When you hear the term ‘superfood’ does your mind conjure up a cape-wearing avocado, capable of leaping tall kitchen counters? Of course not! So, what makes it super? Well, the term ‘super’ is really just another buzz word invented by a marketer to make their subject matter stand out. However, that’s not to say that superfoods aren’t like super heroes in their own right, because what sets them apart from your average food are the nutritional benefits and disease prevention they can offer. And just like super heroes, they are better when used together. Ask any avid Marvel fan and if they’re truthful they will admit that the Fantastic Four can achieve more because their powers are combined.
So, if all the superfoods were in a fight for good health and wellbeing, what qualities would they each bring to the ring?
We’ve weighed them in and compiled a list in alphabetical order, so you can pick the foods you want fighting for your good health.
OVER IN THE GREEN CORNER…
Think of it as a spread, whisked in guacamole, sliced in a salad or blended into a smoothie. Yum!
Delivering: A knockout amount of healthy fats, fibre, minerals and vitamins.
Capable of: Helping to reduce heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes.
OVER IN THE RED CORNER…
Think strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries or blueberries – eaten whole, baked in a tart or cheesecake, or blended in a smoothie.
Delivering: A powerful punch of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Capable of: Reducing inflammation and the risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as helping minimise some immune type disorders. Berries can also help aid digestion. A true super food!
OVER IN THE DARK GREEN CORNER…
“DARK LEAFY GREENS (DLG’s)”
Think Popeye – that spinach certainly made his physique look mighty healthy! DLG’s also include swiss chard, bok choy, turnip greens and kale and can be enjoyed on their own as a plated vegetable, in baking, or again in a smoothie or an ingredient in salad.
Delivering: A beneficial belt of fibre, vitamin C and magnesium.
Capable of: Reducing the chances of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and may protect against certain types of cancers. DLG’s can also help with chronic illnesses.
OVER IN THE YELLOW CORNER…
What can’t eggs do? Well known for their nutritional benefits they can be poached, fried, baked, scrambled, blended into smoothies or cut up into a salad. So versatile!
Delivering: An eggceptional thump of good fats, high quality proteins, as well as minerals, vitamins and various trace nutrients.
Capable of: Raising your good HDL cholesterol (yes, you read that right), while changing your bad LDL cholesterol. So, don’t believe all the negative press about eggs and cholesterol! They are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, the antioxidants responsible for helping to reduce the risk of eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
OVER IN THE WHITE CORNER…
Aside from being a great vampire repellent, garlic packs a real punch of flavour and can be consumed on a daily basis.
Delivering: A wonderful wallop of antioxidants, vitamins B6 and C, as well as selenium and manganese.
Capable of: Fighting the common cold! That’s certainly a super hero quality! Along with helping prevent high blood pressure, certain forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
OVER IN THE BROWN CORNER…
Think almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios and more.
Delivering: A fistful of healthy fats, protein and fibre, as well as magnesium and vitamin E.
Capable of: Helping to prevent a number of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol (factors in metabolic syndrome). Studies have also shown that people who eat nuts live longer. Sign us up!
OVER IN THE PINK CORNER…
Well known for being full of heathy fats and delicious as well!
Delivering: A nutritional burst of omega-3 fatty acids, along with vitamin B12, choline and selenium.
Capable of: Improving brain functionality, including neurological and cognitive health.
Now, there are a few other foods which could be considered truly worthy of the superfood title, such as legumes, certain seeds, green tea and kefir, but we think we’ve highlighted a selection of the best. Your goal now is to figure out which superfoods have the qualities to help YOU get match fit and ready for your best health and then put them to the test. With these foods fighting in your corner, you’ve got better odds than most!