What’s so Super about Super Foods?

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Super Foods have earned their reputation because they have been found to have more nutrients than other fruits and vegetables. For example, research has proven that walnuts contain twice as many antioxidants as their cousins: almonds, peanuts, pistachios and pecans. Who knew your last loaf of banana bread had so much power packed inside?

Another top performer is the kiwi – one kiwi contains your recommended dose of vitamin C for the whole day.

Berries are probably the most easily recognizable Super Food. We’ve all heard about the wonders of blueberries – they’re little balls power-packed with free-radical fighting anti-oxidants. But have you heard of the lesser-known Acai berry? Acai berries not only have antioxidants, but also amino acids and good fats, like Omega-3s. Studies have shown Acai berries have 10 times the levels of antioxidants that red grapes have, and 30 times more flavanoids than red wine.

Scientists are discovering more about nature’s super powers every day, so my bet is that any whole food you eat – anything that comes off a plant or a tree and remains unprocessed – is going to be called a “Superfood” someday.

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