You are what you eat

You have probably heard the term “super food” used everywhere, but what exactly does that mean?

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A superfood is a food rich in phytochemicals, which are special chemicals that have been noted to have disease-fighting properties. Phytochemicals can reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, or in some other way contribute to a person being healthier. When foods are high in these phytochemicals, they may be eaten not only because they taste good, but because they are good for you too.

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There are a number of superfoods, many of them derived from vegetables, fruits and plants. Surprisingly, there are a few superfoods that would not be something that you just sit down and eat alone. For instance, cacao is considered a superfood because it contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. It may not be overly appealing to eat raw cacao powder, but finding recipes and easy ways to use it makes it both anti-aging and delicious.

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Some specialised foods are not always easy to get hold of. These superfoods include blueberries, cranberries, acai, goji berry, noni, mangosteen, and pomegranate.

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There are plenty of vegetables that are definitely worthy of the title superfood. You’ll find high amounts of different phytochemicals in many leafy green vegetables. Grains, seeds, pollens and roots are also considered super — flax seed, chia seeds, maca, coconut palm sugar, bee pollen and quinoa are good examples. Garlic, aloe vera, untreated chemical free honey, and any foods thought to have probiotic qualities, such as natural organic yoghurt, may also be classed as a superfood.

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With the exception of a few of the rarer foods on the superfood list, you’ll tend to provide yourself with a wealth of phytonutrients by eating a diet rich in dietary fiber that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. In fact, it would be a mistake to limit your consumption to only the foods on any superfood list, since other valuable nutrients could be missed if you do. A well-rounded diet, with perhaps a few superfoods added is probably one of the most nutritious ways to eat. Don’t forget to allow yourself the occasional piece of dark chocolate and even a cup of organic coffee, since both of these are derived from superfoods as well.

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If you would like a couple of ideas on how to cook and prepare some of the above foods, DOWNLOAD your Super Food Recipes HERE.

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