Including Sattu (Roasted Gram Flour) In Your Daily Diet Can Do This

By: Shabana

Have you ever heard of sattu? If you are from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh or West Bengal, chances are you have.

For all of you from other states, here is all you need to know about 'sattu' and it's numerous health benefits.

Sattu is simply roasted gram flour. It may sound simple but it is widely famous for its various health benefits.

It is usually consumed in the form of a drink and is widely consumed during the summer season as it acts as an excellent coolant for the body.

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Sattu was originally a rural delicacy but more and more urban people have caught on to it because of its health factor.

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Apparently, sattu contains all the essential minerals, vitamins, fat and fibre in the right quantity, earning it the title of "Desi Horlicks". 

Read on to know more about the various benefits of this magical ingredient - sattu

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1) Provides Instant Energy

Sattu is an excellent energy drink as it gets easily digested by our body. Consuming sattu drink on a regular basis will keep you physically healthy and mentally alert. It is also a good post workout drink and will replenish your body with all the required nutrients.

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2) Cleans The Stomach

Because of its high fibre content, sattu if taken regularly may help relieve constipation. It is easy to digest. Its insoluble fibre content helps keep our intestines happy. It also helps flush out oil that we consume daily.

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3) Gift For Diabetics And High BP Patients

Sattu has a low glycemic index, which means that it releases its natural sugar slowly, thereby making it safe for diabetics. High BP patients can consume sattu along with water and a pinch of salt. It helps maintain the blood pressure levels.

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4) Herbal Remedy For Women

Women are prone to weakness during pregnancy and menstruation. Sattu can be consumed under such circumstances as it helps the body to replenish all the lost nutrients. It is excellent for lactating mothers too, as the benefits can be passed on to the baby as well.

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5) Great For Skin And Hair

When consumed regularly, sattu nourishes and hydrates the skin from within. It prevents the wear and tear of our skin cells. It also contains protein, minerals and anti-oxidants which are important for healthy and lustrous hair.

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6) Magical Drink For Old Age

Our elderly population suffers from lots of age-related problems and sattu can drive most of them away. It is easy to digest so is ideal for their consumption.

It provides energy and is a rich source of protein. It will keep their stomach healthy, thereby reducing flatulence and other digestive problems like acidity. It also helps treat constipation.

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7) Desi Horlicks

Sattu is highly recommended for children. In their growing years, children need a constant supply of all the essential minerals and vitamins. Sattu is packed with calcium, fibre, potassium, magnesium and iron. It helps in healthy development of bones and teeth.

Here is a simple, healthy, one-size-fits-all kind of drink made from sattu which can safely be consumed by children as well as adults and the old.

Ingredients:

-1 cup of chilled water
-1 tablespoon sattu
-1/2 teaspoon sugar
-A pinch of salt if required

Method:

1) Take the water in a glass and add the sattu to it.
2) Add the sugar and the salt.
3) Mix well and consume.

If you have never tried sattu before, I am sure this article has given you enough inspiration already. So go grab a glass of sattu and be on your way to a healthier you, naturally.

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Story first published: Monday, July 17, 2017, 15:30 [IST]
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