Asafoetida (Hing) ہنگ
Asafoetida / Hing (ہنگ) also known as Ferula Asafoetida, is a latex gum extracted from several species of a perennial herb, Ferula. This potent-smelling spice is commonly used in Persian and Indian cooking for flavouring, food preservation and fragrance. From a nutritional perspective, asafoetida provides protein, fibre, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, niacin, carotene and riboflavin.
Along with its culinary uses, asafoetida has a prominent place in traditional medicine. Its health benefits come from its carminative, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, antispasmodic, expectorant, sedative, diuretic, vermifuge, emmenagogue, aphrodisiac and anti-carcinogenic properties.
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