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Last Updated : Dec 11,2018



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Recipes rich in B Vitamins

Have you ever wondered why there is so much hype about eating a “Balanced Diet” daily? That is because, in order to function efficiently, your body requires a variety of nutrients which comes from a variety of food groups. Such is the case with B Vitamins, a key player in maintaining a good cell health and keeping you energized throughout the day. 

B vitamins are a group of water soluble vitamins and this B vitamin family majorly contains 8 vitamins Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. All of these B Vitamins have a different role to play in the body. Even though each of it has a unique function, all of them work in coordination.

When you do not have adequate amount of these vitamins through diet, the doctor prescribes a B-complex supplement to fill in the gap. 

Who is at a risk of B Vitamin deficiency?

Certain groups like pregnant women and older adults are vulnerable and may be at a risk of developing B vitamin deficiency. Conditions like Crohn’s disease, HIV, Gluten Intolerance and Excessive Alcoholism may result in inadequate absorption of these vitamins from diet.

Since the B vitamin family is water soluble, it is flushed out of the body daily, therefore it needs to be constantly replenished by consuming foods rich in B vitamins to avoid any nutrient deficiencies.

What is the function of B vitamins?

The B vitamins have a number of functions, they play an important role in energy production, macronutrients metabolism (carbohydrate, protein and fat), the synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA. They also help in maintaining a healthy skin and muscle tone, and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

What do B vitamins do for your body?

B vitamins do not directly provide fuel to your body, instead they help your body to use the fuel created by carbohydrates, proteins and fats and help your cells to multiply by making new DNA.

The entire B vitamin family is important for maintaining good brain health, and also for the nervous system to work efficiently. They are also involved in maintaining a good health of hair, a good skin tone, nerves, glands, digestive system, immune system and blood cells. Since they play an important role in growth and development, they are a crucial part of the children’s diet.

Since they are water soluble, B-vitamins are easily destroyed, mostly by excessive consumption of alcohol, cooking, food processing can also reduce the amount that will be absorbed, thereby, making rice, white bread and white flours less nutritious than their whole grain counterparts.

What are the different kinds of B vitamins?

Each B vitamin has to play a unique role in the body and can be obtained from particular food sources.

Vitamin B1

Also called as Thiamine, it helps in converting food into energy for being used by the body, it supports normal nervous system function and plays a significant role in muscle contraction. It is also called as “anti-stress” vitamin because it has the ability to avoid damages to immune system.

Sources: Red meat, Whole grains, Beans, Sunflower seeds, Nuts, Spinach, Kale

Vitamin B2

Also called as Riboflavin, Vitamin B2 is important for growth and development, red blood cell production, helps to maintain healthy hair and skin and also protects the digestive tract.

Sources: Dairy products, Broccoli, whole grains, eggs, almonds, sesame seeds.

Vitamin B3

Also known as Niacin, Vitamin B3 boosts HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol), lowers LDL cholesterol and also improves brain function. It helps in energy synthesis and cell metabolism. It also helps the digestive system and nerve function.

Sources: beef, poultry, green vegetables, eggs, beans, nuts, sesame seeds

Vitamin B5

Also known as Pantothenic acid, it plays a pivotal role in the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates for providing energy to the cells. It also aids in the production of red blood cells, steroids, neurotransmitters and stress related hormones. It also helps in efficient working of digestive tract.

Sources: organ meats, egg yolk, whole grains, avocado, peanuts, milk and milk products, legumes

Vitamin B6

It is involved in a lot of cellular reactions in the body, Vitamin B6 is also known as Pyridoxine, keeps the body operating at their best. It helps the body metabolize amino acids from the food you eat, it helps in building new red blood cells, and is also involved in maintaining sleep patterns and mood changes as it helps in production of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, melatonin and serotonin.

Sources: meat, eggs, bananas, sesame and sunflower seeds, spinach, carrot

Vitamin B7

Also known as Biotin, vitamin B7 improves metabolism, tissue maintenance and supports healthy hair, skin and nails. It also helps you calm and maintain a healthy nervous system.

Sources: Egg yolk is the best source of Biotin. Other sources include strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, meat, nuts.

Vitamin B9

Also known as Folic acid, Vitamin B9 is essential for optimal brain functioning and has an important role in the production of RNA and DNA. It also has a role in the development of the brain of the fetus during pregnancy. Therefore pregnant mothers are given folic acid supplementation to favor complete growth of the brain of fetus and also prevent neural tube defects. It is also essential for rapid growth of cells during pregnancy, infancy and childhood.

Sources: Dark leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, avocados, dates, beans.

