Makhanas are also called fox nuts or lotus seeds. It is considered one of the healthiest foods for a mother to consume during pregnancy and it is extracted from the lotus flower. The best part about phool makhana during pregnancy is that they can be consumed in many different ways, based on how you want to make them. They can be used in soups, curries, or fried and had as snacks as well. Here Are Some Benefits Of Makhanas (Fox Nuts) 1) They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. This makes them an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs. 2) They are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content. 3) Makhanas are recommended for diabetics too due to their low glycemic index. 4) An anti-ageing enzyme in these seeds is said to help repair damaged proteins. 5) In addition, the presence of a natural flavonoid called kaempferol (also present in coffee), helps prevent inflammation and ageing. 7) Makhanas are gluten-free, protein rich and high in carbohydrates. 8) They are low in calories, making them an ideal snack for weight loss. 9) Ayurvedic and Unani medicine believe them to have aphrodisiac properties.