Many health-conscious clients often ask me what healthy snack they can munch in between the meals?
I ask them to peek into their grandmother’s pantry to find the long lost, but healthy and wholesome white color edible seeds known as Phool makhana or fox nuts. These starchy seeds are also known as popped lotus seeds. You may call them healthy popcorns as they are popped just like popcorn.
You can eat fox nuts roasted, ground, raw or can add them to the vegetables or as toppings to pudding and several other treats. You can also add them to soups and salads.
Phool makhana is grown in Korea, India, Russia, and Japan and is cultivated in shallow ponds, ditches and stagnant water of the wetlands.
The nutritional profile and health benefits of these puffed white seeds will leave you awestruck. Have a look.
Nutritional profile of Phool makhana
Incredible fox nuts are rich in calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. They are an excellent source of proteins and carbohydrates but have a low glycemic index. Being packed with phenol content, ascorbic acid and antioxidants they are considered even superior to dry fruits such as walnut, cashew nuts, and almonds. Fox nuts are rich in fiber and low in saturated fats and sodium. The anti-aging enzymes present in these white seeds repairs damaged proteins. Likewise, kaempferol is a natural flavonoid present in Phool makhana prevents aging and inflammation. Popped lotus seeds are also rich in disease-fighting phytonutrients such as gallic acid, saponins, and alkaloids.
The nutrients present in Phool makhana makes them a free radical scavenger and immunomodulatory. They are useful for patients suffering from high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. Since ages, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine have valued the nutritional profile and healing property of fox nuts and has used them to cure several diseases such as hypofunction of the spleen, chronic diarrhea, kidney diseases, leucorrhea, diabetes, oxidative distress and heart conditions.
What does Ayurveda say about benefits of makhana?
Ayurveda states that Phool makhana is less sweet and heavy to digest. They increase the moisture of body tissues and eliminate the vatta and pitta dosha. They are useful in treating anemia and strengthens our heart. Also, they increase the energy level and has asphordic properties.
What Chinese medicine says about Fox nuts?
Chinese medicine uses fox nuts to strengthen the kidney and spleen. They are utilised in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, arthritis and premature ageing. Also, they are considered to improve digestion, prevent frequent urination and rejuvenate the respiratory system.
Hereunder are described benefits of makhana in detail.
Top Phool makhana benefits
Keeps heart healthy
Studies show that low level of magnesium increases the risk of heart diseases. Poppy lotus seeds are rich in magnesium and improve the supply of oxygen and other nutrients. Likewise, they are rich in folate that decreases the risk of myocardial ischemia and other related health issues. Fox nuts have also proved to be beneficial in the treatment of myocardial reperfusion injury. Being low in saturated fats they do not contribute to atherosclerosis and are an ideal food for heart patients
Controls blood pressure
As stated above these puffed white seeds are rich in potassium and low in sodium. Thus, they regulate and monitor the blood pressure. Phool makhana are boom for the patients with high blood pressure,
3. Promotes weight loss
This gluten-free snack is low in saturated fats and rich in dietary fiber. It renders a feeling of fullness for an extended period and refrains us from eating more. Also, it promotes digestion and metabolism.
4. Useful in diabetes
Phool makhana is rich in dietary fiber and low in glycemic index and fat. This makes them an ideal food for diabetes patients as they won’t spike the level of blood sugar.
5. Treats chronic diarrhea
The intestines of the patients suffering from chronic diarrhea become weak. Phool makhana is known to strengthen their intestine.
6. Strengthens the bone and prevents osteoporosis
Fox nuts are packed with good amount of calcium. If you are suffering from joint pain, you will find relief from its regular intake. If your bones are healthy, you will be saved from becoming the prey to debilitating disease osteoporosis in future that makes bones brittle and weak.
7. Improves the function of the kidney
Popped lotus seeds have the quality to relieve any stress on the kidneys and help them to perform in a better way.
8. Slows signs of aging
Flavonoid is a powerful antioxidant present in Phool makhana that fights free radical damage and prevents the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.
9. Treats insomnia
If you are suffering from sleep disorder than add fox nuts to your daily diet. They reduce irritability, agitation and induces sleep.
10. Improves sex life
Phool makhana increases the quality and quantity of semen. They also treat erectile dysfunction and prevents early discharge of semen. In females, they are found to increase libido.
11. Minimizes inflammation
Flavonoids present in Phoolmakhana reduces inflammation and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Also, they are useful in arthritis.
Being rich in fiber these seeds treat constipation and promote the elimination of wastes from the body. Also, they improve the function of kidneys and cleans the body. The therapeutic effect of fox nuts on spleen detoxify the spleen and clean the bloodstream.
Phool makhana is a gluten-free protein supplement that is rich in essential minerals. It is economical as well as delicious to eat. For right edge include it in your regular diet regime. Refrain yourself from frying phool makhana because once fried they are no longer a healthy snack. Better blend its flour with millet and legume flours to prepare an immensely nutritional food supplement.
*Fox nut does not cause any allergic reaction. But it is a strong astringent, so better avoid it during cold, flu, with antibiotics and in the case of acute diarrhea. Pregnant and breastfeeding females should consult their physician before having it.