Superfoods, superfoods, superfoods! We are sure you hear this word almost daily at this point. Is there such a thing as a superfood? Are you missing out on something big?
We thought about dedicating a post to the topic of superfoods and what makes them so healthy and attractive. Keep reading as we blow the lid off the mysterious world of superfoods.
What is a Superfood?
We are sorry to break it to you this early on in our post, but there is no such thing as a “real” superfood. Not at least food with a cape and superpowers.
The term superfood is a neat term used in food industry marketing to label food as healthy or more nutritional.
"Superfood" is sadly a term that is often stamped on everything foreign to our market and anything that may look unfamiliar, or exotic compared to what we are used to. As we said, marketing is everything.
Still, this does not mean that there is no food that genuinely stands out in its nutrient content and health benefits. Let's dive into some of the most beloved "superfoods":
Different types of berries, like blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries or packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that benefit your body.
Berries are great for those that look to strengthen their heart and reduce the risk of a heart attack or inflammatory conditions.
Berries have been a staple since the first hunters and gatherers. They are usually a great addition to our breakfasts. Still, you can toss them in pretty much anything, and they'd make the dish stand out.
Legumes are what we usually associate with beans. However, this class of plants is vast and includes soy, lentils, and any sort of bean you can imagine.
Legumes are considered superfoods because of their high vitamin content, most notably Vitamin B. They contain fiber that is beneficial for our gut and heart.
Legumes are often used as a meat replacement and are an excellent source of protein. If you're looking to balance out your blood pressure and cholesterol, look no further than legumes.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are a great source of calcium. They are low in fat and full of water.
In this group of plants, we include broccoli, spinach, kale, etc. They are great for our gut and digestion. All these compounds could potentially decrease your risk of heart disease by up to 26%.
Seafood is a superb source of saturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s a great replacement for red meat that can typically increase your chances of heart disease.
The omega-3 fatty acids can even help with alleviating depression and help with brain development.
Nuts are a great source of nutritious compounds. Whether it is almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts, nuts are packed with proteins, healthy fats, and they do wonders for your heart!
Here at Sarai’s, we specialize in healthy spreads and if you're looking for a great immunity boost check out our almond and hazelnut spreads that are perfect for any stomach!