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What makes a food a superfood? Basically, superfoods have more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, good fats and/or amino acids than ordinary foods.

 

Most are fruits, seeds or plants of some type. Some have already been in use for – or rediscovered after – centuries. Many superfoods are crops traditionally used specifically for their healthful properties by tribes that lived side by side with nature. In other words, they’re definitely worth a closer look.

 

Here’s a short but sweet superfood overview:

 

  • Goji berries

 

Goji berries are native to Mongolia and Tibet. They contain 18 different amino acids and more than 20 different minerals including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium and phosphorous. Their claim to fame is giving the immune system a healthy boost.

 

  • Quinoa

 

Quinoa is a crop name covering at least a hundred different varieties. Contrary to what most people think, it’s not actually part of the grain family; in fact, one of quinoa’s big advantages is that it’s 100% gluten free. What it does offer are folic acid, lots of dietary fibre and protein.

 

  • Chia seeds

 

The word ‘chia’ derives from chain, from the language of the Nahua Aztec tribe. Native to Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds are chock-full of the healthy fats your body needs.

 

  • Camu Camu

 

This plant grows as a bush along riverbanks in Peru, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador and Bolivia. Camu Camu has the highest known percentage of vitamin C of any crop in the world! 

oor zover bekend het hoogste gehalte vitamine c ter wereld!

Published: Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:54


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