My food motto is: everything in moderation. I am not a fan of diets and intense exercises, neither do I favor killing one’s self just to look like someone who was obviously photoshopped on the cover of a fitness magazine. However, I am also not like those, who do not give credit where it is due.
Ever since we were little, our mothers would tell us to eat all our greens and to stop making faces at the salmon. Although we didn’t think too much about it then, we were being asked to eat superfoods, which were helping us become big and strong.
Now that I’m older, I have begun to understand why these everyday ingredients are called superfoods. There is no official scientific definition of a superfood, but it is generally accepted that a superfood contains high levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals for the body and foods; such as kale, blueberries and salmon etc; are packed with them.
Superfoods give us the vitamins and minerals we truly need and although we might be getting our daily intake of vitamin C from a glass of orange juice, most of us know that our daily diet is far from healthy.
Research shows that superfoods aren’t just a fable and eating superfoods is the best way to stay fit instead of dieting to the limit of starving one’s self. However, eating superfoods also doesn’t mean that you should disregard all the other foods in your basic five food groups and just concentrate on a handful. Like it was said before, everything should be in moderation. (EUFIC, 2012)
Superfoods for rejuvenation
There is no food on this planet which can reverse the aging process, but there are many which can slow it down. As we get older, we feel as if our skin isn’t shining the way it used to, or we don’t feel as fit as we were several years ago, and although it may be because of our fitness regime, a lot of it has to do with our diet.
We live in the age of the microwave, frozen dinners and 8-hours-a-day jobs and a lot of us don’t get the time or the energy to cook a meal which might be healthier for us. But nature is nothing if not accommodating. Below is a list of just a few of the foods which, according to research, are the best for us.
- Whole Grains
- Leafy Greens
- Herbs & Spices
- Stone Fruits
- Dark Chocolate
Superfoods were discovered over time, and for the large part of our existence, we didn’t even know that they made such a huge impact on our diet. As we discover more reasons to incorporate these everyday ingredients within our diet regime, we realize that even eating them in their raw forms can give us more than our daily intake, which helps us become stronger and healthier than ever.
EUFIC. (2012, 11). Retrieved May 4, 2015, from European Food Information Council: http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/The-science-behind-superfoods/