10 Super Foods Set to Take 2016 By Storm
So, what’s a superfood? Superfood refers to food considered incredibly good for the body. Many super foods are believed to help relieve and prevent medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Sounds a bit like marketing talk, doesn’t it?
But superfoods aren’t all smoke and mirrors. Many superfoods have health benefits. In fact, they’re perfect for people who need healthy alternatives to everyday food staples.
Superfoods come packed with incredible nutritional content. Berries, for example, are defined as a superfood. They’re abundant and contain a good amount of nutritional content. Oh, and they tend to be low calorie too. Kale and spinach are other superfood staples, loved for their nutritional content… and controversial for their taste.
Still, plenty of superfoods are good for you. Yes, even if you don’t like the taste! We’ve got a few super foods to talk about and for you to try and incorporate as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Common Diet Staples
A fatty fish low in saturated fats and high in omega-3 fatty acids. What’s not to like? They help improve heart health and lower triglyceride levels in the body. Both also slow artery plaque growth. Consume as much as two 3.5 ounce servings of salmon (or another fish like mackerel, sardines or herring) every week.
As mentioned, berries have a moderate amount of nutritional content benefiting the body. Blueberries and strawberries, in particular, have high levels of flavonoids, a type of phytochemical. Some studies revealed those who consumed more berries ‘gained a lower risk of heart attack.’
Already an incredible protein, soy’s set to make a comeback for its innate potential as a super food. Soy products harbor high levels of polyunsaturated fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Fibre always stays on healthy food lists for a reason. Of course, it’s not leaving this one. High fiber diets excel at helping you maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
See, chocolate is good for you! Dark chocolate contains plenty of antioxidants that contribute to lowering blood pressure. Dark chocolate with 60 percent or higher cocoa content works best.
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The benefits of coconut oil are vast. It helps boost metabolism, strengthen immunity and curb hunger. Be sure not to have too much of this oil as the fat content is very high.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha a finely ground green tea, contains ‘as many antioxidants as 10 glasses of green tea.’ It also helps boost endurance, since it contains amino acids like l-theanine.
Bone broth, also known as stock, is a staple in soups. But it’s also gained popularity as a drink. Its high collagen content is good for bone, skin and joint health.
This early harvested wheat contains ‘three times as much protein.’ And, not to mention, ‘twice as much fiber as brown rice.’ It’s a good alternative low carb fiber option for most diets.
Cold pressed unroasted cocoa beans retain their natural nutritional content. They’re rich in sulfur, iron, calcium, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese, to name a few.
Super Foods Will Take 2016 By Storm?
Super foods have been around for years, we just did not know the medicinal values these foods really contain. People have incorporated super foods into their meals for what seems like forever. It’s nothing different. With the media coverage superfoods are gaining and with more and more people trying to eat better. I can not wait to see what the future holds.
Don’t believe it? As spring approaches, people will likely want to change their eating habits by taking on a new diet. So, why not incorporate super foods into that new diet plan?
If you feel we have missed your favourite, or if there are any other foods you think deserve a mention, leave a comment below.