The idea of the superfood is a popular one regarding health. The media is full of reports of outstanding healthy foods from Quinoa to Salmon. These reports assure us hat eating these foods will provide our bodies with the health kick they need to fight off illness and aging.
The current attention on superfoods has been praised by the growing public
interest in food and health. The use of the term has recently become mainstream.A simple internet search for the word “superfood” unfolds a vast amount of results. Despite its universality in the media, there is no official or legal definition of a superfood. The Oxford English dictionary refers to a superfood as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”, while the Merriam-Webster dictionary omits any reference to health and defines it as “a super nutrient-dense food, loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Generally, superfoods refer to foods, especially fruits and vegetables, whose nutrient content “trumps” the health benefit above that of other foods. Superfoods are true multi taskers; foods loaded with various disease fighting nutrients, usually without providing too many calories, and delivered in a delicious form.
At a very basic level, super foods are said to be rich in special nutrients. This could be antioxidants, known to ward off cancer; healthy fats, notorious for preventing heart disease; fiber, thought to prevent diabetes and digestive issues; or photochemicals, the chemicals found in plants responsible for deep colors and smells, that can have a great deal of health benefits.
Blueberries are one of the most popular and superfoods, and have been studied frequently by scientists curious about their health properties. The blue berries high concentrations of antioxidants have been reported to inhibit the growth of cancerous human colon cells and even kill them off.Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants that have been shown to prevent and reverse age-related memory decline.Interesting, right?
Other fruits which have received superfood status are Açaí and Pomegranates. Açaí berries have been shown to have potent antioxidant properties. Studies on pomegranate juice have suggested that it can lower blood pressure and reduce stress. These are both significant risk factors for heart disease.
Kale lives up to the hype of a superfood. So do most dark, leafy greens such as Spinach, Cabbage and Collards. These dark vegetables are filled with vitamins A, C and K, as well as fiber, calcium and other minerals.
Extensive research has shown that the ideal diet is one that is largely plant based with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Super foods are a great entry into healthy eating and understanding their nutritional value is enlightening. Become enlightened.