Are papads good for health?

By:Rohtki Arora, Updated: Dec 22, 2021 | 08:42 IST

Papad

In India everybody loves papad's. You can make papad from almost any bean or vegetable or food grain. The most common kind of papad is made up of dried dough of black gram bean flour.


Papad is a crispy, thin and round looking Indian side dish appetizer that can be described as a seasoned flatbread. Papad is served as an accompaniment to a meal in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In general it can be prepared using different types of flours and various artificial colours and flavours.
Papad has a high sodium content. Consumption of too much papad is harmful to health. Moderate intake of papad provides necessary dietary fiber and sodium to the body. It has magnesium and iron. Some of the popular papads of India include the Gujarat khichiya papad, Kerala papad and Bikaner papad.

Papad is good for health, when taken in limited quantities. Papad contains lentils and other spices. It is gluten free and easy to digest. It has no cholesterol, is low in sugar, and free of saturated fats.

Health Benefits of Papad:
  • Rich in Fiber.
  • Contains protein and other good nutrients.
  • Promotes metabolism.
  • Prevents gastric issues.

Nutritional Benefits of Papad:
100gm of papad has the following nutritional composition.

Nutritional Fact

Measure%(DV)

Calories

371

Fat

5%

Sodium

72%

Protein

52%

Magnesium

67%

Fiber

76%

Vitamin B6

15%

Iron

43%

Carbohydrates

20%

Cobalamin

0%

Vitamin D

0%

Calcium

14%

Potassium

28%


Papad has a healthy probiotic, which promotes the growth of good gut bacteria. It produces enzymes and juices which promote metabolism and help to digest food.

Key Health Benefits of Papad:
1. Improves metabolism: Papad has enzymes which promote metabolism and also helps in digestion.

2. Treats stomach gas:
Papad has the ability to treat gastric problems and other mild stomach problems. Hence it is always served with spice rich foods.

3. Low in Calories: Papad is low in calories , it may help in weight loss when you eat papad and corn salad together.


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