What is “superfood” really?
The term was coined for marketing purposes to influence food trends and sell products.
The food industry bestows the superfood label on nutrient-rich foods with a supposed capacity to positively affect health.
Though many foods could be described as super, it’s important to understand that there is no single food that holds the key to good health or disease prevention.
So, what does superfood look like and how do we incorporate it into a wholesome and well-rounded diet?
Blueberries, salmon, kale and acai are just a few examples of foods that have garnered the “superfood” label. However, there is no real way of determining what is and what is not to be labelled “superfood”. We have managed to gather a list of foods known to be high in nutrients and may have some health benefits due to the natural balance found within it.
Tamarind is known for high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They can protect our bodies against diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The seed extract may also help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce fatty liver disease. Tamarind pulp can be consumed raw or by adding it to sweeten or add a sour component to your dish.
Coming in different shapes, sizes and flavours, Berries are one versatile fruit. From blueberries, raspberries, goji berries to acai berries, they are all loaded with antioxidants, can help improve blood pressure and improve insulin response, known to be high in fiber, help fight inflammation and can help lower cholesterol. Berries can be enjoyed raw or used in smoothies and juices etc.
One large egg contains up to 6g of high-quality protein and a large variety of essential nutrients. Known to help with iron deficiency by improving the flow of oxygen in the blood as it has a readily absorbable iron called “heme iron”. Contrary to popular belief, eggs do no increase blood cholesterol even though it contains 210mg per egg yolk. Research has not found any correlation between eggs and coronary heart disease.
- Nuts and Seeds
In general, nuts are good sources of fat, fiber and protein. Most of the fat in nuts is monounsaturated fat, as well as omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. However, they do contain some saturated fat. 28 grams of mixed nuts contains 173 calories, 5 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs, vitamin E, magnesium, copper and other properties which contribute to a wholesome diet.
These are just some of the nutritious foods found out there that are high in vitamins, minerals and essentials that the body needs in order to function and repair at an optimal rate. In order to achieve the best possible results in a healthier you, it is recommended to eat nutritiously every day by including some or all of the above-listed foods as part of a balanced diet.
Other superfoods you can add to your diet as well:
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