Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners recommend foods to benefit the digestive system in summer to avoid the typical spleen and stomach problems associated with these steamy months. Lotus roots is one of the most highly recommended foods to eat as it contains high amounts of iron, vitamins B & C and is known to help clears heat & improve appetite. It also helps regulate the bowel by stopping diarrhea and relieving constipation.
Lotus root can be eaten as fruit, sliced and stir fried, or stuffed with rice. The tender young lotus roots are good for salads, while starchy mature lotus roots are good for making soups.