Desi Superfoods: 7 superfoods that act as all-rounders for all nutritional needs, eat for a healthy and long life

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  • Superfoods are foods rich in nutrients.
  • The Indian kitchen is replete with a treasure trove of desi superfoods.
  • They also do not make your pocket loose as they are very economical.

Healthy Diet: Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that have a high content of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. However, “superfood” is not a term that is accepted by science and there are no rules that define what a superfood is. However, foods called superfoods such as blueberries, salmon and kale are particularly useful in terms of nutrition compared to other low-nutrient foods. Nutritionist Lovneet Batra discusses these ‘desi’ superfoods in a recent Instagram post by @Nutrition.By.Lovneet. Read on to know what she has to say.

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She writes, “Superfoods is probably the most searched word by fitness freaks on the internet today! A typical Indian kitchen is replete with a treasure trove of desi superfoods that you may have missed out on. These superfoods can help you stay healthy and live longer and they won’t burn a hole in your pocket either as they are very affordable. It’s time to include them in your diet at the earliest.”

1) Coconut for Avocado

Coconut has long been infamous for its high saturated fat, but experts say it has many benefits. Every part and product of coconut whether it is water, white flesh or oil is rich in nutrients. Coconut oil is especially considered good for heart health and weight loss because it speeds up metabolism.

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2) Amaranth leaves for kale

Amaranth or Rajgira leaves contain health essential nutrients like iron, potassium and vitamin C. They also contain high levels of tocotrienols. A type of Vitamin E which helps in reducing the bad cholesterol level.

3) Amla for Goji Berry

Amla is rich in Vitamin C and helps you get better eyesight. Chromium in amla is a mineral that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and is said to make the body more sensitive to insulin, thereby keeping blood sugar levels under control.

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4) Amaranth for Quinoa

While quinoa is in trend, its Indian equivalent is amaranth. Amaranth is a complete protein. It contains almost four times more calcium and twice as much iron and magnesium which helps in increasing your calcium and protein levels and keeps you full of energy.

5) Ashwagandha for Ginseng

Ashwagandha Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry, helps reduce stress and control cortisol levels. It also increases focus and mental stamina and reduces cravings related to irritability and stress.

6. Gourd for Zucchini

Bottle gourd has always been considered one of the healthy vegetables. Bottle gourd is high in choline, which acts as a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is essential for maintaining and enhancing memory.

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7) Kanji for Kombucha

Kanji is a prebiotic drink considered by many to be the Indian Kombucha. Kanji helps in increasing satiety and is an all rounder for eye health. It is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the eyes from damage caused by ageing.

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