Gulkand-A Sweet Summer Cooler!
Bsc Food Science and Quality Control, Msc in Dietetics and Food Service Management
- Posted On May 16, 2018
‘Gulkand’- as the name suggests is Rose Petal Jam or Rose Petal Preserve and is one of an ancient delicious preparation which has been used for ages for maintaining good health.
The literal meaning of Gulkand is ‘Gul ‘which means ‘Rose‘ and ‘Kand’ which means ‘Sweet’. It is a sweet preserve of rose petals made from fresh rose petals and sugar. It is also known as one of the best medicines in Ayurveda for the plethora of benefits that it offers when consumed on a regular basis.
Learn about some beneficial facts from our child nutrition experts at FitterFly on how this traditional magical food can help boost your child’s health.
Top beneficial facts about Gulkand:
Natural Coolant: Gulkand is believed to have natural cooling properties, hence is quite useful in reducing all heat-related problems in your child like fatigue, mental stress, lethargy, aches, muscle pain, reduces acidity and stomach heat and is also effective in reducing burning sensation in soles and palms thus proving to be a cooling tonic for your child’s body especially in hot summers!
Protection from Sunstroke & Cures Nosebleed: Gulkand’s cooling effect prevents internal body heat especially during hot summers. In hot season, nosebleed is a common issue in kids and gulkand proves to be a natural remedy to treat both nosebleed as well as protects your child from sunstroke, thus reducing the impact of excess heat on the body.
Powerful Antioxidant: Several studies prove that Gulkand is rich in antioxidants, hence they prove beneficial in treating ulcers. It reduces the occurrence of mouth ulcers and also helps strengthens teeth and gums. It is also believed to improve eyesight and helps in reducing eye inflammation and redness.
Stress-reliever: Being a cooling agent, it can calm the nervous system and thus reduce stress and become an awesome energy booster and a rejuvenator!
Memory Enhancer: Consumption of gulkand on a regular basis also works on improving the memory of your child by alleviating exam related stress.
Detoxifier: Gulkand is considered good for correcting all digestive issues. It is useful for improving appetite and enhances the digestion process by rectifying all digestive issues. Being a good blood purifier, it is also quite useful for clearing diseases related to skin, itching, boils, blisters, etc
Ways to incorporate Gulkand into your child’s diet:
Gulkand can be eaten as such or used to make flavoured drinks or even added in milk, rose milk, lassi or juices.
Also, check out the variety of mouth-watering recipes with added gulkand which are easily available or could be home-made too like
- Gulkand Icecream/Gulkand kulfi
- Gulkand milkshake
- Gulkand murabba
- Gulakand jam
- Gulkand pan ladoo (mouth freshener)
- Gulkand sweets like Kaju Gulkand Barfi, Gulkand rose ladoo, Gulkand phirni or
- Gulkand can also be included as fillings in cakes and puddings, etc. Doesn’t this sound tempting !!!
Having learnt about a bundle of those health benefits, we are sure you will make your child eat a teaspoon of gulkand before going out in that hot sun this summer!
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