The importance of a healthy diet is now known to all. Eating well not only serves to lose, maintain or gain weight, but also to provide our body with all the essential nutrients for it to function properly. And knowing how to choose the right foods to bring to the table can protect us from diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
The term superfood refers to those particular foods which, due to their high nutrient content, have important properties for the body. They are many and mainly belong to the plant world – although there are pleasant exceptions. But which are a few of our favorite superfoods of the moments? Read our list!
On top of our list there are fermented foods, such as kefir. These foods are not only easily digestible, but also rich in probiotics, essential substances for the intestinal microbiota.
Immediately after we find blueberries, small berries of an intense blue color that bring a large number of antioxidants to the body. Excellent for counteracting the formation of free radicals, they are also a delicious snack.
Moringa is another amazing superfood we love at the moment. The leaves are of greater interest: they are particularly rich in calcium, potassium and proteins. They also contain vitamins A, B, C, D and E which counterbalance fatigue and weakness. According to the FAO, moringa has antibiotic, anti-hypotension, antispasmodic, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic and hypoglycemic properties. A food that purifies, detoxifies and strengthens the immune system.
Seeds are a notable source of omega-3 fatty acids and important mineral salts. The choice is wide, so you can find the perfect combination for all tastes.
Exotic fruit also stands out, with particular reference to goji berries and acaj. Several studies have shown their effect against high cholesterol, and would even be useful for preventing dementia. A separate mention for avocado, it is rich in good fats and helps protect eyesight. But since it’s so popular it’s better to mix it up for a more sustainable choice.
Next, we have green tea (which according to some research could speed up the metabolism) and dried fruit, rich in proteins and fatty acids. In eighth place there are ancient grains, such as amaranth and quinoa: they are an excellent source of fiber, essential for the intestine, and of vitamins of group B.
Green leafy vegetables
We love green leafy vegetables, including spinach, lettuce or Surinamese favourites like Bitawiri and Tayerblad. They contain fiber, vitamins and minerals, and also have anticancer properties
A thick, radish-like root that is related to the mustard family, maca root is native to the remote peaks of the Peruvian Andes. It is usually sold in the form of powder, which offers a unique malt and earthy flavor, which varies depending on the foods it is served with. It is a very powerful ingredient that rarely goes unnoticed. It is best used in creamy smoothies with nuts or seeds and pairs well with very sweet fruits like bananas and dates.
We can’t close our list of our favorite superfoods without this one: Kale! It provides a good amount of flavonoids and vitamin K.