Healthy eating - Bangladeshi

Healthy eating will help you to control your weight, your blood sugar and your cholesterol. It can greatly reduce your risk of getting heart disease, diabetes or having a heart attack.

Traditional Asian meals are based on a healthy variety of vegetables and pulses and are eaten with chapattis or rice. They are generally good for you, with high levels of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. However, there are steps you can take to make your meals healthier.

What makes a meal unhealthy?

Saturated fat

Cooking or frying with ghee and butter and adding them to dishes, increases the amount of saturated fat in your diet which could raise levels of harmful cholesterol in your blood and may make you put on weight.

We recommend grilling your food instead of frying it. Try using oil such as vegetable oil, rapeseed oil, corn oil or sunflower oil instead of butter or ghee and carefully measuring the oil you use with a spoon to help you manage the level of saturated fat in the food you cook for your family.

For more recipes why not try join Heart Matters for free, and use our online recipe finder for more inspiration?

You can also download our booklet on Cholesterol

Too much salt

This will probably come as no surprise to you but eating too much salt can give you high blood pressure and it is not good for your heart. Take care with the amount of salt you use in cooking, and don't add it at the table.

TIP: Slowly reduce the amount of salt you add each day, and try adding more herbs and spices to bump up the flavour of your favourite dishes.

Download out booklet on controlling your blood pressure.

Take it away

The way many take away curries are prepared does not make them a healthy option - there really is no substitute for home cooking!

But you will find tasty and healthier versions of traditional recipes in our Asian cookbook