There has been so much craze around Superfoods in the last few years that it is important to take a step back and wonder – what makes Superfoods so special ?
We know they are popular for being nutritionally dense, in other words, carry a lot more Vitamins, Minerals and Anti-Oxidants for a small calorific value as compared to other foods. That’s great, but the problem with most popular Superfoods is that they are pretty expensive like Avocado, Blueberries and Goji Berries and therefore, out of reach for the most of us.
A favourite pick for salad dressings, Sesame seeds are rich in protein and fibre. They add crunch and flavour to stir fried vegetables, tofu and are very often used in Asian cooking.
A cooking staple, used for centuries and found in every Indian kitchen. Ghee or clarified butter made headlines when Kourtney Kardashian claimed that drinking an entire cup of it in the morning led to smooth digestion. Ghee even made it to the Oscar goodie bags which were handed out at the end of the award ceremony. So what’s all the fuss about ?
We consider this oil to be sheer magic. While most celebrities endorse this enthusiastically as an add on to salads and smoothies, Virgin Coconut Oil can be consumed on its own as well. Coconuts are known to be the richest source of lauric acid, which has outstanding anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Nicknamed as “Marvellous Moringa”, this nutrient dense superfood contains 47 Anti-Oxidants and 27 Vitamins. Bursting with flavour, Moringa is touted to have 7 times the Vitamin C of an Orange, 4 times the Vitamin A of a Carrot and double the protein of Milk.
30 percent of its dry weight is protein and therefore is a great supplement for those on a purely vegetarian diet. Moringa is friendly on the wallet too as it costs a fraction of the price of Goji Berries and even has 6X the number of Anti-Oxidants compared to them.
Golden milk or Turmeric Lattes (turmeric juice mixed with almond milk) was 2016 ‘s drink of choice. Attracting crowds from all over, cafes made this an essential offering on their menus across the world.
This miracle spice became popular for a reason. 100 grams of Turmeric contains 340 percent of the daily recommended intake of Manganese and 517 percent of Iron. It’s also anti-inflammatory and therefore successfully quells any bacterial or viral infections.
Vibrant, yellow and subtly sweet are the words which come to our mind when we think of this fruit which is native to the south western part of our country.
Popularly known as “kathal”, Jackfruit is known to boost immunity, infuses Anti-Oxidants to tackle free radical damage, regulates blood sugar levels and even strengthens bones.