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superfood:What’s all this fuss about?

Janet Yu 2016-12-25 13:56

Hemp seeds, Acai berries, chia seeds, maca, spirulina, goji... If you're not familiar with these names then they might sound like ingredients to brew a witch's potion.

Together, they make up the bulk of this trendy family of 'wholefoods' - gushingly touted by enthusiasts as a cure-all. From there came the term of “superfood”, which is a buzzword for the nutritionally dense food with supposedhealth bene ts. They're likely to have suprior sources of fibre, protein, UFA, antioxidants, amino acids or so. Though there isn't an official scientific definition of what exactly a superfood entails, nor solid evidence of its profound health effects, let's go see how people eat them before digging any deeper into the nutritional theories!

Acai Bowl—Brazil

With acai blended into a smoothie base, the real fun lies in the toppings. You have endless choices of fruits, grains, nuts or seeds to make it perfect for your appetite, and INSTAGRAM #breakfast post.



High levels of antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins have made Acai berries an even better choice than blueberries. This reddish-purple fruit is native to rain-forests in South America, thus typically sold frozen or in powders outside Brazil. Being made into Acai Bowls is the most prevail- ing and prettiest way to add it to your diet.


Hemp seed—East Asia

Hemp seeds have virtually no trace of the psychoactive ingredient in their controversial cousin. Rather, it is an excellent sources of protein, bre, and fatty acids. At least a third of the seeds are pure protein, even higher than that of soy beans. Just simply sprinkle them on your salad, cereal, stir fries or add some to the dippings.


Goji berry—China

In China, it's commonly believed that goji berries can protect your eyesight, but this is not exactly why the rest of theworldhasfalleninlovewithgoji.We can't tell how the hype started, but people overseas take goji as a powerful anti-aging food and are starting to add them to their granola, porridge, and acai bowls.


Bee Pollen—Mexico

Propolis is already popular, but have you heard of bee pollen? Bees collect and ferment the pollen from owers, like what we do to bread, to produce bee bread - so bee pollen is somewhat of a misnomer. Enthusiasts consider it to be the most nutritionally complete food ever found in nature.


Chia seed—Mexico

Salmon is considered to have the most omega-3 fatty acids. But if you go vegan, chia seeds can ll out the vacancy.

                                                            Chia seed




Grown in the Andes, maca is a root vegetable that has been consumed for 5,800 years. It has established some reputation in China recently as a libido enhancer. But maca to Peruvians is simply like ginseng to the Chinese - it balances your body for a healthy day to day life.

Coco—Latin America

Best known as the much beloved avour of desserts, cacao is starting to gain a reputation for its nutritious properties. Though the "black chocolate can help weight loss" theory doesn't make any sense, pure cacao is still good for the heart and circulation. Just do remember to choose the raw or non-alkalized version, otherwise it would be cocoa but not "cacao"instead.


Raw Cacao Acai Smoothie

The bitterness of cacao powder, fruitiness of acai berries and earthy flavour of maca are worthy additons to your regular smoothie recipes. Sprinkle some hemp seeds on top to finish and get ready for the energy boost!


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