Lotus seeds are a super food long used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Photo: Getty Images Lotus seeds are a super food long used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Photo: Getty Images
Lotus seeds are a super food long used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Photo: Getty Images
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Lotus seeds and fox nuts: superfoods used in Ayurveda and TCM, why they are good for you and how to eat them – three recipes

  • Lotus seeds help prevent cancer, boost immunity and relieve depression, stress and anxiety. They’ve long been used in Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine
  • Water lily seeds, or fox nuts, are often misnamed lotus seeds. Eat them as a high-protein, low-fat popcorn alternative and as part of keto and plant-based diets

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Lotus seeds are a super food long used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Photo: Getty Images Lotus seeds are a super food long used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Photo: Getty Images
Lotus seeds are a super food long used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Photo: Getty Images

Corrected [6:12pm, 31 Jul, 2020]

  • [6:12pm, 31 Jul, 2020]

    This story has been amended and expanded to make clear that it refers to two superfoods, not one. Both are commonly referred to as lotus seeds. One is in fact the water lily seed, also called fox nut, from the floating water lily plant (Euryale ferox); lotus seeds are from the lotus plant (Nelumbo nucifera). Both have healthy and medicinal qualities and have long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

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