Superfood is a well worn word these days. A google search of “5 best superfoods you should be eating” came up with 7,320,000 search results, demonstrating how hot a topic it is. Interestingly if you were to look through a few of these articles, you notice a wide disparity in what makes up the top 5.
Some writers include everyday foods like broccoli, blueberries, kale, fermented or sprouted foods on their list. Others go into obscure territory putting forth superfoods which no-one has heard of like sacha inchi, matcha or macqui.
Our list of 5 probably sits somewhere in the middle. Superfood is a a pretty subjective terms, certainly there are everyday food items that have “super” nutritional profiles, such as those mentioned above. Ours listed below though, certainly go beyond super, to extraordinary in nutritional profile and significantly they’re relatively well known and available.
5 Best Superfoods
Here in Australia and New Zealand, hemp protein powder is not actually approved for human consumption, meaning that it’s sale is intended as food for animals or for external use only. Nonetheless if you were to eat it, Hemp protein (and hemp foods in general) qualify as quite possibly the best superfood on the planet. Of all vegan sources of protein, hemp is of the highest quality, containing all of the essential amino acids. When processed without heat, hemp protein also retains much of its extraordinary levels of essential fatty acids. Among all foods, hemp has the closest to perfect ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp is also one of the few food sources (other than meat) that contains high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) a critically important fat which protects against chronic diseases.
Whether consumed as cacao powder, cacao nibs or cacao butter, this is one superfood you have to eat. Mind you espousing raw chocolate to include in your diet isn’t hard, doesn’t pretty much everyone love chocolate?
Cacao is a complete food , from it’s protein content, it’s abundance of healthy fats, through to it’s micronutrient content it can hardly be bettered. Significantly, cacao is renowned for it high magnesium and iron content, so often found to be deficient in blood analysis. As an antioxidant food, cacao is in the top echelon and has earned a reputation as a healthy heart promoter due to it’s oleic acid and flavonoid content which improve the cardiovascular system.
A less commonly known superfood which rates mention because it rivals the more exotic acai berry for antioxidant value, yet can be bought for a fraction of the cost of acai berry. Whats more, it is a versatile food as it can be simply added to a glass or water for a refreshing weak-lemonade-like drink, or added to smoothies or non-dairy yogurt to give some nice thickness. It’s also great added to oatmeal. Among it’s many nutritional highlights, it’s renowned particularly as an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C and fiber.
4. Bee Pollen
You can certainly make a solid argument for Bee pollen being the most complete food on the plant. It is comprised of some 40% highly digestible protein and contains the highest quality of vitamins in any known food.
It boasts an incredible levels of antioxidants, along with the ability to be able to move the body towards healthy blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels by increasing our proportion of high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Finally, bee pollen is also highly renowned for it’s antibiotic-like properties, further making it a valuable food for preserving good health.
5. Goji Berries
Surely any top 5 Superfoods list, must include goji berries. Not only do they absolutely fit the bill as a superfood, they’re a food that pretty anyone loves the taste of.
Reverved in China for thousands of years, modern science has begun to demonstrate its claim of being able to strengthen the immune system and provide antioxidant protection from free radicals in our bodies . Goji berries are also considered to have powerful “adaptogen” qualities, meaning they invigorates and strengthens all bodily systems.
Finally, Goji Berries are a complete protein, containing in fact 18 amino acids, along with carotenoids, vitamins A, C, and E, and more than 20 other trace minerals and vitamins.