When it comes to health not all foods are created equal and unfortunately a lot of our modern-day foods fall firmly into the unhealthy category. The ever-increasing degree of processing that our foods go through is rapidly reducing all the nutrients that were once naturally abundant.
However, the good news is that at the other end of the spectrum there are a group of foods which have exceptional health benefits, otherwise known as superfoods!
Superfoods are foods that have either unique or exceptionally elevated levels of health promoting nutrients and we've picked out the top 5.
Fermented foods: Historically fermented foods were not commonly eaten in the UK, but drinks such as kefir, a fermented milk, are starting to gain popularity. Fermented foods naturally contain lots of nutrients which keep our gut microflora healthy, as well as containing high levels of vitamins such as K2, which is difficult to get in meaningful quantities from any other food source.
Dark green leafy vegetables: Not everyone’s favourite but green leafy vegetables are packed full of nutrients including the super mineral magnesium, a nutrient that is poorly represented in our modern-day diets. Try to pick the darkest green veg possible as these have the highest nutrient content, with kale and spinach being high on the list.
Oily fish: The original superfood, oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel have exceptionally high levels of the key omega 3 fats EPA and DHA which help to keep the heart, brain and eyes healthy.
Olive oil: The staple of the fabled Mediterranean diet, olive oil is high in a mono-unsaturated fat called oleic acid which has been shown to have numerous health-giving properties as well as a number of antioxidants such as hydroxytyrosol which has been shown to help reduce oxidation of cholesterol, helping to keep our hearts healthy.
Turmeric: Turmeric is all the rage at the moment and for good reason, the curcuminoids found within this root have been shown to have a number of powerful health benefits. To help increase absorption of these beneficial compounds try consuming the turmeric with a high fat meal.