Superfoods: What the Heck Are They & Why Should We Eat Them?
You hear this term all the time but wonder what the heck does it really mean? Well, if you look online, there's a lot off articles suggesting what Superfoods are, but guess what - there's no real category or definitive list. While some say that it's basically a marketing term, there does seem to be agreement as to what type of foods fall into this so-called category.
Basically, the foods called out as superfoods are packed with a high quantity of nutrients that promote health, and antioxidants that ward off disease. Many are plant based, some fish and some dairy.
On the American Heart Association's website they display a Superfood infographic that states: “So-called “superfoods” alone won't make you healthier – but adding these nutritious foods to an already balanced diet can bring health benefits.”
After comparing numerous website information, some of the common candidates that are referred to as Superfood are:
- Dark Leafy Greens – Spinach, kale, broccoli, etc, are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, are low in carbs and calories.
- Berries – Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are high in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
- Dark Chocolate – When high in cacao, it's actually low in carbs, high in fiber and antioxidants and loaded with minerals.
- Nuts and Seeds (Unsalted) – High in protein and fiber
- Salmon & Fatty Coldwater Fish – Full of Omega 3 Fatty Acids & protein.
- Beans & Legumes – High in fiber & magnesium
- Oats – Good dietary fiber, and according to the American Heart Association, it can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
- Yogurt (low fat, low sugar) – A great source of protein, vitamin D, and calcium
- Avocado – Considered one of the ultimate Superfoods because it contains antioxidants, Omega 3, Minerals, and vitamins.
So, again, this is only a combined list of what might actually be considered by many as Superfoods. But as always, it's still suggested that you eat a healthy, balanced diet and get the proper amount of exercise that's right for you.
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