Horse gram vs Flax seeds for weight loss
Horse gram is the most protein rich lentil known. It derives its name from being served to horses before races. It is accepted as medicinal food by Ayurveda and is prescribed for persons suffering from Jaundice. Horse gram is best known for weight loss diet. Horse gram contains 57% carbohydrates, 22% proteins and only 0.5% fat. The very low fat and high protein and fiber content makes it ideal for weight loss diet. Horse gram also contains minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and iron and also vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
Flax seeds are common oil seeds originated from the middle east. Of late, they have gained popularity as health food due to their high content of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, fiber, and other unique plant compounds. They are easily added to our diet and generally improve digestion. Flax seeds contain 29% carbohydrates, 18% proteins and 42% fats (almost half of it is omega-3). They contain vitamins Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, Folate and Vitamin C and minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
Both horse gram and flax seeds are good for diabetic diet. Horsegram is better than flax seeds due to high protein and low fat content and has traditionally been used in weight loss diet. Although it has great nutrition value, its use has been under-utilized.