When switching to a more healthy way of life, I heard the word Superfoods mentioned many times. I went to several places online to understand exactly what is meant by Superfoods.
According to Merriam-Webster, their definition says “a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.
Because açai is rich in polyphenols and other antioxidants, it’s been hailed by some as a superfood or “miracle berry.” —Andrew Weil, Self Healing, October 2006
I also went to medicinenet.com which stated:
Superfoods: A non-medical term popularized in the media to refer to foods that can have health-promoting properties such as reducing one’s risk of disease or improving any aspect of physical or emotional health. So-called superfoods may have an unusually high content of antioxidants, vitamins, or other nutrients. Examples of health promoting foods that have been referred to as superfoods include: soy, blueberries, salmon, green tea, walnuts, broccoli, and spinach. It is important to note that there is no accepted medical definition of a superfood.
So basically, they can be foods we have already in the house and some not so common ones. One of the first superfoods I tried was cacao powder. It’s somewhat bitter but when added to a blender drink, all you really taste is a delicious chocolate. I use the raw, organic cacao nibs now instead of the powder, but either one is fine. Cacao nibs are just cacao beans chopped up into small pieces.
There is a difference between cocoa and cacao. Although they start out being the same, cocoa is a more processed chocolate and sugar has been added to it. Stick with raw, organic cacao whenever you can. Vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, natural carbohydrates, antioxidants and magnesium – all benefits of cacao beans.
There are several superfoods out there and I’ll be sharing them with you in later posts. Today I just wanted to talk about cacao beans / powder / nibs. I’m not going to get real scientific here because where’s the fun in that! But some more of the health benefits of cacao beans include helping in creating energy naturally, helps lower blood pressure and a huge benefit is all the antioxidants from the chocolate!
Like I mentioned, adding some cacao powder / nibs to a blender drink is a great way to start using them. I add cacao nibs to my blender drink every morning. What a great way to start a healthy day. Here’s the cacao nibs I buy at Amazon. They also have the powder.
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