Makhana a great snack as well as traditional medicine

Makhana, popped lotus seeds or fox nuts are a popular healthy snack, similar to popcorn. It is popular in India, China, Japan and Thailand

Makhana is the edible starchy kernel found inside the lotus seed and is used in traditional medicine all over Asia

The seeds can be had raw, roasted, ground or boiled into a syrup or paste after being peeled. They must be consumed in moderation — as a snack, not meal

Roasted lotus seeds are eaten, either dry roasted or ghee-roasted, as snacks while fasting during Navratri. They’re a healthy alternative to sabudana and potato snacks

Makhana tastes bland but takes on the flavour of the spices you add. It is used in dishes like kheer, khoya, raita, halwa, apart from spiced roasted snacks

Bihar alone accounts for 90% of India’s makhana production. Makhana is an excellent gluten-free protein source and is rich in fibre as well

In traditional medicine, lotus seeds are used in treating inflammation, cancer, skin diseases, insomnia, palpitations, poor digestion, chronic diarrhoea and enteritis

Lotus seeds are rich in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins including vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin A and E, and essential minerals like magnesium and potassium

They also contain abundant amounts of phytochemicals with valuable anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant traits

The glycemic index of makhana is lower than that of several staple foods. Consuming makhana therefore limits the rise in blood sugar levels after food

Lotus seeds contain magnesium and folate that help improve heart function. They are also low in sodium and help manage high blood pressure

Makhana has a calming and natural sedative property, which can help cure people with sleeping disorders, restlessness, and fatigue

The high fibre content in makhana helps improve one’s digestive health and bowel movement, and also helps treat diarrhoea

Makhana is loaded with astringent properties and can help in kidney issues. They are a great source of selenium, which helps the thyroid function properly as well

Lotus seeds can be consumed by all age groups, but within limits. In rare cases, it can cause allergies in the form of indigestion, constipation and stomach cramps