Superfoods – What are they, and what is so ‘super’ about them?

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You might have heard the term ‘superfood’ being bandied about a lot recently. So, what is it that makes a food a ‘superfood’? There is no actual rule, and definitive line as to what a normal food item and a ‘superfood’ item really are. It is term that has been coined to describe food that is nutrient dense, promotes good health, has a concentration of ‘good stuff’ and is definitely a healthier option than a fat-food takeaway!

The types of foods that are labelled superfoods are non-processed and lack sugar or preservatives – superfoods are usually foods that are eaten as they are in nature, without a whole lot of additives.

Generally – a superfood will contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory minerals, or contain excellent, natural fiber. These qualities make a superfood habit a great habit – and it could help to prevent diseases of the heart, cancers, diabetes and other nasties we definitely do not want in our lives!

It makes sense to include these foods in our diet as MUCH as possible. Not only will they promote great health, clear skin and boundless energy, but they could very well protect us from many modern-day diseases as well. So, let’s pack some in, shall we?

Berries

The red to dark red and blue to blue black varieties of berries means they are GOOD! Super high in anti-oxidants, eating berries stop ‘free radicals’ (cells which can upset other cell’s homeostasis and cause disease) from wreaking havoc. Examples are raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and cranberries. Add them to smoothies, chomp them with some yoghurt or eat them alone as a snack – DEE-licious!

Green Tea

When consumed regularly, green tea is an amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant with polyphenolic compounds that can protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Can also be effectively used as part of a weight loss programme.

Dark green leafy vegetables

Anything dark green and leafy – eat it! Vegetables such as kale, chard, spinach, lettuce and arugula contain high amounts of folate, zinc, calcium, iron AND vitamin C. Their taste can be bitter or bland, so include them in soups, salads, smoothies and stir fires for a palatable superfood boost!

Eggs

Eggs have had a bad reputation in the past for possible ‘causing’ high cholesterol, but it seems that the opposite might be true. As part of a healthy eating plan, eggs provide excellent quality protein, B vitamins, A vitamins, iron, phosperous, choline and selenium.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the mainstays of the Mediterranean diet – delicious and healthy! It contains high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids – healthy fats that reduce inflammation and therefore, the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

There are many other superfoods that you will love including into your diet – legumes, nuts and seeds, kefir, yoghurt and fermented foods, garlic, ginger, turmeric and salmon.

The secret – choose a variety of delicious superfoods and choose them over high sugar, highly preserved and over processed foods, and your health will improve! AND that is the biggest wealth you will ever have!

Get superfooding, and next time we chat, I’ll explore why face masks are so popular right now, and which ones REALLY pack a skincare punch. Laterz!

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