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Super Foods

Super Foods

 

A ‘super food’ is a marketing term for a food with health benefits.  There is no single, universally accepted definition to determine which foods are ‘super’ and which are just healthy.

 

 

Some of the most talked about and promoted ‘super foods’ currently include the following:

 

Kale
Kale is a dark, leafy green that belongs to the cabbage family. Kale has in fact been produced for many years, yet has only become fashionable in recent years. Being packed-full of nutrients such as fibre and protein, along with essential vitamins (vitamin A, C and K) and minerals (copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus), research has linked kale with a number of health benefits. These include improved digestive, bone and heart health as well as protection against various cancers.

 

Quinoa
Although quinoa technically is a seed, it is commonly referred to as a whole grain as it is minimally processed and is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain. Quinoa is high in protein compared to most plant foods and contains all the essential amino acids that our body needs for proper functioning. Furthermore, quinoa provides essential vitamins, minerals and fiber which help to regulate the digestive system and to keep you fuller and more satisfied.

 

Goji berries
The goji berry, also called the wolfberry, is a bright orange-red edible berry that comes from a native Chinese shrub. Although they have only been introduced in Western countries in recent years, gojis have been used for thousands of years in China, both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally. Even though the goji berry contains large amounts of vitamin A and B, antioxidants and amino acids, any health claims that have been associated with the berry, such as a reduced risk of cancer, may not be true as there is still inconclusive evidence from research for such claims to be made.

 

Blueberries
Blueberries are a small sweet blue-black edible berry which grows in clusters on North American shrubs. Blueberries are commonly considered to be a ‘super food’ due to their high content of antioxidants (a nutrient that helps reduce chemical damage in our body). Research suggests that blueberries may reduce memory decline, may reduce risk of heart attack, and may provide anti-aging benefits.

Although its great to include ‘super foods’ in your diet, ensure that you also include a variety of whole grains, meat or meat alternatives, vegetables, fruits, healthy oils and low fat dairy products. For more information speak to your local health care professional.

 

 

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Sources

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270435.php

http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/superfoods-11-berries-to-improve-your-health

http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101_basics_techniques/5_facts_about_quinoa_nutrition_and_cooking_quinoa

 

 

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