What is superfood, you may wonder? Any food that has the ability to provide us health benefits through the process of phytonutrients.
The Superfood concept was discovered less than 30 years ago in the west. Suddenly blackberries, raspberries etc. that boost antioxidants became a fad. However we Indians have been eating guavas, amla, kokum etc forever. We only recognised these as “Superfoods” when the west blew the trumpet for them. We Indians always need a validation from the west to recognise the value of our food, whereas we have always been a super power when it comes to superfood.
Here are the superfoods found in the Indian kitchen
It is a huge misconception that ghee makes you fat. Ghee is nutritionally dense, free of carbohydrates, sodium, sugar, fiber and protein. Regularly adding a spoon of ghee into your diet can enhance brain function, digestion, boost immunity and prevent certain types of cancer. Don’t forget to add a spoon of ghee to your meal.http://ayurveda.com
Tamarind is another food that has been part of our diets and has not been given the status it deserves. Tamarind is an antibacterial agent and takes care of heart by diminishing the bad cholesterol level. It is also said to obstruct kidney stone formation and therefore, acts as a medicine for stone suffers. Make a tamarind paste by soaking it in hot water and adding it into your cooking.http://healthnewstips.today
Quinoa is popular in the west but we have ragi which is considered an even better alternative. This super grain contains all three parts of the kernel – bran, germ and endosperm. It is loaded with calcium and fiber. Rich in iron and vitamin D, it can regulate blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of stroke, helps you lose weight and works as a natural relaxant.http://thehindu.com
Turmeric has been used in Indian households without a thought. But it became cool only when cafes in the west introduced turmeric latte and heralded its benefits. Turmeric is used in various drugs and pharmaceutics mainly because of its immunity boosting and anti oxidant properties. It has 5-8 times stronger vitamin E and stronger vitamin C which helps to boost immunity and put brakes on ageing.http://diabetesselfmanagement.com
This translucent green fruit has eight times more vitamin C than orange, twice the antioxidants power of acai berry and around 17 times thats of a pomegranate. Amla can help fight common cold, burn fat, improve eyesight, build immunity and manage chronic conditions and relive pain. Do you still want more reason to gorge on this super-fruit?
Jackfruit is a multifaceted. It is a fruit, nut, vegetable and vegan meat. It helps to drop weight, beat diabetes, reduce cholesterol, prevent colon cancer and increase longevity. A fruit that is so yummy and comes with so much benefits.http://exoticfrujit.com
Half of India eats rice. Red rice is filled with antioxidants that keep away allergies, cancer and strengthen immune system. Red rice is rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels. The next time you hear someone says rice is bad for you, you know that is a myth.http://ndtv.com
Cultivate the habit to eat food that is locally sourced than food that has travelled miles to reach you. The food mentioned above might not be packaged and promoted to become mainstream but their benefits are as good and even better than the superfoods listed in the west. Always eat local. To paraphrase “Keep your friends close and your farmers closer”.