What you need to know about superfoods
What are superfoods anyway?
Superfoods is an all-in-one collective term for both edible fruits and plants that possess essential nutrients. These essential nutrients include proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids, and antioxidants
. All of these nutrients contribute to good health and help support the immune system.
A boost for your body
Superfoods are available as a product in itself: for example, a banana, a cup of berries, or a pack of nuts in the supermarket, but at Naturaplaza you will also find superfood powder: these indispensable nutrients in concentrate. You can easily mix superfood powder in drinks, smoothies, and yogurts, or in a hot meal.
The superfoods are 100% natural: free from all forms of flavouring, fragrance, as well as preservatives. Superfoods contain numerous essential substances for a healthy, strong body and have versatile effects - numerous health claims are attributed to them.
What types of superfoods are there?
There are many different types of superfoods, including superfruits and supergreens (which are vegetables). There are also what are called superfoods and superseeds. Superfoods are used, among other things, in supermoothies.
Also various 'rawfoods', such as hemp seeds, birch juice, and almond flour qualify for the term superfood. Superfoods give you a longer-lasting energy boost than coffee or artificial energy drinks ever could.
Examples of superfoods
Typical examples of superfoods include cocoa beans, wheatgrass, and goji berries. Red grapes, blueberries, fatty fish (full of omega 3 fatty acids), garlic, specific nuts, and dark chocolate are also counted as superfoods.
Superfoods are packed with healthy nutrients, but there is not one kind of food that contains all the substances you need. It is important to apply many variations in your diet: eat according to the five-slice pie chart!
Positive properties superfoods
It is certainly true that a healthy diet helps maintain a healthy lifestyle that health problems as far as possible in the bud. It is indeed true that a good diet can improve your mood and make you feel fitter. In the end, that's what it's all about: being comfortable in your own skin and doing so with minimal effort.
Five-slice pie chart
Many of the products described as superfoods fall within the five-slice pie chart used by the Dutch Nutrition Centre. It concerns mostly everyday products such as garlic, onions, different types of cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, certain nuts, green tea, olive oil, and oily fish.
Don't snack too much!
As with all good things, enjoy and use in moderation. There is evidence that cocoa and dark chocolate can have a beneficial effect on blood vessels, but that doesn't mean you should eat chocolate on a large scale. Chocolate is full of fat and, of course, remains a fattening food. Furthermore, you should not consume goji berries if you are pregnant.
Below we will discuss several superfoods, plus the nutritional values attributed to these superfoods. You can find many of these superfoods online in our superfood category, which includes specialty drinks and supplements
. For the entire range of superfoods, check out Superfoods nl. Superfoods come in many colours, shapes, and flavors.
The truth about the avocado
Avocados are known to be incredibly healthy. This particular fruit contains both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Avocados are particularly good for cholesterol levels. Because of the many healthy fats, this super fruit can give you a real boost in energy.
The story of the blueberry
All fruits have a positive effect on health. Blueberries are packed with fiber, folic acid and vitamin C. Blueberries also contain many flavonoids, this is a certain type of antioxidant to which healing properties are attributed. However, more evidence is needed.
Wonder vegetable broccoli
Broccoli can rightfully be called a miracle vegetable: it is one of the healthiest vegetables you will find on the vegetable shelf. Broccoli is full of folic acid, vitamin C, and calcium. It also contains a substance called "Sulforaphane. There is evidence that this protects against cancer, but more research needs to be done to find out exactly how it works.
Omega 3-bomb Chia seeds
Did you know that one tablespoon of Chia seeds contains the recommended daily amount of Omega 3 fatty acids? The body converts this acid (also called alpha-linolenic acid) into other types of fatty acids. Whether this has an additional protective effect is still unclear. Chia seeds have more than one advantage: they are full of fibers and calcium and are also an asset in the diet of vegetarians.
The inner beauty of the pomegranate
The inside of a pomegranate looks like a rock wall full of rock crystals. The seeds of the pomegranate are like little rubies and also deliciously fresh and sweet. Pomegranate does not contain a lot of vitamin C. That is not a problem, because you already have enough of this vitamin. An advantage: pomegranate can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure.
Superfood hemp seeds
Hemp seeds are full of iron and magnesium. Did you know that one spoonful of hemp seeds contains as much iron as 50 grams of spinach? Hemp seeds are highly recommended for anyone with an iron deficiency.
Dieting with flaxseed?
Flaxseed is full of omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid): one tablespoon is enough for the daily intake. However, be careful with flaxseed, you should not eat too much of it (max. 1-45 grams per day), because the substance cyanogen can be converted into toxic cyanide.
White mulberries contain quite a bit of fiber, about 7.1 grams per 100 grams of berries. These berries also contain a lot of iron: about 7.6 grams per 100 grams. The daily amount of iron you need is around 9-15 grams. White mulberries, therefore, have a beneficial effect on the immune system.
Olive oil: a super oil
In gratitude for the gift of the olive, the ancient Athenians named their city after it, or so the myth goes. The undeniable usefulness of olives and olive oil was already recognized in ancient times and not undeservedly so: there are more monounsaturated fats in olive oil than in any other type of oil. These monounsaturated fats have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels.
The unique power of walnut
Did you know that walnut is the only nut with omega 3 fatty acids? These fats work to support the heart and vessels. Walnuts also have a beneficial effect on your cholesterol and they are full of vitamin E. Walnuts are an ideal healthy snack and also delicious in the salad.