Many millennials today are interested in foods that are organic, natural and healthy. However, many youngsters lack clarity in terms of the nutritional content in these foods and tend to either ignore a specific category or overindulge in another. It is important to know what exactly works and doesn’t work for you. For many of us are keen on embarking on a healthy lifestyle, superfoods will help boost health and give you the desired results. However, make sure to seek expert advice for what best suits your desired nutritional requirements.
Some of the simple yet highly nutritional superfoods include:
Coconut oil: Coconut oil has seen a surge in popularity in recent years due to many touted health benefits. “Coconut oil as a source of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) aids digestion. Recent researches have also shown a positive influence of coconut oil to help support cognitive function of patients with Alzheimer’s, this improvement is dependent on sex, presence or absence of diabetes and degree of dementia. Research has shown that it is also beneficial in reducing visceral fat (waist circumference). Coconut oil can be used for cooking,” says Sheryl Salis, dietician and diabetes educator.
How to use coconut oil: Cold Pressed virgin coconut oil can be used for even salad dressings or stir-frying.
Moringa: Commonly recognized as the drumstick tree, Moringa has a myriad of health benefits to offer. The dried powder from the leaves has the most nutritional benefits and medicinal properties. “If you are looking for a food that helps support immunity, reduces inflammation and provides antimicrobial effects, then your search ends at moringa,” Sheryl says.
How to use moringa: The best methods of incorporating Moringa into your meals are by either preparing soups or along with vegetables.
Quinoa: Believed to be ‘the mother of all grains’, this superfood is gluten-free and a complete protein. Quinoa contains twice as much fibre as other grains and helps cut down the risk of hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. It is rich in copper, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and is a good source of manganese which helps manage pre-menstrual syndrome.
How to use quinoa: It is a very versatile grain which can be substituted for rice. Include quinoa as part of your breakfast – poha, upma or even a porridge as part of your power breakfast!
Green Coffee: Green coffee beans are the unroasted beans which preserve Chlorogenic acid (CGA), lost to a great extent during the roasting of coffee beans and are packed with antioxidants. “This reduces the absorption of carbohydrates; thus helping regulate blood sugar and insulin spikes – lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. It is also beneficial in weight management,” Sheryl explains.
How to use green coffee: A number of supermarkets have green coffee brands. Consult with a dietician and choose the one that’s best for you.