Published Date December 30, 2021

What are superfoods exactly?

By Naurin Ansari

2 min read

All about apples, watermelon, avocado and superfoods.
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People who seek to improve health often find the notion of superfoods appealing. There’s no academic definition for superfood, but generally, food is promoted as a superfood when it offers high levels of desirable nutrients or is believed to offer several simultaneous health benefits beyond its core nutritional value. Superfoods are mostly plant-based but they might also include some fish and dairy.

Remember, there are plenty of foods out there that are ‘super’, even if they’re not thought of as super. Let’s look at some of them —

Apples

Apple skin is a great dose of filling fibre. One medium apple can serve up to 4 grams of the nutrient. Apples are full of vitamins and naturally occurring sugar and there are literally thousands of different varieties to choose from.

Spinach

Popeye was onto something. This dark leafy green is full of so many beneficial nutrients, such as iron, potassium, and fibre. Too much spinach, though, can cause constipation.

Chia seed

These little seeds are loaded with nutrients. A single tablespoon contains 4.5 grams of heart-healthy fats and 5.5 grams of fibre. No doubt they make a great addition to everything from smoothies to puddings.

Watermelon

Watermelon gets its pretty color from the antioxidant lycopene and is a juicy, delicious way to make sure you’re hydrated. Try putting it in a salad, a smoothie, or salsa.

Flax seeds

Flax seeds are also considered superfoods. 1-ounce serving has 3 grams of fibre and 4 grams of good fats. Add them to smoothies, sprinkle them atop your morning bowl of cereal, or incorporate them into your baking.

Chickpeas

There’s a reason registered dietitians often call chickpeas dinner staples. Their protein content is through the roof, with 12 grams in a single cup, along with 11 grams of filling fibre.

Dark chocolate

Keeping taste aside, the cocoa that chocolate is made of — contains antioxidants known as flavonoids. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the darker the chocolate and the more flavonoids it provides.

Sweet potato

One large baked sweet potato has up to 37g of carbohydrates and 6g of fibre.

Avocado

Avocados are a good source of fat, fibre, and their incredible creaminess makes them a fantastic addition to breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Takeaway…

It can be concluded that superfoods are often nutritious but the term superfoods itself is nothing more than a buzzword. There are several foods on the market that provide superfood-like nutrition.

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