What are superfoods?

Confused by all the hype surrounding the so-called superfoods? Read on!

We certainly live in a toxic world, surrounded by harmful organisms and pollutants. It is more important than ever to help our bodies stay as healthy as possible.

However, with our busy lifestyle it may not be easy to consume enough of the nutrients needed to perform at our best.

On top of everything, we have pretty much forgotten the true purpose of eating - nourish our bodies.

Refined, processed, fried, sweet and fatty foods are the fastest and most readily available options, and they are often the cheapest. We satisfy our appetite, but without getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals we need.

Enter superfoods. Superfoods reportedly provide a solid source of dietary fiber; vitamins and minerals that will help us achieve our health and wellness goals.

Kale, a superfood

Why are they called superfoods?

Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that provide many health benefits. Many of them have been used for thousands of years, but were not particularly popular until recently. Strictly speaking, “superfood” is a marketing term used to highlight the benefits of a certain food for the general public.

The most popular superfoods are:

They are rich in enzymes and are full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and phytochemicals, all of which help protect us against disease. Full of antioxidants, they also have a wide therapeutic potential as well as anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Do you really need them?

This is up to you. Superfoods have lots of benefits and are a great addition to your diet. Just keep in mind that it’s way more important to have a balanced and healthy diet and focus on consuming more veg. Broccoli is also a superfood, so you don’t need to spend tons of money on weird ingredients you’re unlikely to use. Be smart. Kale may be trendy and expensive but spinach has just as many benefits. All in all, enjoy your food and stay healthy, whether you chose to add maca to your smoothie or not.

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