Have you ever wondered why there is such a hype around superfoods? What’s the big attraction? Is it truth or fallacy? With so many conflicting health messages out there, we decided to get our resident dietitian, Alex Royal to weigh in....
What's the big deal about superfoods?
‘Superfoods’ are nutrient-dense powerhouses. They are excellent sources of fibre, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. All of these have the ability to: reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and cancers; aid heart health; and help with blood sugar stabilization.
Which popular foods earn the title of being "super"?
Kale is probably the most popular superfood around. It is packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol and quercetin. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are unstable chemicals produced in your body that can contribute to diseases like cancer and diabetes. Just remember not to have too much raw kale as it can attack the
thyroid - steam it lightly instead.
These beautiful pink seeds are not only gorgeous decorations in smoothie bowls and salads, they're also potent antioxidants. Per serving, they are richer and more powerful antioxidants than red wine or green tea, and they're a great source of both fibre and potassium too.
From the sea, spirulina is a cyanobacteria that provides life to the core of the ecosystem. It is high in B Vitamins, which boost energy and mood. It has also been linked to fighting cancer, weight-loss and lowering cholesterol.
We love this little flower. It is super high in saponin, which can reduce cholesterol. Secondly, (and very importantly) it contains eight digestive enzymes which can alleviate stomach pains, gastritis, nausea, indigestion, constipation, and appetite stimulation.
Wheatgrass is another green superfood that has been making a name for itself. It is used to detox the organs, blood, and lymph system. It can help neutralise acid in the body, stimulate the thyroid, and has anti-ageing properties.
(For the record, our superfood powders contain all of the above superfoods.)
Something to chew on
While these foods may be packed to the brim with nutrients, staying vibrantly healthy and maintaining a healthy weight requires a balanced and healthy diet above all else. So, as much as superfoods supplement and add enormous value to a balanced diet, they can't replace it. Good old oats, sardines, spinach and broccoli offer you superfood benefits as well!