The term ‘superfood’ doesn’t seem to go anywhere soon so we might as well as talk about what superfood is and what are its benefits.
It is a fairly new term referring to foods, which offer maximum health nutrients with minimum fats and calories. They are loaded with various minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
What are superfoods and their benefits?
Superfoods are rich in high nutritional density. Though there is no proper definition of what to be called a superfood, it is mostly plant-based. Fish is also sometimes considered to be a superfood as it is rich in omega-3-fatty acids.
While superfoods are great for the body, it is also necessary to remember that they have to be consumed within a limit. They also cannot cure chronic or deadly diseases. Keeping that in mind, here are some notable benefits of superfoods:
- Reduces the risk of heart diseases.
- Improves the immune system.
- Controls arthritis.
- Reduces the risk of cancer.
- Helps to maintain a healthy weight.
Here are some of the Superfoods recommended for the year 2020:
Experts and nutritionists say that superfoods have been around us forever now. But, they have started to trend lately. Their nutritional values and benefits are gaining immense popularity is been appreciated all over. So, here are some easily available superfoods.
There is no doubt that fruits are highly nutritious. And, they have been a part of the Indian diet for centuries now. Experts suggest that fruits should be included as our everyday food just like vegetables. Local fruits like Guavas are rich in vitamins and including carotene-rich Pineapples in your diet will do wonders.
2. Green Leafy Vegetables
Eat your greens – Didn’t we all grow up hearing this line?
Green leafy vegetables are the superfoods at finest. They are rich in all kinds of vitamins and minerals. They are rich in fibre and low in calories. They also help a great deal with losing weight. Spinach, Peppermint, Sorrel leaves, are easy to cook and are super delicious.
3. Whole Grains
Those who eat grains on an everyday basis are said to be less prone to chronic diseases. They are important sources of vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in fibre and provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. They also help to maintain optimum health. Barley, Brown rice, Millets or Popcorn are some popular whole grains.
Our favourite chai makes it to the list. It contains very few calories and antioxidants and helps with hydration. Green Tea has beneficial anti-inflammatory properties. Studies also suggest that Green Tea helps to reduce stress levels and fights depression.
We cannot imagine our cooking without our favourite Indian spices. But, do they just add flavour? No, they don’t. The benefits of spices are unique and quite understated. Cinnamon is diabetes-friendly, cloves have anti-bacterial properties, cumin controls blood pressure and the benefits just do not end. Spices also help a great deal in digestion.
To conclude, superfoods are super healthy and are easily available. They are also simple and hey, is there anything better than tasty nutritious food?