Everyday Super Foods
Super foods are pure unprocessed whole foods that have a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are nutritional power-houses that have a high phytochemical/phytonutrient content, which is known to have disease-fighting properties. Phytochemicals/Phytonutrients can strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes to name a few.
What are Phytonutrients/Phytochemicals?
They are chemicals in plants – apart from vitamins, minerals and macronutrients – that are incredibly beneficial to our bodies. The term ”phyto” comes from the Greek word meaning plant. There are thousands of them and they have various functions. They can be antioxidants, boost the immune system, be anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and help with cellular repair. Fruits and vegetables that are brightly coloured tend to have high concentrations of these chemicals and the highest concentrations are usually found in their skins. Examples of phytonutrients you may have heard about are lycopene in tomatoes, carotenoids in carrots and anthocyanins in berries.
What we eat has an incredible impact on our bodies and even our lives. Our diet affects how we feel, our mood and energy levels to name a few and if we follow a healthy diet, it can help guard against so many diseases. Eating a wide variety of healthy foods, including super foods helps to ensure that we give our bodies the best – and of course whenever possible, try to eat organic super foods.
Heart Healthy Foods
There are some items that are particularly good for your heart - containing nutrients that help prevent heart disease, lower bad cholesterol levels and generally keep the heart ship shape. To learn more about these wonderful groceries to include in your next shopping trip, please click here.
Meet the Top Super Foods
Below is a list of the more common, easily obtained super foods that we can easily find in our stores most months of the year. To find out more about the functions of certain vitamins and minerals, you can go to the handy
vitamin and mineral chart.
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