These high-nutrient and low-calorie seeds can you healthy and trim

What’s on My Plate? Basil seeds or sabja seeds. Many of us know them as the chewy, gelatinous addition to falooda and milkshakes. But did you know apart from being an interesting addition to dessert, sabja seeds also have a ton of health benefits?

Superpower: Sabja seeds have been an Ayurvedic favourite for ages. It is used for weight loss, as a laxative, as an appetite suppressant, to cool the body down, and prevent diabetes amongst other things. And science has the answer as to why. A 2016 study published in the World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences pointed out that sabja seeds have a high fibre content which keeps you feeling fuller for longer and regulates bowel movement. It also suggested that these versatile seeds are also a source of iron, vitamins A, C and K, and potassium—and several anti-oxidants making it good bet for your heart health and to keep premature ageing at bay.

Where to Buy: Sabja seeds are available in abundance at most supermarkets, grocery stores, and health stores—throughout the year.

Eat This: Sabja seeds are hard to chew, hence they can’t be eaten raw. In order to unlock its full nutritional potential, soak the seeds in water till they fluff up. You can add the soaked seeds to salads, your morning bowl of porridge or oatmeal, yoghurt, lemonade and other refreshing summer beverages like aam panna and lassi, or even ice cream and smoothies. Since sabja seeds have no flavour of their own but pack a crunch, they can virtually be added to any recipe. Word of caution: These seeds are known to lower the oestrogen levels in the body, hence women trying to get pregnant should avoid consuming them. 


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