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Typhoid is a type of fever caused by bacteria called Salmonella typhi, which spreads through water and food. Typhoid is associated with symptoms like poor appetite, headache, lethargy, general pain, diarrhoea and gastric discomfort. Diet plays a major role in the proper cure of typhoid. Drugs alone cannot help unless you follow the recommended diet.
The diet should be progressive, moving from liquid diet to a soft diet and eventually a normal diet depending upon the individual’s food tolerance level. You need to avoid fried, junk foods, and follow some general pointers.
General Dietary Pointers:
· Since your appetite will be low, go for calorie-dense foods that are low in fibre. Try the Moong Dal Dosa.
· An increase in the body’s metabolic rate causes tissue breakdown. So, you need to opt for foods with sufficient protein, such as the Wholesome Khichdi.
· Prefer to eat freshly cooked meals rather than raw foods and salads.
· Always remember to eat small and frequent meals.
· Avoid drinking water during meals, because it will make you feel fuller and you will refrain from eating food.
· Tolerance to milk and other dairy products is very individualistic. Check with a smaller quantity and continue only if it suits you. If you have diarrhoea, it is better to avoid dairy products.
Foods to be avoided:
· High fibre foods like whole grain flours like jowar, ragi, whole wheat flour, bran flakes, broccoli, peas, beans, whole pulses, pear and other fruits with skin etc.
· Gas-forming foods like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, turnips, whole pulses like chick pea etc.
· Highly-seasoned foods like spicy chaats, sizzlers, curries, gravies, chutneys, pickles, pulaos and biryanis, and seasonings like oregano, thyme and chili flakes. These tend to irritate the digestive tract.
· Junk foods like pasta, pizzas, burgers, French fries etc.
The following sections guide you through the many stages of a typhoid diet, beginning from a liquid diet, slowly graduating to a semi-solid diet and then a normal diet.
Liquid Diet – When suffering from typhoid, it is very important to stay hydrated because there is a lot of water loss due to diarrhoea. You need to consume 3 to 4 litres of fluids daily to flush out the toxins through urine. Apart from water, fluids can be taken in the form of fruit juices like Pineapple, Apple and Cucumber Juice, buttermilk, soups, barley water Coconut Water with Coconut Meat etc. Go for soupy meals, which will give you enough proteins and also keep you satiated.
Semi-Solid Diet - As your appetite gets better, you should include semi-solid foods like banana, boiled rice, baked potato, boiled eggs, stewed or baked apple etc. When there is no fever, you can include other fruits and boiled vegetables too.
Normal Diet - As you recover and feel alright, you can start including yoghurt and eggs Fried Egg because these are easily digestible and provide good quality proteins. Vegetarians can obtain protein from dals and paneer.
Explore the sub-categories of this section online to find out what kind of juices, soups, protein-rich, low-fibre foods you can have. Also discover some interesting breakfast and snack options that will help you heal and recuperate.
23 Nov 15
Garlicky Lentil and Tomato Soup by Tarla Dalal
This unusual soup has been prepared from masoor dal, which is known for being rich in protein and zinc. Tomatoes give it a lovely red tinge whereas onions and garlic impart an enticing aroma. I’ve blended this soup to give it a nice creamy texture without actually adding cream! It’s a great soup, wh ....
03 Nov 15
Coconut Water with Coconut Meat by Tarla Dalal
This refreshing drink has a nice texture, which is quite unlike any juice you have ever had before.
Coconut Water with Coconut Meat has a pulpy texture, and when served chilled, it tingles your taste buds with the mildly-sweet but electrifying flavour, which is unique to coconut water.
11 Sep 14
Rice and Moong Dal Idli by Tarla Dalal
Rice and Moong Dal Idli is a variant of the most popular South Indian snack, Idli, which is traditionally made with rice and urad dal. The well-tested proportions of rice and green moong dal used in this recipe result in a pleasant texture, taste and colour, which will be loved by all your family me ....
27 Jan 16
Tomato Soup, Veg Tomato Soup 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 ....
24 Oct 17
20 Sep 14
Wholesome Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
Khichdi is perhaps the most popular, comforting and homely of rice dishes, enjoyed by Indians the world over. While there are various versions of khichdi, known by various names, every community has some way of preparing this wholesome combination of rice and moong dal, which is nutritious, energisi ....
31 Aug 16
Bread Loaf, Basic White Bread Loaf Using Yeast by Tarla Dalal
Bread is an indispensable ingredient in most kitchens today. From toast to sandwiches, bread is handy in solving the perpetual breakfast and tiffin dabba dilemmas that most people face on busy mornings. However, nothing tastes as good as freshly-baked bread, and so people often buy bread on a daily ....
23 Nov 15
Onion Thyme Soup by Tarla Dalal
Onion is a popular flavour and texture enhancer in varied dishes, ranging from soups to subzis. However, in this unique soup, this low-fat, cholesterol fighting ingredient plays a key role together with dried thyme! A generous dose of spring onions imparts a fabulous taste as well as some colour to ....
05 May 17
Watermelon and Coconut Water Drink by Tarla Dalal
The innovative combination of watermelon and coconut water gives you a refreshing drink, which tickles the palate and seems to rejuvenate every cell in the body!
Watermelon is a cooling fruit, which is made even better by the addition of coconut water, which is effective in balancing the stomach ....
17 Nov 10
Cold Cucumber Soup by Tarla Dalal
Cold soups can be refreshing and appetizing at the same time, especially when garnished generously with perky mint and tantalizing pepper powder. This Cold Cucumber Soup is conveniently low-cal and low-fat, yet filled with the goodness of water-rich cucumber and crunchy capsicum. Low-fat milk and lo ....
22 Jan 16
Upma, Quick Upma Recipe, Breakfast Upma by Tarla Dalal
Upma is one of the most common Breakfast
items, all over India. It is a quick preparation using common ingredients, and so it can be made without much ado.
Plus, you can also make it healthier by adding a lot of boiled veggies like carrots, beans, potato ....
23 Nov 15
Strawberry and Black Grape Raita by Tarla Dalal
While raitas are usually made with vegetables, you might perhaps have made some fruity attempts with apples or oranges. But, have you ever thought of making a Strawberry and Black Grape Raita? You must try it to believe how fantastic it is! This unusual combination of fruits transforms into a truly ....
11 Jan 11
Carrot and Coriander Soup by Tarla Dalal
Sweet carrot and peppy coriander come together to make a sensational soup that is sure to sweep you off your feet!
This zero-oil soup totals a mere 28 calories, and is a wise choice for weight-watchers. On the other hand, this easy-to-make soup is loaded with vitamin A. Carrot and coriander fu ....
14 Dec 15
Palak Moong Dal Soup ( Baby and Toddler) by Tarla Dalal
A mouth-watering soup that combines two different food groups – dals and leafy vegetables, this makes a really fulfilling meal for you and your child.
While your child is sure to be happy with the texture and taste of this Palak Moong Dal Soup, you will be happy about its nutrient profile, whi ....
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