Sabudana Increase Breast Milk – True or False?

Sabudana – that little white pearl is a famous staple food in India.

Primarily known as SAGO, it is also called as Tapioca.

These white pearl like staple food, often consumed during the fast. Almost all dishes that made during the fast are incomplete without sabudana.

One might think that it has great nutritional value but the things are exactly opposite. It is primarily loaded with the carbs.

Though it is loaded with just carbs, it has its own benefits and disadvantages.

In this article, we will discuss the whether it is a good idea to eat sabudana to increase breast milk and will also see its nutritional value.

What is sabudana (sago)?

Sago or sabudana, is a type of resistance starch that extracted from the spongy center of Metroxylon sagu.

Metroxylon sagu is a topical palm native to Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thialand and few other countries.

Sago plants are commonly called as Cycad and is one of the oldest plant. It was even existed during dianosaurs era. [01]

These palm can grow rapidly in wide variety of soil.  Usually, a well grown sago palm can provide 100 to 800 kg of starch which then used to make sabudana.

Sabudana is little pearl like, white coloured granules made using the starch extracted from the sago palm.

The harvested cassava roots are peeled, pressed and processed to get white starch substance. After removing impurities, draining the unwanted liquid, this starch is undergo the process of making granules.

These granules then sun-dried, polished and packed to deliver to the customers.

Does sabudana increase breast milk?No, sabudana does not increase breast milk. Empirically, sabudana is being used to enhance lactation, but its galactogogues effects yet to be proved by science. Devoid of major nutrient, sabudana just add carbs to the diet. So, it has negligible chances for increasing the breast milk in lactating woman’s. 

As discussed earlier, sabudana is low on proteins, vitamins, minerals, fibers & fats but is rich in carbs. [02]

We dig deeper in vast pool of clinical studies done on sago but we didn’t find any correlation between using sabudana for enhancing the breast milk.

Scientifically, using sabudana for increasing breast milk is not proven yet but empirically some woman use it with sporadic positive outcome.

In short, if you are a lactating mom thinking to use it as galactogauge, then it may not bring the desired results. Instead, you should consult your doctor for better advise.

Being said that, sabudana  has its own benefits and disadvantages.

Health Benefits of Sabudana

1. Gluten free – Sabudana atta also know as sago flour is free from gluten and can make a good substitute for wheat flour.

Often, people experience the allergic symptoms after wheat flour due to gluten. In such cases sago flour does have gluten.

2. Carb rich – Often, people treat carbs as the bad guys of nutrition. But they are one of the three major macro-nutrient. (Other being proteins and fats)

Carbs are main source of energy. National institute of nutrition advocates that an Indian food based balance diet should provide around 50-60% of total calories from carbohydrates. (20 to 30% from fats & 10 to 15% fromproteins) [03]

Though, sabudana is rich source of carbohydrates, they are in complex form and it has high glycemic index which is not good for diabetics.

3. Energy & weight gain – Due to abundance of carbs, sabudana helps to provide you instant energy and an extra calories.

If you eat it frequently, it may trigger weight gain.

Can you eat sabudana khichdi during breast feeding?

Yes, you can eat sabudana khichadi during breast feeding.

Balanced and nutritious diet is what recommended while breast feeding but occasionally having sabudana doesn’t hurt.

As discussed earlier, sabudana (sago) is a rich source of carbs that provides instant energy.

But it doesn’t provide other macro-nutrient to balance the diet. So, if you plan to eat the sabudana khichadi, make sure to include other food items that can provide you proteins, fats and vitamins.