There are foods out there that are good, some that are great, and others that are actually super. These “superfoods” can help build bones, prevent chronic illnesses, improve eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp. Best of all, these nutritious foodstuffs can even help you stay in good shape.
Here are just a few of these amazing superfoods you should hear about.
Avocados might be a little high in fat, but if you look at their nutritional value, you’ll see that they contain monosaturated fat, which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. They can also help regenerate blood and tissue, stabilize blood sugar, and are great for people suffering from heart disorders. That’s not to mention the fact that they’re packed with fiber — 11 to 17 grams of the stuff — as well as lutein, which can help the eyes and skin.
For hundreds of years, people have used flaxseeds for medicinal and health reasons. The actual seed itself has a ton of great nutritional value to it. It’s a great protein, has awesome fatty acids, and even has minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Not to mention all the fiber flaxseeds have.
If you’re looking for an awesome way to get protein without any of the saturated fat found in other protein sources, like red meat, then look no further than your standard black bean. Not only are they delicious, just one cup of black beans packs a staggering 15 grams of satisfying protein.
The key to being healthier is to swap not-so-nutritious foods with healthier ones. Nowadays, people are eating more caloric, fatty, salty, sugary foods. The average daily amount of calories being consumed per person in the marketplace increased by about 600 calories from 1970 to 2008. Not to mention the fact that the average American adult drinks about 500 cans of soda each year — which is about 52 pounds of sugar being consumed in soft drinks alone — or that about 90% of Americans eat more sodium than experts recommend for a healthy diet.
Don’t underestimate the nutritional value of superfoods. They may be just what some people need to stay fit. They’re called superfoods for a reason. If you know of any other tips for healthy eating, feel free to share them in the comments.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.