Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is a lemon-size superfruit. It has a sweet-and-sour flavor and is bright green when ripe. One serving of amla has 20 times more vitamin C than oranges, making it a superb antioxidant. It is also rich in iron, carotene, phosphorus and calcium. A staple in Ayurvedic medicine, amla is used to treat nearsightedness, constipation, hemorrhoids, anemia and inflammation, among other conditions. Discuss your diet with your doctor first, but according to the BabyCenter website, it is safe to consume amla during pregnancy. You can incorporate it into your diet in a variety of ways.
Eat pickled amla with meals or as an afternoon snack to curb cravings. Pickled amla is similar in taste to pickles and can make a good substitute when a craving hits.
Add 1/3 cup of amla slices to fruit salads as a sweet-and-sour addition.
Drink fresh amla juice for breakfast. Juice 2 cups of amla in a centrifugal juicer for an 8-oz. serving.
Dip slices of amla into honey for a tasty and healthy after-dinner dessert.
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You can find amla at ethnic grocers and health food stores.
If you need to cook amla, steam it instead of boiling it to preserve the nutrient content.