They’re called superfoods because they contain some natural elements that are super good for us.
Nutritionists have been far quicker than medical practitioners to recognise the value of natural products and the positive effects they can have on our general health.
These days there is a wide range of these products available, and the list grows longer all the time.
Here to kick off the New Year is our shortlist of five of the newest and most popular we’ve seen emerge recently.
Macqui Berry: boosts the immune system
This fruit, sourced from Chile, is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium. Usually bought in powdered form it can be added to drinks and dishes as a supplement.
Kefir: improves digestion
Made with fermented milk grains from the Caucasus region of Eastern Europe; the combination of lactic acid, bacteria and yeasts can be a powerful aid to digestion.
Spirulina: for de-bloating
This blue- green algae is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids as well as chlorophyll which helps detoxify the body and prevent bloating.
Amaranth: to prevent overeating
Amaranth is the new super grain from Central America, packed with more protein than other grains it will help you to feel fuller more quickly and for longer. The photo for this story shows Mexican biscuits made from Amaranth to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead.
Hemp Milk: for dairy intolerance
A creamy milk with a nutty flavour derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, but don’t worry, there are no psychotropic side effects (which may be a disappointment to some), the seeds are blended with water and then filtered. Along with a nutty flavour they are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
There are, of course, dozens of other superfoods, some of which have been around for some time and we will cover them all in more detail as the year progresses.
These are interesting and exciting times for the natural foods and additives as our policymakers and budget controllers look to influence behaviour to save costs; sooner or later we are all going to have to look beyond the ‘meat and two veg’ we grew up with and start looking for a group of superfoods that can be introduced into our regular diets.
Some will suit you better than others, either as a matter of taste or budget, so it is as well to begin considering the candidates now.
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