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Many Indian produce can be called superfoods for their nutritious value | © Min Ling / Unsplash
Many Indian produce can be called superfoods for their nutritious value | © Min Ling / Unsplash
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These Indian Superfoods Will Help You Lose Weight And Get Rid of Acne

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Updated: 27 August 2017
Superfoods are edible produce rich in micronutrients that grow naturally, lead to sustainable lifestyle and, of which, most parts can be used to make something. India’s rich soil has blessed the country with superfoods that have given its people their notably glowing skin, thick black hair and overall brilliant health. So, here are the best Indian superfoods that you need to include in your daily diet to get rid of acne and reduce any excess weight.

Sattu (grounded chickpeas)

Sattu is simply roasted chickpeas grounded into flour. Almost 20% of sattu is protein by weight and contains magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese; all of which works like magic for tissue repair. In India, sattu is usually given to mothers who are still recuperating from childbirth, and toddlers. People in Indian states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have been using it in their staple food litti-chokha for generations. The grounded flour can be mixed with water and had as refreshment, or one can make different kinds of bread out of it.

Sattu is simply roasted chickpeas grounded in to flour
Sattu is simply roasted chickpeas grounded in to flour | © espies / shutterstock

Amla (Indian gooseberry)

Amla or the Indian gooseberry has more vitamin C than orange and acts as a brilliant antioxidant. When used well and wisely, amla can help you burn fat, build immunity, relieve pain and even cure the common cold!

Amla can help you burn fat and build immunity
Amla can help you burn fat and build immunity | © sarangib / pixabay

Haldi (turmeric)

Turmeric powder comes from grounding the root of a plant (of the ginger family) that grows abundantly in India. It can be used externally to treat scars, psoriasis and eczema. When used in cooking dishes, turmeric helps digest the fat content and prevents indigestion. In its natural form, turmeric is loaded with vitamin C, fibre, vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium.

Turmeric powder comes from grounding the root of a plant that grows abundantly in India
Turmeric powder comes from grounding the root of a plant that grows abundantly in India | © stevepb / pixabay

Nariyal tel (coconut oil)

Coconut is a superfood in the truest sense of the term. The world is slowly finding out the secrets this hard shell fruit contains inside. Indians, especially in the South, have been taking coconut oil for years. Some of its benefits are abdominal weight reduction, skin repair and even reduced plaque formation in the mouth!

Some of its benefits are abdominal weight reduction and skin repair
Some of its benefits are abdominal weight reduction and skin repair | © monicore / pixabay

Makhana (lotus seeds)

Makhana or puffed lotus seeds is a great all-rounder. It is low in saturated fat and sodium, and contains magnesium as well as phosphorous. All these things make lotus seed a superfood that can be had raw, roasted and even puffed. Lotus seeds are great for people who suffer from high blood pressure too.

It is low in saturated fat, sodium and contains magnesium as well as phosphorous
It is low in saturated fat, sodium and contains magnesium as well as phosphorous | © ngkhanhlinh85 / pixabay

Drumsticks (moringa tree fruit)

Drumsticks are the fruits of Moringa tree that has grow in popularity for its lovely fragrance and colour. While the leaves are used for toiletries and cosmetic products, drumsticks are used as a food ingredient in India. Rich in vitamin B Complex, drumsticks are especially good for women.

Drumsticks are the fruits of the Moringa tree
Drumsticks are the fruits of the Moringa tree | © MOHAMED ABDULRAHEEM / shutterstock

Imli (tamarind)

Tamarind, or imli as it’s called in India, is a powerful antioxidant. Apart from that, tamarind helps cure acne, helps in blood purification, boosts the immune system and a whole lot more. So make a drink out of it or add it to the food you make! Tamarind has a lovely tangy taste, so even a bit of it gives a burst of taste.

Tamarind, or imli as it’s called in India, is a powerful antioxidant
Tamarind, or imli as it’s called in India, is a powerful antioxidant | © ajaykgopi11 / pixabay

Ragi (finger millet)

While quinoa is getting very popular these days, nothing can beat ragi (finger millet). Packed with protein and fibre, this superfood is great for keeping blood sugar level in check and acts as a natural relaxant. Ragi is also full of iron and vitamin D. In India, it is used to make flatbreads and dosas and much more.

Packed with protein and fiber this super food is great for keeping blood sugar level in check
Packed with protein and fiber this super food is great for keeping blood sugar level in check | © vm2002 / shutterstock

Fanas (jackfruit)

Jackfruit is another all-rounder. This fruit or nut, as some call it, can be used to keep cholesterol in check and even prevent colon cancer. Jackfruit is so rich in nutrients that it can be held as a wholesome meal in itself.

Jackfruit is rich in nutrients
Jackfruit is rich in nutrients | © Scot Nelson/Flickr