They’re called superfoods because, they are… well, super! Small changes in the way we eat can help us in the long run and to take care of our bodies is a form of self-care and appreciation for all that our bodies do for us.
So, here is our list of 5 superfoods that promote general wellbeing, that you can add into your diet:
A source of protein, fibre and unsaturated fats that also contain antioxidants that combat stress, promote cell reproduction and lower cholesterol. This superfood is packed with vitamins and minerals which it a staple for a well-balanced diet.
A key staple for every Instagram-worthy brunch pic and for good reason! Avocados provide fibre and helps regulate blood pressure. An advisory published by the American Heart Association in the June 2017 issue of Circulation noted that replacing saturated fat (from sources such as butter) with the fats found in foods such as avocado can help reduce the risk for heart disease.
Fermented foods are the new trend and with the numerous amounts of health benefits, there’s no wonder why they’re so popular. Products like kimchi and kefir are rich in probiotics that make them a great superfood. Probiotics are “healthy” bacteria and when taken, it may contribute to a healthy gut microbiome and play a role in disease prevention. The live bacteria in yogurt, for example, may reduce the risk of chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Yes, chocolate can be healthy, believe it or not. However, this is not the case for milk and white chocolate that are heavily infused with refined sugar and cream, but for dark chocolate. The cacao in dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which is said to help with heart health, cancer prevention and weight loss, according to a study published in December 2016 in the Journal of Neuroscience.
A staple for any summertime snack but did you know berries are at the top of almost every superfood list. Fresh berries such as blackberries, strawberries and cranberries (to name a few) are crammed with fibre and antioxidants that help fight against cancer-causing free radicals, notes a study published in March 2018 in Frontiers in Pharmacology. On top of that, they’re very low in calories which is great if you’re on a calorie conscious diet.
I think we’re all feeling a bit peckish after hearing that list and to know we’re nurturing our bodies whilst eating great food, makes it all the better.