What are Superfoods?
Superfoods are foods with very high nutritional value but with minimal calories.
Some of the more popular superfoods are sweet potato, avocado, kale, and goji berries.
1. Sweet Potato
It is an excellent source if vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C and potassium. The antioxidant activity of sweet potatoes increases with colour intensity of the flesh.
Highest antioxidant contents in coloured varieties, particularly, purple, deep orange and red sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index, more fibre, contain excellent amount of vitamin A than regular potatoes.
Avocado is a green, pear shaped fruit often called an “alligator pear”. It is loaded with healthy fats, fibre and 20 different vitamins and minerals.
It contains more potassium than banana, which is essential in supporting healthy blood pressure level.
Studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like total LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) as well as blood triglycerides.
Kale is extremely high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that has many important roles in the body.
A single cup of raw kale contains more vitamin C than an orange.
According to study, steaming kale dramatically increases the bile acid binding effect and lower cholesterol level in the body.
Steamed kale is actually 43% as potent as cholestyramine, a cholesterol-lowering drug that functions in a similar way.
4. Goji Berry
Good source of vitamins & minerals, including: Vitamin C, Fibre, Iron, Vitamin A, Zinc, Antioxidants
Contain all 8 essential amino acids.
Antioxidants for eyes and skin, high in antioxidants, zeaxanthin.
Goji berry is a perfect substitute to other dried fruits with higher sugar content. A handful of goji berries (28g) has only 23 calories.