Horse gram: Why this underrated legume is good for you

Horse gram also called as kulith is a pulse cultivated in the Southeast Asian subcontinent and Africa. True to its name this pulse is fed to racehorses to increase their stamina, energy, and weight. It is extremely nutritious and can be used to make chutneys, soups, rasam, gravies, tikkis and many more food items! Read on to know the health benefits of this wonderful pulse…

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Health benefits of horse gram:

  1. High in fiber: Horse gram is a good source of fiber. A 100 grams serving gives you about 5 grams of fiber. Fiber helps in providing satiety, reduces blood pressure and helps in controlling glucose levels. Fiber also helps in reducing occurrences of diarrhoea and loose motions. Satiety provided by fiber also helps in weight loss.
  2. Good protein source: Horse gram is a good source of protein. Protein is required for maintenance of our body especially our muscles. It also helps in providing satiety as well as improving our immunity.
  3. Reduction of skin rashes and boils: Horse gram can be used as a face pack to reduce skin boils/ rashes. It increases skin glow and also removes dirt and dust from our skin thus exfoliating it as it is high in antioxidants.
  4. Good source of Iron: Horse gram is a good source of Iron. This will help in reducing iron deficiency anaemia. Iron is required for cognition, oxygenation of blood, immunity, healthy hair, skin and nails.
  5. Contains calcium: 287mgs of calcium is found in 100gms of horse gram. Calcium is required for strengthening bones and teeth, neuronal signaling, blood clotting and reducing blood pressure.
  6. Digestion issues: Horse gram helps in relieving issues related to digestion. Incidences of acidity, constipation, acid reflux are all reduced due to consumption of this wonder pulse.
  7. Kidney stones: Horse gram is a good source of polyphenols, antioxidants and phytochemicals which are effective against stone formation. Recurrence of Calcium oxalate stones is reduced and so is the formation, aggregation and crystallization of stones. It also holds effective diuretic properties thus helping in flushing out stones from our body.
  8. Menstrual disorders: Horsegram is effective against Leucorrhea. It also helps in relieving pain, irritation as well as can be effective against irregular menses too.

Other benefits include effectiveness against asthma, fever and colds, Ulcers, jaundice, etc. As we can see the benefits of this pulse are far more than we thought! So let us spread the word about this wonder pulse from today.

Divya Lakshmi Pillai

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