Makhana, also called fox nuts or lotus seeds, is a non-cereal grown in the stagnant water of wetlands, tanks, ponds lakes and ditches. Popular as a fasting food, its health benefits are superior to those of dry fruits such as almonds and walnuts.
These small little balls are a powerhouse of nutrition and can prevent several diseases. Makhanas are mostly cultivated in wet and marshy lands of Asian countries. Traditionally, fox nuts were also known as lotus seeds and phool makhana in hindi simply because of its distinct flowery appearance. What’s more, makhnas belong to the Euryale genus and are known for their umpteen health benefits.
- It’s a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.
- High in fiber and low in calories, it enables weight loss.
- Its low sodium and high magnesium content makes it beneficial for those suffering from heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
- It contains an anti-aging enzyme, which is said to help repair damaged proteins.
- Its glycemic index is significantly lower than most high carbohydrate foods like rice, bread, etc.