“Superfoods” – A fairly new term that refers to foods having very high nutritional benefits.
They are mostly plant-based and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. We cannot determine what is and what is not a superfood as they don’t have their own food group. Although “Superfoods” is just a marketing term used for foods with health benefits.
Most of us call our food to be super only when it looks appetizing right ! But superfoods are those that serve many health benefits and even reduce the risk of certain chronic health conditions.
“Superfoods” are those that make you look great, feel great, or even help you live a longer, healthy life.
But how do we incorporate them into our everyday diet?
Regular eating of fruits and vegetables has a strong association with a lower risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. And what happens often is that when a fruit or vegetable is unpopular or otherwise forgotten will be remarketed as a superfood to pique the customer’s interest.
But remember there are plenty of superfoods out there, even if they’re not thought of as super. Including superfoods is great, only when it is consumed as a balanced diet overall. Simply put, Eat a super diet rather than individual food.
When we think of superfoods it is often the exotic ones like blueberries, broccoli, soybeans, etc. However, many Indian foods deserve superfood status. Some of the common Indian superfoods are Gooseberries, Lentils, Rice, Millets, Ragi, etc.
Healthy Eating that also goes well on the palate is something that is achieved with great difficulty. But the south Indians play with superfood ingredients like mustard seeds, curry leaves, Ragi, Green grams, and coconut milk rendering a distinct flavor to their delicacies along with the Health benefits.
If you are thinking about Idly, Dosa, Pongal, and sambar rice, and how healthy or sustainable it is to adhere to this carb-heavy diet. No worries. Because south Indian foods rank high in the overall nutritional value. Foods like Idly, and Dosa are a combination of cereals and pulses which improves the overall protein quality of the food.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” –
To justify this phrase South Indian cuisine has many staple ingredients that are remarkably beneficial for good health, like mustards, curry leaves, mint leaves, and black peppers which we usually spot in our upmas and sabzis.
We often tend to keep it aside. They might not be very tasty but they are very healthy and nutritious. These leaves help in digestion and also prevent various stomach disorders. Well, the black pepper – King of Spices has a lot of benefits to our body. They even help in preventing cancer. So if you find them in your food next time don’t throw them away.
It is said that One cannot think well, work well, and sleep well if one has not dined well so, maintain a proper diet by including these superfoods that also help you stay in shape and to maintain a healthy body mass.