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NUTRITION
November 12th, 2020
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Benefits of Fox Nuts or Makhanas

Makhanas are healthy because they are known to be low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium.

Makhanas contain enzymes that are known to block/slow down the anti-aging process.

People with allergies to lotus seeds/makhana should avoid them completely.

When we think of healthy evening snacks, we at times run out of options. And then we grab fried snacks which are full of trans fats and sodium. Most people deliberately don’t choose fruits or other such healthy snacks because they don’t find them tasty. Thankfully, we have one healthy option which is tasty too. Enter – Makhana.

Makhanas are also known as lotus seeds or fox nuts. They are light, crunchy, tasty, and above all very healthy. In India makhana is considered auspicious and offered to gods during special occasions. It is not just used to make different dishes, but it also offers great value in Asian medicine.

What makes makhanas so healthy?

Makhanas are known to be low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium. Well, that’s not it! They are a good source of magnesium, manganese, thiamine, protein, potassium, and phosphorous.
The nutrient value of 100 grams makhana:
Calories – 350
Carbs – 65 grams
Protein – 18 grams
Fat – 1.9 – 2.5 grams

Let us look at the benefits of makhanas in detail:

Benefit in weight loss

Makhanas being low in calories and high in protein makes them an excellent choice for healthy snacks that helps in feeling full for a long period of time. It has a low glycemic index making it ideal for weight loss.

Additional Read: High Protein Foods to Eat

Benefits to heart

High potassium levels in makhanas help reduce the blood pressure levels in hypertensive patients. The magnesium and folate nutrients in them help reduce heart diseases. Also, low sodium levels help to keep blood pressure in check.

 

Benefits in anti-aging

This advantage is one of the favorites of women. Makhanas contain enzymes that are known to block/slow down the anti-aging process. Other essential nutrients present in makhanas help rejuvenation the skin.

Benefits of calcium in makhanas

We are aware that calcium is beneficial to the bones of the body. Makhanas are a rich source of calcium that makes your bones stronger and also is useful for people suffering from arthritis and osteoporosis. Including makhanas in your diet can help fulfill the recommended calcium requirement of the body.

Benefits in anti-inflammatory properties

The flavonoids in makhanas help reduce inflammation in the body.

Benefits in blood sugar levels

Makhanas being low in glycemic index help manage blood sugar levels. It is a healthy snack choice for people fighting diabetes and obesity due to its low sodium and high magnesium content.

Benefits to the digestive system

Indigestion and constipation are mainly due to low fiber in the diet. Makhanas come to the rescue in this as well. They have high fiber content which helps in regular bowel movements.

Benefits in cognitive function

For sustaining the cognitive function of nerves thiamine is required. Makhanas have a high content of thiamine.

Benefits in detoxification

Makhanas play a crucial role in the detoxification or cleaning of the spleen.

Benefits in insomnia

The anti-oxidants present in makhanas help reduce stress in the body and benefit insomnia patients.

Side effects of makhanas

Although there are so many benefits of makhanas as discussed above, one should be cautious while consuming them to avoid certain side effects. As it is been said, consuming something healthy over the limits can also be harmful to the body.

  1. Having makhanas in excess can cause constipation, flatulence, and bloating. Someone suffering from constipation should try avoiding eating makhanas.
  2. As mentioned, makhanas help lower blood sugar levels in the body. When someone is on insulin to get diabetes in control, eating excess makhanas tends to reduce the sugar levels further. Hence, it would be best to speak to your doctor before having them.
  3. People with allergies to lotus seeds/makhana should avoid them completely.

If one experiences discomfort on consuming makhanas it is best to speak to your doctor regarding the same.

Makhanas can be used in different recipes as per your taste. Just like popcorn one can roast the seeds with little ghee and add salt and other spices of your choice (turmeric, black pepper, oregano). One can also prepare makhana kheer and other desserts. Get innovative and prepare your own recipes with makhanas and enjoy their health benefits. Remember to consume within limits.

Today, you can easily get in touch with any relevant doctor or health expert on the Bajaj Finserv Health platform. You can not only search for doctors near you but also set up appointments, partake in video consultations, and share personal health records for the best diagnosis and advice. Get ready for a journey towards a healthy life!

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