A handful of makhanas can benefit in many ways

Makhanas, also called fox nuts, or lotus seeds, come from a plant called Euryale Fox which grows in the stagnant water of wetlands or ponds in Eastern Asia. They have been used in Chinese medicine since 3000 years and find an important place in the science of Ayurveda too.

Phool Makhana also finds significance in religious ceremonies in India and is a popular ‘fasting’ dish prepared during Navratri and other occasions.

Benefits of Makhana

1. Ideal snacks

They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. This makes them an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs.

2. Helps in high blood pressure

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

3. Anti – ageing

An anti-ageing enzyme in these seeds is said to help repair damaged proteins.
They are low in calories, making them an ideal snack for weight loss.

4. Help in Weight loss

makhanas are naturally low in calories and sodium so you can munch on them guilty free!

5. Nutritional value

Makhanas are rich in good carbohydrates and proteins. They are also gluten-free and contain a flavonoid called kaempferol, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties. They are also high in magnesium, which is important for heart health and also the regulation of levels of calcium, potassium and sodium in the blood.

Best ways to eat makhana

Makhana aren’t just eaten as a snack but is added in many deserts and vegetables to give them a rich and healthy flavour.

Here are a few ways you can cook Makhana –

Makhana kheer

Khoya Matar Makhana Sabji

Dry Roasted Makhana

Phool Makhana Raita

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