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Superfoods: what are they and why do we need them?

Superfoods: what are they and why do we need them?

A healthy start to 2014


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Calgary Avansino gives Buro 24/7 exclusive tips on superfoods, for a healthy start to 2014

Although there is no scientific definition for the term, superfoods are SUPER in every way. They're nutritionally dense foods (primarily fruits and vegetables but also including some fish, nuts and grains) that have a high content of nutrients and high levels of antioxidants which reduce damage to your cells caused by free radicals - both very very good things to fight disease, slow the aging process, and aid weight loss.

You should absolutely be spoiling your body with these on a daily basis and I'm going to make it easy by simplifying them into four main categories: dark berries, dark greens, good grains, and good fats.

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Breakfast is a good place to start - add goji, blueberries and acai to everything from smoothies and muffins to yogurt and porridge - buy them whole, dried or powdered but just buy them. Dark greens are next on your to-do list with the top choices being kale, chard, spinach, broccoli and romaine. Chop them up raw and add them to salads, sauté them or steam them - greens are powerful and you will undoubtedly benefit from eating them as often as possible.

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I call the next category 'good fats', because most saturated fats are indeed very bad for you, but unsaturated and monounsaturated fats like nuts, seeds, coconuts and avocados are shining stars in the world of fat - don't be scared of them....embrace them.

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And the last of my superfoods are the gluten-free, wheat-free wonder grains quinoa, amaranth, millet and buckwheat - they'll fill you up with energy and nothing else. You have two "darks" and two "goods" to start adding to your diet, so get superfood shopping.

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