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Rujuta Diwekar

Indian Superfoods

Indian Superfoods


ISBN: 9788193237236

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Indian Superfoods by Rujuta Diwekar is a book that challenges the idea that superfoods are only exotic and foreign ingredients. Diwekar argues that many of the most nutritious and beneficial foods are readily available in Indian kitchens and backyards.

The book explores 10 such Indian superfoods, including:

  • Ghee: Often demonized for its fat content, ghee is clarified butter that is a rich source of healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants.

  • Kokum: A fruit native to India, kokum is a natural antacid that can help soothe digestion.

  • Banana: A readily available and affordable source of potassium and energy, bananas are a perfect pre-workout snack or post-workout recovery food.

  • Kaju (cashews): A good source of magnesium and healthy fats, cashews can help improve mood and cognitive function.

  • Ambadi (sorghum): A gluten-free grain that is high in fiber and antioxidants, sorghum can help with digestion and blood sugar control.

  • Rice: A staple food in India for centuries, rice is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Coconut: The flesh, milk, and oil of the coconut can all be used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Coconut is a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins.

  • Aliv (Indian nightshade): A leafy green vegetable that is high in calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C, aliv can help boost immunity and improve skin health.

  • Jackfruit: A versatile fruit that can be eaten ripe or unripe, jackfruit is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.

  • Sugar: In moderation, sugar can be a part of a healthy diet. Diwekar argues that sugar can actually help improve cognitive function and delay aging.

Diwekar's book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about healthy eating and the benefits of traditional Indian foods. By incorporating these superfoods into your diet, you can improve your overall health and well-being.

It is important to note that some of Diwekar's claims about sugar are controversial and there is no scientific consensus on whether sugar is truly an anti-aging secret. However, her book is still a thought-provoking exploration of Indian cuisine and its potential health benefits.

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