There has been much debate about the new “superfood” fad that is catching on every day and getting consumers interested to know more about it.
According to Maria Bagdoyan, a nutritionist at Nestlé Middle East, many people believe that eating premium foods will help them avoid many diseases and health problems. In reality, however, there is no single standard for superfoods, nor is there a definitive list.
However, most of these foods are known to be rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, which are beneficial to health if consumed regularly within a balanced diet.
Superfood and its health benefits
Bagdoyan lists superfoods as follows:
- Types of berries:
In addition to being a very rich source of many vitamins and minerals, fruits such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are among the fruits that contain high levels of antioxidants known as flavonoids, which contribute to protecting healthy body cells from damage.
One of the vegetables that contain small amounts of calories, and it is rich in fiber and vitamin A. Fiber is known to support the functions of the digestive system, and vitamin A is one of the essential vitamins to support healthy eyesight.
- Curly cabbage/cauliflower:
Dark green leaves are rich in nutrients such as vitamin A, potassium, fiber and antioxidants. Vitamin C contributes to supporting the functions of a healthy immune system, while potassium contributes to maintaining normal blood pressure and muscle function.
One of the fish rich in healthy omega-3 fats, which are essential fatty acids that maintain heart health; It is also a good source of protein that maintains muscles and bones.
- Nuts, legumes and grains:
Good sources of protein and healthy fats (omega 3 and 6) if eaten in moderation. Examples include: chickpeas, unsalted sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachios and walnuts.
Referred to as a super grain, quinoa is a gluten-free grain and one of the most carbohydrate-rich foods. These grains are also rich in fiber and good protein, as they contain iron, copper, manganese and phosphorus.
Dairy products are a good source of protein, vitamin C, and calcium that not only support bone growth and maintenance, but also produce energy from foods, and probiotics – bacteria that are good for gut health.
- dark chocolate:
It is rich in antioxidants and has powerful benefits that help protect body cells from damage, but it also contains fats and calories, so enjoy eating it in moderation to avoid weight gain and stones.For other health problems.
In conclusion, Bagdoyan says that focusing on eating one type of food may deprive you of obtaining the benefits of the essential nutrients that the body needs. So, although these “superfoods” contain many benefits; But the way to a healthy body and mind is a varied and balanced diet that includes all food groups and of course accompanied by physical activity.