What Benefits Do These Super Foods Really Benefit Our Health?
They are called Matcha, Moringa, Acai, Goji or Baobab: We are talking about so-called superfoods, to which there is a real hype. This usually means foods with extremely high nutrient density. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants or phytonutrients and promise a health benefit. But what makes a food really a superfood?
What Is Superfood?
There is (still) no common definition for superfoods: Generally, however, particularly nutrient-rich foods are referred to, which is said to have a health-promoting effect. As a rule, this means certain fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices as well as nuts and seeds, which have a higher health benefit than other foods due to their high nutrient density.
They are characterized by a particularly high content of phytochemicals (eg flavonoids in cocoa or blueberries), vitamins (eg vitamin C and other antioxidants in the goji berry ), minerals (such as calcium, iron, and iodine in Matcha) or valuable fatty acids (like omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds).
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What does Superfood bring?
The science of superfoods, the science is not quite agreed, however, many studies speak some superfood health-promoting properties – for example, related to anti-aging effects, strengthening the immune system or prevention of cancer or cardiovascular diseases or Diabetes mellitus type 2.
Superfood Food – Overview
- Chia seeds
- Goji berries
- Acai berries
- hemp seeds
- Aronia berries
- Algae: Spirulina and Chlorella
- Raw cocoa
- tiger nuts
Superfood – critically questioned
No question, many of the so-called superfoods have a high content of vitamins, minerals or valuable fatty acids that can be health-promoting. BUT: Many of the most imported superfood products are much more expensive than domestic products that have a similar high nutrient content – but not even transported around the world!
Instead of chia seeds you can therefore easily resort to local flaxseed or instead of expensive and usually dried goji or acai berries simply choose domestic berry fruit (in winter simply rely on TK-commodity, which is in no way inferior to the vitamin content of fresh fruit) , This not only protects our wallet, but also the environment!
In addition, exotic superfoods are often contaminated with pollutants and even with “superfoods” in capsule form caution is required.
Experts agree: Clean Eating is highly recommended!
In addition to flaxseed and soft fruit, parsley, nettle, oregano, spinach or dandelion are some of the local superfoods that we should access without hesitation and in large quantities. Also pumpkin seeds or curly kale are gladly counted. In this context, you should also look at this: Healthy food – list of power foods