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Mahashivratri 2024: Here Are Healthy Foods To Eat While Fasting – Onlymyhealth

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The Hindu festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated across India and is dedicated to lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this night and their divine union is celebrated as Mahashivratri, ‘The Grand Night of Lord Shiva’. 

Many devotees of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati observe fast on this day in order to show respect to the gods. It is believed that fasting brings the blessings of lord Shiva and purifies the mind and body. While some devotees choose to only rely on water and not eat anything during fasts, many others go for ‘vrat-friendly’ foods. 

Fasting is a great way of worshipping God but at the same time, it is important to be cautious about health. Here are some foods you must add in your vrat diet this Mahashivratri. 

Healthy Foods For Fasting

In Hinduism, when it comes to fasting, non-vegetarian foods are a big no-no. Even foods including garlic and onions are not consumed. To ease your mind from the confusion of ‘What can I eat while fasting’, here are some healthy food options you must opt. 

Dairy

Dairy products are rich in calcium and protein, proving beneficial for your overall health. You can go for dairy products like milk, curd, yoghurt and buttermilk while fasting as all of them are nutritious. The protein and calcium content in dairy helps in promoting bone health and strengthens muscles. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health states, “Dairy foods that undergo fermentation, such as yoghurt are lower in lactose and contain healthful gut bacteria that may benefit digestive health.” 

Also read: How To Consume Milk And Dairy Products Correctly According To Ayurveda?

Fruits 

Fruits

In a conversation with the OnlyMyHealth team, Shraddha Singh, Consultant Dietitian, Regency Hospital, said that fruits like oranges, apples, and bananas, are good sources of vitamins and are low in fats. Being high in calcium, magnesium, protein, fibre, potassium, and vitamin C, bananas are beneficial to your digestive system, bones, and overall health, including helping you lose weight. Papaya, a good source of antioxidants, helps in aiding digestion, managing weight loss, and heals issues like acidity constipation. Other nutrition-rich fruits you should include in your fasting diet are apples, grapes, apricots, coconut, and so on. 

Sabudana (Sago Pearls) 

Sabudana

When it comes to fasting, sabudana is the first food that comes to your mind. My personal favourite, sabudana promotes healthy blood flow and regulates blood pressure. It is good for digestion and helps in alleviating constipation. It is advised that diabetic patients should not consume sabudana.

Also read: Dealing With A Slow Metabolism? Here’s Why Sabudana Should Be A Part Of Your Diet

Makhana

Makhana

Makhana, also called as fox nuts, are one of the best snacks during fasts. While it is a very light snack to consume, it promotes kidney health by regulating blood flow and promoting urination. It also regulates blood pressure, detoxifies liver, and regulates blood sugar levels making it a perfect choice for diabetic patients. Additionally, it also supports a healthy digestive system and aids in weight loss as it is low in cholesterol and calories. 

Fasting is a way of respecting gods and being spiritually fulfilling but it does not mean neglecting health by any means. So, it is important to keep your health in check and consume healthy foods while celebrating Mahashivratri. 

(Disclaimer: The contents of this article are provided by experts backed by studies and are for informational purposes only. Hence, we advise you to consult your expert for a diet designed for your body type.)

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