Nature and wellness
Horse gram - the miracle pulse
(hurali bele in kannada, ulvalu in telugu, kollu in tamil, muthira in malayalam, kulthi in hindi)
Horse gram which is a pulse crop native to the south-east asian subcontinent, is widely cultivated and consumed in india since the ancient times and is also fed to race-horses because of its miraculous nutritional profile.
Let us understand more about this pulse.
- It is one of the richest vegetarian sources for protein, high on calcium and iron, low on lipid (fat) and low on sodium.
- Raw horse gram is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids which are major anti-oxidants. In other words, it can keep your body young and vibrant. Raw horse gram has the ability to reduce high blood sugar following a meal, by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and reducing insulin resistance (which is the primary triggering factor for type 2 diabetes). This was also scientifically validated by the indian institute of chemical technology.
- This makes horse gram an extremely diabetic friendly pulse to consume.
- Also being rich in calcium and iron, it is an excellent staple pulse for ladies especially pregnant ladies. Being low on sodium, this is a safe pulse to be consumed by people with varying blood pressure.
- The polyphenols in the seeds help to reduce excessive weight
- And lower cholesterol levels in the body when consumed adequately.
- Hence horse gram is an excellent choice of pulse for people managing obesity and related issues.
- In my subsequent postings on horse gram I will address many other medicinal facets of horse gram and what are the ways it can be used and consumed.
- Horse gram is really a miraculous pulse, we should include it in our diet without a doubt.