November 3, 2011 at 10:11 am
Superfoods are often claimed to have quite dramatic effects, such as fighting cancer, slowing the ageing process, or prolonging life. Some items that seem to gain a lot of coverage in the health pages are goji berries, acai (açaí) berries, wheatgrass, pomegranate juice, and umeboshi plums. While there’s little doubt that these are good for us , a recent newspaper report highlights the debate surrounding the list of benefits some expensive superfoods are thought to provide. Could regular supermarket food have the same effects?
An NHS report entitled “Miracle foods: myths and the media” points out that there’s no scientific definition of the term superfood. The great news though is that while many of the things we eat in a balanced diet may not have miracle working properties, they are super nutritional in their own right. It goes without saying that a balanced diet is best, of course – large amounts of one ‘super food’ variety won’t turn a bad diet into a good one!
So, forget about the exotic and the unproven, and welcome to the world of everyday superfoods – the superheroes of the weekly shopping basket:
And then there’s the surprising superfoods –
So, for a tasty meal and a bit of a health boost, why not try one of our own recipes containing some of the above ingredients:
Boston baked beans – filling, tasty and full of soluble fibre to aid digestion and help lower cholesterol.
Superfood couscous – Vitamin C and beta carotene are provided by the tomatoes and pepper, pine nuts for zinc, and olives for healthy fats and vitamin E. A Mediterranean classic!
Which ingredients would you nominate as your favourite superfoods? Let us know in the comments below!