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16th Jun, 2021

What you need to know about the most popular superfoods

Editorial Correspondent 6th Jun, 2021 Updated: 6th Jun, 2021

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‘GIVE me more food to lose weight!’, this phrase from the popular series “Alf” perfectly illustrates the concept of ‘superfood’. We are talking about food, the very fact of consumption of which most people consider to be beneficial for the body. It is often used in the athlete’s diets, which results can be found at bookmaker-ratings.com/news/.

Often, marketers promoting such products play on the guilt of the consumer who, deep down in his heart, realises that it is not the most healthy lifestyle, but cannot or does not want to systematically change it. It’s not easy to quit smoking, reshape your schedule, regain proper sleep patterns, force yourself to eat on a schedule, and get balanced exercise regularly. It’s much easier to buy and eat one of those foods that are touted as symbols of healthy eating. The set of these symbols changes every five years – approximately with the same frequency, new healthy food theories appear and are popularized in the world.

They do not arise, of course, out of nowhere. Many are based on real scientific research. However, the correct presentation of the results of such studies usually does not harmonise with advertising slogans and does not lend itself well to popularisation. As a result, the mass audience assimilates two or three principles taken out of context and begins to believe in the miraculous power of the promoted food or drink. For the sake of fairness, we note that almost all of these products have many useful properties, but each of them needs to be adjusted for many nuances that are not said in advertising.

Chia seeds

This superfood is mainly due to its exceptional popularity. It has a high content of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. This substance is not synthesized in the required amount in the human body but is part of the cell membranes of blood vessels, so we must get it from food. If your parents forced you to swallow fish oil as a child, the purpose of this excruciating exercise was precisely to make up for the lack of omega 3.

Chia seeds are considered a good source of plant protein, but it is important to remember that they have double the amount of carbohydrates. If, for example, the dish is planned for dinner or is to be part of a low-carb diet, it is best not to get carried away with chia. However, this miracle food has more important disadvantages. For example, it often causes an allergic reaction. Some of the substances contained in it have the property of thinning the blood, they are prohibited for those who take aspirin or other drugs of the same drug group. Chia seeds can be dangerous for people with low blood pressure.

Turmeric

This spice is used in a variety of Indian dishes, not least because it has decontamination and anti-inflammatory properties. In ancient India, turmeric was considered a universal medicine for the poor, it helped to digest rough food and cope with bacterial infections, which are the consequences of unsanitary conditions. There are many useful components in it: iron, iodine, calcium. And the fact that curcumin is a powerful stimulant of the immune system is also true, but that is why it can be dangerous for allergy sufferers and people suffering from other autoimmune disorders.

Other superfoods

Superfoods gaining popularity include:

●      Acai berries, blueberries, goji berries

●      soy

●      green tea

●      Leafy greens

●      Salmon

●      Brazil nuts

●      Dark chocolate

 

 

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