When it comes to healthy eating today, kale, blueberries and quinoa are the nutritional trendsetters. The conventional Indian super foods lie low, secure in their use of consistent experience regardless of these newbie imports. How many pay any real heed to the “humble drumstick”, those little “puffy makhana (lotus seeds)” or even the “jackfruit” ? However, these local victuals pack quite the potent punch when incorporated into your diet. So, without further ado, let us look at the lesser-known food that actually rule the nutritional roost.
(1) MAKHANA (lotus seeds) : Makhana or the popped seeds of the lotus plant are a potent source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and zinc. These unpretentious seeds that look more like light cotton puffs are also low in fat and sodium. Their magnesium content makes them useful for those suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. If that wasn’t enough, these lotus seeds are also known to contain an anti-ageing enzyme which helps in repairing damaged proteins. So, the next time you feel hungry, instead of that fancy ——— read expensive ——– pack of garden nuts, choose this desi nutrient.
(2) JACKFRUIT : People often turn their noses at its pungent odour, but the jackfruit is a classic case of why first impressions should be foregone. Also known as the food of the orang-utans, the jackfruit is often termed as the Indian veggie substitute for meat ; basically when cooked its texture resembles that of soft meat. Rich in protein and starch, calcium, vitamin A, B, C, copper and potassium, the jackfruit does stock up on carbohydrates (80%). However, this high rate can be ignored considering it possesses a low glycemic index owing to its high fibre (11%) and nature of starch. The pulp helps boost your immune system too, not to mention its role in improving thyroid function, skin and vision.
(3) DRUMSTICKS : If you’ve spooned your way through enough South Indian thalis and bowls of sambar, you are already familiar with this fibrous vegetable. It comes from what is known as the “Miracle Tree”. It has an envious range of medicinal properties other than being power-packed with nutrients. It is a rich source of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, ion, magnesium, vitamins A, C and D, essential amino acids. The fibre present in drumstick leaves also play an important role in reducing blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The Indian tropical summer sun isn’t the most appealing way to soak up some vitamin D. Instead just indulge in those sambar-doused drumsticks.