Do the fancy-sounding superfoods overwhelm you? In the world of social media and influencers, new diets are promoted every other day and we are flooded with advice as to which food to pick and what’s good for our health. Superfoods refer to those foods that offer maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories. And you don’t have to depend on expensive, imported food items, there are a bunch of Indian superfoods – easily available – that you can rely on.
Top 12 Indian superfoods:
1) Indian gooseberry or amla
Loaded with Vitamin C, amla or Indian gooseberry is known for its anti-ageing and immunity-boosting properties. So incorporate more of these in your diet.
Our grandmoms were right when they insisted that we should have ghee. Studies have proved that adding ghee to your meals reduces the glycaemic index of food. Nutritionists like Rujuta Diwekar – best known for helping Kareena Kapoor Khan achieve her admirable figure – swears by ghee.
3) Coconut oil
The good-old coconut oil, used for ages in Indian households, especially in Kerala, is now turning out to be everyone’s favourite. It has amazing benefits for weight loss and even the West is now turning towards it.
Rich in iron and vitamin D, Ragi is a wonderful superfood and is highly beneficial for those suffering from diabetes.
This is an important ingredient for Indian cooking. Turmeric is known for its detoxification properties and is beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Some studies have also pointed out that it can fight certain types of cancers.
Rich in manganese, copper, potassium, iron, and calcium, jackfruit is good for digestion. It is also said to improve fertility in women.
This is very good for health and is rich in antioxidants, iron, vitamins, and minerals. It’s good for the skin too.
Feel like snacking but afraid of those excess calories? Makhana is the answer, it’s good for health and tastes good too. That’s a rare combo, right? It promotes cardiac health, has anti-ageing properties and has a low glycemic index.
High in protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates, chickpeas are good for cholesterol. A wholesome food, chickpeas or chole is one of the best available superfoods.
Have 4-5 soaked almonds every morning and see amazing health benefits. Almonds are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and protein.
It’s another super superfood! Walnuts have healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids), fibre, and antioxidants.
The humble banana is good for the heart, thanks to its potassium content. It also has high fibre content and regulates your gut health. It’s rich in Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C and is loaded with healthy carbohydrates.
(Disclaimer: This article is based on general information and is not a substitute for a medical expert’s advice. Zee News does not confirm this.)