Makhanas are also known as fox nuts, Euryale ferox, lotus seeds, gorgon nuts and phool makhana. These seeds are often used in quite a few Indian sweets and savouries like kheer, raita or makhana curry, and are also eaten as an evening tea-time snack. They are low in calories, fat and sodium
making them an ideal snack for weight loss. Makhanas are recommended for diabetics too due to their low glycemic index and gluten free properties.
An anti-ageing enzyme in these seeds is said to help repair damaged proteins. In addition, the presence of a natural flavonoid called kaempferol (also present in coffee), helps prevent inflammation and ageing.