A super food is a food source packed with higher nutrients per calorie
as compared to other foods. While they may not be your typical superheroes
in capes and tights, super foods do possess special powers. They power
our brains, fight infection, enhance our immune systems and protect against
some diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Some
can even put you in a bettermood!
Besides being rich inminerals, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients,
they’re also a treat for your taste buds! These familiar, affordable
and readily available foods can be used in easy-to-cook recipes or eaten
raw on a regular basis.
Here’s a sampling of some super foods. Check your kitchen –
you’ll be surprised how many you already have!
Why Eat Raw Foods?
Some believe that the most healthful foods for the body are uncooked. Raw
food, sometimes called live or living food, has not been cooked or exposed
to temperatures over 118°F. Raw foodists consider enzymes the life
force of a food, helping us to digest food and absorb its nutrients. Cooking
some foods can diminish their nutritional value. The cancer-fighting compounds
in broccoli, sulforaphanes, are greatly reduced when broccoli is cooked,
and certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat.
Super Food or Super Villain?
Super foods can be misleading – sometimes cereals contain more sugar
than a doughnut! Don’t let villainous sugar, salt, carbs and calories
render your super foods less than super – check the label.
What may be a super food for you could be a danger for someone else. Super
food veggies with seeds, like tomatoes, can be harmful to those with diverticulitis.
Potatoes, peppers and eggplant
can aggravate arthritis sufferers.
What are some of your favorite superfoods? Any superfood recipes to share?