Superfoods- scientifically what are they?

Superfoods is yet another ambiguous food phrase to go along with “all-natural,” “no sugar added,” and “no artificial flavours or colours”.Superfoods- scientifically what are they? But scientifically speaking- what are they?

There really are foods that many nutritionists consider superfoods.

But these foods won’t come from your nearest take away or the processed, pre-packaged food from the grocery store or supermarket.

Why? Because they are all going to be a real (unprocessed) food.

What makes them so super? There isn’t a universally or nutritionally tested way of defining what foods are actually “super.”

But many health experts consider any whole food that is low in calories and has a high nutrient density or above average nutritional benefits is a superfood.

These nutritional benefits vary greatly depending upon the particular superfood, but according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), many of these antioxidant-rich foods may help reduce your risk for fatal diseases like cancer.

In fact, according to the 2011 ACS Guidelines for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention report- Reducing the Risk of Cancer With Healthy Food
a third of the annual cancer deaths in the United States are caused by poor diet and lack of adequate physical activity.

Here are three nutritious, real, and tasty foods that could easily be considered superfoods because of their numerous health benefits:

Blueberries — These sweet and naturally blue berries are crammed with disease-fighting antioxidants, known to help alleviate the damage done by inflammation. Other benefits come in the form of ellagitannin and anthocyanin, both of which are believed to be effective against certain types of cancers, including breast and esophageal cancers. They are great in smoothies or as a sweet pairing with some grilled pork chops fresh off the barbecue (when we get the weather).

Red bell peppers — While all peppers are low in calories and are a healthy option for any meal, red peppers — which taste sweeter and aren’t as spicy as other varieties — pack a special nutritional punch. They contain 11 times more beta-carotene than green bell peppers and also give you 240 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C. Fajitas, anyone?

Watermelon — Yes, it’s hard to believe, but this tasty treat provides some awesome nutritional support for your body. Aside from refreshing you, this fruit also delivers significant amounts of lycopene, a carotenoid present in many superfoods. A recent study led by food scientists at Florida State University even suggests that watermelon can be an effective weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease.

So now you have a little background into what makes a food “super.”

Hopefully this has got you thinking about the foods you’re putting in your body and how they might be affecting your long term health.


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