People are becoming health conscious now a days, in order to deal with today’s hectic life. People want to upgrade the intake of nutrition in their diet. Therefore, consuming Superfoods can help in intake of essential nutrients. Superfoods are foods with a very high nutritional density that provide a substantial amount of nutrients, high volumes of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
List of Some Popular Superfoods to consider:
Moringa: Popularly known as drumstick, Moringa is a native Indian herb derived from the Moringa Oleifera tree. This herb is highly nutritious and has also been used in Ayurvedic practices. It helps in supporting immunity, reduces inflammation and provides antimicrobial effects. In order to derive its benefits, Moringa can be added to a soup, vegetable or can be consumed as a beverage in the form of tea.
Quinoa: This superfood is gluten-free and is full of protein. Quinoa contains twice as much fibre as other grains and helps in lowering the risk of hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. It is rich in copper, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and is a good source of manganese, which helps in managing pre-menstrual syndrome. It can be used as a substitute for rice. Quinoa can be consumed by adding it in salads, breakfast meals – poha, upma, porridge or main meals.
Green Coffee: Green coffee beans are unroasted beans which preserve Chlorogenic acid (CGA), which is generally lost to a great extent during roasting of coffee beans. Chlorogenic acid helps in weight management, and regulates metabolism by modifying the hormones related to obesity. It also up- regulates fatty acid breakdown in the liver as well as decrease fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis. It also reduces the absorption of carbohydrates, which helps in regulating blood sugar levels, thereby, lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Millet: Millets are gluten free and high in fibre and minerals such as – iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. They are considered to be the least allergenic and most easily digestible grains. Millet can be consumed as a whole in soup or as accompaniments to meals such as Roti. This superfood can be included in breakfast as a porridge, poha, upma or even dosas.
Coconut: It is a unique combination of fatty acids, which leads to natural weight loss and helps support cognitive function. It is made up of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are absorbed more easily as compared to other foods. It boosts energy, helps in digestion and improves metabolism. Consumption of coconut can be in the form of drinking coconut water or in the form of cooking by using coconut oil. Coconut sugar can be used as a substitute for regular sugar.