There’s been a lot of buzz around superfoods. What are they? Are they the Superman equivalent of food? Will you get superpowers from eating them? Unfortunately, that is not the case for this food, but we still think they’re pretty cool. Read on to find out just what makes these foods so super!
What Are Superfoods?
If you’re not going to get superpowers from eating them, you may be wondering what exactly superfoods are then. The simple answer is there is no one definition; there is no scientific definition of a superfood. But… it’s generally agreed upon by the nutrition and health community that superfoods are unprocessed foods that are dense with nutrients while being low in calories—foods that are super good for you to eat.
The Super Benefits of Superfoods
As we said, superfoods are packed with nutrients and other benefits. A few of these key benefits include:
Antioxidants, as the name suggests, slow or stop the process of oxidation. While some oxidation is good, too much oxidation can cause the cells to begin to break down and die. Antioxidants help keep the body balanced and avoid oxidative stress. There have even been some studies that suggest antioxidants can help prevent cancer.
Phytochemicals are a compound found in plants that give fruits and vegetables their color and flavor. There are several different types of phytochemicals to match each of the colors and flavor profiles we find in our produce. Each one has its own unique benefits. Some research suggests that these benefits can include:
- Lower blood pressure
- Prevention of cancer growths
- Boosted immune system
- Lowered risk of heart disease
- Reduced inflammation
Always remember to take your vitamins, but the best way to get them is through food! Vitamins are necessary for our health and well-being, and deficiencies can cause all sorts of health problems. While vitamin supplements help bridge gaps in your diet, certain foods (like superfoods) are rich in vitamins and are recommended as your primary source of vitamins rather than through a supplement.
Blast Off with Superfoods!
Now that you know all the benefits of superfoods, it’s time to get started! Here are just a few, easy ways to start adding superfoods into your diet!
Just because beans are small, don’t assume this superfood is small in nutrition! Beans are packed full of protein and fiber. Protein helps you feel more satisfied after a meal while fiber helps with digestion. Since beans lack the fats found in meat, this protein can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease! So break out this seven-layer bean dip at your next get-together, and enjoy everything beans have to offer!
You may have heard growing up to make sure to eat your greens, and we’re going to have to agree with that statement. Dark leafy greens are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. The darker in color the green, the more nutrients it has for your body to enjoy. Afraid you (or any little ones) may not like how dark greens taste? No need to fret! This green smoothie will grant you all the benefits of leafy greens while enjoying a cool, refreshing drink!
Oil Be There
One of the easiest ways to incorporate superfoods into your diet is through olive oil. With vitamins K and E and full of healthy fats, olive oil reduces the risk of heart disease and can ease inflammation. Instead of reaching for the butter, you can substitute it with olive oil to get an extra nutritional boost. Toss some leafy greens in olive oil and saute to mix and match different superfoods and benefits with each other!
Fish has a myriad of benefits for the body. From being protein-dense to high in vitamins to a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, adding fish to your diet is a great way to get some superfoods. So change up your taco Tuesdays with these superfood fish tacos!
Find All Your Super Needs at Ward’s Market!
If you want to get started eating superfoods or you’ve been eating them for years, Ward’s has the freshest superfoods for you! From fruits to vegetables to meats to beans to nuts and everything in between, we make sure your food is farm-fresh for your table. Try these for yourself and reap the benefits! Check out our weekly specials to see what superfoods we have deals on!