Superfoods & Functional FoodsPosted: July 27, 2011
What you should be eating more of!
Superfoods: Almonds, avocados, basil and green herbs, broccoli, chillies, cinnamon, eggs, flaxseeds or linseeds, garlic, lamb, pink salmon, oats, oranges, raspberries and other berries, soy beans, spinach, tea, tomatoes, wheatgerm and yogurt.
Other notable superfoods include: Dark chocolate, red wine, legumes, cranberries, apples, coffee, peaches, plums and sardines.
What Makes Them Super?
- Soluble fibre
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Functional Foods: In Australia the term ‘Functional Food’ refers to foods which are similar in appearance to conventional foods, but they are modified to serve physiological roles beyond the provision of simple nutrient requirements.( ie; processed ‘superfood’) This would be things like margarine’s containing plant sterols. Sterols when added to margarine can lower blood cholesterol levels. Examples of other functional foods include; probiotics containing live beneficial bacteria, food products rich in phytoestrogens or cereal foods containing ‘invisible fibre’.
Here are my Superfood/Functional food eats for today 🙂
Breakfast: Oatmeal + Bircher Muesli & Raisins sprinkled on top
Lunch: Stuffed Capsicum with Zucchini, Tomato, Carrot, Mushroom & Cottage Cheese + Salad