¿What are superfoods?

Last night was doing a research about famous “superfoods”, and found out the term doesn't even exist, interesting isn’t it?



So what are superfoods?

Superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional density. This means that they provide a substantial amount of nutrients and very few calories. They contain a high volume of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Antioxidants are natural molecules that occur in certain foods. They help neutralize free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are natural byproducts of energy production that can wreak havoc on the body.

Common superfoods

Berries

The higher levels of flavonoids in berries have been shown to lower the risk of a heart attack. Include acai berries, blueberriesraspberries, tart cherries, cranberries, and goji berries.

Soy

Soybeans have a high concentration of isoflavones, a type of phytochemical. Phytochemicals are compounds that occur naturally in plants.

Some research demonstrates that isoflavones in soy help reduce the amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol in the blood.

Leafy greens

People often identify kalespinachSwiss chard, beet greens, and collard greens as superfood leafy greens. These foods are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, and many B vitamins.

Leafy greens also contain an abundance of carotenoids, iron, magnesiumpotassium, and calcium.

The humble coconut packs a powerful nutritional punch. As well as its unique combination of ‘healthy’ fatty acids, which can have a positive effect on health, coconuts are also a rich source of minerals, including copper, zincironmagnesium, phosphorus, potassium and selenium.

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