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Super Foods - Miracle or Myth?
September 9, 2017
Every day we eat foods that are now being promoted as Superfoods- do they provide the nutrients and health miracles as suggested?
Nothing replaces a well balance diet from the five foods groups.
vegetables and legumes/beans
lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
grain (cereal) foods,
milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives.
So- Myth or Miracle- are secret weapons in our foods and while they are good for our health they may also have medical benefits.
Let’s look at some of the fruit and vegetables that have graced our plates for many years and that we may not have realized the health values they add to our diet.
How true is the old adage- ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’! It has benefits to our cardiovascular system as well as vitamin C.
‘A day without an orange is like a day without sunshine’- at this time of the year with coughs and colds around we need oranges. A medium, 2 1/2-inch orange offers lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber, all for a measly 60 calories.
We could not leave out our wonderful banana pyjama boys- potassium, vitamin C and the ease of peeling and eating make these great fruits one of our daily delights.
Another great anti-oxidant- are berries- particularly blueberries. These little fellas have a high reputation in guarding against heart disease, cancer and age-related blindness and memory loss- and helps urinary tract infections. They are real little soldiers.
We can all hear the words of our mothers expounding the virtues of eating your broccoli and sprouts- and those words have been handed down from generations eh? Well the humble broccoli- all of it- stem included- has many vitamins and nutrients and is purported to have anti-cancer compounds.
Cousin Broccoli often overshadows the cauliflower. It can boast the same health qualities as cousin Broccoli and you an add more such as boosting brain health.
Garlic and ginger that makes many of our dishes tasty- are they just there for flavor?? No they have wonderful compounds – garlic being demonstrate by Louis Pasteur for its antiseptic qualities and the Egyptians fed to its slaves while they built the pyramids. Plus- did you know it is great for scaring vampires away!!!!!
Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China. Benefits with eating ginger are anti-inflammatory and heart disease.
Let’s look at that funny furry little fellow- Kiwi fruit. Named after the New Zealand bird, Kiwi fruit is the richest in nutrients. It contains a large amount of vitamin C, even more than an orange. It contains other healthy components such as calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, fiber, potassium, vitamin E, reaching only 45 calories.
Wow- we are only half way through the alphabet and look what we have found! Healthy eating!