Imagine a food item that actually has the ability to help you lose weight, diminish the risk of getting heart diseases, and can also lower the levels of cholesterol in your body. Well, don’t feel confused, we aren’t talking about some miracle drug or supplement. We are talking about superfoods, food which actually has the ability to do all of the above.
Superfood is not a particular medical term, rather it is just a popular marketing phrase for some highly nutritious food. According to the famous ‘alkaline food’ chef and entrepreneur Natasha Corrett, taking up Superfoods “was a lifestyle change”.
Superfoods are so named because of their specialized properties that make them better than other food items. They contain high quantity of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Some of the most famous Superfoods include salmon, broccoli, walnuts, soy, green tea, blueberries, kale, quinoa, spinach, and broccoli. Hence, the best possible definition of Superfoods can be that “food having high nutrient density and are unprocessed”.
Why do we need Superfoods?
The first reason for taking Superfoods is that they are unprocessed and raw which means they are highly packed with nutrients.
- Unlike greasy and fatty foods, Superfoods have low cholesterol content and can be very effective for maintaining a low fat diet.
- Superfoods contain all the vitamins you need to keep yourself active and healthy.
- Super foods possess antioxidants and thus they have the ability to prevent the occurrence of some chronic diseases like stroke, heart attack and other conditions.
- They also contain omega 3 fatty acids as found in salmon and hemp seeds, and are also rich in potassium, magnesium, and other minerals.
- Superfoods also contain lots of fiber which keep the digestive systems working properly and effectively.
Hence, it can assumed that Superfoods should be a part of your daily diet plan so that you can get maximum benefit out of these foods.
Examples of Superfoods
1. Blueberries: These sweet juicy little things are filled with vitamins A, C, E, and B complex, copper, magnesium and ellagic acid. The skin of the blueberries contains resveratol, which is not only anti-inflammatory but also possess anti-disease and blood sugar decreasing properties.
The writer of the famous book Dr. Ann's 10 Step Diet: a Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Lifelong Vitality, Ann Kulze, MD, of Charleston, SC says, "Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases, so blueberries have a host of benefits."
2. Whole Grains: Whole grains like wheat and barley have the ability to prevent the development of various heart conditions by maintaining your blood sugar and insulin.
The super fit foodie Zana Morris states, “I feel full most of the time and my sugar cravings have stopped.” This is because of the reason that she changed her diet plans and opted for Superfoods rather than eating fat rich food all the time.
3. Fish: Fishes are famous for their omega 3 fatty acids which are found richly in salmon and mackerel. The omega 3 fatty acids prevent the development of diabetes, coronary heart disease and arthritis. These are only some examples of the nutritious Superfoods. In order to fully test their nutritional qualities, you have to try them and see the results yourself!
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