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Ferula assafoetida, popularly known as asafoetida, is a dried gum obtained from the tap root of various species of Ferula. It is a perennial herb and is also known as devil’s dung, giant fennel, stinking gum, or hing. True to these names, asafetida has a strong pungent smell, but adds a subtle flavor to dishes when cooked with other spices. It is native to Afghanistan, and grows in Turkey, Iraq and India. The plant grows to six to seven feet tall and is not harvested until four years old.
The active compounds from its resin, gum, volatile oil and ash contains fiber, protein, carbohydrates, and minerals such as calcium and phosphorous enrich the human body.
Asafetida health benefits can be obtained everyday when used in cooking. It can be mixed with virtually anything like vegetables, pulses, rice, meat, or fish. The pungent smell becomes lighter when added to hot oil. The advantages of asafetida powder that be obtained by adding a dash of it to lentils, to vegetables when boiling them, and to meat along with other spices to marinade them. It best to cook asafetida covered so that the dishes may acquire its delicate flavor. Bitter gourd cooked with asafoetida is effective in lowering blood sugar levels.
Side effects of Asafetida
With all its beneficial qualities, asafoetida has its disadvantages as well. It can cause unpleasant side effects like vomiting and nausea; excessive consumption of asafetida can cause irritation in throat, swollen lips, burping, stomach gas, and diarrhea. It can also trigger unfavorable results in persons suffering from central nervous conditions. In some, it cause redness, itching and skin irritation. If there are prolonged skin rashes, skin swelling, and hives, you need to consult a doctor to remedy the allergic reaction. High doses of asafetida can cause dizziness and headaches, which can deter one’s productivity at work.
In sum, it is best to consult a physician if you want to consume larger doses to counter specific illnesses such as heart conditions, liver problems, and nervous disorders. In most cases, side effects of asafetida are temporary and can be treated.
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|Submitted on January 16, 2014|