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Peruvian Superfoods: Healthy fuel for body enter Indian market

Peruvian Superfoods: Healthy fuel for body enter Indian market
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Peruvian superfoods at their simplest may be defined as nutritionally dense foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants and are considered to be good for health and well-being.

A regular consumption of these products has many benefits, including aiding in increasing energy and vitality, regulating cholesterol and blood pressure and helping to fight and prevent diseases, read a statement from OCEX Peru New Delhi (commerical office of the Embassy of Peru).

7 Peruvian Superfoods in India

Here are a few Peruvian superfoods that are now available in India:

1. Purple corn

Peruvian superfoods

It is fast approaching classification as a functional food – an integral component that provides energy and essential nutrients.

Purple corn contains cell-protecting antioxidants with the ability to inhibit carcinogen-induced tumours, as also demonstrated anti-inflammatory capabilities and the potential to help control diabetes.

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This variety of corn, whose farming goes back to the pre-Hispanic period, is the base of some Peruvian gastronomy classics like mazamorra (soft, sweet maize-based dessert) and chicha (purple corn sweet drink).

2. Peruvian Quinoa

Peruvian superfoods

Quinoa is an Andean plant which originated in the area surrounding Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. When the United Nations declared 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa, it was a recognition of the superiority not only in quality but also in nutritional value and intake of agricultural goods from Peru.

Quinoa, considered to be a pseudo-cereal, is highly nutritional, yet its bland flavour aids its versatility in the global kitchens. With a history of 5800 years, quinoa is gluten free, has twice the amount of proteins than any other cereal, and is rich in fibre (higher than 6 percent of the grain’s weight).

3. Avocado

Peruvian superfoods

Peruvian Avocados contain good fats, the same as nuts and olive oil. They have nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including 150mg potassium and over 2 gram dietary fibre, and are naturally sodium and cholesterol free.

4. Lucuma

Peruvian superfoods

It is a fruit rich in carbohydrates and it’s orange- yellow colour comes from beta-carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant. It is known to strengthen immunity and reduce the possibility of heart attacks.

5. Maca

Peruvian superfoods

Resembling a small rough stone the size of a walnut, Maca blossoms between 3800 and 4400 metres above sea level, and has been cultivated by the inhabitants of Chinchaycocha’s lake shores in Junin for more than three thousand years.

Maca is a celebrated aphrodisiac with properties that elevate virility, vitality and physical strength. With high concentrations of calcium and phosphorus, it is great for bone development, and is a revitalizing source of selenium and magnesium.

6. Sachainchi

Peruvian superfoods

Known as the Inca peanut for its importance during the empire, Sacha Inchi allows the balance of cholesterol and triglycerides and helps regulate weight and reinforce mental capacity.

It is a source of Omega 3, 6, and 9.

7. Camu Camu

Peruvian superfoods

Native people of the Amazon go on board a fragile boat in search of the camu camu tree under the water. This tropical fruit is one of the world’s most potent sources of vitamin C, and is known to strengthen the immune system, skin and eyes.

It is a natural antioxidant that when compared to orange provides 30 times more vitamin C, 10 times more iron and fifty percent more phosphorus.

These are some Peruvian superfoods that are now available in India.

Inputs from IANS

Comments (33)

  • Fascinating! I’m not in India of course, but it’s always interesting to learn about different types of foods and their benefits. Thanks!

  • I consume 4 out of 7 of these on a regular basis. That is pretty good! Now to explore the other three.

  • Hi Sonal,
    This is my first time on your blog, and I can see you are doing a great job here.
    So many of these foods are new to me, but it is amazing to know they exist and have a knowledge of the nutrients they contain and how they are beneficial to health.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Avocado is one of my favourites and it’s easier to get than the others. I’m definitely going to search and try the products you suggested.

  • Avocado is one of my favorites. I will definitely try the other products you suggested.
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  • Hello Sonal! I just spent a week with my Aunt at my dads where she introduced me to Quinoa and we picked up a bag! She didn’t tell me however of all of its benefits..

    Great job here my friend!
    Chery :))

  • it is really great post.thanks Sonal Talwar..

  • This is interesting. I’m a health conscious person and I do write health-related articles on my blog along with other topics. I ‘m familiar with Avacado but the rest on your list is new to me. Good to know that these healthy fruits are available in India.
    Thank You

  • Hi Sonal,

    Love learning about healthy foods! I do know about some on your list, like avocados and purple corn, yet haven’t been exposed to some of the more Indian ones. Thanks,\
    Edward

  • Hi Sonal,
    Great post on superfoods from Peru.
    Some I have never even heard of.
    Quinoa Is getting popular, I didn’t know that it comes from Lake Titicaca. Twice the amount of protein of any cereal and rich in fiber. I will try it. Great info.

  • I love quinoa. I use it for cooking, and baking, and you’re right… it is really versatile. Some of the other foods I’m not familiar with, so will be doing some research to see about finding them here. Thanks!

  • Hi Sonal,

    I’ve worked in the food industry here in Australia off and on over the years. Some of the foods you have listed here are also available and used widely here in Australia. Quinoa is often used in gluten free breads. I love avocado in salads and stuff. I’ve also studied food and nutrition in aged care and children and have a good understanding of the value of most of the foods you mention. So you’ve researched your article well 😉

    Nice article 🙂

    • Author

      Hi Richard

      Firstly thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback.

      Glad to know that you liked the post!

  • I have grown to love avocadoes. Sometimes I cook quinoa, but although I know how good it is for you it is not my favorite. David Wolfe has talked a lot about maca and lucuma, I actually bought some and was not sure what to do with it. And I have never heard of Sachainchi.

    Peru harvests some amazing crops and I will now pay more attention to camu camu, lucuma and maca and see how I can use them in cooking.

    • Author

      hi Erica

      Good to see you after a long time. I hope you like eating other superfoods as well.

      Thanks for writing in

      Have a nice day!

  • Hey,
    Your article is very informative and helpful. I liked the way you described everything. I will surely get back to read more of your stuff.
    Thank you 🙂

  • Wow. Good to know a lot of items are now being available in India. Thank you for posting

  • very nice… i really like your blog…

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so informative that I can’t stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job for health care awareness,Keep it up.

    • Author

      Hi Ritu

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. Good to know that you liked my article.

      Have a nice day!

  • Wow, that looks really great! I never really tried peruvian food too much, hopefully I will get a chance to do so soon <3

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