Superfood refers to a special class of nutrient-dense foods. They provide more essential vitamins, minerals, plus antioxidants and phytochemicals than average foods. Each year, health experts list down the best (and most popular) superfoods of the year. Without further ado, below is the list of this year’s superfoods:
1. Daikon Radish
Daikon radish is often utilized in Asian cuisine. It’s loaded with sulfur compounds that purify the liver. It also promotes hormonal balance in women. Daikon radish is also packed with vitamin C and B. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system and protects from infections. Vitamin B protects from inflammation. Daikon radish also aids in digestion, suppresses the appetite and cuts the risk of respiratory and liver disease.
Fermented foods are a mainstay in superfood lists. This year, kimchi made it to the list because it contains high levels of probiotic. Beneficial bacteria aid in digestion, boost the immune system and protect from digestive disorders. A regular consumption of kimchi also reduces the risk of inflammatory diseases like ulcer, arthritis or gout.
3. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is teeming with antioxidants. It’s also loaded with phenethylamine. This organic compound improves mood and prevents PMS in women. Dark chocolate also contain essential nutrients that keep the heart healthy. If you can’t get past the bitterness, pair dark chocolates with raspberries. The berries will offset the bitterness.
Spirulina is a green powder derived from algae grown in clean water. It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It’s packed with vitamin A, B, and C. It’s also loaded with essential fatty acids, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It was none other than NASA – the US Space agency – that voted spirulina as a superfood. It’s one of the few foods that can be cultivated in space. It’s so nutrient dense, astronauts rely on spirulina for their complete nutrition.
5. Dandelion Greens
Dandelion greens should be a mainstay in salads because they packed with vitamin A, B, C and K. This vegetable contains fiber, calcium, and manganese. It helps cleanse the liver and the gut too. Dandelion greens prevent digestive disorders and promote better nutrition.
6. Black Rice
For years, brown rice was the most popular grain among dieters. But this year, the crown goes to black rice, the unrefined version of brown rice. Black rice is packed with anthocyanins – antioxidants that protect from oxidative stress and aging. It contains the same amount of antioxidants as blueberries! Regular consumption of black rice also keeps the heart and arteries healthy!
7. Clarified Butter
You read that right, butter made it to this year’s list of superfoods. Often maligned for its fat content, clarified butter is a great source of essential fats. It even protects from cardiovascular diseases. Studies show that women who eat foods with clarified butter have lower rates of heart disease as oppose to those who shunned butter from their diet.
It’s easy to incorporate clarified butter to everyday meals. We recommend adding a teaspoon of butter to your morning coffee. The butter will impart a richer, more complex flavor to your drink. Butter will also give your morning Joe a nutritious punch. You can also use clarified butter in place of vegetable oil for stir-fry.