Healthy food isn’t usually associated with good taste.
Green vegetables might keep diseases at bay, however, they sure do end up traumatising your taste buds. But you’ll be surprised to know that not all healthy grub needs to be bland. We bring you a list of superfoods that delight your palate and keep your health in check too. Bon appetit.
Did you know that with their rich protein, vitamin and mineral content, eggs improve your concentration, maintain healthy weight, develop the brain, strengthen eyesight as well as prevent birth defects and breast cancer?
There’s such a thing as ‘good’ bacteria, and your dahi has an abundance of it. Additionally, yoghurt with active cultures helps treat gastrointestinal conditions like constipation, diarrhoea, lactose intolerance, colon cancer and bowel disease as well as in the prevention of osteoporosis and regulating blood pressure.
Blueberries have the highest antioxidant content of all fruit, and are rich in Vitamins A, B Complex, C and E as well as in anthocyanin, copper, selenium, zinc and iron. It is one of the best sources of antioxidants known to fight against disease, ageing, heart ailments and belly fat.
Nutrient-rich, this superfood helps those of you with blood pressure, osteoporosis, the common cold. It is believed to contribute to the control and prevention of cataracts, stomach and colon cancer, arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimers, tumours, diabetes and ageing.
If you want a better chance at fighting high cholesterol, heart disease, regulating your blood sugar, blood pressure and bowel movements, reducing the risk of getting cancer or controlling your weight, eat more oats.
Oranges are a wonderful source of Vitamin C. This simple fruit helps with asthma, kidney stones, high BP and arthritis and assists in the lowering of cholesterol and prevention of diseases like diabetes.
Both the seeds and the flesh of this superfood are bursting with benefits. The fruit itself is high in antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, K and E and is a rich source of magnesium, potassium and iron. Pumpkin seeds have been associated with treating osteoporosis, prostate problems, depression and preventing cancer.
Salmon’s high Omega-3 fatty acid content make it an unbeatable superfood. Salmon has been known to fight heart disease, decrease cancer risk, protect joints, improve mood and cognition as well as treat eye problems like dry eyes.
Spinach is a nutrient-dense food, loaded with not just iron but a whole host of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. This vegetable protects your heart, promotes gastrointestinal health and keeps your brain young and active.
Give green tea the green light if you need help with lowering your risk of cancer, easing arthritis pain, regulating cholesterol, preventing heart disease, boosting immunity, losing weight, having healthier teeth, fending off allergies and infections and reducing or preventing acne.
This superfood derives its luscious red colour from lycopene, an antioxidant that does not occur naturally in the body and has to be derived from an external food source. Tomatoes are associated with the prevention of cancer and heart disease as well as the lowering of cholesterol.
This nut, which looks like a brain, is actually good for your brain! Walnuts have also been known to do wonders for your heart, mood, bone health and weight loss as well as help in fighting insomnia, gallstones, diabetes and even cancer.
A rich source of potassium and fibre, go bananas if you want to work on lowering your blood pressure, maintaining the health of your bones, having a healthy digestive tract and preventing the development of cancer.
Flaxseed is a wonderful source of fibre, Omega-3 fatty acid and is a natural laxative. It also helps with lowering bad cholesterol and prevents diabetes. It is also an all-natural mood-lifter.
The wheatgrass is always greener! It has been known to cleanse the liver, boost production of haemoglobin, increase immunity, heal wounds, purify the blood and improve digestion.
Strawberries, apart from their superlative appearance and flavour, have several health advantages. This is an antioxidant and has been associated with cardiovascular benefits, blood sugar regulation (which plays a role in curing and treating diabetes) and fighting other diseases like cancer.