Food is one the most basic necessities of life. It gives us energy, immunity, strength and nourishes our body and helps perform all the daily life actions. Now, there is another category of foods which are usually known as super foods containing high doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals which provide potent immune system, strengthening benefits and help in reducing the effects of medical conditions.
Eating Superfoods might reduce the risk of chronic diseases and result in prolonged life. To most of people, super foods mean exotic foods such as broccoli, blueberries, olive oil, etc and believe that only these foods are good and healthier for us. However, several studies and researches prove that traditional Indian Superfoods deliver the same result too.
Here is a list of few traditional Indian Superfoods which are better than exotic foods in some or the other way-
Often dismissed due to its fatty nature, ghee has acquired global superfood status. Nutritionally dense one tablespoon of pure ghee contains 135 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat – 45 percent of the recommended daily diet. It is free from sodium, sugar, protein, fiber and carbohydrate. If consumed on a regular basis then this Indian super food can enhance your brain functions, improve digestion and boost your immunity. It is also credited to prevent some cancers and melt down fat.
This Indian gooseberry translucent green colored fruit has almost eight times more Vitamin C than an orange, twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and around 17 times that of a pomegranate. So, it’s the time to accord the recognition this Indian super food deserves. It can help you fight the common cold and burn fat and manage chronic conditions. It is also accredited to improve eyesight and build immunity.
Turmeric commonly known as Haldi in Hindi, comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and offers significant anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric helps detoxification, enhances liver function, inhibits certain types of cancers and improves cardiovascular health. While we have been using it for decades and centuries the world has now started swooning over turmeric so late.
Enriched with fiber, oats are a rich source of magnesium, potassium, and phytonutrients. This Indian super food contains a special type of fiber that helps in lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease. Magnesium works to regulate blood-sugar levels, and research suggests that eating whole-grain oats may reduce the risk of diabetes.
Jackfruit is a multi tasker: it can be used as a fruit, nut, vegetable vegan meat or a carbohydrate. Its use as chakka, a whole meal that’s an alternative to rice and roti, has now come to the forefront. It helps in losing weight, beating diabetes, reducing cholesterol, preventing colon cancer and increasing longevity.
So, now are you wondering how to use these Indian super foods in your diet, we can help you in making your task easier!