A new year means new superfoods to consume. Here are 8 superfoods for 2018.
Spiced up superfoods
Welcome 2018 with a new list of superfoods to warm your plate. Foods like kale, cauliflower, and goji berries have been the superfoods of previous years. For 2018, the list has been spiced up a bit.
Registered dietitian Nicole Osinga thinks sometimes the term superfood can be a bit misleading. “It can exaggerate the healthful properties of food.” She says, “Of course, a number of foods are healthy, however, we have this image or mythology that certain foods are so highly nutritious and extra special that they’re worth spending a ton of money on.”
Another registered dietitian, , Shahzadi Devje adds obsessing over these foods draws the attention away from your whole diet.
“In this era of instant gratification, we’re always on the hunt for quick fix solutions,” she says. “And terms like superfoods appeal to the masses. I am afraid there are no quick-fix solutions here. Enjoy a variety of foods daily, and by all means, mix things up and enjoy the experience of eating.”
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Glee for ghee. Southwest Asians have been using it for years. It has been touted to have many health benefits, including reducing inflammation, increasing metabolism, and supporting heart health.
Devje points out that it’s important to point out most of the data comes from animal studies. “However, because of its high saturated fat content, ghee has been accused for causing the increased incidence of heart disease in South Asians.”
Osinmga says walnut oils have a fantastic fatty acid profile that many of us can use more of. “I would regard nuts as a superfood but not necessarily a nut oil because you can derive all the benefits from the actual nut,” says Devje.
First, sorghum is an ancient grain. It’s one of the top five cereal crop sin the world. Devje says, “It’s definitely nutrient-dense and provides protein, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and fibre.”
Osinga adds it is a good option for people who have celiac disease.
“Cumin is rich in iron, potassium and zinc, and is often considered to have health boosting properties, but so do other herbs and spices in your pantry. Yes, it’s a spice you’d want to have in your cupboard to bring flavour and few nutrients to your recipes, but I wouldn’t obsess over it and award it with superfood status,” Devje says.
Osinga adds that it has been said to help with blood sugar regulation and digestion, but like watermelon seeds, we don’t consume enough of it to reap those benefits.
These seeds might get as big as sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Devje says it’s for good reason. “Watermelon seeds are packed with protein, B-vitamins, magnesium and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.”
You can sprinkle them on salads or add them to oatmeal. But you’re going to eat a lot of them to reap from their full benefits. “We already know that nuts and seeds are good for our health in reasonable amounts. But I wouldn’t call one type of seed a superfood over another.” says Osinga.