8 Healthy Reasons to Eat ‘Sabudana’ (Sago) Today!
Besides satiating your taste buds in Ramadan, sabudana or sago can also fulfill the nutritional needs of your body. From preventing digestive problems to a healthy bones, leave all your health problems to this starchy ingredient.
Sabudana has a lot of health benefits and is gaining a lot of attention all around the world. Below are some healthy reasons to eat sabudana and how to reap the best from it.
1. Promotes Muscle Growth
Vegetarians usually have a tough time fulfilling their protein requirement. Sabudana is rich in proteins, thus, helps in muscle formation and strengthening. It also boosts the healing process and other cellular functioning. It is highly recommended to the people aiming at adding protein in their diet.
2. Improves Bone Health
Loaded with Vitamin K, calcium and iron, sago is very important for bone health and flexibility. These nutrients are also very important in maintaining high energy levels, and also for the children in their early age of growth and development.
3. Sabudana and Blood Pressure
Sago contains potassium that plays a very important role in the regulation of blood pressure. It also helps keep the blood pressure in check by controlling the level of blood circulation around the body, thus, prevents all the cardiovascular diseases that are becoming common. Serve your child sabudana for lunch, because you may not know what your child had been eating at the school or may be food that is high in sodium content.
4. Energy level boost
To stay physically active, Sabudana is an excellent source of energy boosting carbohydrates. People who often complain about their lethargic behavior and low energy level, should certainly opt for sabudana.
5. Sabudana for Healthy Weight Gain
Rich in carbohydrates, sabudana helps in the fast yet healthy gain of weight and can also be used to treat people with eating disorders. Since this is a food that contains minimal salt, sugars and fats, it helps you stay within the normal healthy weight range.
6. Prevents Birth Defects
Lack of nutrients and wrong medicines can cause birth defects. The folic acid and vitamin B-6 present in sago have been found to help in the formation of a foetus, thus, preventing birth defects such as neural tube defect.
7. Sago Improves Digestion
We all face digestive issues once in a while. Sabudana helps prevent bloating, indigestion, constipation and flatulence. It keeps a check on our cholesterol levels. The starch and fiber, basically prevent constipation and literally works like magic. These are also the most common problems in children and can easily be fixed with sabudana.
8. Sabudana is Delicious
Indeed! The great thing about Sabudana is the fact that it has a great balance of nutrients that make it very delicious. Prepare different recipes of sabudana to make it even more delicious for your kids. Sago is an amazing food ingredient and It is a great food, especially for young and puberty age children.
Different kinds of dishes are made from sago as it can easily blend with any sort of cuisine and mix with a variety of tastes. Although it is low in vitamins and minerals, its combination with other supplements results in higher nutrition and rich taste. Try out this Sabudana recipe.
Sabudana is considered baby food so is often used in homes where there are kids. It is good for digestion. Here is a recipe for sabudana kheer for all the mothers out there trying to fix their kids’ tummy or looking for a nutritious meal for Ramadan.
- ½ cup sabudana
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups water
- 4 to 5 tbsp of brown sugar or normal sugar
- 4 to 5 crushed cardamoms (ilaichi)
- 2 tbsp crushed pistachios
- ½ tbsp raisins
- 3-4 saffron strands/ kesar
- Rinse sago(sabudana) till the water is clear and no starch can be seen.
- Add water and rinsed sabudana to a thick-bottomed pan.
- Leave the sabudana to soak in the water for 15-20 minutes.
- Begin to cook the sabudana.
- Heat the milk. (Do not boil).
- Add the milk to the pan and continue cooking.
- Add sugar and ilaichi and simmer till the sabudana has cooked well for about 20 minutes on low flame.
- Turn off the flame and add pistachios and raisins.
- Garnish with saffron and serve hot.