Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are incomplete without modak. Considered to be Lord Ganesha’s favourite, modak is a traditional sweet dumpling made of rice flour and coconut and jaggery filling. Here is an easy recipe you can try.
Modaks are not just tasty but they have health benefits too, revealed celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar. In an Instagram post, she explained in detail how the ingredients of modak boost one’s health.
Health benefits of modak
Constipation: The ghee used to make modak helps in rebuilding intestinal mucus lining and eliminating toxins, Diwekar said.
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Modak and why you must eat it – Devotee – because it is Bappa’s favourite Constipated – because the ghee rebuilds the intestinal mucus lining and allows for smooth elimination of toxins Blood pressure – Medium chain tri-glycerides in the coconut have a heart protecting and BP reducing effect Cholesterol – the plant sterols found in coconut and the dry fruit stuffing helps reduce the LDL and improves HDL levels Diabetic – The rice, coconut, jaggery steamed cooked and eaten with ghee is medium to low on glycemic index and completely SAFE, actually beneficial for a steady blood sugar response Arthritis – The butyric acid found in ghee is a traditional therapy for reducing inflammation in every tissue of the body, more specifically in the joints PCOD – The rice flour helps in stabilizing blood sugars and the Vit B1 found in rice helps reduce PMS and sugar craving Thyroid – Celebrated as an anti-ageing mixture, this is one delicacy that your thyroid gland will thank you for Trying to lose weight – Medium to low on glycemic index, full of good fat, nutritionally there is just no reason for you to avoid it. In scriptures celebrated as a food for virya – means both vigor in the body and stability in the mind. Ganapati Bappa Moraya!! P.S – The post is from 2015 but worth reiterating every year. This year my mami @magniranade has added some kesar to the modaks. P.S 2 – Also, Michhami Dukkadam to everyone 🙏.
Blood pressure: The coconut filling has medium-chain triglycerides that protect the heart and keep blood pressure levels in check.
Cholesterol: Diwekar mentioned that coconut, along with dry fruits used in the filling, have plant sterols that help reduce bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol levels.
Diabetes: Modaks have medium to low glycemic index and can be safely consumed by diabetics, wrote Diwekar. It is “beneficial for a steady blood sugar response”, she added.
Arthritis: “The butyric acid found in ghee is a traditional therapy for reducing inflammation in every tissue of the body, more specifically in the joints,” the nutritionist mentioned.
PCOD: Polycystic ovary disease is a hormonal disorder that causes enlarging of ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. According to Diwekar, the rice flour used to make modak stabilises blood sugar. Besides, rice contains vitamin B1, which helps reduce PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and sugar cravings.
Thyroid: Diwekar wrote, “Celebrated as an anti-ageing mixture, this is one delicacy that your thyroid gland will thank you for.”
Weight loss: Turns out, modak can promote weight loss also. The traditional sweet is low on the glycemic index and is full of good fats. Modak is also celebrated as food for “virya”, which means “vigour in the body and stability in the mind”, Diwekar wrote in her post.
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