when you make it, refrigerate it overnight and then eat to get the perfect sweetness. Make sure that the dish is mildly sweet when hot because once chilled they taste 2 times sweeter. It keeps the gut cool and healthy.
Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning made by fermenting soybean, salt and rice. It is high in vitamin B12. The fermentation process makes it rich in enzymes and is considered a probiotic that is helpful in digestion, and assimilation of nutrients.
Kombucha is a fermented health drink, made of water, black tea and sugar. The qualities like detoxification, anti-oxidation, and stimulating immunity make kombucha very healthy for the immune system and overall metabolism. Also, it is said to fight cancerous cells.
Kimchi is nothing else but fermented veggies and is a staple of Korean cuisine. It is considered good for the heart and healthy digestive system. It is a low-calorie, high fiber, and nutrient-packed side dish that is good against cancer, diabetes, and even obesity.
According to a study food items like Kombucha and yogurt reduces the risk of bladder cancer. The fermentation process makes lactic acid bacteria active that suppresses bladder cancer.