To superfood or not – That is the question?

Of course I mean; (a) to believe in them, (b) know which ones to use, (c) how to prepare them – and of course – (d) eat them!

It is a good idea I am told, to keep in mind that some Superfoods are high potency foods that you only need a little of. In other words don’t keep on eating more, thinking “the more the better!” – their consumption doesn’t work that way.

Maybe it is best to keep in mind that you can put on weight with Superfoods too!

Here is a little of what I have picked up during my research/search on what many people call the Superfoods of nutrition – makes interesting reading.

Let’s start with Beetroot

Beetroot is a great source of iron and foliate. It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and a number of other antioxidants. It is claimed that beetroot can not only lower blood pressure but can help to prevent dementia. Are these claims accurate?

Well, a well-respected study (2013) has concluded that beetroot juice is associated with a modest reduction in blood pressure. Further studies are being conducted on this particular area.

What about preventing (or assisting to prevent dementia)? A 2010 study established that a diet high in beetroot juice increases blood flow to certain areas of the brain. Further research is need however, with a larger number of people, over a longer period, to confirm that earlier study. But at least you start with a positive!

The fact is you won’t (or not for long anyway) eat or drink something you don’t like.

As far as I am concerned I could take, or leave beetroot until I came up with a few rather yummy recipes. Sliced fresh sliced beetroot sautéed in its own juice with a little brown sugar and balsamic vinegar is really yummy.

Broccoli – this poor vegetable has been used and abused (by many cooks not only those who work in canteens) for years but has seen quite a resurgence as a Superfood in very recent years.

Some even claim it is a nutritional showstopper – a bit of an exaggeration possibly but is a fab source of vitamin C and foliate, as well as containing vitamins A, K, calcium, fibre and a multitude of other antioxidants.

The point is that eating more of the non-starch veggies, such as broccoli, is associated with reducing your risk of a number of cancers, including stomach cancer.

As a vegetable most cooks serve this in a boring boring way. I steam it, with a little lemon or lime juice, and top it with some sautéed (in either butter or olive oil) almonds flakes. Lovely too with some basil sprinkled over it!

Wheatgrass – the question I have often asked about this one is it really a type of detox tonic or just a juice?

Well, you can forget about the claims that a shot of wheatgrass contains as many/much nutrients of the finest veggies – tests show that pound, for pound, the nutritional content of wheatgrass juice is the same as that of veggies such as broccoli and/or spinach! So there.

AND there is no scientific evidence either to support the claim that drinking wheatgrass boosts red blood cell production.

I am finding that looking into the whole subject of so called Superfoods is not only fascinating but illuminating as well. You should have a look-see yourselves!

Speaking for myself alone – I find it distasteful and boring. But I could very well be wrong.