Eating healthy food has a great impact on our health. A balanced diet will provide the proper nutrients which our body needs to develop and build the muscles, make our brain active and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle as well. Including healthy food in your diet will keep you away from various chronic diseases. It is said that our body draws energy from the food we take and thus the healthier food we have, the better our body is equipped to fight infections and keep it well greased to tackle everyday maintenance. Besides these, to maintain the perfect body weight and feel great we need to eat food rich in vitamins minerals and antioxidants and of course fiber rich foods. These days many of us have gotten into the habit of eating highly processed foods as they are very convenient but unfortunately these foods don't come close to natural whole grain food, in terms of providing the nutrition that our body actually needs. Though lately focus is changing towards eating healthier foods and people are more and more looking at nutritional value of foods. This is where some of the foods have been labeled as Super foods. They are nothing but foods that are very high in certain vitamins or antioxidants and can b e termed as powerhouses in terms of nutritional value.
Foods rich in nutrients and containing a special chemical called phytochemical can be categorized as superfoods. Superfoods do not have a high calorific value but are rich or nutrient dense foods. Usually this chemical content is found in the colorful vegetables and fruits which is in the pigments that give these fruits and vegetables their characteristic color. Thus foods with a high content of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polynutrients can be termed as superfoods. Again since the calorie content of these superfoods is low, they have become very popular in the food industry these days.
Besides the various fruits and vegetables, certain nuts and herbs could also fall under the category of superfoods. A few examples of popular fruits that are super foods are apples, blueberries, blackberries, acai berries, dark chocolate, pomegranates, oranges, and vegetables such as avocado, garlic, broccoli, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, oats, barley, seaweedand so on. Since it’s a never ending list here we will discuss about a few of them.
By now you must have got a clear idea that how beneficial superfoods are in fighting against some common chronic diseases and help us maintain a healthy body. Superfoods are nutrient dense foods and have extra nutritional value. As a result they provide more health benefits compare to regular food. Superfoods are packed with high levels of phytonutrients , antioxidants, hytonutrients, fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, beta-carotene, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, protein, manganese, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6/12, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, carotenoids and several micronutrients . Some of the health benefits offered by superfoods are:
Superfoods (especially imported ones) can be harmful for children. Remember superfoods are normal foods and are alright to eat when eaten as a food but if you are overdoing it then always check for the side-effects, specially in case of kids and patients. There is a possibility that the natural toxins present in them can cause several complicated health disorders including cancer and liver damage and it is always a good thing to check with your doctor if you are using superfoods to treat something or prevent a condition. Excessive usage of pesticides and meager microbiological quality reduces the nutrition level of the superfoods. Thus children and patients should be allowed to consume superfoods after thorough scrutiny of the source and quality. Otherwise all in all superfoods are a good way to provide your body with vitamins and antioxidants.