What is a super food? Well in recent years there has been a bit of a storm created by the term. In essence there is no such thing as a super food. All food with nutritional value is ‘super’. No food holds the key to eternal life (well not one found yet anyway!). They don’t need to be shipped from the rain forest, kept at 2 degrees whilst been flown at a certain altitude to be ‘super’. Some companies and marketers have used the term to push exotic and expensive fruits and foods shipped from all over the world.
That said there are plenty of foods that are really good for you, and we thought we would list some that don’t necessarily get the limelight as much. Oh and these don’t cost the earth either!
One important thing to note is these are ‘nutritious’ food not necessarily foods good for weight loss (although some are). We think there is a lot of confusion between nutritious/good for you foods vs. weight loss foods. As such we plan to write an article about it soon!
Packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C for healthy gums and skin. Apples also help to lower blood cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system ticking over. An apple provides roughly a quarter of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Be careful not eat too many apples though as they contain quite a bit of sugar.
Perfect Peanut Butter
Make sure you get a ‘clean’ peanut butter one with no or low salt, oils and other nasties! A good peanut butter is a great source of protein and will help repair muscles.
Vitamin, folic acid, calcium and fibre packed. Studies show that Broccoli help keep heart disease at bay and it may work to prevent colon cancer.
We love tea. Whether its green or black it has great antioxidant qualities. In black tea caffeine stimulates alertness, mood and motivation. Just drink in moderation. It also counts towards you RDA of fluid intake. If you need a sweet kick try sweetener instead of sugar or sweetened soya milk.
All fish is a source of good-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. Oily fish such as mackerel and salmon contains omega 3 fats that help reduce the risk of having a heart attack, help prevent depression and may help weight loss.
Nuts are full of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. Studies show they can help reduce heart disease and some nuts have additional benefits like the brazil nut which contain selenium that may help protect against cancer, depression and Alzheimer's disease.
Of course there are many more foods with high nutritional value, these are just our current favorites! We will look to write blog updates in the future on this topic. We just wanted to share some of the more affordable and less heralded foods!
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Hampstead Personal Trainer