Phool Makhane

Phool Makhane

Popped lotus seeds are known as phool makhane and these seeds are edible.   They have a bitter centre core and the outer membrane removed and are puffed just like popcorn. They are also known as fox nut, gorgon nut, makhana and Lotus seeds. They come from a plant the genus Euryale.They are highly nutritious fully organic non-cereal food, which is extensively grown in the stagnant water.  They are significant in religious ceremonies in India. They are popular food taken during the fasting.

They are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. High in fibre and low in calories, they enable weight loss. They are gluten free, protein rich and high in carbo-hydrates.Its health benefits are superior to those of dryfruits such as almonds and walnuts.

Benefits

g It is an anti-oxidant and helps in cardiac protection. Lotus seed contains abundant magnesium in it.  Magnesium improves the blood circulation, oxygen and nutrients.  The nutrition like folate and magnesium reduce the risk of heart diseases. Since lotus seed is low in glycaemic index, it provides you a feeling with being full and lead to weight loss.

Lotus seeds are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content.

Diabetics are recommended to take this food as it is low in glycaemic index that means it will slowly release the energy levels in your body keeping you feeling energetic throughout the day.  This will keep you far away from stress and even keep your mind healthy.

Flavonoid kaempferol in phool makhana helps prevent inflammation and aging.The enzymes that exist in lotus seeds are supposed to inhibit aging.  L-isoaspartyl methyltranferase is the enzyme that assists the repairing and maintaining of damaged proteins with in the body.  Lotus seed powdered form is now being added to various cosmetics to gain an advantage over the process of aging.

Lotus seeds have calming effect on our nerves. They are anti-spasmodic that means nerves relax better and we get better sleep. It also helps the dilation process of the blood vessels.  It has been proved that Lotus seeds help in cooling process of the heart and there by reduces the pathogenic heat generated.

Lotus seed contains properties that moistures and hydrates the skin.  It also improves skin elasticity and skin complexion. Naturopathy suggests that fox nuts contain astringent properties that benefit the kidneys. This seed combined with other ingredients cure certain urinary conditions like prostrate.

The high potassium content and low sodium content in lotus seeds is beneficial for a person with hypertension.  Consuming these seeds could help in regulating blood pressure.  It is a good source of calcium and it is the healthier way to fulfil your daily requirement of calcium by having these seeds.

Lotus seed is a convenient snack and can be given to children and elderly as it is light and healthy as well. They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. This makes them an ideal snack to satiate those in between meal hunger pangs.

By Nibhanapudi Suguna

 

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