Heart healthy Indian food from a Master Chef
Mutter paneer is a classic Indian dish combining peas and cottage cheese. Like many Indian meals it is high in fat and carbohydrates.
South Asians in the U.S. have a nearly 50 percent higher chance of dying from cardiovascular disease than those of other ethnicities according to Dr. Shoeb Sitafalwalla, a cardiologist with the Advocate Heart Institute and medical director of the South Asian Cardiovascular Center in Park Ridge, Ill. And diet is one of several contributing factors to a higher prevalence of heart disease in the South Asian community, he says.
In an effort to make some of your favorite Indian meals more heart healthy, the South Asian Cardiovascular Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has teamed up with Suzy Singh, a finalist on Season 2 of the television show, Master Chef.
In a series of cooking videos, Dr. Shoeb Sitafalwalla and Singh show you how to make simple changes to reduce fat and simple carbohydrates in your Indian recipes. They share ingredient swaps, such as using healthy oils, like grape seed and olive and some new ingredients, like soy and tofu to make meals healthier.
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Evonne Woloshyn, health enews contributor, is director of public affairs at Advocate Children's Hospital. Evonne began her career as an anchor and reporter in broadcast news. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in health care marketing in both Ohio and Illinois. Evonne loves to travel, spend time with family and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan!