Superfoods – myth or magic?
Are you buying the superfood hype; either literally or figuratively? These foods have been in the press for the last few years but recently new magic morsels have been added including lentils, quinoa, chills and green tea.
Its worth remembering there is no official definition of a “superfood” and the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence.
So do certain foods deserve that badge of honour?
What makes a food ‘Super'; they often contain higher than average amounts of antioxidants or compounds that can keep the body healthy and potentially help fight some diseases. In that respect foods like blueberries, broccoli, oily fish, beetroot juice, dark chocolate and to a lesser extent red wine all deserve praise as they have high levels of compounds like polyphenols and flavonoids
But so do blackberries, carrots, apples, oats, nuts, red cabbage, raspberries, flaxseeds, and most fruits and vegetables. And importantly they are often cheaper than their ‘superfood’ cousins
The superfood debate got the attention of BBC radio Leicester, so I joined them for a discussion along with Sangita the owner of a local Leicester deli.
Click here to listen to the interview (15 minutes)
Go for variety and moderation; the occasional treat is fine
Drink within safe alcohol limits (max 14 units a week) a small glass (125ml) of red wine can be beneficial
Stay hydrated with the original ‘superfood'; Water
In other words adopt a more Mediterranean diet that includes plenty of wholegrain, pulses, vegetables, fruit and olive oil and you will feel “SUPER“