Cassia Tora L is an annual foetid herb with a height of 25cm to 100cm. It is found in Asian region but in India it is mainly found in Satpura region in Maharashtra. Cassia Tora is very stress tolerant and is an easy plant to grow in India, it occurs as wasteland rainy season weed. Seeds extract can be used as a energy drink.
Cassia Tora L. seeds contains lower fiber content. Proteins are also found in good proportion and they are important and act as enzyme, hormones and antibodies, proteins also helps in the formation of bones, hair and it contributes less energy than 30calories and thus prevent obesity and other related disease. A diet of fat providing 1-2% is sufficient for a human being. High amount of carbohydrates is essential for maintenance of life in plant and animals and also provide raw material for many industries.
Raw seeds of Cassia tora contain about 15 per cent crude protein, 1 per cent crude fat and 4 per cent crude fiber, 71 per cent carbohydrates. The seeds also contain antinutritional factors like phytic acid, trypsin inhibitors and tannins. Biological trial for evaluating the protein quality of Cassia tora seeds was conducted on rats by feeding them diet containing 10, 20 and 30 per cent levels of raw and roasted Cassia tora seeds. High mortality was observed in the groups fed on raw and roasted Cassia tora at 30 per cent levels.