For some time now, if you are in the food sector and do not take green shakes or cook superfoods from the other side of the planet, it seems that you are nobody.
Anyway, I would like to clarify the issue of superfoods a little. And especially, please note that there are superfoods on ALL continents. If we want to be truly ecological, we need to try to eat local and stop making your food travel thousands of miles just because it becomes fashionable.
In spite of how “fashionable” the term is, it was first defined in 1915 in the Oxford English Dictionary as “a nutrient-rich food considered especially beneficial to health and well-being.” And although these foods are now in fashion, they have been eaten for thousands of years.
What is a superfood?
It is a food that has lots of nutrients or nutritional potential that are not only necessary for the body, but also provide natural EXTRA benefits (high concentration of antioxidants, and / or healthy fats, and / or vitamins) for a healthy body.
Despite their “importance”, experts warn that there is no “miracle” food, that eating so-called superfoods does not provide us with health and emphasize that the important thing is to eat a balanced diet taking seasonal and local products. Our health depends on “many factors” and that there is no food, by itself, which prevents any disease. The key to our health is in a balanced and varied diet, in which vegetables and legumes have a strong presence, but it is also important to exercise or rest and maintain a balanced emotional life.
For a “super” food to be “super” for real, it must also be organic and raw, or which has hardly been processed. The more organic a food is the higher the level of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins it preserves.
In another post we will talk about cooking temperatures.
Now we are accustomed to receiving superfoods from all over the planet. However, there are many superfoods on every continent. I include a list of foods from each continent, according mainly to their origin, although currently many fruits and vegetables are grown in all countries.
Africa: Chocolate, baobab, moringa, aloe-vera, pepper, gombo, dates, legumes.
America: Chocolate, coriander, pepper, chili, squash, cranberries, açai, chia, corn, quinoa, maca, legumes, dried fruits, chlorella algae, camu camu, lucuma, avocado, coconut, inca berries, kelp, seaweed dulse, echinacea, Aloe-vera, stevia.
Asia: choy cabbage, chinese cabbage, plums, citrus, pomegranate, ginger, mushrooms, dried fruits, legumes, millet, goji, turmeric, moringa, nono, mangosteen, coconut, hemp, flax seed, kelp, nori, wakame, Shiitake, reishi, sore arrow, matcha, ashwagandha.
Europe: Garlic, onion, mustard, kale, beets, spinach, lettuce, chicory, radish, turnip, carrot, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, basil, mint, tarragon, oregano, thyme, parsley, laurel , rosemary, strawberries, blackberries, grapes, plums, blueberries or cranberries, spirulina, mushrooms, nuts, legumes, olives and olive oil, flax seed, carob, hemp, aloe vera, nettle.
Others: kefir, kombucha, marine placton, sea water, nutritional yeast, activated charcoal, sun.
Most experts are keen to recommend the consumption of local foods that have always been in our diet. Vegetables should be taken daily from the three most recommended types: cruciferae (broccoli or cabbage, for example), green leaves such as spinach or chard, and those containing beta-carotene, orange like carrot or squash. Emphasize the importance of consuming products when it is their season.
The superfoods you will find in our pastry products are: Chocolate, aloe-vera, peppers, dates, legumes, chilli, squash, cranberries, chia, maize, quinoa, nuts, chlorella alga, avocado, coconut, echinacea, citrus, pomegranate, ginger , mushrooms, millet, goji, turmeric, hemp, flax seed, kelp, nori, garlic, onion, mustard, kale cabbage, spinach, arugula, chicory, radish, turnip, carrot, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, basil, mint, tarragon, oregano, thyme, parsley, laurel, rosemary, strawberries, berries, grape, plums, blueberry or spirulina, olives and olive oil, carob, hemp, aloe vera, nettle, kefir, Kombucha, sea water, nutritional yeast, activated charcoal, sun.