Health Benefits Of Chana Dal

By: Niharika Choudhary
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Chana dal is also called split bengal gram. It is eaten in almost all the regions across India. Different regions have different delicacies made of chana dal.

Chana dal is highly nutritious, has a rich flavour and aroma, is amazingly delicious and gets easily digested.

Did you know that when combined with rice and roti, it provides the essential amino acids for complete protein dosage of the body?

Chana dal is high in fibre, zinc, calcium, protein and folate. It is low in fat and helps to lower cholesterol. Chana dal is also good for diabetic patients, as it has a very low hypoglycaemic index.

Whether you roast and powder it to make sattu or grind it in the raw form to make besan, chana dal tastes amazing in any of these forms making us healthy every day.

Read on to know the goodness of chana dal, so that you make it a point to have a bowl of it in your next meal.

Helps In Losing Weight

Chana dal is loaded with fibre, this is an effective natural aid for weight loss.

These fibres keep you full for longer, thus controlling your appetite.

Chana dal is a rich source of protein, so it helps vegetarians looking for proper weight management.

It Is A Great Source Of Energy

Chana dal is packed with minerals like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and thiamine. Manganese increases your energy levels and also boosts your overall immunity.

It Balances Your Blood Sugar Levels

Chana dal has a low hypoglycaemic index, which makes it good for diabetic patients.

It regulates the flow of glucose into the bloodstream maintaining your blood sugar levels.

High fibre content along with high protienprotein and iron also helps in managing the blood sugar level.

It Controls Your Blood Pressure

Chana dal has high reserves of potassium and magnesium, these help in maintaining a proper electrolyte balance in the body, thus reversing the changes that occur in the blood vessels eventually relieving hypertension.

It Prevents Anaemia

Chana dal is an extremely rich source of iron. It helps in preventing anaemia. So, people at a high risk of anaemia, women (pregnant, lactating and menstruating) and growing children should include chana dal in their daily meals.

Aids In Proper Digestion

The high fibre content in chana dal keeps all kinds of digestive disorders at bay, thus keeping the digestive system healthy. High fibre and high iron content found in chana dal reduce the risk of bowel complications like constipation.

Keeps The Heart Healthy

Magnesium and folate content in chana dal strengthen the blood vessels and lower the bad cholesterol level. Regular consumption of chana dal reduces the risk of cardiac complications.

It Balances Hormonal Levels In Women

Phytonutrients namely phyto-oestrogens (plant hormones) and saponins (anti-oxidants) are found in good quanties in chana dal.

These phytonutrients help in lowering the risk of breast cancer. These maintain the blood levels of the oestrogen hormone and help in protecting against osteoporosis.

Chana dal also counters the different mood swings during menstruation and post-menopausal phase in women.

So, make sure you have a bowl full of chana dal during your periods.

 

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Story first published: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 10:00 [IST]
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