Panta, ilish: Benefits of Baishakhi feast
Pahela Baishakh is incomplete without soaked rice, known as panta and hilsa fish, known as ilish locally. Bengalis have been carrying out this tradition for ages. We need to know is the food only a part of tradition or has this food anything more?
Yes, these foods hold our tradition, besides, it has nutrition values. There are many nutrients in the food which are very beneficial for our health.
The nutrition benefits are given below:
Health benefits of panta:
Panta rice is very nutritious. We should understand the nutritional values before eating it.
The calories of panta depend on the type of rice cooked. One cup of rice has 200-224 calories. Panta is rich in iron, calcium, potassium but the amount of sodium decreases in panta. Panta is rich with vitamin B12 and B2.
Panta provides adequate water to the body and protects the body from dehydration. It also protects from sun-stroke or heat-stroke in severe heat.
Panta is also beneficial for gastric patients. But it's harmful for the diabetes patient.
Panta is easier to digest than rice. It is also low in sodium. It keeps the blood pressure low.
Health benefits of ilish:
100grams of hilsa contains 22 grams of protein and 19.5 grams of fat. It is rich in fish proteins such as amino acid, i.e. methionine, lysine and low in tryptophan compared to mammalian protein.
Fish is a rich source of essential nutrients required for supplementing both infant and adult diets. Fish proteins are rich in EAA and required for the maintenance, growth, reproduction and synthesis of vitamins. Furthermore, some nutritional components such as, fish oil is one of the most important natural sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids having Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which have been proven to have useful effects on human body.
Poly unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA obtained from fish oil are reported to be potential in curing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, diabetes rheumatoid arthritis, brain development, cancer and depression.
A research on this fish found that eating 100grams of hilsa fish per day has a good effect in hypercholesterolemic subjects.
Since, the New Year is celebrated in the summer this meal is beneficial and healthier for us. But there are some people, who have specific types of diseases, they have to know.