Superfood – What is that?
Let’s get one thing clear, there is no super food in nutrition. Marketers have used this “Superfood” word to sell products and create trends.
However, even if there is no magical option, it can’t be bad for ourselves right? Superfood are packed with nutritional punches in small doses, meaning that adding a spoon of this ingredient can give you a great boost in the long run.
But which foods are superfoods?
There are tons of them, that you are probably using without even knowing there are. From kale to chia seeds, most of the go-to ingredients in today’s recipes are base on superfoods. Find below a list of the most common superfoods!
DARK LEAFY GREENS
DLGVs for their friends (V stands for vegetables) have for most bitter taste, but can be used in salads, soups, smoothies or in sauces. Full of fibers and nutrients, they may prevent certain chronic diseases.
All of them. Yes, vitamins, minerals, antioxydants…you name it! Reducing the risks of inflammatory disease thanks to their antioxydants capacities, they reduce as well immune related disorders and help the digestion.
Originally from China, green tea is a must in your day-to-day routine. I personally am addicted to coffee, but green tea is a great alternative with two main health benefits which are: antioxydant to prevent heart-disease, diabetes and cancer.
For some people, it would be a great asset in weight loss thanks to the combination of caffeine and catechins (main antioxydant in green tea)
Source of B vitamins, protein, fibers and minerals legumes help reduce high blood pressure and regulate type 2 diabetes. With the feeling of fullness that they provide, they are also ideal in regulating your weight.
Plant food made from beans such as:
- peanuts (yep, news flash – it’s not a nut!)
- lentils or peas
NUTS & SEEDS
Beautiful decorating your instagram-ready meals, those are also hearth healthy fats and full of fibers.
Consider as calorie dense ingredients, those are commonly used in balancing a diet for weight loss.
Used this the dawn of time by civilisation in medicine, garlic can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and have an impact on immune functions.
I could go on and on about superfood, but I think this one is the must have of my list.
You basically find this fruit in EVERY healthy recipe nowadays. But it deserves it! Similar to olive oil (which is considered a superfood as well), it has a great impact on reducing inflammation in the body thanks to its monounsaturated fats.
Other famous superfoods?
Drop us a comment if you have some feedback about superfoods!