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What is so superb about superfood? Do you know?

By Charles Hopkins Published 10/14/2006 | Food & Drink

It was the Romantic poets who once wished to go back to the lap of nature just after industrialization in Europe during the eighteenth century. Wordsworth, Colridge, Shelly and Keats portrayed the importance of nature in their poetry and lamented on the vicious cycle that modern life would give birth to.

Actually when the problems started piercing our veins after two centuries, we woke up to find remedies and searched certain means to live again with the natural elements. Superfood is actually a way to feed on natural nutrients to combat with the pollutants of the modern world and stay fit and healthy.

Phytonutrients: A Scientific way of looking at superfoods

Phyto, though a scientific term in the usual meaning stands for plant life. This particularly puts forward the relation between plants and superfoods. In other words, superfoods deal with a lot of more plant products than animal products.

Beans, berries, oats, spinach, walnuts, tomatoes, watermelons and apples are only to name a few in the list of plant products that take the lead as superfoods. And all those things you have been really feeding on in large amounts, starting from beef, pork, fleshy fish, goose and chicken have all been discarded from the list of superfood. Anything that is high protein and come from animal products are a complete no-no in the superfood way of eating.

Dont think that protein and fats have been completely put off. No, it is rather there in enough amounts but through other sources of food. For protein, depend on soybeans and soymilk. If you want something non-vegetarian, then have turkey meat instead of beef. Salmon and tuna are quite tasty and also superfoods. Why dont you concentrate on them?

Making super differences through vitamins, minerals and antioxidants

Call it the greatness or call it the basic requirement, superfood has exclusively portrayed how those components that hold the major importance have turned minor and just the opposite. The whole gamble of calories has found new strategies to win. Actually to gain the optimum amount of calories, you need not simply depend on proteins and fats. The balance can rather be better created and make you feel lighter if vitamins and minerals are provided in high enough quantities. One more important things is that diseases from vitamins and minerals are rare but problems with their deficit are very common. Think with a greener perspective to stay healthy in the twenty-first century where life is nothing but a super fast highway.

When life is fast, you tend to grow up faster. With the blooming of mental maturity at an early age, your hair also starts graying. The wrinkles in your skin become prominent when the day is still young. And you are more drowned in processed and fast foods and alcohol. All your makeup, parlor costs and gym sessions can really do nothing good to put these things right. You need something from the heart of nature.

The importance of antioxidants in superfoods lies over here. Antioxidants have a control over the oxidation process going inside your body. Therefore antioxidants inhibit the wear and tear process and churn more oxygen to make you feel better, young and lively always. So you better feed on enough of superfoods to keep at par your age and also proactive throughout life.

Though the poets of the Romantic era are no longer with us, still we find the essence of nature in the reminiscence of their creations. And superfood can be regarded as a direct implication.