You don’t need to spend a fortune in procuring popular superfoods like acai berries, quinoa or kale. Instead, turn to local ingredients like amla, jamun fruit, amaranth grains and beet leaves for similar nutritional benefits, say food experts
Jamun fruit vs goji berries: Goji berries, popular in China, are consumed for their ability to control blood sugar levels and increase one’s immunity. But, the jamun fruit or Indian blackberry, which is cheaper and easily available across the country, is an all-rounder with similar health benefits. It can also be beneficial for diabetic patients, relieve throat pain, and help build immunity as it contains healthy amounts of Vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium.
Amaranth grains vs quinoa: Gluten-free diet is also becoming increasingly popular, leading to quinoa being called a super grain. The benefits that one can get from quinoa, along with a few more, are found in its regional counterpart, Amaranth. It can be a great source of calcium, zinc, iron and fibre, and available at much less prices than quinoa.
Beet leaves vs kale: For being a rich source of Vitamins A and K, kale has made its way into our country and is now found at restaurants and gourmet food stores. While it does contain beneficial elements, the beetroot greens that are usually thrown away in most homes contain even better nutrition. Beet root leaves are rich in Vitamin E and potassium. Next time you buy beets from a local market, remember to make use of the leaves too.
Indian basil seeds vs chia seeds: Sabja seeds as they are locally called, are a great source of vitamins, iron and also in keeping the blood sugar levels in check. While chia seeds have grown popular world over, sabja seeds can be used instead of them. Just soak the seeds and add them to your drinks or salads to cool the internal systems.
Amla vs acai berries: The simple amla that we have known and used for centuries, has many more beneficial properties than acai berries. With more amount of Vitamin-C than acai berries, amla also has antioxidants and keeps our immune system strengthened. The reason that our ancestors consumed the Indian gooseberry as chyawanprash was to reap its benefits of promoting eye health and memory.
Similarly, the benefits of olive oils can also be found in our locally extracted coconut oil, and drumstick leaves (moringa) powder can easily replace Japanese matcha through its nutrition.