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A Quick One...All About Super-Foods

Posted on March 06, 2014 by Admin

As we're sure you know, its gourmet week at Great Little Breaks. We kicked off our week with some insightful info on judging restaurants and what it means to be 'gourmet'. We have also explored some of the world's most well-known chefs. We even had Pancake Day at the Great Little Breaks office on Shrove Tuesday in our own attempt to be gourmet!

So as the title suggests, today is a quick one- all about Super Foods.

All food has some nutritional value, but some have more than other. You've all heard about food groups and the importance of a balanced diet. There are fats, sugars, vegetables and minerals, etc, etc. Then there are Super Foods.

Super Foods are foods with certain health benefits. Experts say that there are dozens of easily-found super foods that may help ward off conditions such as heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol and much more. Here are just some examples.

Blueberries- Possibly the most well known super food, blueberries are favoured for being full of antioxidants. These little berries are also high in potassium as well as vitamin c, making them the top choice of nutritionists and doctors- they have a whole host of benefits.

Omega-3 rich fish- Another well known super food, fish rich in omega-3 such as salmon, herring, and mackerel can potentially lower the risk of heart disease and arthritis, and there is some evidence that they can reduce depression as well.

Apples- With over 7,500 varieties grown around the world, there's no excuse for not grabbing bags full of apples. They are packed full of antioxidants, a great source of vitamin c, and also contain a form of soluble fibre called pectin that can help to lower cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy.

Beans- This well known food is packed with nutritional value, with plenty of protein, fibre, iron, and calcium. They also contain carbohydrates that are of the low GI variety. Baked beans also hold high nutritional value, with the tomato sauce being high in lycopene, another powerful antioxidant.

Broccoli- This under-rated vegetable is hated by many, but has some great nutritional benefits. Broccoli is said to help combat cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It contains many nutrients, such as folate, soluble and insoluble fibre, vitamins C and A, and calcium, which are needed for numerous functions in the body.

Super foods should not be solely relied on, although they are great to include in a healthy and balanced diet. Although some super foods have proven benefits, some suggested effects are just claims and have not been proven.

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