Lotus stem or Kamal kakdi, is (most of the times wrongly called as lotus root) very popular vegetable in India and several other Asian countries including China and Japan. Nelumbo nucifera is the scientific name of the lotus stem.
Lotus root has a wide range of health benefits owing to its rich nutritional composition. The benefits include its ability to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, prevent various forms of Cancer, balance mood and relieve depression, increase the blood circulation, and maintain proper enzymatic activity in the body.
The nutritional value of lotus stem is pretty impressive. It is rich in calcium, iron, fiber and many important minerals like zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper, etc. It is also loaded with Vitamin B, Vitamin E, vitamin K etc.
100 grams of lotus stem contains around 74 calories, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 0.1 grams of fat, 0.39 mg of zinc, 0.261 mg of potassium, 23 mg of magnesium, 1.16 mg of Iron, 0.25 mg copper, 556 mg of potassium, 40 mg of Sodium, 44 mg of Vitamin C and Niacin, pyridoxine, selenium and Thiamine.
Health Benefits of Lotus Root