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WHAT ARE
SUPER FOODS?
These days one of the big buzzwords in healthy living is super foods.
HEALTH
takes a closer look at super
foods and learns which ones can actually make a marked difference to your wellbeing and overall health.
From broccoli and kale to
quinoa, super foods come and
go, yet
Fahmida Jafri, Head
of Nutrition at Gulf Medical
College Hospital and Research
Centre
(GMCHRC) explains
that a super food is the name
given to a food which has strong
nutritional qualities that you can
only benefit from if you eat the
food in its entirety. “Foods with
the following features can also
be placed under the category
of super foods, although no
standard definition of this term
is available,” she says. “These
include those foods that are rich
in vitamins, minerals, omega-3
essential fatty acids or fibre
compared to its calorie count.”
Also these foods have 25 percent
or more of the recommended
intake of two or more nutrients
in a serving or else is extremely
rich in one nutrient, having
50 percent or more of its
recommended intake for the day.
And furthermore, in addition
to the normal nutrients, this
food should contain significant
quantities of what could be
regarded as health-promoting
and/or protective substances
such as phytonutrients or other
substances not usually found in
foods in its class. “These are also
minimally processed without
being enriched, provide essential
nutrients without overloading
the body with salt, saturated
fat, trans-fat, sugar or other
compounds linked to poor health
as well as be linked by research to
potentially reducing risk of illness
or poor health,” she tells as well as
have healing qualities which have
been acknowledged by traditional
medicine.
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