Superfoods have been in the news lately and can be found listed in many diet plans. The obvious conclusion from their nickname is that these foods can somehow provide more nutritional benefits than the average fruit or vegetable. What makes something a “superfood” isn’t that it contains an unusually high level of any one beneficial nutrient, but that is contains a combination of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, proteins or fibers that allow it to work independently of other foods to provide the body with nutrition. Many foods that may contain one of more beneficial elements require an additional food of a different type to be consumed at the same time in order for the body to be able to use what is eaten.
Here are 5 top superfoods that can fit into most ways of eating (except some low carb plans), including vegan or vegetarian. Each of them offers a high powered source of balanced nutrition that can help your body repair and sustain its health.
Sweet potatoes are not only rich in fiber, nutrients, vitamins and minerals but they are versatile. You can make them into fries, bake them, make dessert with them and serve them boiled. Their distinctive and slight sweet flavor tends to discourage the usual assault of salt, butter and creams that undo many a healthy foods potential.
Blueberries typically are usually on the superfood list, not because they are better than other types of berries, but because they are generally easier to find in a store. Like all berries, blueberries are rich in phytochemicals, vitamins and soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is what gives you that full feeling and is also the type of fiber the body needs to promote healthy digestive functioning. There have been many studies done that suggest a strong link between phytochemicals and cognitive functioning. Blueberries are easy to add to the diet to replace sugars and sweeteners on morning cereals and as a treat at the end of the day instead of a caloric and sugary dessert.