What are Superfoods?
Not all foods are created equal. Some natural foods have higher concentrations of beneficial nutrients than others. Those foods that contain exceptional nutritional content and supported by research to have proven health benefits are called Superfoods.
For example, dried organic goji berries have approximately 800mg/100g of Vitamin C, while a fresh orange typically has 50mg/100g. Goji berries are also extremely high in antioxidants (25,000 ORAC units) compared to most other fruits and vegetables. Therefore, goji berries are a labelled a Superfood.
Why should you eat Superfoods?
I’m sure you have heard the following sayings: ‘You are what you eat’ and ‘Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food’.
Eating highly nutritious foods makes perfect health sense. Superfoods give you more nutritional bang for your buck per serve. Would you rather eat 10 oranges to obtain your Vitamin C intake or a small handful of goji berries? Different foods have different nutritional content. Some foods are high in vitamins and minerals, while other maybe high in essential fatty acids. Eating a range of nutritionally dense foods gives your body the fuel it needs to operate efficiently.
Even if your diet comprises mainly fruits and vegetables, you still may be nutritionally deficient. The reason is because the highly intense farming practices over many decades have depleted our soils of the trace minerals our body needs. Most fertilisers used are nitrogen and potassium based and do not have all the dozens of trace elements such as calcium, iron, manganese, etc. Therefore, the fruit and vegetables produced from these soils are also deficient in these trace minerals and nutrients. Did you know an apple produced 50 years ago was almost 40% more nutritious than an apple produced today?
This is why you need to include a range of nutrient dense Superfoods in your diet, to maximise your daily nutritional uptake.