Here are eight amazing health benefits of including paneer in your diet

Loaded with protein, paneer is regularly consumed by most people who follow a vegetarian diet. Photo: iStock/liubomirt

Most vegetarians include paneer in their regular diet as a major source of protein. As paneer is made from milk, it is a store house of protein, vitamins and minerals. Including paneer in the diet has many nutritional benefits. Here are some of them.

Rich source of protein
Loaded with protein, it is regularly consumed by most people who follow a vegetarian diet. Besides, paneer contains nine types of amino acids too that are essential for the proper functioning of the body. As paneer is healthier compared to cheese, it could be consumed on a regular basis.

Best for weight loss
Paneer which is rich in protein and low in carbohydrates is an excellent item for those who are trying to shed weight. It is quite filling and prevents you from snacking on unhealthy food items to satiate your hunger pangs. However, make sure to eat paneer in moderation as it is high in calories.

Healthy muscles
The high quality protein in paneer helps in producing healthy muscles. This is one of the reasons why body builders and athletes include paneer in their diet.

Controls diabetes
Paneer contains an amino acid called tryptophan which helps in insulin production. This prevents the sudden rise in blood sugar levels.

Good for bones and teeth
The zinc in paneer boosts the immunity and reduces the chance of common cold, fever and infections. Besides, the protein provides energy when the body is weak due to flu.

Stimulates brain
Paneer is a good source of vitamin B 12 which is essential for maintaining the health of brain. Vitamin B 12 which regulates the nervous system could prevent problems like disorientation. Deficiency of vitamin B 12 is often seen in vegetarians. It could be overcome by including paneer in diet.

Reduces stress
The tryptophan in paneer stimulates the neuro transmitter called serotonin. This helps in reducing stress and keeps you in a good mood.

Delicious dishes like paneer tikka, paneer burji, paneer paratha and paneer butter masala could be easily cooked using paneer. However, make sure that these are enjoyed in moderation to maintain a fit and healthy body.  

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