Berries, kale, acai are just a few examples of foods that have earned the tag of “Superfood”, but what makes a superfood, a superfood?
According to nutritionists there is no set criteria for actually determining what is and what isn’t a superfood. “Superfoods” seem to have extra large doses of vitamins and minerals which can help our bodies fight off illnesses and help us live longer and healthier lives. Some of the nutrients that superfoods contain include antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber and phytochemicals – the chemicals found in plants that are responsible for their rich colors and particular smells, it is thought these may also have numerous other health benefits.
Beans and grains are also considered to be on the superfood list. Beans being a source of low-fat protein contain insoluble fiber which may help in lowering cholesterol, soluble fiber also helps you feel fuller for longer. Seeds & nuts are packed with high levels of minerals and healthy fats. Greens such as Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach are also present on the superfood list as these dark vegetables are loaded with vitamins A, C & K as well as loads of fiber calcium and minerals. Research has shown that the ideal diet is one that is largely plant-based with a wide variety of vegetables, grains and fruit all eaten in moderation.
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