Superfoods: Fact or Fiction?

Whether or not you believe in “superfoods”, there are still a lot of ingredients and holy grail foods that we’ve been told are good for us.. but we don’t know why.

I’ve listed the foods that I get asked about most often, and whether or not they live up to the hype!

Apple Cider Vinegar

The main ingredient acetic acid, kills harmful bacteria and can prevent it from multiplying. 

ACV has been proved to improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar after meals. 

This has definitely earned its place as a superfood, as the benefits have been proved with scientific research, and there have been no negative side effects discovered. 

Incorporate it into your cooking by using it in dressings, marinades, or dilute it with water and take it as a shot. 

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Chia seeds

Originally from Mexico, chia seeds have an impressive nutrient profile. They’re rich in fibre, protein, omega 3 fats, vitamins and minerals. Just one serving provides you with your daily intake of fibre for the day.

However they’re not the only seed of its kind – flax and linseed are a great source of fats, protein and fibre. 

 Soak or grind into a fine powder to fully absorb their aztec sorcery. 

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Coconut oil

Solid at room temperature, coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride which our body reacts differently to than long chain (like liquid oils). It has thermogenic properties which means it raises our metabolism, helping with weight loss. 

People have gone pretty crazy with coconut oil, putting it in everything from their coffee to their beauty products; but I keep things simple and use it when I’m cooking or baking. It’s especially good when cooking with high temperatures as the enzymes don’t get denatured. 

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Tamari vs. Soy Sauce

They’re both a by product of fermented soy bean, however tamari contains little or not wheat, unlike traditional soy sauce. 

There’s very little difference in taste, however tamari does taste less salty. If you are coeliac or have a gluten/wheat sensitivity, then tamari is a fantastic substitute. 

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Acai

Acai bowls are the new fro-yo. Acai is a berry, long and reddish. Many health food fantatics claim it is a key weight loss ingredient, however there hasn’t been scientific research to back this up. Like most berries, it does contain antioxidants and various vitamins. So is it worth the hefty price tag and glory? Acai bowls do make a tasty treat but save yourself the ££ and pop blueberries in your smoothie instead. 

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Spirulina and green powders

I’m sure you’ve all seen green pills, powders and drinks out there with miraculous claims and benefits. It’s true that spirulina, chlorella, super greens powders do have a good nutrient profile, but does our body absorb them any differently than the less cool broccoli?

They make a great addition to an already healthy diet, but if you’re relying on powders and pills for your fruit and veg intake, you’d be better off spending the money on fresh produce and improving your diet.

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