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Thalassemia is an inherited genetic disorder of the blood in which makes less or abnormal hemoglobin which is a part of red blood cells (RBC) of the body.
These low levels of hemoglobin production can make you anemic and show symptoms of paleness, fatigue, tiredness along with weakness. The two main types of thalassemia are ‘alpha’ and ‘beta’. Each of these are further have three types – ‘minor’, ‘moderate’ or ‘major’.
If you are a thalassemia minor, usually no treatment is required. But for those who are moderate or major thalassemia patients, they need medical assistance and in severe cases blood transfusion throughout their life. Repeated blood transfusions may lead to high dosage of iron in your body, which can damage other body organs.
For thalassemia minor, there are not many diet changes to be followed. However moderate thalassemia with non-transfused patients are usually prescribed folate supplementation along with a moderately low-iron diet. And for those on blood transfusion therapy and chelation therapy (to bind excess iron in the body) are advised to follow a strict low iron diet. They are often advised to have a black tea after meals to reduce the iron absorption from meals.
Also remember to add enough calcium to your diet as the bones tend to weaken with the progression this disease.
Here are a few recipes to help you sail safely through this ailment.
23 Aug 11
Crunchy Cumin Seeds Cracker by Tarla Dalal
These crispy, low fat munchies are made with oats, maize flour and whole-wheat flour instead of refined maida. These are great to keep in your handbag so that you are prepared when hunger strikes. You can also serve them as an appetizer along with garlic tomato salsa.
19 Nov 15
Khakhra ( Whole Wheat) by Tarla Dalal
Khakhra, a famous Gujarati
snack is made from whole wheat flour, salt, oil and water. The dough is rolled out and cooked on a tava with pressure applied till crisp.
are healthy, quick to make and g ....
24 Feb 16
Black Tea, Basic Black Tea by Tarla Dalal
Black Tea is one of the simplest and most refreshing drinks, forged with the cultures of most world communities. When you visit some places, ‘tea trails’ are part of the heritage and cultural tours. You will realize in such occasions that every tea has a character of its own.
Having your tea b ....
06 Apr 15
Banana Raita by Tarla Dalal
A perfect blend of sweet and spice, this Banana Raita will change your view about the fruit. If you thought it could be used to make only desserts and fruit salads, you will be pleasantly surprised by this recipe, where we make a mouth-watering raita with bananas and fresh curds tempered with mustar ....
08 Mar 11
Paneer and Vegetable Paratha by Tarla Dalal
A great snack when kids come back home hungry from school. Stuffed with the goodness of paneer and veggies like beetroot, peas and potatoes, serve this paratha hot with a cup of curd. Works the same wonders when served at lunch or at dinner!
20 Aug 13
Doodhi Pachadi / Spicy Doodhi Raita by Tarla Dalal
Pachadis are the south Indian equivalent of raita, and commonly there are two types of this accompaniment. The ones made with colocassia
as the base are usually spicy, while the ones made with curds as the base are are normally bland. However, here is a unique ....
30 Mar 16
Rice and Vegetable Chila by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes, the modification of some of the ingredients or the addition of veggies can give a very innovative spin to popular recipes.
Here, the addition of buttermilk and cabbage has that effect on the traditional chila. The rava and the urad dal flour are essential ingredients that balance th ....
20 Aug 11
Honey Banana Shake by Tarla Dalal
This duo of bananas and yoghurt will provide for plenty of calcium and energy in your diet which is helpful throughout your 9 months of pregnancy. Be it early morning or mid afternoon, this refresher is sure to lift your spirits up.
18 Mar 16
Karela Tikkis, Bitter Gourd Tikki Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Though unpleasantly bitter, karela tops the list of diabetes-friendly foods. It contains 'gurmarin', a polypeptide that works like insulin in our body and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Combine karela with carrot and low-fat paneer to make these surprisingly delicious tikkis.
Serve with ....
16 May 10
Rice Panki ( Non- Fried Snacks ) by Tarla Dalal
Rice panki, all things traditional have a charm of their own. This extremely popular, traditional recipe, tastes yummy when served steaming hot. This can be made in many ways – without garlic, with more leafy vegetables etc. Feel free to exercise your will and choose what you like the best. The styl ....
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