Grandmas and grandpas have become extended families and so are their long-lasting cultural heritage and our deep-rooted historic tales. Science proves facts whereas, our beloved grandma’s facts and beliefs have hidden messages that need to be unraveled. These stories and messages extend to the relatively new field, nutrition. The intuition and intelligence of our elders have taught us more than what we realize.
You would be in awe after reading through some of the proverbs and their nutritional relevance:
Spilling salt brings bad luck
This superstition originating from Greece may contain a reality that needs to be uncovered. In today’s world, increased salt (sodium) consumption is linked to numerous health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and most importantly, hypertension. Health organizations recommend individuals to limit sodium intake to not more than 1,500 mg/day. You might cling onto your superstitious beliefs or take up the path of modern science, either way you are benefitted as you will think twice before using the salt shakers to spill salt onto your meals.
Eating garlic, onions or mustard seeds grants good luck by blessing you or saving you from the evil
Speaking scientifically, vegetables of the Amaryllis (onions & garlic) and the Brassicaceae (mustard & broccoli) families are under investigation for their anticarcinogenic property. Naturally-occurring phytochemicals in these vegetables might help ward off the formation of cancer-causing compounds, help repair the damaged DNA and induce apoptosis of tumor cells. Munching these veggies might help enhance your health but might keep your friends away from you due to their lingering odor.
Fishermen bringing bananas on a boat may be subjected to ill will & a bad catch
Green bananas, a good source of resistant starch, may also bring about some unwanted illnesses. Depending on your body composition, green bananas can provide your intestines with a healthy dose of short-chain fatty acids or a bad bout of gas and diarrhea.
Plant a parsley to get pregnant
Pregnancy chances are always more with good nutritious food intake. Of all, parsley is of great help to the developing fetus as it a major source of different vitamins, minerals and folic acid, nutrients that are greatly needed for the health of the developing fetus. Folic acid helps the baby to stay out of neural tube defects. Read more on the dangerous effects of neural tube defects at www.firsteatright.com. Better plant a parsley before planning for a baby.
Every day, a new discovery in nutrition/food industry is made correlating their effects on our body. Whatever might be the new approach/discovery, our ancestral histories are treasures that are never to be forgotten and might be of help to our future generations as well.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.