While some of the items on this list may not come as a major surprise to some readers, many nutritionists will tell you that the term ‘superfood’ is often attributed to new foods with some health benefits – however vague. However, the food items on this list are what nutritionists turn to time and time again when recommending healthier eating options and are truly worthy of the term superfood. Here are 2019’s most effective superfoods.
As gut health continues to be one of the biggest focuses of nutrition today, fermented foods are being touted by nutritionists the world over. Fermented foods such as yoghurt, sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi all assist the body in reducing inflammation and detoxing naturally. Fermented foods are also becoming more readily available owing to the trend, so you won’t need to search high and low to find what you need. There are also plenty of easy to follow recipes so that you can create your own fermented foods.
This likely won’t be news to most healthy eaters, but seeds are considered to be nutritional powerhouses by dieticians and nutritionists. They may be small, but they sure are mighty! With a wider variety currently available than ever before – think sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds – you’ll have easy access to dietary fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and healthy fats.
While quinoa became all the rage a few years ago, this isn’t the only ancient grain you should be including in your diet – much like how you should expand your Bingo horizons with this top Bingo Hall. Farro is a popular and delicious substitute for enriched pasta products and teff – which is very similar to millet – can be added to salads and grain bowls or used in baking. With so many options of wholesome grains, we are quickly running out of excuses to keep eating white rice!
Acai, Goji, Golden Berries
While dried cranberries will always be a firm favourite, it has become quite difficult to find a brand which hasn’t been soaked in fruit juice before being dried to cut down on the berry’s natural acidity. Unfortunately this process drastically ups the sugar content, which practically cancels out the health benefits. Instead, why not try acai, goji, or golden berries instead? These sweet and tart delights are packed with fibre, antioxidants, and heart-healthy fatty acids.
Jammed to the brim with healthy level of unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, nutritionists will likely always sing the praises of the humble nut. Whether you prefer almonds, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, macadamias, cashews, or hazelnuts, they are healthiest when consumed raw (or unroasted) and unsalted, and the odds are, they always tasty too.
While almond milk may in fact be the healthiest non-dairy milk alternative currently available, there has been a surge in popularity in other plant-based milk alternatives such as oat milk and rice milk. Oat milk has become so popular that the supply could barely keep up with the demand towards the end of 2018, but macadamia milk and pecan milk are quickly growing in popularity too.