Do fancy-sounding superfoods overwhelm you? In a world of social media and influencers, new diets are promoted every other day and we offer advice on which food to choose and what is good for our health. Superfood refers to foods that provide maximum nutritional benefits for minimum calories. And you don’t have to rely on expensive, imported foods, there are a bunch of Indian superfoods – readily available – that you can count on.
Top 12 Indian Superfoods:
1) Indian gooseberry or amla
Rich in Vitamin C, Amla or Indian gooseberry is known for its anti-aging and immunity-boosting properties. So include more of these in your diet.
Our grandmother was right when she insisted that we should eat ghee. Studies have proved that adding ghee to your diet lowers the glycemic index of the food. Nutritionists like Rujuta Diwekar – known for helping Kareena Kapoor Khan achieve her admirable figure – swear by ghee.
3) Coconut oil
The good old coconut oil, used for centuries in Indian households, especially in Kerala, is now becoming everyone’s favourite. It has amazing benefits for weight loss and now the west is also turning to it.
Rich in iron and vitamin D, ragi is a great superfood and is extremely beneficial for people suffering from diabetes.
It is an important ingredient in Indian cooking. Turmeric is known for its detoxification properties and is beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Some studies have also reported that it can fight certain types of cancer.
Rich in manganese, copper, potassium, iron and calcium, jackfruit is good for digestion. It is also said to improve fertility in women.
It is great for health and is rich in antioxidants, iron, vitamins and minerals. It is also good for the skin.
Feel like snacking but scared of those extra calories? Makhana is the answer, it is good for health and tastes good too. It’s a rare combo, isn’t it? It promotes heart health, has anti-aging properties and has a low glycemic index.
Rich in protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates, chickpeas are good for cholesterol. A nutritious food, chickpeas or chickpeas are one of the best superfoods available.
Eat 4-5 soaked almonds daily in the morning and see amazing health benefits. Almonds are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron and protein.
This is another superfood! Walnuts contain healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids), fiber and antioxidants.
The humble banana is good for the heart, thanks to its potassium content. It also has a high fiber content and regulates the health of your gut. It is rich in Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C and is loaded with healthy carbohydrates.