A new term being used by nutritionist and food health experts to identify foods that not only gratify our taste buds but also supply needed nutrients to our bodies is superfood.
Superfoods are an up-and-coming trend that is slowly inching its way into the realms of public consciousness. Coined as a term to identify foods that are highly nutritious, these foods are very beneficial to health. They can contain high phytonutrient components such as beta-carotene and significant amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber.
Some examples of common superfoods are listed below:
Beans €" Contain 13 grams of fiber per cup, which can help lower blood cholesterol. They also contains protein for muscle development, complex carbohydrates for digestion, and folate and iron for blood.
Blueberries €" Contain anthocyanins, which is a potential health defense against cancer and diabetes and various photochemicals which reduces the risk of some diseases.
Broccoli €" High in vitamin C and dietary fiber, which help boost the immune system. It also contains lutein for healthy eyesight and beta-carotene which is said to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Pumpkin €" Contain high fiber that helps aid proper digestion. Its properties have been believed to have medical uses including anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory.
Salmon €" Has high protein content and omega-3 fatty acids which are very good for the heart. It is also a good source of Vitamin D.
Tomatoes €" Are abundant in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant to help fight certain types of cancer and is also good for the heart.
Chocolate €" Rich in antioxidants and heart healthy flavinoids. Choose the darkest chocolate for the biggest health benefits.
Super foods are widely available and most of us already have them in our refrigerators. Forget about lavish diets and food supplements, these super foods are an equally, if not more, effective and natural way of ensuring good health. Try to incorporate some superfoods in every meal or snack. Eat up and enjoy good health!