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Superfoods 101

The buzzword of the decade, superfoods are nutritionally-dense foods which yield significant health benefits. 

While superfoods do not have their own food group and lack a defining set of criteria that set them apart, they are basically foods that are packed with high levels of nutrients and are rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fibre or fatty acids) [1], and can help prevent the onset of degenerative diseases [2].

Amongst the more prominent ones are (this list is non-exhaustive) [3]:

  • Blueberries
  • Goji berries
  • Açai berries
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Noni fruit
  • Pomegranate
  • Spirulina
  • Lucuma
  • Quinoa 
  • Chia seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Cacao
  • Wheatgrass
  • Green tea
  • Oats

Studies have shown that superfoods high in antioxidants and flavonoids can help prevent coronary heart disease and cancer, as well as improve immunity and decrease inflammation. A healthy diet of (super) fruits and vegetables can also lower risks of diseases and overall mortality, while promoting healthy complexion, nails and hair, maintain healthy weight, and increase energy levels [4].

Superfoods pave the way for healthy eating, but their benefits are best reaped when consumed together with a balanced diet. The key is always to get your nutrition in the right quantities from a variety of nutritious food sources [5]. And our granola aims to start your day right with a nutrient-dense power-packed boost!

 

Sources:

[1] Superfoods or Superhype? (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/superfoods/)

[2] Superfoods: Recent Data on their Role in the Prevention of Diseases (https://www.foodandnutritionjournal.org/volume6number3/superfoodsrecent-data-on-their-rolein-the-prevention-of-diseases/)

[3] Get Smart About Superfoods Infographic (https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/get-smart-about-superfoods-infographic)

[4] What are superfoods and why should you eat them? (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/303079.php)

[5] What Are Superfoods? (https://www.livescience.com/34693-superfoods.html)