The food you eat has a huge effect on the way you feel and some foods have been identified as more beneficial than others. The next time you’re going shopping or wondering what to have for dinner, why not consider adding a few superfoods and superfruits to your menu?
These natural foods have been dubbed ‘super’ thanks to their various health-boosting qualities and most are easy to find in your average supermarket or health food shop. Start expanding your horizons when it comes to your diet and enjoy the benefits of tasty and healthy snacks.
Sourcing and selecting superfoods
Superfoods are natural foods that are easy to find. They have been chosen as super because they are low in calories and high in nutrients as well as being good sources of anti-oxidants. Diets rich in fruit and vegetables are great for promoting wellbeing, but there are experts who say that adding some superfoods and superfruits into the mix is a good way of making sure you get all of the vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need. Find out more about what it takes to be a superfood from Food Matters.
Some of the most well known and widely talked about superfoods include blueberries, broccoli, beans, soy, spinach and tomatoes. The WebMD feature ’Superfoods everyone needs’ includes a very useful explanation of what superfoods are and how they help. To get the full benefit of superfruits and foods, it’s recommended that you eat them raw or steam them gently. This allows you to preserve as many of the vitamins as possible. Adding superfoods to your diet can be very easy, once you know what you’re looking for.
The low-calorie count and high nutritional value of superfoods also makes them a favourite with weight loss specialists and Skinny Ms. has put together a list of its 50 favourite superfoods. Marie Claire also features a nice slideshow of some of the best superfoods, including delicious dark chocolate and succulent strawberries. If you’re hoping to lose a little bit of weight but also follow a healthy diet, upping the amount of superfoods you eat could put you in good stead.
Superfood and superfruit: Good diet additions
While superfoods and superfruits can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet, it’s important to be realistic about their healing properties. Some sources claim that eating superfoods can cure serious illnesses but there’s little scientific evidence to suggest that this is the case. Eating a greater number of superfoods is a good way to provide your body with some great nutrients; however, it’s not a magic cure for everything that ails you.
The Guardian published an interesting article about superfoods and the NHS has devoted a whole section of its website to examining the evidence behind superfoods. It’s best to remember that while superfoods and superfruits can offer some great nutritional benefits, they should be thought of as complementary rather than medicinal. See how you can transform your diet today with the help of delicious and nutritious superfoods..
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