Nutritional Value of Makhana
Made from the seeds of the Euryale Ferox plant, Makhana also goes by the names: fox nuts and lotus seeds. They are widely grown throughout Asia, including the eastern parts of Russia, Korea, and Japan. While in India, fox nuts are primarily grown in Bihar. Its high nutritional value has led Makhana to become India’s most popular dry snack. Rich in protein and fibre contents, Makhana is low in calories.
A typical vegetarian diet relies on paneer and soya as a major source of protein. Meanwhile, a cup of Makhana provides you with 3.9 grams of Protein, enough to gain muscles and promote cell growth. Makhanas are loaded with Folate, which helps in DNA synthesis and cellular division; an important vitamin for pregnant women, especially during the first trimester, which aids in the brain development of the fetus. Having a bowl full of Makhana will fulfil 50% of one’s daily folate requirement.
Being an antioxidant that serves in the prevention of inflammation and removal of harmful radicals from the body, Lotus Seed also helps in forestalling premature ageing. On top of all, Makhana holds a low glycemic index and therefore, can be included in a diabetic diet. However, its cultivation is an arduous process, hence skilled farmers are a must-have. Makhana carries no fat or cholesterol and dispenses nutrients such as folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. To round off, incorporating Makhana into our diet is crucial.