MUTTON SOUP: RICH, HEARTY AND HEALTHY
Mutton soup has been a staple dish in many cultures for centuries, valued not just for its rich, hearty flavor but also for its numerous health benefits. Made from the meat of sheep or lambs, mutton soup is packed with essential nutrients and compounds that support overall health and wellness.
One of the most significant health benefits of mutton soup is its ability to promote eye health. Mutton is rich in vitamin A, zeaxanthin, lutein, and vitamin E, all of which are essential for maintaining good eyesight and preventing vision-related problems. Vitamin E, in particular, is a potent antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by UV rays, which can lead to macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
Mutton soup is also effective against inflammation, because of its high content of arachidonic acid. This compound is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce pain, swelling, and redness associated with inflammation in the body. In addition, mutton soup increases serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and behavior, and low levels of this chemical have been linked to depression and anxiety.
Another benefit of mutton soup is its ability to support heart health. Mutton is a good source of the amino acid tyrosine, which plays a role in regulating the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine helps regulate brain activity by correcting imbalances in the levels of natural chemicals within nerve cells, and has been shown to have a positive impact on heart health.
Studies have shown that consumption of mutton can lower the risk of colon, stomach, breast, and prostate cancers because of its high content of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Mutton is a rich source of zinc and iron, both of which are important for maintaining a strong immune system, and it contains high levels of retinol, vitamin C, and phosphorus, which are essential for bone health and formation.
To prepare mutton soup, the leg and shoulder bones of the goat are braised in broth for 4-5 hours on a low flame, with spices added for flavor. The resulting soup is hearty, nutritious, and perfect for consumption during the monsoon season. It is also a popular post-delivery dish for women to regain their strength.
However, it is important to note that those who use mutton soup as a medicine should consume it at least 3, 5 or 7 times a week or a month, and avoid drinking cold water or eating food that is too spicy and sour when on a diet that includes mutton soup. If the soup is refrigerated, it should be reheated rather than boiled again, and no other food or water should be consumed for half an hour after having the mutton soup.
Whether enjoyed hot or cold, mutton soup is a flavorful and satisfying meal that can be consumed throughout the year to support overall health and wellbeing. Visit Amma’s South Indian Restaurant and order for a bowl of healthy mutton soup!