Food for Thought: Blog 3

Superfoods Part I…

There really is no science behind the term “Superfoods”. Not one product on this earth will cure your ailments or keep you skinny. We learned in Blog Post 1 that eating healthy is the best thing you can do for your busy lifestyle. Eating well will insure you feel your best and succeed in this often: crazy, hectic, go-go-go world. When we think of “Superfoods”, we can look to a quote by Hippocrates who said: “Food is Medicine”.

“Hippocrates believed that illness stemmed from inadequate nutrition and bad eating habits and that if people were to learn good eating habits then optimum health would be restored.”  (Super Charged Food, 2011)

With that said, there are foods that you can eat that are extremely beneficial to your health. If you eat a proper, balanced diet and include these “superfoods”, than you are giving yourself an extra boost of anti-sickness, good health and longevity.

According to Megan Ware RDN LD, in her article titled “Superfoods: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks”, there are numerous fruits and vegetables that are considered Superfoods because they reduce the risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Let’s take a look at a few common ones and their benefits:

Berries – acai berries, blueberries, raspberries, tart cherries, cranberries and goji berries.

  • Flavonoids
  • Amino acids
  • Antioxidants
  • High in fiber
  • Manganese
  • VitaminK, C & E
  • Treat diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Lowers risk of heart attack
  • Maintain eye, liver and kidney health

Leafy Greens –  kale, spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens, and collard greens.

  • vitamins A, C, E, K and B vitamins
  • carotenoids
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • calcium
  • Strengthens immune system
  • cancer-fighting antioxidants
  • folate which can lower risk for heart disease and cancer

Dark Chocolate

Research has shown that dark chocolate is high in flavonoids. Flavonoids are shown to have antioxidant activity, prevent coronary heart disease and certain types of cancer and boost the immune system.

(Ware, 2015)

And the list does not stop there!

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We are only as good as what we feed ourselves. Eat junk and eventually you’re going to feel like garbage (apologies for being blunt). With all the chemicals, pollution and diseases hovering over us, why wouldn’t you take the proper measures to ensure your body is well-maintained and protected? With a good foundation to your diet, try adding these “Superfoods” to your next meal planning routine. It’s like giving your body an extra boost of insurance. When you are mindful about what you eat, it will be easier to make proper food choices.

Grn.Foodie 💚 Eat well. Be well!

References:

Super Charged Food. (2011). Super Charged Food. Retrieved from Super Charged Food: http://www.superchargedfood.com/food-is-medicine/

Ware, M. (2015, November 25). Superfoods: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks. Retrieved from Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/303079.php

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