You can usually tell when a something you’re eating is healthy. Apples or a stick of celery: healthy; a plate of hokkien mee with extra deep fried pork lard: not so healthy.
It’s much more difficult though to tell if a food is exceptionally healthy. FYI such foods do exist and they are so beneficial to your health that they’ve been called superfoods.
Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. Characteristically they are:
- Low in calories and loaded with nutrients, meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes.
- Exceptional sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients (nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves). What’s more, unlike dietary supplements, the many nutrients found in superfoods support each other, and prevent the kind of imbalances that occur when vitamins are taken in isolation.
- A whole food, meaning that they are unprocessed or have been minimally processed so that none of the nutritional characteristics become modified.
Spinach was probably the first superfood, popularized by Popeye in the 1950s. Since then many others including blueberries, acai, beans, broccoli, cacao, oats, quinoa have joined the ranks.
Listed below are just some of the reasons to include these foods in your diet—every day:
- Prevent or reduce inflammation
- Improve you skin
- Help regulate metabolism and burn body fat
- Lower total cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Help protect against heart disease
- Help protect against cancer
- Help protect organs from toxins
- Promote digestive health
Want to know more… look out for our weekly segment on superfoods staring with “A chocolate a day, keeps the doctor away”