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Buddhist Cuisine: Features and Facts

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An authentic Buddhist spread
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Standing very parallel to Hindu beliefs and customs, Buddhism is an absolutely independent religion that has its own set of rituals and regulations followed by 300 million people of this world. While standing out from the rest, the Buddhists even sketched their style of diet, popularly known as Buddhist cuisine.

BYT lists 8 highlights of the Buddhist cuisine that you may try with a fellow Buddhist and have idea about a completely new kind of culinary spread:

Meat – Yes or No?

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Consumption of meat in Buddhism
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Buddhists are predominantly meat lovers except the priests, monks, nuns or those abiding the Bodhisattva path. So, when in Buddhism, it depends on your wish whether you will be a meat eater or not. However, Buddha himself is believed to have died for over consumption of tainted pork.

Vegetarian Buddhists use gluten, tofu, agar and other plant products instead of meat in their meals.

Redefining the Food Habits

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A Buddhist meal
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Buddhists do not prefer much of poultry products. Those who are strictly vegetarians prefer lentils, beans, soups, salads, and vegetable dishes in menu. In case of meat, a broth or stew based preparation is preferred. A sect of Buddhists is known for abstaining from meat and yet keeping fish as a major constituent of their meals.

Limitation in Snacks

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Fruit bowl, the preferable snack
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Buddhists are not very fond of snacks. Between meals, they drink a lot of tea or opt for fresh bowls of fruits as snacks. This is mainly to aim for a healthy living and abstaining from junk food.

Dessert is Special

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Dessert among Buddhists
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For Buddhists, dessert is indeed a special affair that can be consumed only during happy occasions and feasts. Rice pudding and oatsbar are common Buddhist desserts that are seen on table only during festivals. This is mainly to balance the carbohydrate consumption of the body.

Post Meditation Dining

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Meditation is important
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Buddhists emphasize on meditation to a great extent. This is mainly to keep the body and lifestyle at calm and composed state. Thus they prefer taking each meal after a short span of meditation so that the calm body helps for faster metabolism and digestion.

Breakfast Menu

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Porridge, the healthy breakfast
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In case of breakfast, the Buddhists do not have much variety and prefer hot bowls of porridge usually topped with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, raisins, muesli. Though this may sound a subtle start for a day, but it’s definitely healthy!

Animal vs Plant Protein

Before even beginning to talk about which protein is better suited for the human body, let us re-run the old concepts about Protein, just once more…

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Proteins!
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What is ‘protein’?

The term ‘Protein’ refers to a molecular constitution in the food that we consume that can be broken down to form amino acids. The human body requires about twenty different types of amino acids, out of which only 9 the body is incapable of producing and needs to extract from the food eaten.

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Hair to Nails…
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But why is ‘protein’ important?

Proteins are the body’s basic building blocks and everything in our body are made up of proteins, right from our hair, skin to our nails. Thus the body requires a basic amount of daily protein intake to meet up the maintainance of the body. But the production of amino acids are require the influence of other elements like vitamins and mineral salts. Together, they pump up our system to function to the best of the physical abilities.

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Plant protein – Legumes and Cereals
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Now comes the question on food and how to maintain the intake of protein and which one is better, animal protein (non-vegetarian food) or plant protein (vegan food)?

It is a proven fact that animal protein comes with additions like saturated fat and cholesterol that contribute relentlessly to heart-diseases where as in plants, almost all plants have proteins which come with the gifts of antioxidants, fibers, mineral salts, vitamins and ‘photochemicals’. Needless to say, there are absolutely no side-effects for not consuming animal protein but for every ounce of animal protein you’d eat, there have to be a variety of vegetables to ‘balance’ out the effects!

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Quinoa Summer Salad
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Foods like lentils, quinoa, buckwheat, kale, peans, beans, all sorts of nuts, soy, chick peas and many such foods are more than sufficient for the human body to thrive and live healthy. Plant protein is known and acknowledged to have almost no side-effects at all!

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