Foxnuts: The Amazing Health Benefits

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What are foxnuts?

Fox nuts are edible seeds of a flowering plant Euryale Ferox plant of lotus family Nymphaeaceae.

These are popularly known as Makhana or Phool Makhana in an Indian language Hindi. These magical seeds also called “gorgon nuts” are cultivated in India, Russia, Japan and Korea, although northern part of Indian state Bihar produces 90% of the world production of fox nuts.

Where can you find foxnuts?

These seeds are collected from wetlands, cleaned and processed to get this fluffy, super light, popcorn-like nuts. The process of extraction is a laborious task and requires skilled manpower. Makhana is traditionally used in oriental medicines to treat various health issues.

Fox nuts are considered as a powerhouse of nutrients as they are packed with the goodness of proteins, carbohydrates, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and many more. Due to low calorie, sodium and fat, fox nuts make a great snacking option. Several health benefits are boosting popularity of fox nuts worldwide.  

Being gluten-free, low fat and high fiber content make it an ideal food product for people with high blood pressure, diabetes and weight watchers.

What are the health benefits of foxnuts?

Reduces Inflammation: Fox nuts contain secondary metabolites called “flavonoids” that is believed to brings the antioxidant reactions to help reduce inflammations, cardiovascular diseases and strengthen cardiac muscles.

Diabetic Friendly: Fox nuts have a low glycemic index (GI). This implies that the food will slowly and gradually release energy and helps to regulate blood glucose levels. 

Helps Regulate Weight: The low calorie and high fiber content help to reduce weight when Makhana is taken in a limited quantity. Makhana makes an ideal mid time snack option to reduce cravings and curb hunger pangs that occur when one restricts diet and tries to lose weight.

Good for Kidneys: Astringent properties of Makhana helps to aid kidney related issues.

Popular Indian delicacies with Phool Makhana

Phool Makhana is the most preferred option on fasting days and on festivals. Makhana Kheer, Phool Makhana curry, Roasted makhana, Mushroom Makhana curry are few common dishes made with foxnuts.