Curd decoded: How good is dahi for you, really?

  • Shikha Sharma
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2016 18:42 IST
Yoghurt is made using a different strain of bacteria than curd (Images Bazaar)

It’s good for our stomachs, or so we’re told. But apparently it’s bad for our respiration – sometimes. But when? Here’s all you need to know about curd.

What is curd?

Curd is milk that has been acted upon by a particular kind of healthy bacteria. It is a probiotic food, meaning it improves the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut.

Is yoghurt curd?

Yoghurt is similar to curd, but made using a different strain of bacteria. Some varieties of yoghurt may even have a greater amount of ‘good’ bacteria than homemade curd.

What does modern science say about curd?

Curd is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and sodium, and is a significant source of vitamin B12 as well as a certain amount of folic acid.

Curd made from full cream milk is mostly saturated dairy fat and cholesterol. The opposite holds true for curd made with low fat milk.

Curd also has a reasonable amount of protein, and is low in carbohydrates.

What does Vedic science say about curd?

The sourness of curd fulfils the needs of taste, and since it is also sour after digestion, it improves the appetite of underweight children and adults, especially if eaten with sugar or jaggery.

Curd prevents excessive water loss from the intestine, which makes it useful if you have loose motions. However, for this purpose, you need to drink a thin and light lassi.

If you have liver problems, you should avoid curd because it is heavy to digest. Similarly, if you have acidity or gastritis, avoid curd.

While curd is useful if you have problems passing urine (dysuria), or a prolonged case of stress-created intestinal disorder, it should not be eaten if you have pitta (heat) disorders, such as skin infections, swellings due to infection, or inflammation of any tissue or joint (for example, rheumatic arthritis).

If you are a man with fertility problems, curd is highly recommended. But since it increases kapha (phlegm), it must not be eaten at night

Curd increases kapha, hence it should not be eaten at night, as it can lead to respiratory problems and increased cough and congestion.

From HT Brunch, July 10, 2016

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