Lassi is a very popular dairy drink in India. Be it the northern side of India or the southern side, Lassi is very delicious and consumed widely all over India. Everyone knows how to make lassi, be it from curd or milk. Lassi that is prepared at home has far more health benefits than lassi that you buy from stores or that comes as a branded packaged product.
Why is homemade Lassi a better choice always?
Lassi that you buy from stores may be tastier than homemade lassi but that lassi would take a lot of time to get digested because of the amount of fat, sugar and lactose present in it. Too much sugar and fat are never considered healthy. You don’t even know how much sugar the shopkeeper has added to the lassi. At least 30g of sugar is present in the lassi that you buy from the store which is equal to a soda that you buy from stores. The fat content intake in this lassi is also high (almost 10-12g). But homemade lassi does not contain such high amounts of fat or sugar and all the health benefits are passed on from the Lassi.
The healthiest version of Lassi
We all know how to make lassi at home from milk or curd. Instead of sugar, the salted version of Lassi is preferred more to lessen down the sugar content of the Lassi. Generally, we make lassi from curd but even lassi from milk can be prepared within minutes. Use fat-free milk in order to make the lassi at home. Add 40% cold milk and 60% cold water to make the lassi. If you have full-fat milk in your home, boil it and take out the cream from the milk. This will help you to reduce the fat content in the full-fat milk. The process remains the same if you are using curd or yogurt instead of milk. Finally, serve it by adding jeera powder and 2 pinches of salt. Mix it well and your lassi is ready to be consumed.
This is the healthiest version of Lassi you can make at home. Non-fat milk helps to reduce the calorie content of the Lassi. This makes the Lassi super low in calories and fat.
Nutritional information of 1 glass homemade Lassi
|Sugar||less than 4g|
You can drink this Lassi 3-4 times a day without affecting your health and at the same time getting all the health benefits Lassi has to offer. Be it between meals or in the evening this Lassi is the perfect one.
Health benefits of Lassi
Now let’s come back to the topic of the various health benefits of homemade lassi. Generally, Lassi is rich in potassium, protein, Vitamin B, probiotics and so on.
1. Cleanses your body and keeps you healthier
People who are under prolonged medication, antibiotics are not at all healthy from the inside. We all know how medications deteriorate your health slowly. Drinking lassi would help you to clean up the process and ultimately help you to become healthier.
2. Good bacteria results in good gut
We already know how intake of good bacteria can help you develop a better gut. If you are making lassi from yogurt, the number of good bacteria that your body requires for proper absorption, digestion is automatically fulfilled. This helps to develop a good gut and makes your body system clean. Curd or yogurt is rich in probiotics and lassi made from curd helps in passing the probiotics to your health. This further helps in improving your bowel movements and thus protects you from developing constipation and other gut-related diseases.
3. Maintains fluid balance of the body
If you do not have a proper fluid and electrolyte balance in your body it may result in unhealthy conditions in your body. Drinking Lassi would help you to maintain the fluid balance in your body as it is rich in potassium. Furthermore, the potassium content in Lassi also maintains and checks proper nerve signals and muscle contractions.
4. High protein
We all know that milk and other dairy products are rich in protein. Lassi whether you make it directly from milk or from yogurt is rich in protein. This protein is highly necessary for strengthing your ligaments and muscles. An egg may be the cheapest source of protein but dairy products like Lassi also possess good amounts of protein. Protein ensures the overall proper growth and development of your body.
5. High in calcium
Lassi is actually rich in calcium. Calcium helps in strengthing your bones and teeth. Along with this the calcium in lassi also helps in ensuring the proper movement of blood throughout your body by strengthing your blood vessels and muscles.
6. Presence of Vitamin B
Lassi also contains B complex vitamins that help your body to stay healthy. Vitamin B is highly necessary by your body can be achieved from various food sources. Lassi is one of the food sources from where you will be able to receive Vitamin B. Vitamin B in your body helps in maintaining proper cell health, increases the RBC count of your body, increases energy levels in your body, helps in hormone production and the list goes on and on.
7. Other health benefits
Along with these, there are other several health benefits of Lassi which are as follows
- Boosts overall immunity of your body
- Helps to replenish the electrolytes that come out of your body, especially during the summer months.
- Help to regulate the temperature of your body
- Helps in maintaining your blood pressure
- Lassi is also good for your skin and hair
As you can see Lassi is a very powerful drink. Lassi acts as a great reliever during the summer months. Lassi is extremely tasty and also possesses several health benefits. Be it from yogurt or milk, Lassi should be consumed by all especially in the summer months in India.