Sabudana / Sago Nutrition Facts, Health & Beauty Benefits

Today I am going to share the health benefits, nutritional facts and some recipe of Sago Pearls. Tapioca Sago is also known as Sabudana i...

Sago pearls or Sabudana Facts

Today I am going to share the health benefits, nutritional facts and some recipe of Sago Pearls. Tapioca Sago is also known as Sabudana in Hindi and Urdu whereas in English it is usually referred as 'Tapioca Pearls' or ‘Sago.' It is one of my favorite foods and after doing a bit of research, here I am with an extensive article on it.


What is Sabudana Made of?

Sabudana from Tapioca roots

The Sago Pearl or Sabudana is made of Tapioca Root; the white colored, opaque seeds are formed by processing of Tapioca root. Tapioca roots are pulped and crushed through different machines, and a milky compound is extracted, this milky compound is then roasted or boiled to form globules. These globules range from 1mm to 7mm in diameter, but the commonly manufactured form varies from 1mm to 2mm in diameter.

The ready to cook Sago balls turn into translucent, spongy and soft form after cooking. Sago is known for its immaculate taste and nutritional benefits; its popular dishes include Sabudana Kheer & Sabudana Khichadi. Usually, Sabudana is considered an exquisite food for infants, old-aged people, and patients. The translucent spongy balls are magnificent in taste and easy to digest, with its known soothing and cooling qualities of the human body.


Sago Pearls / Sabudana Nutrition Facts

Sabudana nutrition facts

Sago or Sabudana is one of the rich sources of carbohydrates, and the white globules are known for their quick energy boosting property. Sago contains a nice amount of Iron, a tiny amount of protein with the feeble amount of Calcium, Vitamins, and other minerals. 100 grams serving of Sago can yield up to 350 Calories with 85.5 grams of Carbohydrates and 0.2 grams of Protein. You can refer the chart below for complete nutrition facts:




Sago Pearls / Sabudana Beauty Benefits

Sabudana beauty benefits

You might be shocked to read about the beauty benefits of Sago Pearls / Sabudana. The fact is that these pearls owe a great deal of benefits for skin and hair as well.

1- Natural Skin Exfoliator

Sabudana can also work as an excellent skin exfoliator, just grind some Sago pearls and mix them up with a few drops of milk to create a thick paste. Now exfoliate your skin for fifteen minutes and let it rest for some time on your face, and then wash it off with lukewarm water. The tapioca root works as a brilliant cleanser for your skin with its organic remedial qualities. You can also try these homemade facial cleansers for a glowing smooth skin.


2- Face Mask To Eliminate Scars & Smoothen Skin

Sago Pearls can also be used to make different face masks that can heal scars and smoothen the skin. You can try the following facemasks below:


Sabudana with Honey & Lemon Mask

Crush 50 grams of Sago pearls and blend it with a few drops of honey and lemon. You can also add some milk to create a nice thick paste. Now apply this mask on your face and let it rest for half an hour. Wash off your face with fresh water and feel the incredible difference in your skin texture. This mask can be used twice in a week, and you can notice dramatic effects on your face within a few weeks.


Sabudana with Avocado Mask

Avocados are one of my favorite ingredients for a face mask. I have also posted about different avocado face masks that you can easily try at home. Crush 50 to 100 gram of Sago pearls and mix it with crushed and peeled avocados. Add some milk to create a paste and apply it on the face for half an hour. Wash it off with lukewarm water.


Sabudana with Chamomile Tea Mask

Crush some sago pearls and mix it with chamomile tea (you can also use the tea from already brewed teabags). Add some milk and blend it well for 5 to 10 minutes. Now apply this mask on your face for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.


3- Enhances Hair Growth

Sago Pearls combined with olive oil can improve the growth of hair. Just crush some sago pearls and mix it with olive oil. Now apply this paste on your hair from roots to strands.


