It is strong and looks incredibly good. Nothing can stop its concentrated energy. No, we are not talking about Superman, but rather superfood. Representatives of this nutritional wonder do not necessarily look as good as Superman when, for instance, our favourites ginger and turmeric come to mind, but they at least make you fit and active just the same. Not only is the term superfood literally on everyone’s lips, but also foodstuffs are labelled as such. But what makes superfood so attractive?
Using ginger and turmeric as an example, you can see what makes a superfood stand out. Admittedly, there is no fixed definition of the term, but all superfoods share one thing: They are purported to have a positive effect on health and well-being. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, improves alertness, strength, and concentration, and is even purported to protect against cancer. When it comes to health-promoting characteristics, it is not inferior to turmeric in any way: it boasts anti-oxidants, stimulates and protects organs, and is purported to be good for the eyes, teeth and brain.
Superfoods generally seem to protect against all things that people are afraid of, whether it is Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, or heart damage. As a matter of fact, Goji berries, pomegranates, and shiitake mushrooms contain many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are lost in our daily diet due to over-cultivation or improper preparation. Superfoods make the consumer feel good about doing something for their health and are furthermore impressive due to their often-exotic taste. Therefore, many consumers are ready to pay a high price for these popular foods which, in the case of Acai berries, quinoa, and papaya, must undergo an additional transport route and are often very expensive. A kilo of popular chia seeds can cost between 20 and 40 euros.
But super healthy and extremely delicious foods can also be found in this part of the world. It seems that many food bloggers have forgotten about domestic, nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
Not only do they provide us with valuable secondary plant substances, vitamin C and K, along with numerous trace elements, they are also easy to obtain and low-priced. Like chia seeds, linseeds and hemp seeds are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids and promote digestion. Instead of acerola cherry and camu camu, sour cherries, blueberries, and rose hips also provide a lot of vitamin C. And even if it seems that berries with exotic names are indispensable for a healthy diet, this saying still holds true: an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
A combination of domestic and exotic superfoods can be easily integrated into daily meals and spice up normal dishes and snacks. Superfoods are versatile and provide that healthy kick to all foods. The examples of turmeric and ginger show that they can be used every day in many different variations for taste and health... For instance, you can start the day healthy and fresh with turmeric-ginger tea. At noon and in the evening, Asian dishes especially can be superbly seasoned with ginger and turmeric. Even desserts that are refined with them are impressive due to the exciting, pleasurable contrast.