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What are ‘Superfoods’?

What are ‘Superfoods’?

 

Superfoods are mostly plant-based, but also include some types of fish and dairy that are thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for health and well-being. Blueberries, salmon, kale, garlic, turmeric, coconut and olive oils, and a variety of raw nuts are just a few examples of foods that have garnered the ‘superfood’ label. 

Superfoods contain a variety of nutrients, such as antioxidants, which are thought to ward off cancer. They also have healthy fats, which help reduce the risk of heart disease; fibre, a staple to help reduce the risk of diabetes and prevent digestive problems; and phytochemicals, naturally occurring chemicals in plants, which have numerous health benefits.

Consuming foods that are packed with a big nutritional punch (as many superfoods are) is certainly a route to better health. There are many studies evidencing health benefits associated with the sustained consumption of a variety of superfoods, so indulge your taste buds and expand your daily menu to incorporate as many of these fantastic foods as you can.

Blueberries often top the lists of superfoods because they’re rich in vitamins, soluble fibre and phytochemicals.

Kale is a leafy green part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts and arugula greens. They contain high levels of vitamins and minerals.  

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a ‘super superfood’. These fats can boost fat burning and provide your body and brain with quick energy.

Bananas have high levels of fibre and potassium, plus significant amounts of vitamins C and B6, securing them a high spot on the superfood list.

Beans and whole grains are a good source of low-fat protein. These nuggets of nutrition contain insoluble and soluble fibre, which lower cholesterol and make you feel fuller for longer.

Nuts and seeds in their raw form contain high levels of minerals and healthy fats.

Salmon, sardines, mackerel and other oily fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. 

Eggs are rich in high-quality protein and unique antioxidants.

Garlic is a nutrient-rich food that has been used for its medicinal benefits for centuries. It may be useful for supporting immune function and reducing your risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Avocado is a unique fruit, in that it can be considered low-carb and it is loaded with heart-healthy fats. It is also rich in nutrients and fibre.

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