There’s one word that’s talked about everyday inside the health world that’s hardly ever mentioned outside of it. If you’re not reading health articles everyday chances are you probably have never heard of this word. This word was developed by the super intense raw vegans of the world. In my opinion, they’re right on. The word is ‘superfood’ and if you haven’t heard of it, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the word. It will change your life physically, literally.
So Really, What is a Superfood?
A superfood is a food created in nature, so it is known as a “whole food.” Whole foods require the least amount of processing. Raw superfoods are ideal for ones health because of the enzymes and nutrients in them offer value to the body. This is what gives them that ‘super’ name. Nothing has been added to them, and they do not contain artificial substances. For this reason, a superfood must be organic because organic produce is not grown with pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, ionizing radiation or genetically modified organisms. Superfoods that come from livestock are organic if the animals weren’t given growth hormones or antibiotics.
The other component of a superfood is its nutritional content. Superfoods receive this label if they are rich in phytochemicals or vitamins and minerals. They may have a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. Others may have a large amount of fiber and are low in calories. Even if it’s a high content of vitamin C it’s powerful. Basically, a superfood has a reputation for being extremely beneficial to the body.
What Foods Are Not Superfoods?
Along with not being organic, non-superfoods aren’t served raw. This is where large companies deceive consumers, they believe and consider processed superfoods to still be super. A vegetable may be very nutritious, but cooking it at high temperatures removes between 15 and 30 percent of the vitamins.
Some foods are known to contain several vitamins and minerals, but they will not receive the “superfood” label if they do not have at least one of these vital nutrients in high concentrations. On the other hand, a food may contain a significant amount of a vitamin or a mineral, but if the food will cause toxicity if you eat too much of it, it is disqualified as being a superfood.
Other foods are extremely nutritious but are not considered to be superfoods because they are fattening. Some foods high in a certain vitamin or nutrient have been rumored to be unhealthy for cancer patients, so these foods cannot be recommended as superfoods.
What Are the Current Superfoods?
The current superfoods include the following:
• Chinese cabbage
• Beet green
• Leaf lettuce
• Romaine lettuce
• Collard green
• Turnip green
• Mustard green
• Dandelion green
• Iceberg lettuce
• Fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt
• Sweet potatoes
What Are the Current Non-Superfoods?
The following products are non-superfoods:
Watercress contains vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, K and E, zinc, folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, iron, protein, fiber and potassium. It is also low in calories. Watercress tops the list because it offers so many essential nutrients with the fewest calories, but the other greens and lettuces provide these nutrients in high amounts as well.
Yogurt contains calcium, protein and potassium that are essential for a healthy body. People obtain high-quality protein from eggs. This encourages brain development and helps maintain memory. Pistachios, walnuts and peanuts contain large amounts of protein, antioxidants and fiber that help lower blood cholesterol levels and promote a healthy heart.
Kiwis are high in the antioxidants that are excellent for fighting free radicals in the body. They also contain a significant amount of fiber that works as a laxative. Large concentrations of zinc, selenium and Vitamin E in quinoa decrease a person’s chances of contracting diabetes and heart disease while the high level of fiber decreases a person’s cholesterol. Antioxidants help fight more than just free radicals, but that’s the most important aspect of their mission in the body. It’s important to frequently measure your antioxidant levels (pharmanex) to make sure you’re getting the most out of your superfoods.
The fiber in beans keeps your heart healthy by lowering your cholesterol, but these superfoods also contain omega-3 fatty acids that are also good for the heart. They are a low-fat food that contains protein, magnesium and potassium. Salmon is another superfood rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon’s low calorie content makes it a great source of protein and iron for those who are watching their weight. It is also high in vitamin D that promotes strong bones and teeth. Vitamins A, C and K are plentiful in broccoli as is fiber, so it is a great food for helping dieters feel full.
The high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and potassium in sweet potatoes make this treat a superfood that help keep the blood pressure low and decreases the risk of osteoporosis. Berries are superfoods because they benefit the body in several ways. For example, they are a low-fat option that gives people an abundance of antioxidants. The best source is the blueberry that has the highest content level of these extremely important substances.
We Need More Superfoods in Our Stores
It has become very clear that our grocery stores need to carry more superfoods because consuming them on a daily basis is the best way to keep our bodies healthy. Besides, eating more blueberries, salmon, spinach, walnuts, kiwis, yogurt and sweet potatoes also leads to glowing skin and healthier hair. Because there isn’t one superfood that has everything, we need a wide variety of superfoods in our diets, so it is time for the stores to give our health-conscious society what it is seeking.