The term superfoods is bandied around a lot these days, but what do we really mean by the term superfood?
There are lots of foods that are rich in nutrients that provide many health benefits – most fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds would fit that description as they are all high in vitamins, minerals and fibre.
However, superfoods are those foods that are proven to contain higher concentrations of nutrients and greater health benefits than most other foods. They may also include foods that are not commonly eaten as a way of encouraging their consumption.
Often superfoods are rich in phytochemicals (plant chemicals) and antioxidants. The amount of antioxidants contained in a food can be measured on the ORAC scale which refers to the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity of the food; in other words, how good the food is at mopping up damaging Free Radicals that are responsible for much cell damage and disease. Superfoods are frequently those that are high on the ORAC scale.
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