10 Traditional Indian Superfoods

2017-04-17 03:42:23

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Cow's ghee

Once dismissed for its “fatty” nature, ghee today has acquired global superfood status. It is nutritionally dense with one tablespoon containing 135 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat – 45 percent of the recommended daily diet. It is also free of carbohydrates, sodium, sugar, fiber and protein. Consumed regularly, ghee can enhance brain function, improve digestion, boost immunity

Moong dal

moong dal is full of vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium? Many dieticians advise replacing fatty foods with moong dal as it is a brilliant weight loss food which is rich in proteins and fiber, so one feels fuller after having a bowl. One-half cup of boiled moong beans provides 106 calories, so you can enjoy a bowl of moong dal for lunch or dinner with phulkas.

Chaas or buttermilk

Buttermilk is excellent for the body and has more lactic acid and less fat as compared to regular milk. It’s a very good carminative and digestive drink as explained by Ayurveda. Buttermilk is useful in treating complicated digestive disorders and obesity as well. This mighty drink is rich in nutrients and vitamins and packed with protein, calcium, potassium and vitamins which helps in washing down fat. 100ml of buttermilk contains only 45 calories.


As lauki contains almost 96% of water, it is perfect for juice extraction. It is readily available in the market and is affordable too! Moreover, extracting the juice from lauki is not at all difficult. Lauki juice is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B, sodium, iron and potassium. It has low fat and cholesterol level. As a result, this anti-oxidant drink is quite popular among health conscious individuals.


Scaling the health food popularity charts these days, jackfruit is a multitasker: It can be a fruit, nut, vegetable vegan meat or a carbohydrate. Its use as chakka, a whole meal that’s an alternative to rice and roti, has now come to the forefront. Why’s it a winning choice? It can help you drop weight, beat diabetes, reduce cholesterol, prevent colon cancer and increase longevity.


Ginger is a common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine. However, ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries among many cultures. Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.


Also known as finger millet, this is a fiber-rich, gluten-free superfood that’s perfect for vegetarians. The generous amounts of protein and calcium make it a good substitute for meat and milk. With its abundance of other vitamins and minerals, this super cereal can also reduce your risk of stroke and regulate blood sugar levels.


One of the oldest medicines known to man, honey has been used in the treatment of respiratory diseases, skin ulcers, wounds, urinary diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff. 

One such great superfood is Triphala, recognised for several health benefits and qualities. This tonic is made with amla (Indian gooseberry) as one of its three ingredients. Actually, Triphala is a mixture in equal parts of the powder of 3 dried fruits: Emblica offficinalis (amla), Terminalia belerica (beheda) and Terminalia chebula (haritika).

In fact the Indian gooseberry (amla) is as valuable and beneficial, if not more, as the much touted and exquisite blueberry and that too at less than a quarter of the price. Amla has 20 times more vitamin C than oranges and quite surprisingly this is retained well even when the fruit is dried. Amla is also a great immunity booster as well as an antiaging agent.

Source: http://healthifyme.com, http://indiatoday.intoday.in, http://food.ndtv.com, naturalnews.com, medicalnewstoday.com, http://thoughtcatalog.com