India has always been a superpower when it comes to food. In recent years, many of India’s superfoods have been brought over to the West and marketed as ‘miracle foods,’ and companies are making a small fortune from them. A Superfood is a term coined by food manufacturers for nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Here are some of our common food and drinks that have made it big around the globe:
1)Turmeric Lattes or Haldi Ka Doodh
Turmeric lattes or ‘golden milk’ were popping up on the menus of some of the world’s trendiest cafes and coffee shops. All the coolest people in London were drinking them, and paying a premium price too. Packed full of health benefits, from turmeric, ginger and the plant-based milk that accompanied it, it was an all-round winner. Its bright yellow colour was just an added bonus for Instagram lovers. Who could believe the drink we used shut our nose and have when we were sick would be a trend someday!
It’s become more a miracle food then a superfood. You can eat it, you can cook with it and you can use it as a moisturiser for your hair and body, there really are no limits to what it can do.
Moringa is another superfood example the world’s health conscious is loving, although it’s fairly recent to the mainstream. While most Indians know it as ‘drumstick’ or ‘the drumstick tree,’ in the west it’s a trendy additive to a super green morning smoothie. Recently there’s been an onslaught of moringa teas, supplements and powders appearing in health food stores as well as in some big supermarket chain stores.
Quinoa has been loved by the west for many years now and it’s not going anywhere soon. Quinoa is one of the healthiest grains available. It’s gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. In the west it’s become a popular substitute for rice.
This next superfood on the list is our very own ‘makhana’. Yes, you heard it right! Puffed up like balls of cotton, lotus seeds are becoming a popular snack in western wholefood shops. Lotus seeds are low in fat and sodium and high in protein, magnesium, fibre, potassium, zinc and iron. An added benefit is the light and delicious taste of these seeds.