Every week we see a new article claiming the latest benefits of the newest super food. However, eating these superfoods in isolation will not show benefits and so should always be consumed within a balanced diet. Superfoods work synergistically within a whole food, healthful diet.
We are all biochemically and genetically different and so a key part of what makes food so super is
down to who is consuming it. There’s a reason why different cultures eat different foods and
it’s because that’s what we’ve genetically evolved to eat. Respecting our heritage ingredients is one of the most effective ways to restore our health and respect our environment. So before we reach for a goji berry, lets not overlook the humble British blackcurrant. What many of us don’t know is that blackcurrants have a considerable amount more vitamin C than goji berries and, being local, have a reduced carbon footprint.
Here are some other superfood stars which you might even find in your own garden or local hedgerows:
Apples- many of us overlook the classic daily apple as being more super ordinary rather than
superfood but apples are high in fibre, potassium and vitamin C, they have anti-bacterial properties,
can assist with diarrhoea and constipation, and can improve lung function. I always carry pureed
apple on holiday to assist in ‘traveller tummy’ situations.
Oats- can lower cholesterol due to beta glucan, a soluble fibre, and are rich in b vitamins and
numerous minerals. Oats also work to balance blood sugar levels, and so are a
fantastic start to the day and much more cost effective than commercial cereals.
Blueberry v. Acai berry- acai berries have become very popular in recent years as the latest super
berry claiming to increase libido and aid weight loss but when compared against the blueberry, they
both contain antioxidant properties and considering we can grow blueberries here whereas we have
to import acai from South America, it seems more planet friendly and cost effective to stick to
blueberries as a great snack or breakfast topping.
Tomatoes- a fantastic source of vitamins A, C and K and minerals such as potassium and manganese,
tomatoes are also a potent antioxidant which increases when cooked. To get the best from your
tomatoes, heat into a delicious sauce or use the paste form.
Oranges- often overlooked in the fruit bowl in favour of more exotic alternatives, oranges not only
contain Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, but also vitamin A and flavanoids which can have anti-
inflammatory properties in the body. Consuming oranges can also inhibit the formation of kidney
stones and some studies show it can help those with asthma.