4- Prevents Hair Fall

Sabudana is manufactured by processing of tapioca root that has numerous benefits for hair too. You can try some of these protein treatments for hair to avoid the hair fall problem or you can also try Sago pearls and egg mask on your hair. Just crush some sago pearls and blend it well with one or two whole eggs. You can use the egg-beater for the same purpose. Apply this thin mask on your hair strands and let it rest for half an hour. Wash it off with some shampoo.


5- Hair Nourishment 

Crush some sago pearls and blend it with some yogurt, rose water and honey. Apply the thick paste on your hair strands for half an hour and wash it off with some shampoo. You can try this mask twice a day.


Sago Pearls / Sabudana Health Benefits

Sabudana health benefits


1- Perfect Pre/Post Workout Food

Sago contains high amount of carbohydrates and they can serve as a very good alternative to energy/post workout supplements. Our body needs a lot of energy to rejuvenate from the strenuous workout and Sago can help you refuel the lost energy. The best way to start your day is to cook some Sabudana preferably on a stove, Sago pudding or kheer are the best foods if you are looking for good energy source that is easily digestible. A nice Sabudana dessert in breakfast can really help you stay alert and energetic throughout the day. It is known to enhance the natural glucosamine production in the body that can improve the overall movement of joints and recovery of muscles around it.


2- A very nice antidote for Hypertension

100 grams of Sago contains around five milligrams of potassium. Potassium is known to enhance the blood circulation and overall cardiovascular system. Sago has been counted amongst the top remedies for hypertension. From the ancient times tapioca root has been used to cure stress and hypertension and it holds an important role in ayurvedic treatment of cardiovascular problems.


3- The Perfect Energy Boosting Food

Sago is the best source of energy, with its high energy refueling capability you can feel energetic all the day. Sago is usually prescribed to patients to enhance their energy level and to expedite the recovery phase.


4- Helps the Digestive System

Sago also helps in the improvement of the overall digestive system. The contents of tapioca root are known to heal many digestive ailments including Bloating, Constipation, Indigestion, Flatulence and Acid Reflux. Sago is also prescribed for patients with Gastroenteritis disease, the soothing and cooling effects mellow down the heartburning and stomachache. Sago enhances the production of digestive enzymes and overall bowel movement by protecting the intestines from getting dry. Sago works pretty much the same way as Basil Seeds as far as the digestive ailments are concerned and both of these take quite a similar plump tapioca shape after boiling.


5- Quick Weight Gains

Sago can help you gain weight quickly within weeks. The tapioca root with its rich calorie contents can increase the weight of individuals with eating disorders and poor appetite. Sago is also prescribed to carcinoma and tuberculosis patients because it recuperates the weight by these lethal diseases. Sago is usually served as breakfast for kids in India and Pakistan because of its nutritious and healthy ingredients.


6- Improve joints and bone health

Sago contains calcium, iron and other minerals that help in improvement of bones and joints. Sago increases the production of Glucosamine, which ultimately affects the density of bones, flexibility and joints movement. The increased level of glucosamine boosts the production of synovial fluid that is found in small quantity between joints and tendon sheaths and responsible for the smooth movement of joints.


7- Keeps the Body Cool

Sago is known to eradicate excessive heat from the body; usually, the use of antibiotics result in the production of excessive heat, and it can be effectively controlled with the use of Sago. In sub-continent and Asian-pacific countries, doctors prefer the usage of Sago especially for the treatment of diseases involving the consumption of medicines on a regular basis. Sago along with rice has a pleasant cooling effect on the body by controlling the excess bile production. Sago Khichadi is a popular recipe that features the rice and Sago combo.

Sago / Subdana Recipes

Sabudana recipes

There are various dishes that are made with Sabudana, I am going to share the recipes of famous Sabudana Khichadi and Sabudana Kheer in another post later on. Do not forget to share your thoughts on this post :) and stay tuned for more beauty and health tips from FS Fashionista.

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