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“Indian foods” are so different in taste, shape and structure that no combination of forks, spoons,blades would truly do the entire job. One needs to use all the fingers to handle the food stuffs. Indian food tastes best when eaten with fingers and is intended to be eaten by hand. Rotis,dosas, parathas are to be torn and dipped in side dish and to be eaten. If one tries to eat them with spoon or fork, may end up with battle!!
Traditionally “Indian foods” are meant to be eaten on the floor, served with leaves and tasted with finger tips. These cultures have scientific reason behind it.
Acharya Charaka (known as the Father of non-surgical Ayurvedic Indian Medicine) had said that sparsha (touch) is the only thing that has connection with both sense organs and mind.Eating by using hands and sitting on the floor with crossed legs was the customary method. Each finger helps in the change of consideration is given to it, regarding how the food is picked up,what temperature the food is, what amount of food can be taken,and how the hand must be held to keep the sustenance in it. When one touches the sustenance with fingers, nerve endings in the fingers sense the temperature and texture of the food, and based on this information, the brain triggers the release of relevant digestion-related juices. Ayurveda studies have shown that the body can react to the touch of food by releasing the required chemicals and initiating digestion-related movements in the stomach before the sustenance even meets the lips and that the fingers themselves contain proteins that begin the digestion related process on the first touch of food. Sitting on the floor strengthens the lumbar region of the body, reducing torment and distress also helps in reducing weight.
Serving food on the banana leaves has a long standing tradition in India. Banana leaves contain a lot of polyphenols, a characteristic cancer-preventing agent found in many plant-based foods.. They are also said to have anti-bacterial properties that can possibly kill the germs in food. Eating on banana leaves is ecofriendly, because they decompose in a very short time and cleaning the mess after eating is very simple. Banana leaves have a wax-like coating that prevents dirt and dust from sticking on the surface of leaves, so it is certainly more hygenic when compared to the other utensils. Next time if anyone invites you a meal on the banana leaf, roll up your sleeves and grab it.
Some people say that eating with hand is unhygenic, not a good manners; but its not true because in the olden days people ate the food with hands and lived a long healthy life. Similarly people in the mordern age should adopt this practices to lead a very healthy life.
Diverse culture, facinating traditions with science made India INCREDIBLE and ASTONISHING!!