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Can Superfoods Make Me Prettier and Healthier?

Can Superfoods Make Me Prettier and Healthier?

But wait, there’s no such thing as a superfood

 

 

It was around 2011 or 2012 when I first heard the term superfood. The then-beauty editor of the magazine I used to work for was working on a story about a specific super: açaí berry, a reddish-purple berry native to Central and South America. With regular consumption, it boasts benefits like improved skin appearance and weight loss. Of course, not all these claims are supported by academic research. But its exotic name and nature, and expensiveness were enough to create a desire and then demand among the health and beauty conscious.

 

“Though many foods could be described as super, it’s important to understand that there is no single food that holds the key to good health or disease prevention,” explained Ansley Hill of Healthline. Açaí berries likely contain the same nutrients found in more common types of berries, like blueberries, cranberries and strawberries. Aa·saa·ee just sounds fancier.

 

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What is a superfood anyway?

“Superfoods are foods—mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy—that are thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health. Blueberries, salmon, kale and acai are just a few examples of foods that have garnered the ‘superfood’ label (Live Science)”

 

However, many dieticians and nutritionists agree that superfood was coined for marketing purposes. Who wouldn’t want to add super ingredients to their diet if it promised better health and glowing skin? And all you have to do is eat it!

 

Why not make your diet super instead?

Consuming nutritionally dense food in different varieties and in the right quantities should be the goal. Because a healthier and prettier you is the result of a healthy balanced diet. Herewith, some ingredients to add to your fare and why:

 

WhatWhyWhere
Blueberries or any type of berryRich in vitamins, soluble fiber and phytochemicals. May reduce the risk of certain heart conditions in young womenAvailable in Gerald.ph, The Green Grocer, Earth Origins
Kale or any dark leafy greenDark vegetables are loaded with vitamins A, C and K, as well as fiber, calcium and other mineralsAvailable in select supermarkets (also available at Pasig Public Market for P100/kg) 
BeansSource of low-fat protein, contains insoluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol and loads of vitamins and trace minerals such as manganeseCanned variants are available in leading supermarkets
Nuts and seedsHas high levels of minerals and healthy fatsAvailable in leading supermarkets
Salmon and other fatty fish like sardines and mackerelRich in omega-3 fatty acidsAvailable in leading supermarkets
EggsHas B vitamins, choline, selenium, vitamin A, iron and phosphorus. Also loaded with high-quality proteinAvailable in leading supermarkets and select convenience stores
GarlicGood source of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and fiberAvailable in leading supermarkets and select convenience stores
AvocadoHas fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fatsAvailability depends on seasonality. Also available in The Green Grocer
MushroomsMost variants contain vitamin A, potassium, fiber and antioxidants not present in most foodsCanned and fresh variants available in leading supermarkets
Green TeaRich in antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds (anti-inflammatory)Available in leading supermarkets

 

Good health and pretty are achieved with the help of a variety of nutritious foods, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. For best results, consult with your doctor.

 

 

Art Alexandra Lara

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Cat lady turned mom. Thoroughly domesticated.

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