Vitamin B12

Also known as Cobalamin, is a team player. It works in coordination to produce red blood cells and thereby helps in transporting oxygen by creating hemoglobin. It also helps in maintaining and regulating a healthy nervous system.

Sources: Cobalamin predominantly occurs in animal foods like chicken, beef, fish. In small amounts it is present in eggs, milk, curd and paneer. Vegetarians might have to go for a supplementation.

Deficiency of B vitamins

If your diet does not comprise of sources rich in B vitamins, you might be at a risk of developing a deficiency. Since, the pre dominant sources are non-vegetarian, vegetarians and vegans are more likely to develop a deficiency.

8 Common Symptoms of B vitamin Deficiency

1.     Skin disorders like dermatitis, dry skin, angular stomatitis (cracks at the corner of the mouths)

2.     Muscle weakness, lack of coordination, fatigue

3.     Confusion, head ache, irritability

4.     Numbness, tingling in the fingers

5.     Soreness in the muscles and joints.

6.     Anaemia

7.     Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

8.     Folate deficiency may cause neural tube defects in the growing fetus

Try to incorporate B vitamin sources in your daily diet. It is always recommended to fulfill your daily requirements from diet instead of popping up a pill. 

This makes it pretty clear, that the entire B vitamin family is of utmost importance and cannot be neglected while making daily food choices. Here we bring for you a range of recipes rich in B vitamins which will definitely nurture your health.

Happy Cooking!

 

 


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Paneer Pulao, Quick Paneer Pulao Recipe
Recipe# 1747
12 Feb 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Long-grained basmati rice, pressure-cooked in tangy tomato-based gravy interspersed with spongy cottage cheese cubes, the paneer pulao is a toothsome treat that will delight your family and friends! Enjoy this pulao as it is or have it with
Almond Bread, Homemade Almond Bread Without Eggs
Recipe# 41175
08 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A loaf without wheat? Unbelievable but true, and absolutely awesome too. Behold the Almond Bread made with Almond Milk. This recipe is a better option for those that don’t have eggs as in the recipe Almond Flax Bread with Eggs . This ....
Kale and Apple Salad
Recipe# 40483
21 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kale is a tasty variety of cabbage, which is commonly used in salads and sandwiches across the globe. Nowadays, it is available in specialty stores and supermarkets in India too. This delicious Kale and Apple Salad combines the unique flavour and texture of kale leaves with crunchy strips of a ....
Chana Dal Pancakes
Recipe# 3510
09 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
It has been recently discovered that chana dal is a very beneficial pulse for diabetics as it helps in the utilization of sugar effectively causing a slow rise in blood sugar levels because of its low glycemic index. This recipe makes use of soaked chana dal mixed with vitamin rich vegetables and ....
Peanut Chikki
Recipe# 41000
21 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Think chikki, and peanut is the first option that comes to mind! Indeed, the combination of peanuts and jaggery, prepared in a crisp and exciting form, is a time-tested and ever-popular snack, which has won the hearts of Indians and others. Here is a detailed step-by-step recipe that shows you how t ....
Tomato Soup, Veg Tomato Soup
Recipe# 362
19 Dec 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Who doesn’t love the tangy, appetizing flavour and creamy mouth-feel of Tomato Soup? Here is a variant with a desi touch, where the tomatoes are blended with cooked moong dal, to improve the texture and balance the flavour too. Onions, sautéed in butter, add more punch and a bit of crunch to t ....
Bajra, Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi
Recipe# 39646
09 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
You must have heard of Bajra Khichdi, a famous Rajasthani delicacy. While that is a wholesome dish, here is something even more nourishing, fortified with more healthy stuff like whole moong, green peas and tomatoes. These not only add more crunch and tang to the khichdi, but also add more fibre, ir ....
Broccoli and Almond Soup, Protein Rich Recipe
Recipe# 33236
02 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Broccoli and almond soup, broccoli is my favourite, and on top of that I have used almonds to make this soup everyone’s favourite! Mildly flavoured with celery and garlic, it tastes amazing. Almonds are toasted to bring out its complete flavour and to add crunch too. Besides being a protein-fi ....
Bajra Roti
Recipe# 3892
04 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Though bajra is grown only in certain parts of Rajasthan, bajra rotis are relished all over the state. Thickly rolled bajra rotis are cooked over "kanda" (cow dung cakes) in the villages. That is the authentic way of preparing them because it imparts a smoked flavour to the rotis. But here’s a tava ....
Oatmeal Almond Milk with Apples, Healthy Vegan Breakfast
Recipe# 42149
08 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Oatmeal Almond Milk with Apples is as easy as easy can be. Can you think of anything simpler than adding all the ingredients to a jar, mixing and refrigerating? Well, that’s all it takes to make this healthy vegan breakfast. You need to refrigerate it for 4 hours at least, but can comfortabl ....
Almond Sheera
Recipe# 30848
04 Dec 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Almond, an age-old brain food is here to do wonders for your child. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and iron... nutrients that boost brain power. Make it often to keep your kids mentally agile!
Paneer Makhani Recipe
Recipe# 1494
23 Sep 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
A favourite with most people while eating out at any Punjabi restaurant! paneer makhani as the name suggests is a very rich subzi from the lap of Punjab. It uses one of Punjabi cuisines most ....
Tava Chana
Recipe# 196
05 Jul 14

