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2014’s Best Superfoods
What do pomegranates, quinoa, yogurt, goji berries and hemp seeds all have in common? They’re all considered superfoods in the world of nutrition. You’ve probably heard of this term floating around the news and in conversations with your co-workers, but do you really know what these foods are?
Superfoods are generally believed to provide more health benefits than other types of foods because they are nutrient-dense in what they provide, be it antioxidants, protein, fiber, or other essential nutrients. However, according to the American Dietetic Association, the US Department of Agriculture and Health Canada, there is no appropriate labelling systems to help consumers differentiate between foods that are naturally nutrient-rich versus those that are nutrient-rich through fortification (e.g. fortified breads or cereals).
Best Superfood Choices for 2014
If you are investing money into superfoods, aim for foods that have minimal processing like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and natural meat products. Fortified superfoods tend to have high amounts of added sugar, sodium, saturated fats and other artificial ingredients that may not be beneficial to your health. If you are picking up a food product like a cereal bar, be sure to check the ingredients listed at the back. The fewer the ingredients the better. More ingredients usually mean there are more preservatives, flavourings and artificial additives in the food. Furthermore, the ingredients list is also a good indicator of what accounts for most of the product as the ingredients are listed in descending order of proportion by weight. With these handy tips, you can be on your way to choosing the right superfoods!
Super-Diet Versus Superfoods
However, instead of eating one or two superfoods on occasion, try having a super diet for a well-balanced approach. Those include having whole fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean meat products, whole grains, fish, seafood and green tea. Eating a combination of superfoods as part of your diet and incorporating exercise as part of your daily routine can provide you with great added benefits!
Superfood Trends for 2014
For 2014, look out for superfoods like beets (beet juice), turmeric, matcha, tempeh, chlorella, beans, avocado, kefir, jicama, chia, sprouts, black garlic, kelp, barley!
Short Biography: Rosanna is a nutrition and health expert and a professional home economist with a master of health science degree in Nutrition Communication from Ryerson University. She has acquired extensive experiences over the years from working in healthcare, industry, research, public health and education. Rosanna has partners with a number of notable organizations including: The Canadian Cancer Society, EatRight Ontario, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.
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