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These Three Health Benefits Of Hing Will Convince You To Include It In Your Diet

Nutritionist Lovneet Batra shares the health benefits of hing and why you need to include it in your diet.

Adding asafoetida (hing) to your diet may help improve digestion

Do you know the spice powder that gives off a pungent smell? Yes, we are talking about hing, also known as asafoetida. However, there are many other names for this humble spice, including Devil’s Dung, Stinky Gum, Food of the Gods, and Star Anise Jowani. If you are a food lover or like to cook a desi dishes, you would know the meaning of hing instantly. People use it in small amounts when preparing dal, or even different types of curries. This important spice is also great for your body. It is commonly grown in India, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. Hing basically represents the dried latex which comes from the taproot or rhizome or stem of Ferula asafoetida. If this information piques your interest in learning more about Hing, you should refer to the latest Instagram stories from nutritionist Lovneet Batra. The nutritionist points out about three effective health benefits of hing.

Lovneet Batra shares the following health benefits of hing (asafoetida):

1) Hing can aid digestion and because it is alkaline in nature it helps to avoid acid reflux which can harm the body in many ways.

2) Many wouldn’t be aware of this, but the anti-inflammatory compounds found in hing are responsible for providing fast relief from menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and dysmenorrhea.

3) Hing stimulates pancreatic cells to secrete more insulin, which in turn lowers your blood sugar levels.


The spices used in Indian cooking are a reservoir of countless health benefits. Lovneet Batra often tries to present these health benefits to the viewers from time to time. Just like hing, she wants to let us know that star anise, another spice used in Indian curries and other dishes, has a very positive effect on the body. Also known as “chakra phool”, this star-shaped food is full of beneficial properties for our body. Star anise can help eliminate free radicals from the body, especially those that can cause oxidative stress in the skin. Star anise also works wonders for the heart, as it helps control blood pressure and heart rate. Not only that, but it also has sedative properties that help calm your nerves and help you sleep soundly at night.

Follow these tips and familiarize yourself with the spices used in Indian homes, because it’s always good to know about the foods we eat on a regular basis.

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