The global food industry introduces new food fad every year. From couscous to quinoa or goji berry to acacia, there is no dearth of superfoods that are getting added to our daily meals on nearly an annual basis. There is, however, a strong downside of this Western food invasion. In the obsession with what the rest of the world is up to, we are sidelining our traditional and ancient superfoods. For instance, a study published in 2012 determined that coconut oil was harmful as it was found to be high in saturated fat content. Thanks to the accessibility of media, this news spread like wildfire, and even the most ardent traditional consumers of this product shifted sides to lighter alternatives like olive oil or rice barn oil. This is an excellent example which states how following a fad can force us to ignore certain good qualities of a particular food product that are naturally beneficial. In case of coconut oil, this traditional Indian superfood actually improves brain function and supports fat loss. Of course, as with most superfoods, the coconut oil was never meant to be consumed in large quantities.
Top Seven Indian Superfoods
1. Ghee (Clarified Butter)
Considered to have its origin in ancient India, Ghee is a true superfood, one without which no meal can be complete. It is a rich source of vitamins and improves digestion. Once thought to be a fatty food item, ghee can actually help you reduce weight. Crazy as that might sound, ghee is a natural source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids that help in this function. This excellent source of nutrition can be conveniently made within the confines of your kitchen. Due to its health benefits, we include pure desi ghee in our ladoos instead of the commercially widespread palmolein oil.
2. Alsi Ke Beej (Flaxseeds)
Flaxseeds have been cultivated since the beginning of human civilization, making them an ancient superfood that is as relevant even today. Consumed mostly in their ground form, flaxseeds are packed with fiber, protein, and, most importantly, the Omega-3 fatty acids. Considering its numerous properties and health benefits, we have incorporated this superfood in our Ragi Super Chips making them healthier for our consumers.
3. Sattu (Roasted Sattu Gram Flour)
Sattu is, probably, the most affordable superfood that is popularly consumed in the central and northern regions of India. Sattu is especially given to nursing mothers to cover up any loss of vitamins or minerals from the body. In addition, sattu is also considered as our very own ‘Desi Horlicks.’ At Scruples, we produce all-natural batches of Sattu Ladoos that are filled with the goodness of ghee, jaggery, and nutmeg.
4. Jowar (Sorghum)
The ages-old grain of jowar has, sadly, never received its due respect. Gluten-free, fiber-rich, and protein-rich characteristics of jowar are just a few of the many that make it an excellent superfood grain. Jowar is one of the few grains that is capable of growing in the most arid and drought-like areas. For those who have never had an opportunity to taste this ancient superfood, we offer an excellent opportunity in the form of our Jowar Peanut Crisps that are free of additives and preservatives and full of nutrition.
5. Ragi (Millet)
These curious-looking tiny brown millet seeds are packed with naturally occurring nutrients. This gluten-free cereal is rich in calcium and iron and is often recommended as a natural cure for anemia. Ragi also helps in maintaining optimum blood sugar levels and is suitable for consumption by people across all age groups. It is, in fact, one of the first food grains that are fed to an infant post-weaning. Don’t devoid yourself of this wonderful grain. Grab a packet of our Ragi Chocolate Ladoos, Ragi Coffee Ladoos or our Ragi Super Chips and enjoy a healthy snack on the go.
6. Niger Seeds
Niger seeds originated in Ethiopia and were brought to the Indian subcontinent by merchants and traders. The seed flour has a unique nutty flavor, and this can be tasted in the Niger seed oil as well. These seeds are rich sources of amino acids and help lower chances of strokes and heart attacks, making them an ideal ingredient in our range of crisps. We also add these amazing seeds to our Ragi Super Chips.
7. Til (Sesame Seeds)
Popularly seen on top of McDonalds burger buns, sesame seeds are an ancient condiment. They are natural sources of minerals and essential vitamins and are capable of reducing inflammation and pain from rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, consuming them on a regular basis can help you maintain bone density and blood pressure. Numerous such unique qualities are packed inside these tiny seeds and have rightly given them the status of a superfood. We add a generous quantity of sesame seeds in both our Ragi Super Chipsas wells Jowar Peanut Crisps!
‘Superfood’ has a foreign connotation for most of us today as we have become disconnected from our ancient food traditions. We are unaware of the benefits that some of these can have on our bodies and minds. While we are obsessed with eating ‘healthy and nutritious food,’ most of us are completely unaware of what comprises such food groups. This ignorance and neglect have led us to ape the fads of the west and ignore the superfoods consumed by our ancestors.
The soil in the Indo-Gangetic plain is rich in minerals and nutrients. This is seen to have a direct impact on the food that is grown in this subcontinent. Replete with health benefits, the traditional Indian superfoods have long been ignored and moved to the background.
In an era when most of us count the calories we consume, a revival of these top seven superfoods can cater to our daily health and well-being requirements. As endless sources of vitamins and energy, these foods can easily become a part of your routine, and you can experiment with them as you please. Although the term ‘Superfood’ was not coined keeping the ancient Indian food ingredients in mind, it surely rings true for most of the food native to the subcontinent. It is time we stop ignoring them and start consuming them to extract maximum health benefits.