We all know how important eating nutritious food is for our overall health, but superfoods take it a step further. The term “superfood” refers to a nutrient-rich powerhouse food that’s bursting with amazing health benefits and includes these important superfoods you might not be eating, but should be.
Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, help reduce your cholesterol by partially blocking its absorption into your system. Consuming 2 grams of plant sterols each day can help lower your cholesterol by up to 9 per cent. Plant sterols are found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables, but you can boost your daily consumption by adding 2 teaspoons of Becel pro.activ Calorie-reduced Margarine with Plant Sterols to your diet. This will provide you with 40 per cent of your daily requirement. Use this delicious spread to top your multi-grain breads and steamed vegetables.
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This superfood is chock full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and C, iron, certain B vitamins and all the amino acids necessary to qualify it as a complete protein. Just a few of the possible benefits of eating this berry include lowered blood pressure and cholesterol and better immunity. Boost your nutrition by eating dried goji berries like you would raisins, such as on their own as a snack or by adding them to salads, granola and oatmeal.
Although to some people they might not seem like a popular fish choice, sardines are much more than just an economical, sustainable catch. These small fish are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help manage cholesterol, and are packed with protein. Eating the whole fish is a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Try grilling the whole fish with garlic and thyme or cooking chopped canned sardines with tomatoes, kalamata olives, garlic and red chili flakes for a quick pasta sauce.
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Hulled hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, pack a whopping nutritional punch. These soft, nutty, protein-rich seeds contain the full range of amino acids, are a great source of fibre and have the perfect balance of omega fatty acids. The list of potential health benefits goes on and on but includes lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. And adding hemp to your diet is easy. Try a handful mixed into yogourt, granola or smoothies, sprinkle them onto a salad, or add them to your own homemade baked treats.
It’s hard to ignore the visual impact of beets, as the deep purple-red colour of this nutritional powerhouse is unmistakable. But it’s not only the colour that makes an impact. This super-vegetable is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that might help keep your heart healthy and aid in the prevention of diseases, such as certain cancers. Two great ways to enjoy beets are boiled, sliced, then topped with a dollop of Becel Buttery Taste spread or roasted and then added to a plate of arugula and goat cheese, topped with a balsamic vinaigrette.
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