Not only in weight loss circles, superfoods are also very popular with health enthusiasts as these foods provide a large amount of nutrients in a limited amount. Such nutritious dense foods contain high amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, fiber, and minerals. Importantly, it is not realistic to have high expectations of superfoods when it comes to weight loss or disease treatment. However, with their rich value, they increase weight loss efforts and improve overall health. However, many internationally recognized superfoods such as acai berries, kale and seaweed are too exotic and out of reach for many people in India. We should also attach great importance to locally available foods, as these tend to retain their nutritional value much better. While we argue about the shortage of certain superfoods like kale or nori leaves in India, we often overlook the plentiful amount of nutritious products available in India. So in this post we would list 14 Indian alternatives for international superfoods. Read on 🙂
14 Indian alternatives for international superfoods:
1. Foxtail millet instead of quinoa: Both quinoa and foxtail millet are gluten-free and rich in nutrients and fiber. In addition, this millet is rich in iron, antioxidants and regulates blood sugar.
2. Sabja seeds / flax seeds instead of chia seeds: Chia and Sabja look the same and belong to the same mint family, but chia seeds do well for their omega-3 fatty acid content. Sabja seeds, on the other hand, which must be soaked in water to make them swell, are high in iron and antioxidants. If you’re looking for a good source of omega-3s, you’ve come to the right place with flaxseed (alasi).
3. Indian gooseberries (amla) instead of acai berries: Acai berries are popular for their antioxidant properties and you can get the same benefits from amla with its high vitamin C content.
4. Coconut Oil / Mustard Oil Instead of Olive Oil: It is no surprise that people in the west have started to heavily incorporate coconut oil into their cuisines as this oil contains healthy fats, boosts the fat burning process, and increases good cholesterol in the body. Mustard oil also reduces inflammation, has antimicrobial benefits, and has a high smoke point. All of these Indian oils are much better than vegetable or refined oils, and much cheaper than olive oil.
5. Ghee instead of butter: The secret to burning fat can be in two drops of ghee in your dal per day. Ghee is rich in amino acids and speeds up the burning of fatty acids in the body. Now make a complete switch from butter to ghee.
6. Spinach Instead of Kale: From green juice to smoothies, people around the world vouch for the health benefits of kale. In India there is spinach or palak, a powerhouse of nutrients with its rich magnesium and vitamin A, E, zinc, folic acid and potassium content – all important for the fat burning process and for good health.
7. Moringa powder instead of matcha powder: Japanese matcha tea is full of antioxidants and we can find its equivalent in moringa powder, which is said to have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges. It also contains calcium, protein and amino acids.
8. Amaranth instead of quinoa: This anciently grown grain is high in protein and high in protein and fiber, low in fat and can be a simple substitute for quinoa.
9. Ashwagandha Instead of Ginseng: To boost immunity, reduce stress, and improve thyroid function, as well as regulate blood sugar levels, include India’s ashwagandha in your diet.
10. Jamun instead of goji berries: Jamun is great for regulating blood sugar levels and purifying blood, and is a good substitute for goji berries.
11. Doodhi or Chow Chow Instead of Zucchini: Doodhi (bottle gourd) or Chow Chow can help you lose weight, as can zucchini since they are all low in calories.
12. Guava instead of strawberries: If you are looking for a fruit that increases insulin by a large amount and still provides you with plenty of nutrients, take a guava, which with its high vitamin C content and low fructose content will help you lose weight Exertion, just like strawberries.
13. Buckwheat instead of quinoa: Kuttu, or buckwheat, which Rati Beauty often uses for weight loss in their recipes, is a superfood that has not received due recognition because it contains vitamins and is high in fiber, as well as magnesium, protein and iron. It also lowers bad cholesterol in the body and is low in calories. Check out Rati Beauty Diets to find out how to lose weight with buckwheat.
14. Wheatgrass instead of seaweed: very popular in the West as a superfood that contains a full range of vitamins from A to vitamin K as well as iron and antioxidants. In India, seawood would face stiff competition from wheatgrass, which is locally produced and has almost the same nutritional profile as seaweed with its iron, vitamins A, C, E, magnesium, calcium and trace elements content.
Can you think of any other superfood that isn’t due yet? If so, please list it below 🙂
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