The Scoop on Superfoods
You’ve probably been hearing about superfoods for a while now. But what exactly makes them so super? We are going to dive into what they are, their benefits, and how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.
What are Superfoods?
First, it is essential to know that no specific guideline classifies food as a superfood. Superfoods are simply just different types of foods containing high amounts of nutrients. There is a diverse range of superfoods from fruits to fish. Most superfoods are plant-based, but it all depends on what key nutrient the food supplies. For example, blueberries, which have the most antioxidants when compared to other fruits, are superfoods because their nutrients can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among other benefits. The reason some foods are deemed “superfoods” is that their benefits go beyond fueling your body.
Common superfoods are…
- Leafy greens like kale
- Sweet potatoes
- Whole grains
Benefits of Superfoods
The best way to achieve better health from eating is to incorporate more superfoods into your diet. Remember, it is all about quantity and quality. Making sure you are eating balanced meals with proper portion size is key to weight loss and optimal health. As for quality, make sure you check products for added sugars and chemicals that may take away from the nutritional value.
Superfoods have all sorts of fantastic health benefits. Pomegranates contain many vitamins and other nutrients. They help prevent breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer's. Quinoa is a complete protein and contains the full spectrum of necessary amino acids which helps to regulate blood sugar, meaning it is an excellent food for people who have diabetes. The nutrients in onions help fight colon cancer and heart disease. Superfoods can also be used as medicine. Lemon juice can help heal cuts, rashes, and insect bites. Honey also helps treat wounds by killing bacteria and viruses.
How to Incorporate Superfoods
Superfoods are more common than you think! Take time to add specific foods to your grocery list. If you are constantly on the go, make a more conscious effort to take a superfood smoothie with you. Simply blend ice, blueberries, pomegranate, yogurt, kale, and chia seeds for a nutritional swap for coffee. As we approach summer, plan a trip to your local farmers market to scout out seasonal superfoods to add to your kitchen.