Poha has traditionally been among India’s favourite breakfasts and no one treated it as unhealthy, till a few years ago, when the Indian market began to be flooded with ‘healthy’ grains from abroad like oats and quinoa. Call it the result of their brilliant marketing or our bad luck, our traditional breakfasts suddenly became unhealthy foods. But winds of change can already be sensed on the horizon with leading nutritionists speaking in favour of the native breakfast options. Here are some reasons why the humble poha remains among the healthiest breakfast options.
2. Rich in carbohydrates
Poha has nearly 76.9% of carbohydrates and 23.1% of fats and 0% of protein. Hence it is a good breakfast option as your body needs energy in form of carbs in the morning.
3. Controls blood sugar
Made of rice, poha is rich in vitamin B and hence good for controlling blood sugar.
4. Healthy accompaniment
Poha, does not contain any protein, but when cooked in the traditional way, peanuts are added to it, making it a protein rich breakfast.
5. Easily digestable
Flattened rice used in making poha is easily digestible and light on stomach. Hence it keeps you from feeling bloated.
6. Healthy heart
Curry patta essentially added while making poha is a rich source of carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, curry leaves keep the heart healthy, keep infections at bay and are also good for skin and hair.
7. Good source of anti-oxidants and vitamins
Since fresh tomatoes and carrots are added in the poha preparation, it is also a good source of Vitamin A and E, C and anti-oxidants.
Since poha is made of rice, it is a healthy, gluten free-breakfast potion and is free from any kind of preservative.
9. Healthy skin
The ghee or mustard or coconut oil added in poha keep the joints supple and are good for the skin.