Why Basmati Rice is An Amazing Food Used In Auyurveda For Health And Healing
Basmati Rice is often consumed with various legume and Ayurvedic dal recipes to help cleanse and nourish the tissues of the body.
Below is a more detailed explanation of basmati rice in terms of its benefits and nutritional properties.
Basmati Rice is sweet and balanced in nature – neither too hot nor cold. According to Ayurveda, it balances all the doshas because it is easy to digest and builds healthy cells and tissues.
Basmati rice is a tonic as it is strengthening, energizing and nutritive. It is also a demulcent as it can relieve pain and inflammation while healing the lungs and stomach.
Nutritional Properties: Basmati rice contains mostly carbohydrates, which we all need, but also some proteins, a small amount of fats & fiber and a few vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of energy composed of thiamine and niacin.
As far as the fiber content is concerned, the brown variety has more fiber than the white variety and so it is often considered to be more nutritious. However white basmati rice can be more easily digested and suitable for some people. White basmati is often used as a digestive cleanse due to its unique nature and the ability to help draw out toxins.
Healing Properties of Basmati Rice:
- Helps to build and strengthen all tissues of the body and is good for convalescence, debility (loss of strength) and for those who practice yoga and meditation as it is nourishing to the brain and helps maintain focus.
- Helps to support normal appetite and growth, and is very important for the normal functioning of the heart, muscles and the nervous system.
According to Ayurveda, basmati rice when taken with mung beans (khichdi) is one of the best staple food for health maintenance and treatment of diseases.