Everyone has seen and read the term “superfoods” but what does that actually mean?Today our Mashbox team wants to share with you some information about it 🙂
What are superfoods?
They are foods considered to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health. Nevertheless, there is no official definition of “superfood”.
- incredibly nutritious and offer a wide arrange of essential micronutrients in high quantities.
- contain very potent and unique compounds that protect our immune system, stop renegade cells from reproducing and even kill harmful bacteria in our guts.
- compounds like antioxidants, sulforaphanes, and healthy anti-inflammatory fats.
- low in calories and are very easy to integrate into many diets.
Examples of superfoods
Blueberries are a good source of vitamin K. They also contain vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants.
- Goji Berries
Goji berries contain vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin A, iron, selenium and other antioxidants. They boost the immune system and brain activity, protect against heart disease and cancer, and improve life expectancy.
Pomegranate is a good source of fibre. It also contains vitamins A, C and E, iron and other antioxidants. It is claimed to be effective against heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation and some cancers.
Chia seeds contain the most essential fatty acids of any known plant! Plus, they have lots of magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium.
Lentils are high in protein, iron and other essential nutrients. The iron may help fight off anemia.
- Plus: salmon, kale, acai berries, green tea, spinach and etc.
Ciritsism of superfoods
The truth is that the term superfood has probably been overused as a marketing tool. In other words, superfoods can’t repair the effects of other damaging habits, it’s more important to make consistent healthy choices like exercising, getting proper rest, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a healthy diet overall.
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