What Is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is a plant that's known scientifically as Trigonella foenum-graecum .
The plant stands around 2–3 feet tall (60–90 cm). It has green leaves, small white flowers and pods that contain small golden brown fenugreek seeds.
For thousands of years, fenugreek has been used in alternative and Chinese medicine to treat skin conditions and many other diseases .
In more recent years, it has become a common household spice and is used as a thickening agent. It can also be found in products such as soap and shampoo.
Fenugreek seeds and powder are also used in many Indian and Asian recipes for their nutritional profile and slightly sweet, nutty taste.
Although you wouldn't consume fenugreek in large amounts, one tablespoon of whole seeds contains 35 calories and several nutrients (2):
- Fiber: 3 grams.
- Protein: 3 grams.
- Carbs: 6 grams.
- Fat: 1 gram.
- Iron: 20% of your daily requirements.
- Manganese: 7% of your daily requirements.
- Magnesium: 5% of your daily requirements.