Benefits of Horsegram: An underrated superfood

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Horsegram

Horsegram (Macrotyloma uniflorum) is a high protein-rich pulse that has been used in Ayurveda to treat a number of ailments. Due to its high nutritional value, horsegram is also used as a feed for horses before races.

The US National Academy of Sciences has identified this legume as a promising food source for the future. It’s remarkable ability to thrive in parched environments makes the horse gram shrub a highly capable candidate, to meet food and nutritional requirements in malnourished populations.

Nutritional facts (per 100 grams):

  • Protein – 22 gm
  • Carbohydrates – 57 gm
  • Minerals – 3 gm
  • Calcium – 287 mg
  • Phosphorus – 311 mg
  • Iron – 7 mg
  • Fibers – 5 gm
  • Antioxidants – polyphenols and flavonoids
  • Diuretic and astringent properties

Benefits:

  • Improves digestion
  • Helps in weight loss
  • Reduces bad cholesterol
  • Treats skin disorders
  • Treats common cold, asthma, fever and bronchial problems
  • Controls blood sugar levels
  • Removes kidney stones

How to consume:

Horsegram contains phytic acid, an anti-nutrient that can prevent the body to absorb all the nutrients. So to reduce the levels of phytic acid, it should always be soaked overnight before consuming. The soaked pulses can then be sprouted or cooked.  

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