Paneer or cottage cheese is a healthy food, but all good things are good in a limit. Consuming an excessive amount of paneer can be bad for you!
We’ve always been familiar with the good side of paneer, and how its daily consumption can improve one’s health. Well, given how awesome paneer tastes and how nutritious it is, we aren’t really surprised. The fact that it is versatile and delicious, makes it a food that is relished by vegetarians and non-vegetarian alike.
But an overkill can do more harm than good. We’re here to tell you why eating too much paneer is bad for you!
First, let’s find a little more about its nutrient composition. Nutritional profile per 100 gms:
- Calcium: 714 mg
- Protein: 19.1g
- Carbohydrate: 12.4g
- Fat: 14.7g
- Calories: 265
- Magnesium: 8mg
- Sodium: 18 mg
Paneer is love for every vegetarian. What’s more, paneer provides instant energy to the body and aids in various bodily functions. Moreover, it is rich in selenium and potassium which can work wonders for your mental as well as physical health.
When HealthShots spoke to Amreen Shaikh, head dietician and nutritionist at Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai, she said, “As a source of protein, paneer has to be a part of your daily diet. But that doesn’t mean you consume it in any form. Make sure you try to eat healthy dishes such as scrambled paneer, paneer tikka, or any form of pan-fried paneer instead of paneer butter masala or shahi paneer if your aim is to lose weight or gain muscle mass.”
“You can consume paneer in small portions throughout the day without having to worry about gaining weight. Its low level of lactose makes it bearable for some lactose-intolerant people as well, even though not all of them,” added.
But remember ladies, Paneer offers a range of health benefits only when consumed in moderation.
Eating too much of anything is always riskier for health. The same goes with paneer. “As protein stays for a longer time in the stomach, eating too much protein can cause abdominal fullness, nausea, pain in the abdomen, and cramps,” says Dr. Vikas Singla.
Raw paneer can be problematic
Paneer is light on the stomach and easy to digest. However, uncooked paneer or a large amount of it can cause bloating and indigestion problems. According to Ayurveda, uncooked paneer is heavy to digest and thus takes time to digest completely. On the other hand, when paneer is cooked with spices like turmeric, ginger, and cardamom it becomes easy to digest.
Control your paneer cravings, and eat it right!