It seems like every year there’s a new superfood on the shelves – magical berries from far off lands that can cure all that ails you. Please don’t believe the hype. The term “superfood” is purely and exclusively a marketing term used to justify high prices on seemingly exotic food. While there’s no doubt that foods like acai berries and agave nectar surely do have high levels of nutrients, so do many other products you can get at the supermarket for a fraction of the price! Here are four great examples:
All types of berry are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. If you buy them frozen, you can get them much cheaper than fresh and they are just as good for you. Typically 500g of frozen berries – be it mixed berries, blueberries, or raspberries – will be about a fifth of the price of the latest fad berry!
Spinach holds its own next to any so-called superfood. It contains high levels of vitamin K, vitamin C, beta-carotene, iron, lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients are important for eye, bone and cardiovascular health as well as immune function. On top of that, spinach is very cheap, especially when you buy it in the larger, unwashed bags.
Another dark green leafy vegetable (you can’t really go wrong with these), kale has a highly impressive nutrient profile. It is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and copper, and it also has the highest levels of lutein of any food. Kale has been shown in studies to lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health – particularly when steamed (5 minutes steaming time will be enough).
Studies show that ginger is effective in reducing nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness in pregnancy. It contains compounds called gingerols, which have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and help reduce pain in people with arthritis. They may also help limit tumour growth in people with colon cancer. Ginger is cheap and available year round.
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