Super Foods – nutrient dense, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more for minimal calories. The very term superfoods are sometimes written off as a marketing gimmick but this is quite unfair. What else would you all food that is so full of an incredible range of nutrients, provides so many benefits and yet is so light on the calories? Let’s take a look at some of these like flax or quinoa or chia seeds to see just how they are classified as superfoods.
Did you know that flax seeds are one of the world’s oldest known crops? There are two
varieties, both equally nutritious, black and golden. Nutrient-wise, flax seeds contain an high amount of protein, fiber, Omega 3 fatty acids, and good amounts of vitamins and minerals too. An advantage of these is that you can use them in virtually any recipe. They add a mild
flavour and delicious crunch!
Imagine a superfood that has good amounts of protein and also the essential bioactive
compound required for the body to synthesize the protein. Quinoa is an excellent plant based protein with a good amount of amino acids which also contain lysine. Lysine is essential for the synthesis of proteins by the body. Quinoa is a great source of fibre, iron, manganese, magnesium, folate, antioxidants and these are also gluten-free.
Chia seeds are another superfood with a name well deserved. They can be used in virtually any recipe and add a delicious nutty crunch. They are packed full of nutrients and have a high fibre content which helps in weight loss, has a great ratio of high density cholesterol or HDL over low-density cholesterol or LDL and this is extremely beneficial for heart health. Some studies have found that chia seeds even help in reducing spikes in blood sugar levels.
With these tiny nutrient powerhouses containing so many health benefits, all with minimal calories, they do deserve to be called superfoods!