There is no official definition of a “superfood” and the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence. The closest you’ll get to an approved definition is from The Oxford Dictionary. Which states that a superfood is a “nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and wellbeing”.
So far there’s been all kinds of weird and wacky superfoods from yuzi fruit and chai seeds to acacia berries and seaweed. With so many superfoods having their moment in the spotlight, then fading away it’s hard to work out what’s the latest marketing ploy and what really are the best foods to eat?
To tackle this we’ve summarised advice from the British Dietetic Association on the top 5 real superfoods to include in your diet.
Yep – first on the list is apples!
Fibre is essential for a healthy digestive system. Apple flesh contains a soluble fibre called pectin, which can help bind cholesterol and lower blood cholesterol levels. That’s why it’s best to eat apples with the skin on as it provides a great source of insoluble fibre as well as vitamin C.
Yoghurt is an excellent source of protein, calcium, potassium, zinc and vitamins B6 and B12.
Calcium is essential for women’s bone health, and it’s recommended that an adult woman consumes three dairy foods a day, so a pot of yoghurt is an easy and portable option.
Pulses are a great low-fat protein source providing carbohydrates, fibres and iron. Which helps with bowel health and longer term digestive problems. The fibre found in pulses has also been found to help with lowering blood pressure.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cranberries not only taste good but they’re good for you as well. Moreover, they’re high in folic acid and vitamin C which are both brilliant anti-oxidants.
If you’re looking to save some pennies then frozen berries are good alternative to fresh and are often cheaper.
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