Are you tempted to spend on the present age diet foods imported from the west? These alternatives to fancy diet foods are marketed in India as superfoods and sold at exorbitant prices. Since most of us are unaware of their alternatives, we give in to the temptation of having ‘healthy’ foods.

Here’s a list of some Indian alternatives to fancy diet foods from the west:

Chia Seeds – Basil Seed

Have you ever noticed those tiny black seeds in your Falooda? Well, these are actually Basil Seeds. Also known as Tukmaria seeds, these seeds are native to south-east Asia (mainly India and China). The superfood is a perfect Indian alternative to the current favorite diet fads – Chia Seeds. The best part is that these are available at just one-fourth of its price. You simply need to add basil seeds to your morning smoothie to get your daily dose of healthy Omega3. Basil seeds look similar to chia seeds when soaked in water. These help in weight loss controls blood sugar levels, reduces body heat, cures cough and flu, relieve constipation and bloating, and promote healthy skin and hair.

chia seeds and basil seeds

Avocado – Camphor

Avocado is the only superfood or diet food that does not have an Indian counterpart. The fruit has the quality to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It is also one of the World’s Healthiest Foods. Avocado contains high-fiber content, potassium Vitamin K, and folate. However, camphor is very helpful in reducing cholesterol. The best part is that it belongs to the same plant family as avocado. It helps to improve blood circulation in the body.


Quinoa – Millet

Millet is a healthy gluten-free alternative to quinoa. This is widely used in India, Africa, and China. Millet is very healthy and you can use it in the same way as quinoa.


Kale – Beet Greens

Most people have failed to recognize the power of beet greens. Kale’s arrival in urban India has diminished its value. Presently, health experts are promoting kale as the nutritional powerhouse of all greens. Although it is true to some extent (owing to higher Vitamin A and Vitamin K content than most greens), it is not the only option. Beetroot greens are usually thrown away. However, it a high nutrition food, low in calories and high in Vitamin E. The greens are the best source for potassium.


Goji Berries – Amla

Goji berries id one of the best sources of Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. These are very effective in serious conditions such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and several eye diseases. However, Goji berries are very expensive. You may require spending up to INR 1,200 for 300grams. Indian gooseberries or Amla are the best alternatives to goji berries. These are affordable, easily available and one of the richest sources of Vitamin C. Amla helps in digestion and acts as anti-carcinogen. It balances stomach acids and keeps urinary infections at bay.

Goji Berries-Amla