Superfoods are foods that are rich in nutrients and are considered to be, well, super, for health and well-being. Although there are no official criteria for defining a food as a superfood, there are plenty of vegetables, fish, and dairy products that are nutritious enough to be labelled ‘super’.
Because superfoods are packed with nutrients, they tend to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals that help us fight illnesses and diseases. Also, because these foods are so densely nutritious, in theory, we don’t have to eat as many of them to keep fit and healthy. Awesome.
The Most Popular Superfoods
Jam-packed with vitamins, soluble fibre and phytochemicals, blueberries are probably the best-known superfood and they’re pretty damn good for you. In fact, a study published in 2013 found that they could actually reduce the risk of certain heart conditions in young women.
Another well-known superfood is kale. The leafy veg is loaded with vitamins A, C and K, fibre, calcium and tonnes of other minerals. And aside from its healthiness, it tastes pretty good, too. Stick it in the oven for a few minutes for a super-good-for-you alternative to chips.
No, we’re not talking about New Zealanders. Although all fruits are good for you, the kiwi fruit is high in vitamin C, rich in antioxidants, and contains a higher range of nutrients than other fruits. Kiwis also contain serotonin, a hormone we can thank for happiness and a good night’s sleep. A small study published in 2011 suggests that kiwis could, in fact, give those suffering from sleep disorders a better night’s sleep.
The humble-but-hairy coconut really is the superfood of 2017, according to recent studies. It’s crammed full of vitamins, fibre, and minerals such as iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. Plus, there are loads of different ways to eat and drink it. From pure coconut to oil and even coconut water, there’s no excuse not to work some coconut into your diet.
Sweet potatoes are not only a veggie that tastes kind of like a desert, but they’re actually a great replacement for that sweet treat because of their low glycemic content. They’re also packed full of fibre, vitamin A and vitamin C and it’s suspected that they’re beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and asthma.
Finally, a non-veggie superfood! Salmon contains tonnes of omega 3 fatty acids, which are known for seriously reducing the risk of heart disease. Omega 3 is also suspected to be great for enhancing brain power and helping with sun protection (although that doesn’t mean you should skip the sun cream altogether).
Where to Find Superfoods in Brisbane
Ready to get your superfood on? Here are some top-notch cafes to up your clean eating game: