Food is one of the most vital sources of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, but some excel and provide more goodness than others. Certain nutrients are required by our bodies more than others. Hence, there is a constant quest to find a well-balanced diet.
Foods that are high in dietary fibre are classified as the "hero" for our digestive system. However, the food industry has since become more complex, with the best known and trending foods today being superfoods.
Superfoods are the rock stars of the food industry and the health world's darling, these nutrient-packed foods are useful building blocks and supplements for a healthy lifestyle.
Still, in lieu with our goal of eating well for a healthier and better New Year, and new decade, let's see which superfoods will be topping the chart this 2020.
Packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances such as unsaturated fats, Omega-3 fatty acids, Fibre, Vitamin E, Plant sterols and L-arginine.
Most nuts are often classed as superfoods, but almonds specifically are great as they help encourage blood flow and boost levels of vitamin E, which defend cells against damage.
Chlorella may be a little new on the list to most of us; it is a powerhouse algae that is growing in popularity this year due to its vast health implications and nutritional benefits. Chlorella is a complete protein with nine protein amino acids and is high in B12, as well as other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It's also known to help rid the body of toxins by binding to heavy metals.
If you're trying chlorella on for size, opt for tablets or powder to avoid the unnecessary indigestible outer shell. Add the powder to salad dressings, soups or sauces for an added health boost.
These tiny seeds pack a huge nutritional punch and will continue to top the chart in 2020; they're flexible and go with almost any kind of food preparation known. They are known as the "perfect protein" since they contain all nine amino acids, plus fibre, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids
Chia seeds are one of the most favourite among sport enthusiasts and you can use them in many culinary recipes that definitely don't stop at pudding.
Just like fibre, prebiotics are important for gut health. Over the past few years prebiotics has been getting attention and added to every snack and drink out there. Health experts foresee that practice not stopping anytime soon, especially this year.
Prebiotics are a form of indigestible plant fibres that serve as a necessary precursor food for prebiotics. You can get your boost in powdered form probiotics straight up or added into your food.
Specific foods such as sunchokes, chicory, asparagus, garlic, oats and a handful of other vegetables, herbs and grains are natural sources of prebiotics, and some wellness practitioners even consider prebiotics more important than probiotics for gut health.
Loved for its warm, earthy flavour and the golden tint it brings to curries, dhals and other South Asian dishes, turmeric has had many uses over the millennia in everything from food to cosmetics. You can reap turmeric's golden glow by adding it not just to curries, but smoothies and scrambled eggs due to its primary active ingredient, Curcumin.
Hailed as the Amazonian antioxidant king, raw organic chocolate powder is packed full of everything good, meaning it should become a staple item in your store cupboard.
It holds a huge 34.48g of fibre per 100g of powder, and 40 times the number of antioxidants than blueberries. It is also the highest plant-based source of iron at nearly 3 times as much as beef and lamb.
Superfoods are a great part of a healthy diet. We are constantly looking for new ways to add them into our meal choices. The nutritional value and health effects of these and many other superfoods may far exceed most traditional staple foods.
For more fun and less mundane ways of food preparation, try mixing them in your daily meals, such as snacks, juices and smoothies. Start small, and build a routine towards incorporating healthier food into your everyday life.