Food trends are not something that we are not used to or been a part of, pretty much being the very reason for our transition from traditional food cultures to the modern day fads. Anyone who is aware of the dietary fads would be familiar with the term superfoods –natural foods that are packed with nutrients, and are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals that help reduce the risks of chronic diseases.
But, while you would normally associate superfoods with exotic things that are much publicized in the market such as goji berries, kale, flaxseed, broccoli, dark chocolate, etc., there are some foods that are very much undervalued and for the same reason they still don’t have that reach that the exotic ones have, but are much more beneficial than the others. One such food is Kokum the fruit of Garcinia Indica tree.
I am sure the name of that tree rings a bell for many because the much hyped & failed wonder fruit of fitness industry, Garcinia Cambogia which is a very close relative of Kokum which in real is the superfood and the actual hero that the fitness industry should have celebrated instead which they fail to notice.
Kokum mostly belongs to certain regions of Asia and Africa. To be specific, this plant/ tree is indigenous to the Western Ghats coastal regions of India. This tree belongs to the mangosteen family, and has culinary as well as industrial uses, while also having some amazing therapeutic qualities.
The fruit is rich in vitamins such as B complex, Vitamin C, niacin, thiamin and folic acid. It is also a good source of magnesium, potassium, and manganese. But the most important thing about this fruit is its content of hydroxyl citric acid, abbreviated as HCA. It is a derivative of citric acid that is found in abundance in Garcinia Indica and Cambogia. And, this is one of the main reasons why Kokum has been deemed to have weight loss properties. The mature rind of Kokum has a deep purple color which is rich in HCA that imparts tartness to the fruit.
Apart from being a rich source of various nutrients and weight loss properties, regular use of Kokum has health benefits such as aiding with indigestion, excess flatulence, good anti aging properties, immune booster, a potential anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, good for brain health, heart health and much more. The health benefits of kokum could be an endless topic to discuss, but aren’t the above-stated qualities enough to get you curious to know more about this super food?
When people hear about Garcinia, weight loss is the only thing that comes to everyone’s mind. But to conclude, it is important to mention that in focusing only on one aspect of something, we miss out on the larger picture and it applies to everything. So, let’s try to know more in detail about all the aspects of our everyday food just like how we took the step to know Kokum a little better. Who knows, we might find superfoods in our everyday meals itself.
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