The past decade has seen a massive shift in focus towards foods that were hardly considered edible earlier, at least by a major part of the civilization.
So while sea weed was consumed by the coastal inhabitants of East Asia, since ages, the rest of the world woke up to its benefits only recently. The same goes with flaxseeds, the humble brown seeds which were eaten with relish, particularly as a coolant during summers, throughout the Chhota Nagpur Plateau for thousands of years before they qualified as superfood.
Similarly, chia seeds, black rice, kefir, banana flour are giving tough competition to regular crops that have nourished us since times immoral.
In discovering the goodness of Konjac Noodles, Matcha tea and Maple water, we have forgotten the benefits of foods we have grown up eating and which have been part of our culture and heritage.
While the mantra to eat local is already becoming popular, giving the superfood ideology a jolt, but even now several edible items considered super healthy, half a century ago are being looked upon with contempt. Are we right in doing so, or I we missing out on their benefits by blindly following the trend-have a look!
“I love bananas, can I have one a day?, I asked Rujuta Diwekar, the famous nutritionist who is credited with giving a number of celebs, including Kareena Kapoor, their svelte, chiseled bodies. This discussion was part of a chit chat around her book “Women and The Weight Loss Tamasha”, which had released around that time. “Of course, you can, it is super healthy and packed with nutrition. In fact you can start your day with it” was her reply.
Bananas have suddenly become a taboo as they are considered unhealthy. While one is ready to hog on a bar of protein bar, stuffed with artificial ingredients, easily digestible and healthy banana is believed to be an indulgence!
Rich in vitamin B6, poly-phenolic anti-oxidants, iron, vitamin c, potassium, bananas are good for skin, heart and nerves. They also up the immunity and keep the gut healthy.
Desi ghee or clarified butter, has largely suffered in the last decade in light of researches that denounced it as unhealthy and harmful. According to celebrity nutritionist Sandhya Gugnani, winter is the best time to have ghee as it is easily digested and also provides the much needed warmth to the body.
“Ghee being a fat soluble vitamin is rich in vitamin A, D, E,K. Ghee helps our body to absorb and make use of these vitamins. So basically it helps in digestion and enhances eyesight, keep muscles healthy and take out impurities from the body. Most importantly it has a softening effect and prevents dryness of skin which is quite common during winter season . 1/2 a tea spoon of ghee is good during morning followed by a hot beverage like green tea or regular tea / coffee.” says Sandhya.
Honey has more calories than sugar, and so it is unhealthy-is the general logic given against this ambrosial food which has been used as a cure for a number of ailments by Ayurveda since ancient times.
Honey is rich in Vitamin B6, niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. It also contains traces of calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It prevents allergies, boosts memory, is a natural energy drink, aids in sleep, prevents cough and cold, fights dandruff and strengthens immunity. Are these not reasons enough to have a spoon of this golden syrup daily?
For all those who keep away from garlic for religious reasons, here’s an eye opener. Garlic contains 17 amino acids (which our body cannot produce on its own) and is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6. It is also a very good source of vitamin C and copper. In addition, garlic is rich in selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium.
It has proven anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties. It is a natural blood thinner and hence prevents against cardio-vascular diseases and also strengthens immunity.
Red meat is always the first to be blamed for causing colon cancer and cardiovascular diseases. But if taken in moderation it is one of the best sources of protein. The iron in red meat is easily absorbed by body. It is a good source of vitamin B-12 and zinc that help in the pro per working of immune system.