Top 5 Health Benefits of Grass Jelly!

Grass jelly, is a dessert that looks like jelly, hence the name, and is very popular mainly in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It is made by using a plant from the mint family (Platostoma palustre, aka Chinese mesona) which has a slightly bitter taste, it is so mild that even I can eat it, and I don’t like bitter stuff! It is served cold as a topping in bubble tea, on fruits and other drinks (soya milk etc). It’s made by boiling the leaves and stalks of the plant (slightly oxidized) together with potassium carbonate and a little starch for a few hours. After it cools down, it can be cut into cube form. Curious? Then read on for our Top 5 Health Benefits of Grass Jelly!

1. Supports Digestion

Grass jelly leaves have alkaloid compounds along with the benefit of vitamin B and C which can help your digestive system problems such as stomach pain and diarrhoea.

2. Weight Control

Being rich in fibre, it makes it easier to maintain your weight while at the same time nourishing your body since it’s rich in other nutrients. It’s also low in calories and although it contains sugar it’s a simple sugar which is useful as a source of energy that doesn’t of itself cause weight gain.

3. Helps Prevent Constipation

Grass jelly being rich in fiber content makes it a good remedy against constipation.

4. Useful for Diabetics

Grass jelly leaves are rich in bisbenzylisoquinoline (alkaloid) and chlorophyll which are useful for stabilizing your blood sugar levels.

5. Antimalarial

Scientific studies show that a decoction of grass jelly roots is a useful drug for malaria prevention as being rich in specific alkaloid compounds.

Grass jelly is thought to have cooling properties (yin) so it’s mainly consumed in hot weather. Today, fortunately, you don’t have to travel all the way to Asia to try it, you can find it in shops, bubble tea vendors etc. What’s your impression on grass jelly, have you tried it? Let us know in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Check out these articles if you’re looking to make some dietary changes in 2019, keep well, transcend disease-making thought patterns and Keep YOUR own Fit ON!)

Patrizia Carbone

Patrizia has major interests in food, travelling, and health. She was born in Italy, Genoa but soon discovered her passion for living in different countries. She's lived so far in Spain, France, UK, China, and Colombia; although her soft spot is for South East Asia. At the moment she's experimenting with cooking/baking sugar-free cakes and biscuits and she'll soon be starting a Ph.D.

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