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A joint initiative between Aga Khan Health Boards around the world and TheIsmaili.org, the Nutrition Centre is your guide to traditional foods of African, Central and South Asian, and Middle Eastern origin.
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B is for… Badaam (Almonds)

Badaam (Almonds). Photo: Mivr / Dollar Photo Club

You may have memories of your grandma telling you to eat “saath (seven) badaam a day.” Well, as explained in this latest Nutrition Centre A to Z article, research suggests that she was giving you good advice!

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A is for… Amla (Indian gooseberry)

Amla (Indian gooseberry) is a tangy seasonal fruit that is high in vitamin C. Photo: Swapan / Dollar Photo Club

The Ismaili Nutrition Centre has launched a new series of articles on simple ideas for popular foods. This A to Z of different fruits, vegetables and everyday ingredients builds greater awareness of basic nutrition and encourages you to try healthy and easy ideas for preparing a range of tasty dishes. This week's entry is about amla, a tangy seasonal fruit that is high in vitamin C.

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Doing the Mediterranean diet, South Asian style

Using fresh garlic, ginger, and herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, and oregano makes it easier to prepare great-tasting food, while reducing the need to use excess salt. Photo: MANGO STUDIOS

High in vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruit, and fish, the Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant improvement in quality of life. Many South Asian foods work well with it, and some simple changes can help you incorporate the Mediterranean lifestyle into your daily living.

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Pump up the pulses to control diabetes

The fibre, complex carbohydrates and protein in pulses are a great combination for satisfying hunger and keeping you full, helping you to eat less overall and preventing your blood sugar from spiking too often. Photo: Licensed from CanStockPhoto

Over 50 per cent of people with pre-diabetes who eat healthier and are physically active can delay or even entirely prevent themselves from becoming diabetic. For those who have type 2 diabetes, eating cooked pulses along with a high-fibre diet can help control long term blood sugar levels.

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Recipe: Lamb Sheekh Kebabs

Lamb Sheekh Kebabs. Photo: Rabia TopanThese spicy kebabs make a healthy light lunch and are also a delicious treat for a buffet when entertaining. Minced lamb is flavoured with coriander, cumin, garam masala and other fragrant spices, and the skewered kebabs are then baked in the oven, ready in about 15 minutes.

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