Brazil has Acai. Quinoa hails from Peru. So which superfoods are super enough to #representAsia? To qualify, they need to have more than one vitamin or provide exceptional amounts of one nutrient. Sound the gongs! Here are Asia’s very own superfoods:
Often found in Chinese soups and dishes (and we know you’ve always avoided eating them), this fruit packs a healthy punch of vitamins B1, B2, magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron. What’s more? Jujubes contain 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit .
Another familiar ingredient found in Chinese soups, Goji berries contain vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin A, iron, selenium and other antioxidants (notably polysaccharides). One mind-blowing clinical studies found that cancer patients treated with immunotherapy in combination with goji polysaccharides saw their cancers regress .
A common vege found in Asia (and Chinatown markets in the west) bok choy provides a healthy amount of vitamins A and C, omega 3 fatty acids, and the powerful antioxidant kaempferol. Some people may butt in and tell you “You know, Kale is better”, tell them Bok Choy is to Kale as Jackie Chan is to Jet Li – they look alike, they both kick ass, and from the same family.
What makes this rice from India awesome is the fact that it’s high in iron, vitamin E, and more antioxidants than blueberries! “Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants,” said Zhimin Xu, Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center .
Hailing from Pakistan, lentils are loaded with B vitamins, and protein, while they have low caloric and fat content. It also has enough fiber to help lower cholesterol levels. And check this, one cup of Lentils packs 18 grams of protein. Pakistan represent!
Also known as green beans (thanks, Captain Obvious), Asian moms have been using them to make dessert soups for ages. They’re high in potassium, iron, and fiber, and a whopping 24 percent protein. And guess what, mom was right – mung beans retain most of their high levels of vitamin C even after they’re boiled.
I can almost hear the horde of K-Pop fans gushing. Yes, this favourite fermented appetiser is rich in vitamins A and C, and due to its fermentation process, its lactobacilli bacteria is awesome for your digestive system. It also has potent antioxidative and immunostimulating activities . One day, they will run out of ideas for shows and probably make a drama series based on Kimchi… What? There already is!? .
Aww shiitake! This (obviously) Asian superfood is loaded with potassium, niacin and B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. All providing natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties . That mushroom is da shiitake!