- Holi 2018 is just around the corner and preparations have begun.
- Thandai is typically consumed on Holi.
- The presence of saffron in thandai makes it a mood enhancer.
Thandai is sweet and an instant thirst quencher. The phonetics of the name itself convey feelings of respite from heat that we tend to experience after taking a sip of thandai. Due to the presence of fennel and watermelon seeds and rose water, thandai is a coolant like no other. But the health benefits of the drink go far beyond its cooling properties. (Also Read: Holi 2018: What To Eat And Drink During Holi- A Complete Guide)
Here are 5 amazing benefits of drinking thandai in summers:
1. Cures Constipation
There's a small amount of poppy seeds in thandai, which help relieve gastrointestinal irritation and also prevent constipation. These seeds are also nutritious and are good sources of protein, fibre, calcium, fat and minerals.
2. Cures Flatulence
Besides being cooling for the body, fennel seeds or saunf can also cure flatulence. Fennel also has anti-inflammatory properties that can significantly improve digestion.
3. Improves Digestion
Fennel seeds and rose petals cool the body down and also improve the digestive health of the body. These two ingredients are extremely important as mercury can touch incredible highs in the subcontinent during summers.
4. Boosts Energy
The summer sun in India often leaves people feeling drained and tired. Watermelon and pumpkin seeds are added to thandai to make it a natural energizer. Moreover, the drink often contains energy-giving nuts like almonds and pistachios, which also promote the feeling of fullness.
5. Boosts Immunity
Spices added to the drink, like peppercorn and cloves are important to boost immunity during summers.
Besides these, saffron in thandai has anti-depressant and anti-oxidative properties that lead to an overall improvement in health and well-being. So don't shy away from this delicious potion this Holi.