| Lotus seeds are the seeds of the water lotus, the seeds is small, round and white or off-white in appearance. Dried lotus seeds are usually soaked overnight before they are used. Some common uses for lotus seeds include desserts, in which case the seeds are ground to make a paste, along with soups, rice porridge, and some stir fry dishes.
Nutrition of Lotus Seed
By consuming 100 grams of Lotus seed one would get 350 calories and there are around 63-68 grams carbohydrate ), 17-18 grams of protein, and only 1.9-2.5 grams fat; the remainder is water, about 13%, and minerals (mainly sodium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. As a protein source, lotus seeds are relatively good, with a one ounce serving (of dried seeds) providing 5 grams. Lotus seeds are low in
fiber. All the recipes given above are very low in fat, but high in carbohydrates. They are sweet-tasting and are a good source of protein.
Health Benefits of Lotus Seed
Lotus seed is used for the spleen, heart and kidneys, but also possesses calming qualities.
One of the vital medicinal benefits of lotus seeds is stopping chronic diarrhea.
Lotus seeds have high amount astringent properties, and are consumed to help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and improve appetite.
Other benefits of lotus seeds include palpitations, insomnia and irritability.
They are also used to control bleeding.