While it is highly recommended to have a balanced diet for a healthy body and it definitely stands true, there are few foods which are labelled as "superfoods". Call it a marketing strategy or another food trend, but there are a lot of health benefits associated with these superfoods. They contain variety of nutrients, are high in anti-oxidants, have healthy fats and are low on calories.
Let's have a closer look at what are these superfoods and how they can benefit us.
Berries are the storehouse of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber. Raspberries, strawberries, acai berries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, goji berries- there are so many varieties in berries and all so good in taste. You can enjoy them in any form- fresh, frozen or dried.
Want to know about some interesting ways to eat berries, check out this article.
2. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds have immense variety in itself. Although high in calories, they are full of fiber and heart-healthy fats and support weight loss. Seeds are enriched with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
3. Leafy greens
Dark green leafy vegetables are excellent source of nutrients like folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber. They may reduce the risk of chronic illnesses like cardiac arrest and type 2 diabetes. Apart from that they also contain high levels of carotenoids, a type of anti-inflammatory compound, which may protect against certain types of cancer.
Kale, spinach, swiss chard and turnip greens are some of the leafy green vegetables we should include in our diet in the form of soups, curries, smoothies, salads and stir-fried.
Check out these 5 interesting way to eat your green veggies this winter.
4. Olive Oil
Extracted from the fruit of of olive trees, olive oil has high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyphenolic compounds. It helps in reducing inflammation and risk of certain illnesses like diabetes and heart diseases.
One of the most widely used spice in Indian cooking, turmeric has anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It helps in treating and preventing chronic diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and diabetes.
It is amazing how most of the foods listed as "superfoods" are already an integral part of Indian cooking. Ginger is one such superfood. Ginger can be used fresh, powdered, dried, or in the form of oil or juices. It has gingerol, which aids in digestion, reduces nausea and helps in fighting cold and flu. It also has powerful anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. It may also significantly reduce menstrual pains and cholesterol levels.
You can use fresh ginger while making soups, vegetables or curries or incorporate Tassyam ginger powder as a replacement to the fresh one.
Although eggs have a high cholesterol level, the benefits has to offer outweigh this one con. Whole eggs are rich in Vitamin B, choline, selenium, Vitamin A, phosphorus, iron and high-quality protein. They also contain antioxidants, zeaxanthin and lutein, which are known to protect vision and maintain good eye health.
This is a list of the most common superfoods, there are many more foods that can be classified as "superfoods" for the amazing health benefits they have.