What is it and why you should try it …
No, it’s not a golden-colored super dog — but it can be your golden-colored super drink!
- Lassi has the same health benefits as yogurt or dahi in that it soothes all three doshas — it reduces acidity in the stomach, it colonizes the gut with healthy bacteria, it improves immunity, it helps digestion, and it serves to keep the internal organs cool during hot summers.
- Lassi provides a wealth of nutritional value, such as Vitamins A, B, C…, Minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc…, and Lactobacillus, one of the “Good” bacteria you must have in your gut.
- Lassi is perfect for those with lactose intolerance, since lactose is converted to galactose and glucose by bacterial action.
- Lassi with cardamom and cinnamon improves appetite and keeps your brain healthy.
- Lassi, unsweetened, with salt or rock salt and cumin or jeera powder is a powerful coolant and digestive aid.
- By adding mint leaves, coriander and chopped onions, Lassi also helps to keep you cool when temperatures are soaring at the peak of summer.
- Lassi gives maximum benefit when consumed around noon or with lunch.
- Whereas yogurt is considered heavy, Lassi (yogurt blended with water) is considered in Ayurveda as easy to digest and also as a digestive aid for food.
- Lassi or yogurt drink with crushed rose petals is very cooling and pacifies acidity.
- Almonds and bhang (bhang is an edible preparation of cannabis, traditionally used in food and drink in the Indian subcontinent) further enhance cooling properties of Lassi but be aware, bhang is narcotic and can induce asleep.
- Lassi with the pulp of boiled raw mangoes gives double benefit — the cooling powers of lassi and raw mangoes helps prevent sunstroke if you have to go out on hot summer days.
- Lassi, prepared with curds made the traditional way, is probiotic, meaning it is full of friendly bacteria that help reduce cholesterol, improve metabolism and help your intestines absorb nutrients easily.
- Add turmeric powder to Lassi and you get the benefit of yogurt as well as turmeric, a known anti-carcinogen and helpful in a variety of ailments.
- Add grated ginger to Lassi to add improved digestion, improved appetite, and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to its cooling properties.
- Lassi may be used to treat the symptoms of diarrhea, it is good for rehydrating and also for binding loose stools.
- For weight loss or maintenance, substitute your afternoon meals with a couple of glasses of Lassi and never feel hungry.
- Far better than any other beverage, Lassi is a natural, probiotic, and nutritious drink.
Now for a Mango Lassi Recipe …
- Preparation time: 10 min
- Servings: 1
- Cooking time: 0 min
3/4 cup plain low fat yogurt
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup mango nectar, canned
1 tsp rosewater
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix thoroughly.
Nutritionist Recommended For
% Calories From Fat 13%
Total Fat 2.9g
Saturated Fats 1.9g
Mono-unsaturated Fats 0.8g
Poly-unsaturated Fats 0.1g
Total Carbohydrates 36g
Dietary Fiber 0.4g
Thiamin B1 0.085 mg
Vitamin B12 1 mcg
Vitamin K 1.4 mcg
Vitamin A 960 IU
Niacin B3 0.31 mg
Pantothenic Acid 1.2 mg
Riboflavin B2 0.4 mg
Vitamin C 21 mg
Vitamin D 0 IU
Vitamin B6 0.11 mg
Vitamin E 0.32 mg
Choline 30 mg
Manganese 0.042 mg
Magnesium 36 mg
Calcium 360 mg
Zinc 1.7 mg
Phosphorus 270 mg
Copper 0.055 mg
Fluoride 110 mcg
Selenium 6.6 mcg
Sodium 140 mg
Potassium 460 mg
Iron 0.6 mg