Sago, commonly known as Sabudana is a grain made from the milk of tapioca root. It looks like white pearls which are available in different sizes, small, medium, and large. Sabudana is commonly used as a fasting food. It provides required energy during the fasts.
Now let’s understand about nutritious value and health benefits of sabudana.
Nutritious value of Sabudana
Nutritional value of per 100 gm of Sabudana as per USDA is-
Energy- 358 Kcal
Carbohydrates- 88.7 g
Water- 11 g
Proteins- 0.19 g
Fats- 0.02 g
Iron- 1.58 g
Calcium- 20 g
Potassium- 11 g
Phosphorus- 7 g
Sodium- 1 g
Health Benefits of Sabudana
1. Provides needed Energy- One of the prominent reasons to have sabudana during fasting is that, it provides needed energy to the body during the fasting. Also, along with providing instant energy, sabudana provides a cooling effect to the body to reduce body’s heat while you are on fast.
2. Strengthens Bones- sabudana helps to improve the density of bones and also make them strong, as it is rich in calcium, magnesium and, iron. Sabudana also helps in reducing the risk of Osteoporosis and Arthritis.
3. Supports Weight gain- Sabudana is good for those who wants to gain weight as it contains good amount of carbohydrates and calories. As Sabudana is a starchy food, you can gain weight easily through it.
4. Lowers Blood Pressure- Significant amounts of potassium in sabudana keeps your blood pressure under control. It also promotes healthy blood flow through blood vessels, and in turn, blood pressure is lowered and there is less strain in the heart.
5. Aids Muscle growth- Sabudana is a great source of protein, that is required for muscles growth. It helps to repair damaged cells and tissues and also helps in growth of the cells. And along with muscle growth, sabudana helps in gaining physical strength.
These were the health benefits of sabudana. During this Navratri, try different dishes of sabudana during fasting.
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