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Why Superfood Status?


A food is generally upgraded to superfood status when it delivers significant levels of essential nutrients, is linked to the prevention of a disease, or is believed to offer several simultaneous health benefits beyond its nutritional value.

Let's see if the humble Orange Peel and the unassuming Beetroot Powder deserve this label?


Orange Peel Powder

Orange Peel Powder -citrus fruits have made it to the superfood status due to the high fibre and vitamin C level, vital to our health. 

However, the peel is not only rich in fibre, vitamins, and disease-fighting polyphenols; they also contain limonene, a chemical that may protect against skin cancer.

Here are some examples of superfoods:

  • Avocado -high in magnesium

  • Pomegranate -seems to prevent cardiovascular disease

  • Broccoli -contains a compound called indole glucosinolates, which helps maintain the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut.

  • Nuts -they are all great for weight loss. Although they are high in 'good' fats, they keep you full for longer. Snack on 8-10 nuts a day.

How about the unassuming Beetroot?

Beets are powered by their Nitrate content. 

But what are Nitrates? Nitrates are natural chemicals found in the soil, air, and water, and they are used as a food additive to stop bacteria's growth and enhance the flavour and colour of foods. A diet rich in nitrate helps improve vascular function or healthy blood flow.

Here is a list of others like beets:

  • Green, leafy vegetables (like spinach, mustard greens, arugula, kale, Swiss chard and lettuce

  • Radishes.

  • Turnips.

  • Watercress.

  • Bok choy.

  • Chinese cabbage.

  • Kohlrabi.

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