Quick! Name three superfoods. For most of us, we know at least a handful. But the question is: do you know why they are ‘super’?
And do you know if you’re getting enough variety within your superfood quota?
First of all…What is a superfood?
A superfood is a nutrient-dense food, which means it is generally a low-calorie, high bang for your buck option. It offers such nutrients as phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and essential fatty acids.
What kind of magic and health benefits do you get from a superfood? Take a look below at our handy dandy ‘take it with you shopping guide’ of 20 superfood superheros to grab and why when hitting the grocery.
According to research, super hero foods:
- reduce inflammation
- possibly regulate metabolism
- lower total cholesterol, specifically raising HDL and lowering LDL
- lower blood pressure
- protect against heart disease
- promote better digestive health
- protect against cancer
You know all of those ‘exotic’ superfoods that everyone is always talking about? What gives them these superhero powers and puts them in a nutritional class all on their own? Well the long and the short, they are packed full of nutrition that you just can’t find anywhere else.
The expensive protein powders that are lining the shelves of health food stores, and even many vitamin supplements, don’t contain all the good-for-you nutrients filling these superfoods. Some superfoods are even a serotonin enhancer, which is the naturally-occurring chemical our brain produces to induce the feeling of happiness. More happiness = less stress = optimal health.
If you’re wondering where to start on your quest for these superfoods, print out the infographic below and keep it with you as a reminder to pick up a few each time you hit the grocery store. The 20 foods listed here are a great place to begin as each of these foods carry their own unique benefits. Toss a handful of blueberries on your steel cut oats in the morning, or pair your salmon filet with a baked sweet potato. Incorporating superfoods into your diet is surprisingly easy and in the long run, you’re body will be thanking you for it!
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