How super are superfoods? Navigating the world of superfoods can be a daunting task especially as it’s susceptible to the odd fad – goji berries were top of the list a few years ago and now their crown has been taken by the more fashionable chia seeds or baobab.
However, superfoods remain one of the easiest and healthful ways of increasing our nutrient intake through food. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get enough micronutrients in our diet and as a nutritional therapist I very much advocate using whole foods to increase them before supplements. The great thing about superfoods is that you don’t need to have much to get an almost supplement like dose of nutrients.
Our Energy Elixir for example, with just a 10g serving delivers almost 200% of your daily RDA of Vitamin C. You’d have to eat a lot of oranges to get that. No such thing as a Vitamin C tree What I mean by that is nowhere in nature do you and food that is a single nutrient – you don’t have a Vitamin C tree in just the same way you don’t have a pure source of protein from Salmon for example not only provides lots of essential fatty acid Omega 3 but also proteins and B vitamins.
Spirulina not only provides all the essential amino acids but also lots of iron and folic acid. An orange not only gives you Vitamin C but also lots of important fibre. This is the joy of foods or supplements.
Some superfood super stats Baobab – 6x Vitamin C of oranges, 2x calcium of milk Moringa – high in calcium, fibre & protein Goji – more beta carotene than carrots, 21 trace minerals, more iron than spinach Chlorella – 50% plant protein, high in magnesium, iron and folate Spirulina – 60% plant protein, high levels of iron and minerals, all the essential amino acids, good source of B12 Pea and hemp protein – low fat: 4% versus 14% in lamb, up to 80% protein The beauty of superfoods and especially blended superfoods (that mix the benefits of lots of different superfoods together), is that it allows us to consume nature’s most nutrient plants in a form that the body recognises as food. No fillers or anything synthetic, just plant power.