Superfoods are extremely nutritious! They offer a variety of essential nutrients in high quantities, like vitamins and minerals that we need for our bodies to run smoothly and stay disease-free. Most superfoods are also low in calories and are very easy to integrate into many diets from low-carb, dairy free, to paleo! (gluten free)
Superfoods contain a variety of nutrients, such as antioxidants, which are thought to fight off cancer. The healthy fats they contain prevent heart disease, and fiber is thought to prevent diabetes and digestive problems.
Consuming foods that are loaded with nutrients (as many superfoods are) is certainly in your best interest. The key to a healthy diet is to consume a variety of nutritious foods in the right quantities!
Why Do We Need Superfoods?
A constant consumption of sugar, low-grade saturated fats, and processed carbs not only attracts weight gain and depression, but even more dangerously, a steady level of inflammation throughout the body.
Inflammation is the auto-immune reaction to rush blood and antibodies to a wounded area of the body. Normally, it’s a good thing, but when it happens in a low-level state it can attack tissues, organs, and blood vessels! It can also impede brain function.
Eating and cooking more with superfoods is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself. Let’s take a look at some rules you should follow when cooking with superfoods!
Rule 1: Never overcook superfoods! The high heat can damage delicate vitamins (like C) and destroy antioxidants that live within the pigments of plant based foods. Be sure to lightly sauté vegetables over a medium heat in quality fats like olive oil.
Rule 2: Most superfoods contain compounds that are better absorbed when eaten with fats, warm or consumed with other foods that work like a key to unlock their full potential and even aid in absorption.
Examples of superfoods you may be familiar with are:
- Red grapes
- Pink grapefruit
- Brussels Sprouts
Incorporating superfoods into your diet can’t hurt but it does not balance out with other unhealthy aspects of life. In other words, superfoods can’t repair the effects of damaging habits such as smoking.
Like everything else, superfoods are just one piece of the overall ‘health puzzle’. It’s more important to make consistent healthy choices, such as exercising, getting rest, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a healthy diet overall.
-The REME Team