Passionate about good nutrition? We share the top five healthy superfoods to look out for this year.
What we search for online says a lot about our interests and goals. And, right now, Google Trends shows that South Africans are more interested in these five superfoods than ever before:
Kefir, a cultured milk product from the former Soviet Union that contains 2-3 times as much probiotics as yoghurt, is making its way to an increasing number of South African homes.
The probiotics in kefir are great for gut health, says Cape Town-based nutritionist Hanro Roos. And a healthy digestive system is linked to a stronger immune system and a healthy mind – benefits that are now being recognised worldwide.
In 2017, moringa is likely to emerge as the new supergreen we’ll be adding to our juices and smoothies. Originally grown in the Himalayas, moringa contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidants, iron, potassium and calcium.
But even though moringa has been used for centuries to treat high blood sugar, anaemia, arthritis, asthma and other ills, large-scale clinical trials haven’t been able to support these benefits. Use it as a supplementary food for now and don’t stop using your prescription meds yet.
Maca root is rich in antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids, and Google indicates that it’s a rising superfoods star – most likely because it’s believed to boost sexual performance and fertility.
But, says Roos, as maca has been linked to anxiety, mood changes and hallucinations, it’s best to use this superfood with caution. First talk to your holistic health practitioner before incorporating it into your diet.
Chai seeds are full of nutrients, natural flavour and texture – part of the reason why they’re growing in popularity across the globe.
With their high level of health-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and cancer-fighting lignans, these tiny black seeds are also likely to grab South Africans’ attention this year.
Add them to breakfast porridge, yoghurt or smoothies for a delicious nutrient boost.
In 2017, avocado oil is likely to get the title of “trendiest fat”. As this locally produced oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, heart-healthy oleic acid and vitamin E, it really comes as no surprise.
Its high smoke point also makes it more suitable for frying than olive oil – one more reason why we’ll be adding this oil to our shopping baskets this year.
AVO OIL RECIPES TO TRY: Check out the website of Westfalia Avocado Oil for delicious recipes using this new superfood.
Keen to try some of these trending superfoods? Find them at your local health store or Dis-Chem, or place your order via www.faithful-to-nature.co.za.
Feature: Carine Visagie