Health benefits of Water Caltrop
Posted November 13, 2014on:
Water caltrop, watser chestnut or Singhara is very nutritional and beneficial for health. Singhara or water caltrop is a fruit. Its flour is used to prepare many dishes. It is cooked like veggies. It can also be eaten raw and boiled.
Singhara is used in diarreahoea, dysentery, swelling and bronchitis. Excessive eating of water caltrop gains weight. Singhara is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin B, C, Iron, Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iodine but contains no fat. It is natural anti oxidant. It prevents wrinkles, protects from UV rays and helps to boost energy.
Good for overall health: It is rich in protein, carbohydrates and minerals. Ayurveda says it contains 22 % more mineral than buffalo milk. Ayurveda use it to cure various diseases like, gout, ulcer and heart diseases. It helps to prevents diabetes.
Good source of energy: Caltrop is very rich in carbohydrate. 100 gm of it gives 115 calories
Helpful in thyroid: it contains iodine, manganese and other minerals that help in proper functioning of thyroid
Eczema: for eczema cure, apply dried caltrop mixed with lemon juice on affected area regularly
A healthy person can eat 10 to 15 grams of caltrop daily. This also varies depending on digestive strength
Do not eat caltrop (Singhara) in access as it may cause bloating and stomach ache
Do not drink water after eating water caltrop
If suffering from constipation then better avoid eating it
Water caltrops are a perfect snack for they are rather enjoyable when shared around with friends. They taste a little like chestnut and are quite addictive. Give them a try! 😉
Boiled Water Caltrops
Be careful l when handling water caltrops, the ‘horns’ are very sharp!
1. Rinse water caltrops to clean them.
- Placewatercaltrops in a saucepan and fill water until it covers them.
- Add some salt.
- Boil for 20~25 minutes.
- Once cooked, drain thewaterand transfer water caltrops to a plate.
- Use a pair of scissors to crack opens the shell and digs the meat out with a knife.
Water caltrops are a perfect snack for they are rather enjoyable when shared around with friends. They taste a little like chestnut and are quite addictive