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 by Tarla Dalal
The very sight of sizzling chana being constantly turned around in the tavas of roadside chaat-wallahs is enough of trigger the gastronomic juices! would it not be wonderful to recreate that wonderful tava chana experience at your own garden cocktail party? cooked kabuli chana, prepared in a lip-sma ....
Baked Kale Chips
Recipe# 42550
02 Nov 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This low calorie nutritious snack doesn't require anything more than kale, olive oil, sea salt, a baking sheet and about 12 minutes. Packed with vitamin C, iron,
Pindi Chole, Punjabi Pindi Chana Recipe
Recipe# 22786
17 Jul 12

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 by Tarla Dalal
Pindi Chole is a classic dish from the Punjabi repertoire, which is flavoured with a large assortment of spice powders and other ingredients like ginger, garlic, tomatoes and onions, which lend an irresistible flavour and aroma to it. While ....
Spicy Garlic Hummus
Recipe# 41552
01 Nov 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Hummus is an ever-popular Mediterranean dip made of chick peas, garlic, olive oil and other ingredients. This is a spicy variant of the same, spiked up with red chilli paste. Curd gives the Spicy Garlic Hummus a creamy texture and tangy flavour, which complements the other ingredients beautifull ....
Carrot, Tomato and Beetroot Juice
Recipe# 39018
26 Nov 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
This low-calorie combination of easily available carrot, tomato and beetroot provides large doses of fibre and vitamin a, and is a perfect way to kick start the day! the lovely colour makes it especially appealing to kids.
Kadhi ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 607
23 Nov 14

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by Tarla Dalal
Kadhi is inseparable from gujarati cuisine. It is basically a wonderful sweet and spicy curd mixture thickened with gram flour, which can be enhanced in many ways using other ingredients like pakoras and koftas. This simple dish requires tact and perfection, which comes from practice. Remember never ....
Paneer Makhmali
Recipe# 4320
16 May 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
This aromatic subzi gets its characteristic green colour and fresh flavour from a marinade of coriander, mint and green chillies. The addition of cashews and curds to the marinade imparts a rich flavour and creamy texture to the paneer, giving this subzi a luxurious feel. Like most preparations of p ....
Rajma
Recipe# 22784
15 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Rajma is one of the most popular dishes in North India. In this Punjabi delicacy, cooked kidney beans is excitingly flavoured with a wide array of ingredients ranging from ginger and green chillies to tomatoes and onions, spices and masala powders too. However, you will be surprised to see that ....
Bajra Onion Muthia, Bajra Onion Kadhai Muthia
Recipe# 33321
02 Feb 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
While muthias can be prepared in varied methods ranging from baking and deep-frying to steaming, you will find that cooking them in a kadhai is not only convenient but also gives them a richer flavour and wonderful texture. Here we show you how to make amazing Bajra Onion Muthias using a non-stick k ....
Broccoli and Paneer Tikki ( Healthy Starter)
Recipe# 35022
17 Nov 10

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Broccoli and Paneer Tikki is a simple yet innovative starter that’ll brace the tummy for an exciting meal! Featuring a healthy blend of ingredients like antioxidant-rich broccoli, calcium-rich paneer a ....
Mixed Sprouts Brown Rice, Healthy Sprouts Pulao
Recipe# 2988
20 Aug 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This is a sumptuous brown rice preparation punctuated with scrumptious sprouts, spring onions and other veggies, and flavoured elegantly with a few common spice powders. The combination of rice and sprouted legumes (matki) improves the
Fruit and Nut Milkshake, Protein Rich Recipe
Recipe# 33263
12 Mar 09

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 by Tarla Dalal
Fruit and nut milkshake, a perfect evening snack for pregnant women, who are usually advised to have small and frequent meals. With 8.1 gm of protein per glass, this energy and nutrient dense drink will surely boost the growth of the foetus.
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