What Makes A Food Super?
Superfoods. You’ve heard this word uttered hundreds of times. To many it translates to “eat them, they are good for you.”
But what does “superfood” really mean and which of these should I eat?
A superfood doesn’t have a scientific definition but it is a food known to contain high levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals. They can also be a source of antioxidants, substances that shield our bodies from cell damage and help prevent disease.
Here are a couple of the most popular superfoods and their benefits:
1. Cacao or cacao powder-is similar to chocolate 🍫. Cacao contains flavonoids which help lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to the heart and brain. They are a great for anyone that has a sweet tooth with only 15 calories per tablespoon.
2. Chia seeds-these guys are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium. “If you aren’t a fan of fish 🐟 they are a great way to add omega-3s into your diet. I personally add them to my Shakeology and love the smoky flavor.
3. Acai-Is a fruit that contains very high levels of antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins, which help fight cancer and heart disease. It’s also one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat in olive oil. Find unsweetened berries and add them into your smoothies or shakes as well.
4. Quinoa-This teeny-tiny, grain-like seed packs some serious nutritional power. Quinoa is one of the only grains or seeds that provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce themselves . And it’s filled with protein— eight grams per one-cup serving, to be exact!
5. 🍎 Apples-There’s a reason we are told to eat one every day. They are a great low-calorie source. (A medium-sized apple weighs in at under 100 calories.) Plus, upping apple intake has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and asthma.