Superfoods: fact or fiction?

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Four foods endorsed by health professionals for high nutrient content and dietary value

Many health professionals have cautioned against believing all the hype around so-called superfoods. What do they all agree on? That these nutrient-rich foods do have a multitude of benefits, and should be incorporated into a healthy nutrition plan. Some superfoods contain antioxidants and healthy fats, while others are provide powerful plant-based proteins.

  1. Dry goods that keep well and eat well

Endorsed by the American Heart Association, beans all varieties are affordable and healthy. Considered a great source of protein, beans also contain fibre, phytonutrients and magnesium. Similarly, legumes have the same benefits and are also quite economical; a great staple that every household can afford and enjoy.

Nuts and seeds are lauded for high protein values, and contain unsaturated fats (the good kind); try and keep to the unsalted variety to get the best out of your snack. One more dry good that is versatile and healthy? Oats. A great whole grain source of dietary fibre, oats can help to lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.

  1. Fruits and veggies that taste and feel great

Eating healthy is easy when you have great tasting options. A general rule of thumb that is accepted by health professionals is that richly-pigmented – brightly coloured – fruits and veggies are terrific additions to your daily meals.

Berries, chock full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, improve digestion, and also reduce the risks of heart disease and other conditions. Dark, leafy greens, low in calories and carbohydrates, are probably the most versatile and easy to incorporate into a daily meal plan. Two easy suggestions? Spinach and kale are great both fresh and cooked, and offer a wide variety of benefits including vitamin C, zinc, iron and magnesium, to name only a few.

Conscientious eating is a great way to boost your healthy and active lifestyle. A diverse nutrition plan not only fuels your daily workouts, eating well is a great preventative health measure for all!

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