What Is SuperFood And Why Is It Important To Get In Your Diet?
November 27, 2011 By Billy
SuperFood is a term used to describe a variety of different fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, grains, and oils. What they all have in common is that they are rich in certain nutrients that are very beneficial and necessary to our physical and mental well-being and these nutrients can be hard to find anywhere else.
If you are working on improving your diet then you’ll want more than just SuperFoods, you’ll also need them to be organic, especially in regards to the fruits and vegetables because when they are not organically grown, they lose much of what makes them so rich with nutrients for our health in the first place. The pesticides and chemicals used on mass market produce tend to drag down the nutritional makeup of the food as well as add harmful chemical toxins.
What Foods Fall Into The SuperFood Group?
We count beans and legumes in this group because of their protein, fiber and nutrient composition. Berries, especially blueberries, cranberries, Acai berries and Goji berries are also a part of the nutrient-dense category called SuperFoods. Deep green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, some seaweed and veggies that are deep red like tomatoes belong to the same group. Many nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pecans and pistachios also carry the important nutritional composition that adds them to the list. In addition, certain yogurts, fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are also vital. To be a superfood requires that it contains antioxidants which aid in the fight against cancer, certain minerals, vitamins, fats and fiber.
Children, pregnant women and often the elderly are deficient of iron, calcium, folic acid, and vitamins. In every age group and condition, superfood and organic nutrition can prevent many diseases that could carry lifelong consequences. It is therefore most important to make intelligent choices when buying food. Children without enough calcium and vitamin D may suffer from deformed bones and dental problems. Pregnant women risk Spina Bifida and other neural tube defects without sufficient folic acid, the elderly may be anemic from insufficient intake of iron or break bones from osteoporosis due to low calcium.
Different Cultures Eat Differently:
The American dinner table has a very different setting than many European or Asian tables do. Europeans shop daily for their groceries and get the freshest items that way. Vegetables do not come out of a can the majority of time and meat is not an everyday dinner item. Organic nutrition is very important to the European meal plan. Superfoods, although not known as such, have always been part of the food groups there. Although over the years even Europe and Asia have been introduced to fast food, it is not a staple on the family’s menu as it sometimes is in the United States. Consequently they experience far different levels of illness in regards to numbers and kinds.
In the US, we often don’t find enough time to prepare the nutritious meals we know our families need and deserve. In a time crunch, we are grateful for the availability of the trusted stand-bys like fast food, junk food and food in cans and boxes. While this feeds the family and satisfies everyone’s hunger, it is a shortcut which may carry serious consequences: the loss of nutrition, especially nutrient rich super foods and the important benefits of the vitamins and minerals they provide. Over time, repeated processed meals and dismissal of the importance of nature’s nutrition will lead to a serious weakening of our immune system.
Superfoods will counteract the action of poor food sources and carry out restorative functions. In this way these food groups and organic nutrition protect us from the constant onslaught of viruses, bacteria and fungi to which our bodies are subjected daily.