There are a host of new super foods being touted as energy giving, disease preventing, revitalizing, youth preserving and overall powerhouses of nutrition. But do they do all they claim to?
Originating from Central America, this seed is a water absorbing seeds that can be made in to a gel or used in baking as well as simply being added to cereal, yoghurt or a smoothie. The seeds are high in soluble fibre, Omega-3 fatty acids and contain protein, calcium, vitamin C and antioxidants. Great for people who tend towards constipation and for those looking for a non-fish source of Omega-3’s.
Goji are an extremely rich source of antioxidants and provide high levels of vitamin C. They taste like cherries and can be added to cereal, muesli, yoghurt, baking or simply enjoyed by themselves. Goji berries are a dried fruit and as such should be enjoyed in a 2 tblsp serving sizes. They may be health giving but they still contribute calories and carbohydrate to the diet so be aware that you can have too much of a good thing!
Pronounced ‘ah-sigh-ee’ this non-typical berry is actually a reasonable source of protein. Similar to Goji it is also high in antioxidants and a range of micronutrients. The Acai berry is extremely sensitive to light and air so make sure you store it properly. Is it worth the hype? A reasonable source of protein for those who struggle to find enough protein in their diet (e.g. vegetarian or vegan eaters) but for most is not a tasty (in fact its quite tasteless) way to good health!
The Incan superfood! This is a “revitalizing” powder which contains amino acids (the building blocks of protein), essential fatty acids (e.g. Omega-3’s) and micronutrients. Anecdotally people swear by it, however, the scientific community is still waiting for the revitalizing to occur!
Raw chocolate? Yep, this is raw chocolate! What does it taste like? Very, very bitter chocolate. Can’t see too many people eating a block of raw cacao however it can be added to smoothies, yoghurt, used in cooking or making a hot/cold chocolate drink. It is touted to have many health benefits from being an aphrodisiac to increasing our feel good chemicals to being a muscle relaxant due to its high magnesium content. For my eating pleasure, I’d rather a great tasting chocolate a little less often over a very bitter somewhat chocolate-y powder every day!
Super foods they may be but good health, vitality, youthfulness and vigour is achieved through many aspects of life, not just the foods we put in our mouth. So to live a long and prosperous life - Eat Smart, exercise, keep your mind active, care for your heart and choose the right parents!